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Guidebook for Baltimore

Jennay

Guidebook for Baltimore

Food Scene
It's about a ten-minute walk from here, right next to JHU, and very welcoming and quaint. It has an extensive vegetarian menu, including yummy desserts.
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One World Cafe
100 West University Parkway
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It's about a ten-minute walk from here, right next to JHU, and very welcoming and quaint. It has an extensive vegetarian menu, including yummy desserts.
A short drive from here (or about a 30 minute walk), Golden West has a quirky and fun atmosphere and a delicious casual menu. They serve many southwest-inspired meals, and have extensive vegetarian options.
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Golden West Cafe
1105 West 36th Street
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A short drive from here (or about a 30 minute walk), Golden West has a quirky and fun atmosphere and a delicious casual menu. They serve many southwest-inspired meals, and have extensive vegetarian options.
Another place that's a short drive or about a half-hour walk away, with fantastic pizza and many veggie options.
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Paulie Gee's Hampden
3535 Chestnut Ave
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Another place that's a short drive or about a half-hour walk away, with fantastic pizza and many veggie options.
Fantastic pizza and Italian food, with a really good beer list. A bit on the pricier side, and probably requires a car to get to.
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Birroteca Baltimore
1520 Clipper Road
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Fantastic pizza and Italian food, with a really good beer list. A bit on the pricier side, and probably requires a car to get to.
Farm-to-table food that's well-known and well-loved in Baltimore, but tends to require a reservation because it gets so busy. This is another one you may need to take a car to get to.
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Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd
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Farm-to-table food that's well-known and well-loved in Baltimore, but tends to require a reservation because it gets so busy. This is another one you may need to take a car to get to.
They pretty much have everything - food, drinks, desserts. This is a fast casual grown-up food court (or "food hall") that's only six blocks away from us, so easily within walking distance. We love this place. It's fairly budget-friendly, but not super cheap.
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R. House
301 W 29th St
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They pretty much have everything - food, drinks, desserts. This is a fast casual grown-up food court (or "food hall") that's only six blocks away from us, so easily within walking distance. We love this place. It's fairly budget-friendly, but not super cheap.
This charming little shop is one of our favorites, and about five blocks away - right near Hopkins. They have coffee, tea, sweets, and a few sandwiches on the menu.
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Carma's Cafe
3120 Saint Paul Street
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This charming little shop is one of our favorites, and about five blocks away - right near Hopkins. They have coffee, tea, sweets, and a few sandwiches on the menu.
This is a delightful coffee shop-bookshop combo, which also has some tasty food items on hand. It is light-filled, close to JHU, and within walking distance.
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Bird in Hand
11 E 33rd St
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This is a delightful coffee shop-bookshop combo, which also has some tasty food items on hand. It is light-filled, close to JHU, and within walking distance.
Sam is a New Yorker and while nothing can truly compare to the bagels he grew up with, he has declared thatTHB offers a fine showing for Baltimore. They're budget-friendly and within walking distance.
THB Bagels + Deli of Charles Village
3208 St Paul St
Sam is a New Yorker and while nothing can truly compare to the bagels he grew up with, he has declared thatTHB offers a fine showing for Baltimore. They're budget-friendly and within walking distance.
This is definitely one of our favorite spots in town (we actually got married here). Full disclosure: it's a lefty bookshop/conversation space, and it also has an all-vegetarian menu. A must if you are vegan!
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Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse
1225 West North Avenue
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This is definitely one of our favorite spots in town (we actually got married here). Full disclosure: it's a lefty bookshop/conversation space, and it also has an all-vegetarian menu. A must if you are vegan!
This is one of the best Thai restaurants in town! It's moderately priced and delicious.
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Stang of Siam
1301 North Calvert Street
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This is one of the best Thai restaurants in town! It's moderately priced and delicious.
Jennay's family is from Afghanistan, and compared to other Afghan restaurants in town, this is our favorite. It's got a casual vibe, and we often order it as delivery. Yum!
Maiwand Grill
324 W Baltimore St
Jennay's family is from Afghanistan, and compared to other Afghan restaurants in town, this is our favorite. It's got a casual vibe, and we often order it as delivery. Yum!
This is the Afghan restaurant you'll hear about most in Baltimore. It's lovely and has great service, with tasty food. But we are obligated to say that Maiwand Grill is really our favorite.
