City Neighborhoods

Collage of neighborhoods in Baltimore

Baltimore is comprised of a variety of neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality and group of residents.In this section, you will find descriptions of the main areas of the city, as well as some insider tips on the best places to go and fun things to do as you enjoy life here in Baltimore.

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UMMC areaUMMC, located in midtown Baltimore city, is surrounded by many graduate schools and hotels. Both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens) are located within walking distance, and public transportation is available to help you access many other neighborhoods in the city. The Medical Center is close to the UM Shuttle, the Orange and Purple lines of the Charm City Circulator, the Metro(Lexington and Charles Center), and the Light Railfor your transportation needs. Most residents live in apartment complexes in the area; please refer to the Housing and Roommates tab for information on discounted housing opportunities for UMMC employees in Midtown.

Main Streets: Greene Street, Redwood Street, Paca Street
Landmarks: Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower, Baltimore Convention Center, National Museum of Dentistry, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museums
Grocery Stores: Fresh & Green's, next closest grocery store: Safeway in Mt. Vernon
Local fitness centers: URecFit/UMB Campus Center (UMMC employees get a discount and free for UMB students!)

Popular brunch spots: Peace & a Cup of Joe, brunch coming soon to Frank and Nic's West End Grille
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Starbucks, UMB Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Panera Bread
Best lunch spots in the hospital: See our recommendations!
Best lunch spots on campus: See our recommendations!
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Frank and Nic’s West End Grille, Kona Grill
Our favorite hang out spots: Pratt St. Ale House, Alewife
Popular recreational activities: See a show at the Hippodrome, go to an event at the 1st Mariner Arena, watch the Oriole  play at Camden Yards, study, work, network!

Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is certainly a tourist attraction, full of boats, chain restaurants and shops. It is accessible via the Orange Route of the Charm City Circulator and within walking distance of UMMC. The Inner Harbor is close to Power Plant Live!, a premier entertainment hub of concert venues, restaurants and bars.

Main Streets: Pratt Street, Calvert Street
Landmarks: World Trade Center, The National Aquarium, Hard Rock Café, USS Constellation, Rusty Scupper
Grocery Stores: Closest grocery store: Harbor East Whole Foods
Local Fitness Centers: Merritt Athletic Club 

Popular brunch spots: Miss Shirley’s
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Barnes and Noble, Starbucks (this Starbucks has a great balcony)
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Kona Grill, Tatu (in Power Plant Live!), The Cheesecake Factory
Best places to get dinner for a price: The Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris, Fogo de Chao, Sullivan's Steakhouse
Best place to see live music: Ramshead Live, Baltimore Sound Stage (in Power Plant Live!), Pier Six Pavilion
Our favorite hang out spots: Rita’s Water Ice, La Tasca
Popular Recreational Activities: Paddle Boating, Maryland Science Center, Outdoor Street Shows, Beach Volleyball (free pick up games all day Saturday and Sunday!), 4th of July Fireworks, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Visiting Tall Ships

Federal Hill

Federal Hill

Federal Hill is a fun, young neighborhood located within walking/biking distance of UMMC, the Inner Harbor, the M&T Bank Stadium, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The UM Shuttle as well as the Purple and Banner lines of the Charm City Circulator pass through this area. Many post-graduates flock to Federal Hill for its bars, boutiques, and restaurants, as well as it’s “bubble” of safety and friendly neighbors.

Main Streets: Light Street, Charles Street, Cross Street
Landmarks: Cross Street Market, Federal Hill Park, American Visionary Art Museum, Fort McHenry
Grocery stores: Shoppers, Harris Teeter, Cross Street Market
Local fitness centers: Merritt Athletic Club (they offer a discount to UMMC employees and an outdoor pool during the summer season), Federal Hill Fitness, Knockout Fitness

Popular brunch spots: Metropolitan, Regi’s, Spoons
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Starbucks, Koba Café
Best place to watch Ravens games: Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Mad River
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Thai Arroy, Matsuri
Best places to get dinner for a price: Blue Grass Tavern, The Wine Market (located in Locust Point)
Best parks: Federal Hill Park (best view of the city and Inner Harbor!), Riverside Park, Latrobe Park (dog park)
Best places to hang out when the weather is nice: Little Havana, Tiki Barge
Best place to see live music: The 8x10
Our favorite hang out spots: Ryleigh's Oyster, Pub Dog, Abbey Burger Bistro, Barfly's, Idle Hour
Popular recreational activities: Trivia, Kickball, Softball, Bocceball, and Volleyball Teams (sign up through Baltimore Sports & Social Club, SOBO Sports), Flicks From The Hill (outdoor free movies in the summer every Thursday night projected onto the American Visionary Art Museum), Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge
Other fun activities: Seasonal festivals at Cross Street Market (Oyster Fest)

Fells Point

Fells PointFells Point is a historic neighborhood with lots of live music, art and restaurants. The neighborhood is located along the water, lined with cobblestone streets, and attracts a wide variety of ages and personalities. Fells is accessible to UMMC via the Orange line on the Charm City Circulator and via water taxi.

