Six Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore You Need To Explore

Filled with history, culture, and an eclectic food, art, and music scene Baltimore, Maryland is an East Coast city that has so much to offer. Like many cities, Baltimore is split into distinct neighborhoods that all have their own unique flair.

As a native Bostonian who lived in Baltimore for four years, I can honestly say that this city is special, and you are in for a treat if it is your first time exploring this coastal city. But since navigating the many neighborhoods can be confusing, today I am breaking down six of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore that you absolutely need to explore on your next trip.

Six Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore Maryland To Explore

While we only had a few days in Baltimore this time around, honestly you can really explore so much of Baltimore in just two days if you need to. The key to Baltimore is knowing how to navigate the city, it is the kind of city that has very specific neighborhoods with various vibes to them, all of which are unique and amazing in their own right. 


[ the six best neighborhoods in baltimore ]

Baltimore like many cities is broken up into a few main neighborhoods all with their own unique experiences to offer. The best part about Baltimore is that you can really explore so much of the city in just two days if you need to. The key to Baltimore is knowing how to navigate the city, it is the kind of city that has very specific neighborhoods with various vibes to them, all of which are unique and amazing in their own right. 

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While I could (and probably should) write a guide exclusively covering each of these unique neighborhoods, today I am going to give you a quick overview of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore that can’t be missed, and what you can expect.


visit Hampden, baltimore

Things To Do In Hampden Baltimore

Hampden was once a 19th century mill town but now has become one of Baltimore’s most colorful and trendiest “hipster” neighborhoods.

Hampden is probably most known for 36th Street, which is known as The Avenue.36th Street is filled with eclectic shops and incredible restaurants like making it one of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore (and my personal favorite)

Check out the best places to eat and drink in Hampden, Baltimore below:

Bluebird Cocktail Room, The Food Market, Woodberry Kitchen, and Daniela’s Pasta and Pastries.


 

visit Canton, Baltimore

things to do in canton, baltimore

Canton is a beautiful waterfront neighborhoods that is filled with some of the best seafood in town.

Right on the water the neighborhood of Canton is just minutes from downtown and has a total marina feel to it. Canton is also a favorite of young professionals and has easy access to restaurants, super markets, and shopping.

Canton also has an easy to access water taxi that makes exploring Baltimore from the water so much easier.

Check out the best places to eat, drink, and play in Canton, Baltimore below:

Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Verde, Alma Cocina Latina, El Bufalo Tequila Bar and Kitchen, National Aquarium, Fort McHenry


 

visit federal hill, baltimore

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things to do in federal hill, baltimore

Federal Hill is a favorite neighborhood for recent graduates from the many universities in Baltimore — and for good reason. There is a lot going on in Federal Hill and with its close proximity to downtown Baltimore, Federal Hill is one of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore to call your home base while visiting the city.

Simply walk outside your hotel or airbnb and you will have walkable access to much of what the city has to offer. It is also one of the most accessible Baltimore neighborhoods from most of the major hotels in downtown Baltimore.

Check out the best places to eat, drink, and play in Federal Hill, Baltimore below:

The Book Escape, Cross Street Market, Blue Agave, Sobo Cafe, The Charles Baltimore


 

visit fells point, baltimore

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things to do in fells point, baltimore

Fells Point is right on the water and home to many restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, eclectic stores, and much more. It is easily accessible from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and has one of the best fish markets in the city.

If you like oysters I would highly recommend stopping by the Fells Point Fish Market and enjoying some of the best oysters you will ever have.

Looking for the infamous Baltimore Crab Cakes? Fells Point has you covered with Thames Street Oyster House, which is a must visit for all you seafood lovers.

Fells Point also has quite the night life and is one of the most popular places for college students to adventure out to in the evening.

Check out the best places to eat, drink, and play in Fells Point, Baltimore below:

Thames Street Oyster House, Blue Moon, Pitango Gelato, Bar Vasquez


 

visit mt. vernon, baltimore

6 Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore Maryland - What To Do and See In Mount Vernon, Baltimore

things to do in mt. vernon, baltimore

Mt. Vernon is one of the prettiest and best neighborhoods in Baltimore with its historic cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture. Mt. Vernon is one of the most family friendly neighborhoods in the city and is filled with restaurants and coffee shops, museums, and theaters.

While the Mount Vernon neighborhood is about a 15 minute cab ride away from downtown Baltimore, it is a wonderful, walkable neighborhood to take in all the pretty scenery in Baltimore.

Check out the best places to eat, drink, and play in Mount Vernon, Baltimore below:

The First Washington Monument, Walters Art MuseumMagdalenaPoets Modern Cocktails & Eats


 

visit baltimore inner harbor

Top Things To Do In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor For Fun

baltimore inner harbor things to do

While the inner harbor isn't exactly a true neighborhood it is worth highlighting here. The inner harbor is absolutely Baltimore's largest tourist attraction and is filled with chain and upscale restaurants, as well as shopping, and beautiful water views of the harbor.

If you are visiting Baltimore for the weekend, the inner harbor is a great place to stay (it has many of the large hotel chains) and is a central location for exploring the downtown neighborhoods of Baltimore.

Check out the best places to eat, drink, and play in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore below:

National Aquarium, Lewis Museum, Power Plant Live, Harborplace and Gallery


I hope you found this guide to the six best neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland helpful and you have an incredible time exploring this historic East Coast City.

Are we missing your favorite Baltimore restaurant or attraction? Leave a note in the comments and we will make sure to add it to our guide.