Lancaster Central Market

Farmers Market and Miscellaneous Shop · Market District
23 N Market St., Lancaster, PA 17603, United States
Closed until 6:00 AM Friday (Show more)
  • Tue, Fri
    • 6:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
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The country's oldest farmers' market, in the heart of Amish country occupies a beautiful 120 year old red brick building chock-full of local character.


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    Spencer T.
    "Be sure to stop by Mean Cup for some awesome coffee!"(6 Tips)
    Lydia B.
    "Fresh fruit,long johns"(3 Tips)
    Caitlin K.
    "Lancaster juice company...the number 2 smoothie is the best!!"(2 Tips)
    John L.
    "Really love Weaver's, especially the sweet bologna and dried beef!"(2 Tips)
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  • mean cup
  • coffee
  • lancaster juice company
  • long john
  • smoothies
  • fresh veggies
  • bakeries
  • pastries
  • bagels
  • scenic views
  • lemon bars
  • deviled eggs
  • breakfast food
  • birthday cakes
  • candy
  • pies
  • fudge
  • authentic
  • fruit
  • bread
  • Jane F.

    Excellent espresso/cappuccino at Mean Cup. Compliment with a cream-filled long john, biscotti, or bagel from a nearby stand. (You can't choose second best; it's all top rate.)

    Jane Friedman · August 8
  • Aleksey

    Nice selection of fresh foods, sausages and delicatessen.

    Aleksey · July 14
  • Julia😋

    Loved this market! Fresh EVERYTHING. One stop shop for everything delicious.

    Julia😋 · July 12
  • Karl S.

    mix of prepared food, farmer stands, and tourist trap

    Karl Schaffer · May 31
  • Lydia B.

    Great attraction in downtown Lanc! Fresh fruit,long johns, candy and more! Make sure to bring cash many stands do not take credit cards!

    Lydia Buckius · May 26
  • visitPA

    Experience the best of PA's agriculture at the Lancaster Farmer's Market, the nation's oldest farmer's market. Visitors will find baked goods, locally grown produce and iconic PA Dutch food.

    visitPA · March 17
  • Chrissy N.

    Tons of local vendors. Great butchers and farms from the area.

    Chrissy Nickel · October 15, 2014
  • visitPA

    Voted the fourth best market in the nation by USA Today, Lancaster Central Market has been recognized as America's oldest farmers market and is the best place to find Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

    visitPA · July 31, 2014
  • Natalee K.

    Mecks Produce has everything you're looking for at some really great prices. Freshest produce there, go early for best selection.

    Natalee Karpel · March 9, 2014
  • Mariah H.

    Rooster Street Pork has an amazing "meat cup" sampler of their best meats. Yum!!!!

    Mariah Hay · November 30, 2013
  • Charles D.

    Fresh veggies, apple cider and good folks.

    Charles DiComo · November 23, 2013
  • RuthLess ☕.

    Spice vendor

    RuthLess ☕ · October 22, 2013
  • Maria H.

    Super place for fresh everything.

    Maria Hodge · August 31, 2013
  • Janelle D.

    A tip for all you tourists out there: Central Market is in a city, crowded with people. Although there are parking lots nearby there is no free parking whatsoever unless you can walk 5 or 6 blocks.

    Janelle Downey · August 24, 2013
  • Robert S.

    Busy and hot. Zig's bakery had great lemon bars!!

    Robert Santuci · July 5, 2013
  • RuthLess ☕.

    Lovely day at the market

    RuthLess ☕ · July 2, 2013
  • Janelle D.

    Give all your spare change to the buskers, not the homeless people.

    Janelle Downey · April 27, 2013
  • Janet L.

    Pure Blend Tea for some awesome blends - cannot wait to try the dark chocolate chai!

    Janet Lewis · February 16, 2013
  • Paul R.

    Locals: Don't come on Friday or Saturday. Too many tourists!

    Paul Rothrock · December 28, 2012
  • Donna T.

    Stop by the Amish stand that sells Achenbach's Bakery items. Hands down best cheese Danish I ever had. Soft, gooey. melts in your mouth!

    Donna Talarico · December 15, 2012
  • Andy D.

    I always get my produce from Stoner's stand. They're friendly and get most of their produce from their own farm. When I think of a farmer's market, Stoner's stand is pretty much what I have in mind.

