Our D*S Baltimore City Guide is one of the most popular guides we’ve ever run. I think it had a lot to do with it being written by two D*S team members, Anne Ditmeyer and Felice Cleveland. Anne and Felice loved their city so much that it was impossible to miss the passion with which they wrote that in-depth guide. Since their original version, we’ve updated the guide with new spots and some sad closings, but today I’m thrilled to show the city of Baltimore even more love, courtesy of Andrea Pippins.
Andrea is a designer, teacher, illustrator, diversity advocate and the blogger behind Fly Girl. I’ve been following her site ever since Rena Tom told me I should be reading it way back in 2006. Andrea’s passion for the creative community is infectious, and I’m so glad to see it extend to an excitement for her home base of Baltimore. Today she’s sharing her 24 Hour Guide to Baltimore – her must-sees for a quick stop in town, a good bite to eat and some beautiful places to visit. Thanks, Andrea! xo, grace
Illustration by David Saracino
Click through for the full guide after the jump!
8 am: Usually, my Sundays are made for sleeping in and catching a little Super Soul Sunday. But when the weather is nice and warm, Sunday mornings are perfect to hit the Baltimore Farmers’ Market. It’s one of the most popular outdoor markets in the city, and because of its unique vendors (like Zeke’s Coffee, the Gogo’s Retread Threads vintage clothing bus, and In A Pickle) it gets pretty packed. So I try to get there early before the lines get too long. I like to grab flowers for the week, pickles or fun sweets to snack on, or artwork.
Baltimore Farmer’s Market
11 am: After prowling around the market for a bit, I start to feel hungry, which means it’s time for brunch (my favorite meal). The Food Market in Hampden is great for savory dishes like lobster fingers, crab cake and shrimp club, or a simple crab cake sandwich. Love!
1 pm: With a full stomach, I resist the need for a nap (it’s Sunday!) and do a little browsing/window-shopping while in the Hampden neighborhood. Some of my favorite shops in Baltimore are here. I like to peek in Trohv for stationery goods and gifts. Caravanserai is where I go to stock up on bangles and textiles from India (and where I purchased my favorite kantha quilt jacket), and Hunting Ground for fun vintage finds and pieces from local designers. Across the street from Hunting Ground one can find Atomic Books, a great bookstore for zines, obscure publications and cool art/design reads.
Caravanserai in Baltimore
2 pm: For an afternoon pick-me-up after all that walking and shopping, I make my way to Artifact Coffee for coffee and a molasses cookie (this cookie is so delicious). This coffee shop is super quaint and cozy. I love going there for meetings or to link up with a friend.
Artifact Coffee in Baltimore
3 pm: I stop by the Spur Gallery to take a peek at the latest exhibition. Spur is an award-winning design and illustration studio in the Hampden neighborhood, and they are always showcasing amazing talent in their beautiful gallery space.
4 pm: Just before an early dinner I make my way back to The Avenue (36th Street in Hampden) to check out a few more antique and vintage shops. David’s on The Avenue is a favorite for the great furniture finds at low prices.
6 pm: Dinner at Woodberry Kitchen is always a treat. This cozy restaurant is popular here in Bmore, so you always have to make a reservation, or expect to have a really long wait to be seated. I love getting their oysters, scallops and flatbreads. Their Gov’t Mule cocktail is delicious. Everything at Woodberry is local/regional and super fresh.
8:30 pm: I meet friends for cocktails at WC Harlan, a tiny speakeasy-like bar with old school handcrafted drinks.
Other fun spots:
Eat + Drink
City Cafe (really good eats)
Ryleigh’s Oyster (good oyster bar specials)
Oceanaire (love their happy hour specials, their shrimp and grits dish is delicious!)
Minato Sushi Bar (good sushi but great martini specials on Wednesdays)
Paper Moon Diner (good breakfast food)
Sip + Bite (love this place for late-night eats)
Hunting Ground in Baltimore