See what’s going on in your neighborhood and explore the city.
- Restaurants -
Lauded as some of the best deep dish pizza in south Baltimore, Our House offers “Dam Good” food that will hit anyone’s cravings. Everything is homemade and everything is delicious, morning, noon, and night. You can even enjoy French toast made with Italian bread with their brunch menu! Create your own pizza or try one from the menu, and make sure to try the garlic bread, too!
For some of the best Thai and Vietnamese food in Charm City, Thai Mekong is the place to go. Open seven days a week, they’re here to meet your pho, thom kha gai, curry, and pad thai needs any day of the week. If you’re in a hurry, you can even order ahead online and pick it up to go!
As a taste of Puerto Callao, Peru, Puerto 511 is the perfect mix of passion, love, and cuisine in the Bromo Arts District. When Chef Jose Victorio Alarcon and his wife Connie de Victoria moved to Baltimore from Chicago, they brought their childhood food of Peru with them as well and started the restaurant in 2013. Today, stop by for ceviche, cassava, lomo, and other traditional Peruvian dishes that are sure to satisfy.
Not sure if you want pizza or Indian food? Or have picky eaters in your group who aren’t sure about Indian food? Either way, Mount Everest is perfect for you! Choose from traditional pizza place offerings like pies, stromboli, subs, or wings, or branch out and try some Indian fare like tandoori, tikka, and vindalu. They even deliver if you’re in the area!
If you’ve never had Afghan cuisine, you’re truly missing out. At Helmand, experience herbs and spices of Afghanistan, a unique mix of India, Iran, and Greece, where they’ve introduced America to Afghan cuisine since 1989. Enjoy an extensive menu of lamb, seafood, beef, and chicken prepared in a variety of ways traditional to Afghanistan. You won’t be disappointed!
Next time you’re in Charles Village and needing some caffeine, something sweet, or a quick bite, Carm’s Cafe is a must. Enjoy a variety of coffees and teas, bagels, sandwiches, and salads. For the brunch lovers among us, they also have a separate brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays before 2 PM.
It may look unassuming from the outside, but Roman’s Place is a true Baltimore hidden gem. Cheap, but delicious, eats and good company near Patterson Park, the bar and restaurant is owned and operated by Baltimore native Roman Kuzmiw. Enjoy simple but delicious pub fare from sandwiches to seafood that won’t break the bank no matter how often you stop by.
Located in the historic district of Fells Point, it’s no surprise that the building Peter’s Inn calls home has a history. Built in 1850, it was owned by multiple generations before becoming Peter’s Inn in 1977. Then in 1995, the current owners bought the place the day after their wedding; ever since, we’ve been able to enjoy a delicious menu that changes weekly. Check their website to see what’s being served this week!
Though their tacos are arguably the best in Baltimore, as you may notice from the name, this Fells Point storefront is a tortilleria, not a taqueria. Make sure to order a few tacos that showcase their fresh-made tortillas prepared right behind the counter. Seating is limited, but that just means the food is all that more enjoyable.
Named as the best Greek Restaurant by several publications, it’s no surprise that Samos has some of the best gyro meat this side of the Mediterranean. Opened in 1977, Nicholas Georgalas is still the owner and head chef, and for good reason, growing the menu from mostly sandwiches, fried chicken, and fries, to now offering more classic Greek favorites like souvlaki, dolmathes, and gyro. Make sure to bring cash or a debit card, as they are cash only but have an ATM on site.
Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City may have the leg up on the barbeque game, but ask anyone from Food Network, The Washington Post, Zagat, or Travel Channel and they’ll tell you Baltimore BBQ is just as delicious as the southern styles and Chaps Pit Beef is the best of the best!
There’s no shortage of seafood places in Baltimore, and you should definitely ask around to find new spots to try. With locations in Ballston, Mount Vernon, and South Baltimore, we suggest starting with The Local Oyster! They have their own oyster farm, so you know the product will be fresh, and if you stop by during happy hour you can have practically all-you-can-eat freshly shucked oysters. Don’t sleep on the crab cake either, made with pure Maryland blue crab meat.
