Best of … shopping in Baltimore
Written by: Lindsay Shugerman
Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
I’ll admit it … I’m biased. I love Baltimore, so it’s only natural that it’s one of my favorite cities for shopping. But even for first time visitors, this city has a lot to offer the savvy shopper looking for a change from standard mall fare.
Here’s my person list of the best of shopping in Baltimore, from the waterfront shops of Inner Harbor to unexpected shops deep in the city.
The water, the shops, the restaurants and the music
HarborPlace and indeed the whole of Inner Harbor is what happens when a neglected and seedy waterfront is reclaimed for the people of the city and tourists alike. It’s now a bright, friendly area filled with top notch restaurants, live music, a thriving science museum and of course, great shopping.
Some of my favorite stops in HarborPlace include Life in Charm City for local gifts, Francesca’s Collection for adorable casual clothes and accessories and Hats in the Belfry for the coolest new hats and caps anywhere.
Where history meets…the setting for a TV show?
First time visitors to Fell’s Point might find some of it familiar. That’s because the exterior shots of TV series “Homicide: Life on the Street” were filmed in Fell’s Point.
This waterfront area of Baltimore is just a short water taxi ride from Inner Habor, but it looks like a whole different world. Instead of modern buildings, Fell’s Point is a collection of historic buildings dating from the 1700 and 1800′s. Many of them have been transformed into tasty local restaurants and quaint shops.
On sunny weekends, expect a spontaneous sidewalk sale, as friendly shop owners move some of their wares outside in front of the stores.
A new life for a historic neighborhood
Like Fell’s Point, Federal Hill is another historic area turned small business heaven. Take in the 18th to early 20th century architecture, do some people-watching while you lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes, and then shop in the quaint mix of businesses that call Federal Hill home.
Worker’s housing turned chic
What started as a collection of mill workers cottages in the early 1800′s has been transformed in typical Baltimore style into something all new.
The Hampden Village area is surrounded by green spaces, so it’s the perfect place to wander in and out of award-winning shops while enjoying a spring or summer breeze. This is the home to businesses as diverse as Baltimore’s famous Atomic Books, hand-painted art furniture shop Hanging on a Whim, and vintage clothing shop 9th Life.
The air is scented with garlic and tomatoes!
Hershey may be famous for the scent of chocolate in the air, but the enticing scents of Little Italy are even better. It’s impossible to walk down the street and not get hungry, so do treat yourself to lunch or dinner at one of the area’s famous Italian eateries.
But be sure you allow time to shop for some tasty treats to take home to. Stop by Casa di Pasta at 210 Albemarle Street for an incredible variety of pastas and sauces. Then head over to Vaccaro’s Italian Pastries for the best in old world-style Italian sweets.