Skipjack pirates once roamed Fell’s Point and the swanky highrise oasis of Harbor East. Eastern Shore produce was canned in Canton. Highlandtown welcomed wave after wave of immigrants, Greek, Eastern European, and now Latin American, whose cultures and language still shape this melting-pot neighborhood. Endless miles of rowhouses let you know that you’re in East Baltimore, where the vibe today is creative, diverse, and youthful.
Harbor East offers films in luxury at Landmark Theaters, crabcake tacos al fresco from the Gypsy Queen food truck, cheap fresh bread at the H&S surplus store, upscale window shopping, and civilized refreshment at Teavolve. Turn north at President Street (where the first shots of the Civil War were fired) and fill up on homemade pasta in the classic eateries of Baltimore’s Little Italy.
Eastward! Fell’s Point is a browser’s paradise of funky, vintage, and unique shops. Start with breakfast at tiny Blue Moon Café or the bustling locals’ favorite, Jimmy’s. Thumb through miles of CDs at Sound Garden. Then wind down with a bowl of Bertha’s mussels, fresh sushi at Asahi, or softshell crabs at Duda’s.
At night, you’ll join the flocks of college students headed for watering holes like Max’s on Broadway, Kooper’s, Lulu’s, and the wild Latin Palace. Or experience nightlife on the square in Canton, with everything from elegant wine bars to Natty Boh and fish tacos at Nacho Mama’s.
Don’t miss Creative Alliance at the Patterson for music, visual art, performance, and classes with visiting artists. Meet other dog lovers, play tennis, or cool down in the pool at Patterson Park. Pick up fresh tortillas and tamales on Eastern Avenue, make a stop at Matthew’s Pizza, or keep going east for cheap, excellent Greek food at Samo’s. Don’t stop till you reach the bay for steamed crabs at Costas Inn in Dundalk, a Baltimore landmark.