Adventure is out there! Next stop on the tour is Fell's Point.
The next pit stop on our wonderful tour of Baltimore is Fell’s Point in all of its cobblestoned, waterfront glory. Filled with historic sites, award-winning restaurants, and poppin’ nightlife, Fell’s is the place to be. Established in 1763 and named after wealthy Englishman William Fell, Fell’s has always been a hub for trade, commerce, and culture. The neighborhood became home to a hodge-podge of European nationalities during Baltimore’s huge wave of immigration in the 19th century (in case ya didn’t know, Locust Point (which is a ‘hood right across the Harbor for Bmore newbies) was the second largest point of entry after Ellis Island back in the day). Later (much later), in the 1980s, another wave of immigration hit Fell’s – this time the newcomers hailed from Mexico and Central America. The end result is the beautiful mix of cultures that is Fell’s Point today.
So what’s there to do in Fell’s Point you might ask? So happy you asked, allow me to fill you in!
The list of eateries in this neck of the woods is seemingly endless, but here’s the Sparknotes version:
Restaurants and Bars
- Breakfast/Lunch (And also brunch)
- Blue Moon Café – stop by Blue Moon for a cinnamon roll the size of your face or a mile-high pile of Captain Crunch French Toast (a fan favorite and featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The Fell’s location is open 24 hours on weekends!
- Bond Street Social – looking to start your day with a group brunch date? Bond Street is the place for you – dishes are designed to be shared, and if you and your posse are over 21 there’s always the bottomless mimosa option.
- Daily Grind – java lovers rejoice, this is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix for the day ahead. Plus, they have a variety of bagels and breakfast sandwiches, it’s a win-win.
- The Waterfront Hotel – if you’re looking for a benedict that will blow your mind, this is the place to be. May I recommend the Waterfront Benedict, which features jalapeño bacon and avocado tomato salsa – yum!
Dinner and/or drinks
- Bertha’s Mussels - I’m sure you’ve seen the iconic “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” green bumper stickers around town - they’re everywhere. This well-known spot is a popular destination for anyone craving - you guessed it - mussels!
- Max’s Taphouse - Max’s boasts over 1,000 bottles, 102 taps, and 5 casks - that’s a lotta beer - the widest variety in Baltimore in fact. For all those under 21, Max’s can still be on your list of places to visit thanks to it’s extensive menu with delicious munchies like fried pickles and jumbo chicken wings.
- The Horse You Came In On Saloon – Baltimore’s oldest saloon and the last place Edgar Allan Poe visited before his mysterious death in 1849. This historic landmark offers live music every day of the week (starting at 1:00pm) and a full lunch and dinner menu.
- Slainte Irish Pub – another featured restaurant on Triple-D (that’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for those that don’t watch Food Network like I do). This Irish eatery offers daily specials, and March 1-17 (St. Patrick’s Day, duh) will be an ongoing celebration at Slainte. Check out the event calendar here.
- Sticky Rice – sushi and tater tots is the specialty here, and quite honestly what could be better? Sticky Rice also offers a calendar filled with funky events like video game nights, late night happy hours, and dance parties.
- Thames Street Oyster House – this old school oyster house offers a wide variety of local and New England seafood options like the Chesapeake Blue Catfish Sandwich and Gulf of Maine Hake. Like any and all classy seafood joints things can get pricey here, so maybe save it for a special occasion. Graduation dinner, perhaps?
- Kilwin’s– all of the Kilwin’s specialty fudges, chocolates, toffees, and brittles are made in-house and are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. They also have a full selection of scrumptious ice creams, just sayin’.
- Maggie Moo’s – warm weather is right around the corner (fingers crossed!) so that means it’s time to up your intake of frozen treats. With flavors like carrot cake and peanut butter banana plus endless mix-ins (think Reece’s Pieces, Oreos, shredded coconut, and the like) the combination possibilities are endless.
- Pitango Gelato - fresh, simple, and organic – that’s the Pitango motto when it comes to gelato (guys, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! They should probably put that phrase on t-shirts or somethin’). Some of their most unique flavors include: Cardamom, Milk & Honey, and Matcha Green Tea.
- Diablo Doughnuts - go nuts for doughnuts! How can you beat a doughnut (or a dozen) at the start of a brand new day? Try fun flavors like: cherry cheesecake, Fruity Pebbles, or chocolate bacon.
Of course, there’s more to do in Fell’s than just eat. Here are some fun-filled activities you can add to your agenda:
- Baltimore Ghost Tours – a creepy history lesson that is sure to keep you both spooked and informed! Explore Baltimore’s historically haunted landmarks and learn about all their supernatural pasts. Tours are offered year round, but you should sign up in October for an extra eerie experience.
- Urban Pirates – arrrgh you ready to party!? All aboard for Baltimore’s most swashbuckling adventure and pirate themed cruisearound theHarbor. The boat sets sail in the warmer months, so be sure to make your plans May – October.
- Mustang Alleys – a bowling alley, a bar, and a bistro – whatta combo! Mustang Alleys offers both regular and duckpin bowling, just note the bowling alley is 21+ after 7:00pm.
- The Party Dress - no matter the occasion, The Party Dress can hook you up with the right look. Voted ‘Best Place to Find the Perfect Cocktail Dress’ by local college students .
- Sound Garden – your one-stop-shop for all things entertainment. Sound Garden buys and sells a wide variety of new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, video games, and Blu-Rays. It’s a great place to buy the perfect gift for the music lover in your life, or pick up a few extra bucks selling your old stuff!
- Su Casa - every kind of furniture you can think of – modern, antique, classic, you name it Su Casa’s got it! Or, if you’re not looking to do a total HGTV inspired dorm makeover just stop by for the adorably fun tchotchkes.
- Ten Thousands Villages - handcrafted, fair-trade crafts from around the world. You can get earrings from Ghana, a wall hanging from Vietnam, and a picture frame from Ecuador without ever leaving Charm City.
Annual Festivals/Big Parties
- Fell’s Fest - mark your calendars for the city’s biggest annual outdoor party. The fest features live music, hundreds of food options, local craft vendors, plus tons of community spirit. This year’s celebration will be September 30 – October 2, 2016.
- Privateer Festival - Ahoy, matey! The Annual Privateer Festival is a weekend of shopping, celebration, and living history. For those of you who are always down for a good themed party – this is the perfect excuse to break out your best Captain Jack Sparrow getup! Dates are TBA.
- Halloween: Fell’s is a major party destination every October 31st – you should probably start working on your costume now! Be on the lookout for special deals from local bars and restaurants.
So whether you’re looking to waste the day away strolling along the waterfront, need to get some serious gift shopping done, or want to learn about Baltimore’s history, make a point to get to Fell’s (pun completely intended).
Up next, we’re hopping across the pond to Federal Hill!