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The Helmand
806 North Charles Street
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This is the Afghan restaurant you'll hear about most in Baltimore. It's lovely and has great service, with tasty food. But we are obligated to say that Maiwand Grill is really our favorite.
This place has great coffee and also a pretty well-rounded menu of American and Asian-fusion recipes. It has a fast casual vibe.
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Dooby's
802 North Charles Street
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This place has great coffee and also a pretty well-rounded menu of American and Asian-fusion recipes. It has a fast casual vibe.
This is where we go for yummy and sometimes odd ice creams. Beware that it is usually pretty mobbed and filled with small children.
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The Charmery
801 West 36th Street
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This is where we go for yummy and sometimes odd ice creams. Beware that it is usually pretty mobbed and filled with small children.
These are Baltimore's best pies! They have sweet and savory options, and sell them by the piece. Worth a visit!
Dangerously Delicious Pies
810 West 36th Street
These are Baltimore's best pies! They have sweet and savory options, and sell them by the piece. Worth a visit!
These are Baltimore's best pies! They have sweet and savory options, and sell them by the piece. Worth a visit!
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Dangerously Delicious Pies
2839 O Donnell Street
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These are Baltimore's best pies! They have sweet and savory options, and sell them by the piece. Worth a visit!
If you are a coffee snob, you should stop by this place. It's also pretty quiet if you need to get some work done. Just beware of busy times.
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Ceremony Coffee Roasters - Mt. Vernon
520 Park Ave
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If you are a coffee snob, you should stop by this place. It's also pretty quiet if you need to get some work done. Just beware of busy times.
If you are a coffee snob, you should stop by this place. It's also pretty quiet if you need to get some work done. Just beware of busy times.
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Ceremony Coffee Roasters
1312 Point St
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If you are a coffee snob, you should stop by this place. It's also pretty quiet if you need to get some work done. Just beware of busy times.
Samos has famously excellent Greek food. It's a somewhat casual atmosphere. Definitely try to visit if you are into Greek cuisine.
Samos Greek Island Grill
3745 Boston St
Samos has famously excellent Greek food. It's a somewhat casual atmosphere. Definitely try to visit if you are into Greek cuisine.
Maggie's Farm has a seasonal local menu and is located in one of our favorite Baltimore neighborhoods, Lauraville. It's a bit out of the way, though, so worth noting you'd need access to a car.
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Maggie's Farm
4341 Harford Rd
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Maggie's Farm has a seasonal local menu and is located in one of our favorite Baltimore neighborhoods, Lauraville. It's a bit out of the way, though, so worth noting you'd need access to a car.
Go to Clavel for amazing Mexican-inspired food and drinks, but beware that it gets very crowded. Probably worth checking out on a weeknight when it's less busy.
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Clavel
225 West 23rd Street
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Go to Clavel for amazing Mexican-inspired food and drinks, but beware that it gets very crowded. Probably worth checking out on a weeknight when it's less busy.
We love this place for pizza and a chill time. They often also have live performances downstairs. There are many veggie and vegan options.
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Joe Squared
33 W North Ave
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We love this place for pizza and a chill time. They often also have live performances downstairs. There are many veggie and vegan options.
The crabs here are great - and the atmosphere is very Baltimore. Very casual and unpretentious. Be ready to grab a mallet and a roll of paper towels for this meal.
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L.P. Steamers
1100 E Fort Ave
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The crabs here are great - and the atmosphere is very Baltimore. Very casual and unpretentious. Be ready to grab a mallet and a roll of paper towels for this meal.
An awesome spot run by thoughtful and community-oriented people. Stunning wall murals! Delicious food made with love.
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Dovecote Cafe
2501 Madison Ave
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An awesome spot run by thoughtful and community-oriented people. Stunning wall murals! Delicious food made with love.
Fresh eats with a soul food-style menu. The space also hosts occasional creative and community events.
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Terra Cafe
101 East 25th Street
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Fresh eats with a soul food-style menu. The space also hosts occasional creative and community events.
Drinks & Nightlife
This dive bar is fun, and is also definitely haunted. John Waters hangs out here sometimes, if you're looking to run into him!
