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Baltimore neighborhoods are what really define this city and make it so charming. Each section of town has its own unique character, often embodied by its restaurants, bars, and shops. Below, find short histories on Baltimore's most iconic neighborhoods, as well as photo tours, guides to area activities, restaurant reviews, and more.
  1. Inner Harbor
  2. Fells Point
  3. Federal Hill
  4. Little Italy
  5. Canton
  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Charles Village
  3. Hampden
  4. Other Neighborhoods

Inner Harbor

A former historic seaport, in 2009 the Inner Harbor was described as “the model for post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the world” by the Urban Land Institute. Packed with restaurants and world-class attractions, there's always plenty to do in this downtown Baltimore neighborhood.

Fells Point

Another popular stop for tourists, the Fells Point neighborhood is also is beloved by its residents. Set on the water, Fells Point is home to many of the city's great restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries, and antiques stores. It is accessible by water taxi, freeway, and several bus lines.

Federal Hill

When word that Maryland had ratified the Constitution in 1789 hit Baltimore, citizens gathered at the large hill overlooking the harbor to celebrate. Afterward, the hill and surrounding neighborhood, became known as Federal Hill. Today it is a bustling home to many restaurants and bars, as well as some gorgeously revamped row houses.

Little Italy

Baltimore's Little Italy is not one of the country's largest Italian neighborhoods, but it is one of its most charming. A collection of mom and pop restaurants, the neighborhood is a draw for locals and out-of-towners alike.

Canton

Set near the water in East Baltimore, it was only a matter of time before one of the city's oldest industrial neighborhoods was transformed into a collection of marinas, condominiums, bars, and restaurants. This clean and hip area is known for attracting a crowd of young professionals to live and play.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is the city's cultural center. The Walters Art Museum, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House, and Peabody Institute, are all located in this Baltimore neighborhood, which is a destination for lovers of all the arts.

Charles Village

Charles Village is not only home to Johns Hopkins University and The Baltimore Museum of Art, but also a nice mixture of students, professors, and families. The neighborhood attracts a large number of artists and bohemians, and is known for its iconic "Painted Ladies," Victorian row houses painted in vibrant hues.

Hampden

Restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries line "The Avenue," the main drag in Hampden.

Other Neighborhoods

Many other, smaller neighborhoods dot Baltimore's landscape. Here's information on some of them.

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