The City Market, built in 1914, served the Raleigh area as a farmers' market until it was closed in 1957. In 1988, the City Market building and the shops around it became art galleries, restaurants, gift, and home accessory shops. The original cobblestone streets are lit by lamps and filled with 19th century charm. It is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh at Martin and Blount Streets.
Raleigh's ArtSpace and Exploris are located nearby. Moore Square, one of Raleigh's oldest downtown parks, is located across the street from the City market.