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Club Charles
1724 N Charles St
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This dive bar is fun, and is also definitely haunted. John Waters hangs out here sometimes, if you're looking to run into him!
They have a great beer list. It's also right in the heart of town near Penn Station.
The Brass Tap
1205 W Mt Royal Ave
They have a great beer list. It's also right in the heart of town near Penn Station.
They have great cocktails and a very cool ambiance, but can get a bit crowded.
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The Bluebird Cocktail Room
3600 Hickory Ave
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They have great cocktails and a very cool ambiance, but can get a bit crowded.
This is our local brewery! They have a fun, low-key tasting room with a bring-your-own-food setup (and often food trucks in their lot). The beers are great, especially their own stuff. An extra note of interest is that it is located on the site of what used to be the Orioles' stadium.
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Peabody Heights Brewery
401 E 30th St
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This is our local brewery! They have a fun, low-key tasting room with a bring-your-own-food setup (and often food trucks in their lot). The beers are great, especially their own stuff. An extra note of interest is that it is located on the site of what used to be the Orioles' stadium.
They have a really good beer list and food menu.
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Wet City
223 W Chase St
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They have a really good beer list and food menu.
This friendly dive bar is just down the street and also has a nice casual food menu.
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The Dizz
300 West 30th Street
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This friendly dive bar is just down the street and also has a nice casual food menu.
You have to try Duckpin...or Double Duckpin. Union's got some of Baltimore's best beer.
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Union Craft Brewing
1700 Union Avenue
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You have to try Duckpin...or Double Duckpin. Union's got some of Baltimore's best beer.
Ottobar has a music venue downstairs and a bar upstairs. It's a beloved, grungy local institution. And it's just a few blocks from our place.
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Ottobar
2549 North Howard Street
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Ottobar has a music venue downstairs and a bar upstairs. It's a beloved, grungy local institution. And it's just a few blocks from our place.
Fun queer-oriented bar!
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Grand Central Club
1001 North Charles Street
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Fun queer-oriented bar!
Hip, queer-friendly nightclub and bar.
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The Crown Baltimore
1910 North Charles Street
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Hip, queer-friendly nightclub and bar.
This is a fun place for dance parties and shows by local musicians that run the alternative gamut.
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The Windup Space
12 West North Avenue
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This is a fun place for dance parties and shows by local musicians that run the alternative gamut.
Parks & Nature
This is a nice, contained green space nearby. It's great for a walk or a run, or just a detour from your route around town.
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Wyman Park Dell
2929 North Charles Street
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This is a nice, contained green space nearby. It's great for a walk or a run, or just a detour from your route around town.
There's a great track around the perimeter of the lake. It's a nice, serene spot for a walk, run, or bike ride.
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Lake Montebello
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There's a great track around the perimeter of the lake. It's a nice, serene spot for a walk, run, or bike ride.
The park is lovely and spacious, and there's a great track around the lake for walking, running, or biking. It's also where you will find the Maryland Zoo, which is worth a visit if you don't mind paying the entry fee.
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Druid Hill Park
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The park is lovely and spacious, and there's a great track around the lake for walking, running, or biking. It's also where you will find the Maryland Zoo, which is worth a visit if you don't mind paying the entry fee.
You can find some of the best views of the city here! It's also near a cute, walkable, and lively neighborhood.
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Federal Hill Park
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You can find some of the best views of the city here! It's also near a cute, walkable, and lively neighborhood.
Patterson Park has beautiful pagodas and views of the city. Depending on the time of year, it is also the site of art festivals and cultural events.
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Patterson Park
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Patterson Park has beautiful pagodas and views of the city. Depending on the time of year, it is also the site of art festivals and cultural events.
Sightseeing
The Inner Harbor has great scenery and amenities. It's a tourist favorite. When weather permits, rent a pedal boat and go out on the water!
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Inner Harbor
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The Inner Harbor has great scenery and amenities. It's a tourist favorite. When weather permits, rent a pedal boat and go out on the water!
Baltimore is where the national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. Check out Fort McHenry to see where it all happened.
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Fort McHenry
2400 E Fort Ave
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Baltimore is where the national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. Check out Fort McHenry to see where it all happened.
Arts & Culture
The American Visionary Art Museum is truly unique. It features work from amateur and other non-professional artists, often in emotionally moving exhibits. Though it does have a fee, it is worth a visit if you can afford it. The gift shop is also pretty fascinating.
