Places to visit in York, PA

Central Market York

Central Market York is a historic public market in Downtown York, Pennsylvania. Central Market, which has stood at North Beaver and Philadelphia Streets for over 125 years(construction in 1888), is a reminder of York’s rich heritage as well as the focal point of the city’s revival. Central Market is a grassroots business operation as well as a community meeting space, and it is more than simply a beautiful old edifice. It is the city’s economic and social hub. A “Market Day” in York means catching coffee with a buddy and picking up fresh veggies to take home for supper. It entails listening to live music while perusing one-of-a-kind artisan goods. Attend a culinary demonstration and get up on local news on Market Days. Have soup, sandwiches, and salads for lunch, then bring something sweet back to the workplace. A Market Day is a day dedicated to socializing and supporting local businesses. It’s a great day to be a part of the downtown action. While merchants network and hawk their wares in a busy, supportive environment, market buyers enjoy the finest in locally grown flowers and fruit, baked goods, fresh fish, meats, deli products, and many specialized items. The various prepared food sellers offer fresh local flavor to locals and visitors alike, with plenty of seats for chatting and making the rounds. Since its construction in 1888, the York Central Market has been open to the public. It was created by John Dempwolf, a well-known local architect who also designed a number of other structures in the neighborhood. Dempwolf designed a 35,000-square-foot red brick structure in the Romanesque Revival style with a hipped roof, steep gable dormers, and projecting front elements. He added two three-story towers with pyramid roofs on either side of the main entrance to give the structure more height. Over 50 merchants sell a range of culinary items at the market today, ranging from restaurant-style meals to fresh fruit, meat, and seafood. Since 1978, it has been on the National Register of Historic Places. York’s Central Market was one of the first buildings in York to have indoor facilities and plumbing, and it was one of the first structures in the city to have both. The market features unique events such as live music and pumpkin festivals during York’s First Friday celebrations. The market’s 50+ merchants are now organized into the following categories: baked goods, dining, produce, drinks, services, specialized items, meat, fish & deli, and vegan/gluten-free. In 2013, York Central Market had a $2 million refurbishment that included updating the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems, as well as adding new lighting and doors and upgrading the mezzanine.

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