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Southern Market

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Southern Market is Downtown Lancaster’s newest dining experience! This bustling food hall features cuisine from across the world created by up-and-coming chefs. 

Top photo: Southern Market can seat 250 people at the central bar and surrounding tables.
Here: Chicken legs over rice from Flavors of Morocco, served with beet, carrot and eggplant salads.

Built in 1888 and designed by famous local architect C. Emlen Urban, the market building was recently renovated and transformed into a multicultural food hall in partnership with Willow Valley Communities. The reimagined Southern Market was designed by Liz Haverstick of RLPS Architects and features spaces for 10 food vendors, an expansive green wall, a 30-seat central bar and surrounding seating for 220. “The goal for Southern Market is to become a vibrant community hub and southern gateway for Lancaster City,” explains Maureen Leader, the public relations and communications manager at Willow Valley Communities. 

Another goal of the food hall is to become an incubator for up-and-coming local chefs who create cuisine that is globally inspired and locally sourced. Cuisines such as Middle Eastern, Dominican, Moroccan, Vietnamese and Southern soul food are available, as well as pizza, tapas-style meals, coffee, pastries and baked goods. “Southern Market is a fun, social, casual place,” Maureen says. “It’s the perfect place for a meal, snack or cocktail.” Cocktails and other libations are poured at Bar 1888, which is tended by well-known Lancaster mixologist, Stephen Wood.

100 South Queen Street, Lancaster. or 717-517-3000.