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Trip List by DCMenina

Baltimore for Hipsters

Jul 8, 2007  Nostalgic former Baltimorean
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Get out of the Inner Harbor and live like a (hip) local

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Baltimore
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Cross Street Market and Federal Hill Park Picnic
    http://www.bpmarkets.com/crs2.html

    First, go to Cross Street Market and pick up your picnic goodies. Then walk a few blocks up to Federal Hill Park (ask a local) for the best view of the inner harbor and skyline. Bonus, you are right next to the Visionary Art Museum!

  • 2. American Visionary Art Museum
    http://www.avam.org/

    The only one of its kind in the country - a truly fanastic (and fantastical) museum.

  • 3. Creative Alliance Film/Art/Performance
    http://www.creativealliance.org/

    The Creative Alliance at the old Patterson theater has hands down the most interesting, innovative stuff going on in the whole city. Just a quick look on their calendar for this month shows a "SALSAPOLKALOOZA" bilingual community festival, a performance by the Baltimore Dance Company, two art exhibitions, a kid's country-music ho-down, an urban spoken word comedy show and the "16-bit Gen Gamer" video game culture extravanga. Something for everyone!

  • 4. Paper Moon Diner
    http://www.papermoondiner24.com

    24 hour diner near Johns Hopkins University/Charles Village that will make you feel like you have stepped into a Dr. Seus story. The perfect place for a post-bar/show chow down or a lazy weekend brunch. From here, it's just a 10 minute walk to Hamden's shopping district.

  • 5. Shopping in Hamden
    http://www.hampdenmerchants.com/id6.html

    The Hamden neighborhood is the heart of John Water's Baltimore (rent the movie "Pecker" before you go for a true introduction to Hampden). It houses the Cafe Hon and more than 100 cute stores, antique shops and art galleries along its main drag (36th St.)

  • 6. LP Steamers Crabhouse
    http://www.lpsteamers.com/

    Even though you will be the only tourists there, the staff will treat you like family, I promise. The inside decor leaves something to be desired, but head up to the tiny roof deck (worth waiting for) and enjoy the view of the B-more skyline and the really, absurdly good crabs. A good choice for sunset (as a bonus, you will get to watch the Domino Sugar sign light up!).

  • 7. The Brewers Art Bar
    http://www.belgianbeer.com

    Great bar with an elegant sofa and cocktail scene upstairs and cavernous, dark downstairs with cozy nooks. The food is definitely above and beyond typical bar food as well.

  • 8. Bengies Drive In Movie Theater
    http://www.bengies.com/

    One of the last in the country, this is an excellent way to spend an evening, particularly on Friday and Sat. triple feature nights! It's a bit of a drive, but it's worth it.

  • 9. The Helmand
    The Helmand, Baltimore, Maryland

    Have dinner at the Afghan restaurant owned by Afghan President Hamid Karzi's brother! You think you don't like pumpkin soup, but trust me, you just haven't tried the right kind yet.

  • 10. Los Arcos Restaurant in Fells Point

    Adorable and authentic Mexican place. Surprise them by asking for a chelada (Mexican beer drink with lime and salt) or a michelada (same thing, but with tabasco and pepper). Great courtyard seating in a lovely old building and more than 100 types of tequila! 129 S. Broadway (across from Obryckis crabhouse)

  • 11. Red Emma's Bookstore Coffehouse
    http://www.redemmas.org/

    A worker-owned and collectively-managed bookstore and coffeehouse located in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. Come for the political conversation, vegan baked goods and fair trade coffee - or the free wireless/Internet access.

  • 12. Ottobar (Get Your Punk/Indie Rock On)
    http://www.theottobar.com/

    For those about to (punk)rock, we salute you. Primarly punk/indie, but also a smattering of other things like "Metal Mondays" and the monthly "electropop dance party." Surrounding area a bit sketchy, so don't think you made a wrong turn - you didn't.