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American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
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The American Visionary Art Museum is truly unique. It features work from amateur and other non-professional artists, often in emotionally moving exhibits. Though it does have a fee, it is worth a visit if you can afford it. The gift shop is also pretty fascinating.
This is a gorgeous historic space, not only for the books but also for the architecture.
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George Peabody Library
17 East Mount Vernon Place
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This is a gorgeous historic space, not only for the books but also for the architecture.
This museum often features international collections and cultural exhibitions. It's a gorgeous space.
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Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St
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This museum often features international collections and cultural exhibitions. It's a gorgeous space.
The BMA is free and within walking distance! They feature well-known and up-and-coming artists, sometimes local ones.
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Baltimore Museum of Art
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The BMA is free and within walking distance! They feature well-known and up-and-coming artists, sometimes local ones.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum has timely and compelling displays on African American culture and history.
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Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street
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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum has timely and compelling displays on African American culture and history.
Baltimore has a long and fascinating industrial history. As another plus, this museum has a great view of the water!
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Baltimore Museum of Industry
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Baltimore has a long and fascinating industrial history. As another plus, this museum has a great view of the water!
This museum is truly unique. If you are interested in African American history and identity, you should consider a visit. It is an often-overlooked destination because it is located outside of main tourism and commercial corridors.
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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E North Ave
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This museum is truly unique. If you are interested in African American history and identity, you should consider a visit. It is an often-overlooked destination because it is located outside of main tourism and commercial corridors.
This is a small museum worth considering if you are interested in sports history and, of course, baseball.
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Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
216 Emory Street
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This is a small museum worth considering if you are interested in sports history and, of course, baseball.
Entertainment & Activities
It's expensive, but the fish and aquatic mammals are really cool. So is the rainforest exhibit.
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Nationaal aquarium van Baltimore
501 East Pratt Street
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It's expensive, but the fish and aquatic mammals are really cool. So is the rainforest exhibit.
This is the spot for independent films. And another place where you might see John Waters lurking about!
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The Charles Theatre
1711 North Charles Street
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This is the spot for independent films. And another place where you might see John Waters lurking about!
Single Carrot has unique, independent productions and almost always has really affordable tickets. And it's right nearby!
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Single Carrot Theatre
2600 North Howard Street
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Single Carrot has unique, independent productions and almost always has really affordable tickets. And it's right nearby!
The Book Thing is a free exchange of books. That's pretty much it. You can find your typical stuff, and also random things like old yearbooks and textbooks. There's no need to donate in order to take a book - but if you're looking to give something up, they welcome additions.
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Book Thing of Baltimore
3001 Vineyard Lane
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The Book Thing is a free exchange of books. That's pretty much it. You can find your typical stuff, and also random things like old yearbooks and textbooks. There's no need to donate in order to take a book - but if you're looking to give something up, they welcome additions.
Essentials
This is a pretty well-stocked and reasonably-priced Giant. It's about a ten-minute walk from us.
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Giant Food
601 East 33rd Street
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This is a pretty well-stocked and reasonably-priced Giant. It's about a ten-minute walk from us.
We stop by here for any drugstore items we can't find at Giant.
Rite Aid
3133 Greenmount Ave
We stop by here for any drugstore items we can't find at Giant.
Eddie's is a bit pricey but is nearby if you're in a pinch. They also carry a lot of local specialty items like Taharka Brothers Ice Cream and snacks from Kinderhook Bakery. They have a modest salad bar and a deli if you're nearby and have a hankering.
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Eddie's Market
3117 Saint Paul Street
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Eddie's is a bit pricey but is nearby if you're in a pinch. They also carry a lot of local specialty items like Taharka Brothers Ice Cream and snacks from Kinderhook Bakery. They have a modest salad bar and a deli if you're nearby and have a hankering.
These guys have a pretty extensive and reasonably-priced inventory. They also have awesome signs and friendly staff.
Eddie's Liquors
3109 Saint Paul Street
These guys have a pretty extensive and reasonably-priced inventory. They also have awesome signs and friendly staff.
Old reliable. This is a newly built CVS that has a decently rounded-out stock.
CVS
3200 St Paul St
Old reliable. This is a newly built CVS that has a decently rounded-out stock.