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Church Street Marketplace

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont originated as a street fair in the 1970s. Over time, the area grew as it attracted more visitors, and today the award-winning pedestrian mall covers four blocks in the central square and is home to over 100 restaurants, cafes and boutique shops.

This open-air marketplace is located in the heart of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, and it is located adjacent to the Church Street Historic District. Church Street Marketplace attracts over 3 million visitors each year.

What to Expect at the Marketplace

This pedestrian marketplace is closed to cars, allowing you to maximize your shopping and dining experience. Here you can wander cobblestone and brick streets and browse shops, locally-owned restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, art galleries featuring local artists, food cart vendors, street performers and more. You will be able to shop at recognized names like L.L. Bean and Ben & Jerry’s, but you’ll also discover new independent shops with souvenirs, crafts, clothing and more only available here. The buildings that make up the marketplace have retained their historic architecture, providing a unique feel for visitors.

When it’s time for a meal, you have an abundance of great options. Here you can find everything from a fast casual meal to a nice sit-down restaurant. Church Street Marketplace has something for every palate — pubs, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican and much more. Many of the cafes and restaurants have outdoor dining, so you can stay in the middle of the action of this bustling corridor. There are also year-round festivals and events held throughout the year, ranging from street performers to concerts and shows.

Travel Tips

If you have time, take a stroll along beautiful Lake Champlain, which is a short walk away from the marketplace.

Also check out the nearby Historic District, home of the oldest buildings in the city that feature a range of impressive architectural styles including Art Deco, Victorian and modern.