Have you ever visited Baltimore, Maryland? You can do all the normal touristy things such as the National Aquarium, taking in a Baltimore Orioles game, Fort McHenry, B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland Science Center, Maryland Zoo, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. These are all worth checking out, but why not do some off-the-beaten-path things that the locals do and love? Choose your own adventure and enjoy Baltimore as a local!
Probably my favorite place in Baltimore is Fell’s Point with the cobblestone streets on Thames Street. A great spot to check out is Max’s Taphouse with 102 rotating beer taps, sure to have something for every beer lover. Down the street is Waterfront Hotel (WTF) which is no longer a hotel. Now it’s a restaurant with live music every night, or if you want something quieter there’s an upstairs bar as well. New this year is Broadway Market a gourmet food court that has something for everyone with nine local food concepts under the same roof with an outdoor patio in the middle. There are lots of little stores, many restaurants within walking distance and if you walk down towards Barcocina you get a great view of the harbor.
As you’re driving to Canton you might see a large ship on land which is iconic. Across the street from the ship along the water is Captain James Crab House where you can enjoy crabs and a drink right on the harbor while listening to some island music. Further into Canton is the Canton Square, which is filled with plenty of restaurants and bars if you’re looking to hop around and try some different locations within walking distance.
Have you ever had a Hubcap Margarita? If you’re up for it, head to Nacho Mama’s, but make sure to share with a friend.
Slightly north of Canton is Patterson Park which has two playgrounds, a dog park, athletic fields, duck pond and more. If you’re looking for a breakfast spot, check out Iron Rooster which has homemade pop tarts and plenty of other great breakfast foods. Or you can check out my list of Baltimore Brunch Spots for more ideas.
Hampden is a nice spot outside of the main hustle and bustle of Baltimore – home to some really great local options. If you’re a beer enthusiast check out Union Craft Brewery or Nepenthe Brewing Company. There are cute boutiques and shopping along 36th St including Baltimore in a Box, with the store painted as a Maryland Flag, it’s hard to miss it and a great photo opportunity. The Food Market is a great dinner or brunch restaurant with so many incredible options on the menu.
Pub Dog is a dog themed bar that doesn’t open until 5pm, but has a great deal of two mugs of their own craft beer for $5 with options such as bloodhound beer, unleashed IPA, thirsty ale or try a mixed breed. Then, who doesn’t love to build their own burger? Abbey Burger has lots of burger choices including local roseda beef, or bison or crab cake with over 20 toppings plus spreads to choose from. Also, make sure to try the Alligator Bites or order a Spiked Shake like the Berger Cookie.
If you’re looking for a great breakfast, Spoons is an excellent choice with mimosa flavors such as Blackberry Lavender or Pineapple Jalapeño.
There are always festivals, events, and all kinds of fun happening in Baltimore. You can check out the event calendar which is organized by neighborhood too. I recommend you try something new – either food, drink, experience or explore. I find the best experiences happen when I go out of my comfort zone and try something new.