Satisfy your sweet tooth while enjoying unique and Baltimore-based flavors at The Charmery. They have an ever-changing sundae menu, seasonal ice cream flavors, sodas made from scratch, hand-spun milkshakes, and floats with root beer from the tap! We highly recommend the Old Bay caramel for a truly east-coast taste.
- Entertainment and Destinations -
The third oldest zoo in the country, this zoo is completely outside! Hangout with zookeepers every day during animal feeds, training demos, or keeper chats. You may even get to see several of the new babies! Seasonal programming for both children and adults are available all year round.
All the best outdoor activities are here! This 745 acre park first opened in 1860 and includes a public pool, two disc golf courses, the Maryland Zoo, the Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden, farmers markets, guided walking and biking tours, night hikes, live entrainement, outdoor fitness classes, and so much more!
The second oldest glass conservatory in the country, this establishment opened in 1888. Bolstering plants from all over the world, visitors can see what is in bloom or participate in Plants and People program, held every Sunday from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Join for workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and brush up your horticulture knowledge.
Located on the infamous John Hopkins University campus, BMA is a mostly free museum courtesy of a handful of corporations. The museum contains galleries, a shop, a restaurant, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Check out Free Family Sundays held every Sunday from 2pm until 5pm for free arts and crafts!
Small park, lots to do! Stansbury Park features a driving range, batting cages, 18-hole mini-golf course, athletic fields, ball diamonds, community gardens, paved walking trails, pavilions, a pier, and playgrounds. It’s a great spot for a family outing!
If you want a bit of nature in your home, look no further than B. Willow! With a vast selection of cactuses, succulents, air plants, and more, you’ll be able to find some green to add to your apartment no matter how much space and horticulture know-how you’re working with. They also offer workshops if you want to learn more.
Since 1997, The Ottobar has offered an intimate showroom for live music and the occasional performance art. Even though the original space had very limited capacity, they’ve been able to pull artists like The White Stripes, Le Tigre, Fear, Bright Eyes, Lamb Of God, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Royal Trux, Jimmy Eat World, and much more. Keep an eye on their calendar so you don’t miss out!
For one of the best curated vintage and stylish thrifting experiences in Baltimore, head over to Hunting Ground. Browse the racks housed in an old church for statement pieces, trendy accessories, and other vintage finds. You can also sell your pre-used (but still good condition) pieces that fit their vibe. Check them out on Instagram!
While technically an antique shop and bookstore, Charlotte Elliott is more of a destination where history, art, and decor meet in Baltimore. Family owned and operated, the antique shop offers a variety of ancient, antique, vintage, and curious items for anyone to appreciate. For the booklovers among us, explore a collection of books on all subject matters right next door.
From avid hobbyists to those new to the craft, Lovelyarns will soon be your go-to for any and all yarn needs in Baltimore! They specialize in local independently dyed yarn and fiber, and even have a “Yarn Tasting Wall” where you can purchase yarn by the gram to experiment with before purchasing and entire skein. New to the hobby? Check out their classes to learn more and increase your skill!
Regardless of if it’s Record Store Day or not, Celebrated Summer Records is one of the best places for vinyl in Baltimore. Though they specialize in punk, hardcore, jazz, soul, and indie rock, you can find just about anything to suit your music tastes. Stop by and see what they have today!
Located in Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor, National Aquarium opened in 1981 and has been a wonderful addition to the city ever since. The Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums, and for good reason. Stop by and wonder at more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals while learning more about our planet’s waterlife and how to conserve it.
Have you really visited Baltimore in the summer if you haven’t gone to an Orioles game, or at least walked around Eutaw Street? Since 1992, Baltimore’s own MLB team has called the downtown stadium home, bringing with it a new era of Major League Baseball. While it may not have the same history of some other stadiums, its own story speaks for itself.
One of the most famous (or infamous?) Baltimore natives, Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer and literary critic in the 19th Century. For the better part of the last century, students have read and studied his works, and you can still visit his historical home, place of death, and grave with horror-like features worthy of the father of the modern detective fiction.