    Andy DeBrunner · December 13, 2012
  • Kurtis S.

    Thom's Rosemary Olive oil bread is delicious !

    Kurtis Shank · November 30, 2012
  • Spencer T.

    Such a great place to just walk around and maybe even pick up some fresh produce too! Be sure to stop by Mean Cup for some awesome coffee!

    Spencer Twain · November 24, 2012
  • Tobias T.

    Get a coffee from the friendly baristas at Lancaster County Coffee Roasters.

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • Tobias T.

    Some prices are lower during the week

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • Tobias T.

    Come early.

    Tobias Treppmann · October 27, 2012
  • Kate S.

    Only place I can get a half loaf of white bread! Lancaster Central Market has so much to offer and if you like people watching this is definitely the place to be!

    Kate Sanders · October 13, 2012
  • Sarbear O.

    Want milk in glass bottles? And the best chocolate milk on the planet? Maplehofe.

    Sarbear O'Donnell · August 4, 2012
  • Two Pups Pastries

    Don't forget to stop by the Pet Bakery and pick up your Two Pups Pastries treats and other delicious goodies for you furry friend. Remember you can order Doggie Birthday Cakes as well!

    Two Pups Pastries · June 16, 2012
  • Erin Jean T.

    Mean Cup makes some of the best local coffee, and the bagel stand near it has excellent bagels! Try the garlic bagel!

    Erin Jean Trimber · June 9, 2012
  • Brian R S.

    The momma, dog, and sunshine. Ahhhhhh

    Brian R Stone · May 12, 2012
  • Saving Places

    In 1730 Andrew and James Hamilton laid out the town of Lancaster and designated a 120 foot square lot to be a public market, which it remains to this day - more than 280 years later.

    Saving Places · April 22, 2012
  • Barbie M.

    Do not skip this gem. If you're in town, make time.

    Barbie Marshall · March 11, 2012
  • Ron C.

    Rick's bread is a must try, and also the veggies.

    Ron Crosbie · December 20, 2011
  • Elizabeth H.

    The deviled eggs are to die for! Come hungry.

    Elizabeth Hagan · October 7, 2011
  • Caitlin K.

    Lancaster juice company...the number 2 smoothie is the best!!

    Caitlin Koller · September 30, 2011
  • jlynne | photography

    Unique building exteriors for photo shoots.

    jlynne | photography · August 23, 2011
  • Matt P.

    Awesome authentic gyro at Stella's

    Matt Pike · August 13, 2011
  • Allie L.

    Get a long John and cup of milk to enjoy while you shop!

    Allie Lehman · August 13, 2011
  • Hillary R.

    Stop by for a fresh fruit smoothie. Yum!

    Hillary Rothrock · August 2, 2011
  • Travel Green Appalachia

    Everything local you can imagine at the longest running market in U.S. history dating back to 1733. Get some lebanon bologna and shoofly pie

    Travel Green Appalachia · July 19, 2011
  • Timothy L.

    Whoopie pies!

    Timothy Liddell · July 15, 2011
  • Mark S.

    Check out the view from the new skybox in the SE corner. Market never looked better.

    Mark Stoner · April 30, 2011
  • William P.

    Be prepared to visit one of the three ATMs in Penn Square or bring cash ahead of time!

    William Post · April 26, 2011
  • Steve K.

    Nothing beats going to central market on Saturday mornings and seeing all the familiar faces. See Pablo for good produce deals and stellar for some good coffee

    Steve Kamau · April 9, 2011
  • Lauren F.

    Lancaster juice company has the best smoothies. Try one with coconut!

    Lauren Fisher · March 12, 2011
  • Luke B.

    Hours 6:30am to 3:00 but everything starts to shut down after 2:00. Open Tuesday Friday Saturday

    Luke Bunting · February 18, 2011
  • Luke B.

    Saife's falafel sandwich is an all in one heavenly meal.

    Luke Bunting · February 18, 2011
  • Andy B.

    The spice man...need I say more?

    Andy Babin · February 12, 2011
  • Bob G.

    Been there and Done That (it), NOW I really want to do it again, its a great place to visit, just be sure you get there on a day they're open - So Tuesday - Friday - or Saturday be sure to stop from 6

    Bob George · January 28, 2011

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