Main Streets: Broadway Street, Bond Street, Thames Street
Landmarks: H&S Bakery, Robert McClintock Gallery, Broadway Market
Grocery Stores: Closest grocery store is in Harbor East (Whole Foods) or Canton (Safeway), Fleet Street Market
Local Fitness Centers: Closest fitness centers are in Harbor East (MAC) or Canton (Merritt Athletic Club); however, some apartment complexes have gyms for use by tenants

Popular brunch spots: Blue Moon Café (featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), Waterfront Hotel, Bond Street Social, Jimmy's
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: The Daily Grind, Bonaparte
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Mezze, Sticky Rice, Bertha’s Mussels, Arcos
Best places to get dinner for a price: One Eyed Mike’s, Kali’s Court, Waterfront Kitchen, Peter's Inn
Best place to see live music: Cat’s Eye Pub, Waterfront Hotel (it is a bar - not a hotel), The Horse You Came In On
Our favorite hangout spots: Max’s Taphouse, The Get Down, Woody's Rum Bar, Rye
Popular Recreational Activities: Fell’s Point Ghost Pub Crawl, Seasonal outdoor festivals, Outdoor summer movies,Urban Pirates, Fells Point Farmer’s Market


CantonCanton is a transformed industrial neighborhood in East Baltimore full of eclectic restaurants, bars, row homes, and a large park. Canton attracts a diverse crowd similar to Fells Point.

Main Streets: O’Donnell Street, Linwood Avenue, Boston Street
Landmarks: “The Square” (restaurants and shops surrounding a park off O’Donnell St.), Canton Waterfront Park
Grocery stores: Safeway
Local fitness centers: Merritt Athletic Club

Popular brunch spots: Towson Hot Bagels, Mama’s on the Half Shell
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Firehouse Coffeehouse Co., Starbucks, Patterson Perk
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Annabel Lee Tavern, Jack’s Bistro, Of Love and Regret
Best places to get dinner for a priceBlue Hill Tavern, Salt
Best parks: Patterson Park, Canton Dog Park
Best place to see live music: Creative Alliance at The Patterson, Concerts in the Park
Our favorite hang out spots: Looney’s, Mahaffey's Pub, Nacho Mama's, Claddagh Pub, Vaccaro’s, Dangerously Delicious Pies
Popular recreational activities: Sports through the Baltimore Sports & Social Club, participation in the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, St. Patrick’s Day ("The Square" closes for this event), Variety of ethnic festivals including the Ukrainian Festival and Latino Festival

Harbor East

Harbor EastHarbor East is a new, trendy, high-end area located on the water at the end of President Street, past the Inner Harbor. It is located between Little Italy and Fells Point. The area is famous for its tasteful shopping, restaurants, hotels, and apartments/condominiums. Harbor East serves as a central location to change between the Orange and Green routes on the Charm City Circulator.

Main Streets: Fleet Street, Aliceanna Street, President Street
Landmarks: Landmark Movie Theater
Grocery Stores: Whole Foods
Local Fitness Centers: MAC

Popular brunch spots: Teavolve, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Four Seasons Wit and Wisdom
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Teavolve, Starbucks
Best places to get dinner for a great price: James Joyce Irish Pub, RA Sushi, Talara, Bagby’s Pizza, Chazz
Best places to get dinner for a price: Cinghiale, PAZO, Charleston, Fleet Street Kitchen, Ten Ten,Ouzo Bay
Best place to see live music: Pier Six Pavilion and other waterfront stages
Popular Recreational Activities: Salsa dancing at Talara, Yoga, Running along the water

Mt. Vernon

Mt. VernonMt. Vernon is considered the Dupont Circle of Baltimore, as it is full of a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, art venues, and cultural festivals. It is located north of UMMC and is accessible via the Purple route of the Charm City Circulator. Apartments are more popular than row homes in this neighborhood.

Main Streets: Charles Street, St. Paul Street, Cathedral Street, Mt. Royal Avenue, Calvert Street
Landmarks: Washington Monument, Walters Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, University of Baltimore, MICA(Maryland Institute College of Art), The Charles Movie Theater, Penn Station (train station)
Grocery Stores: Safeway, Milk and Honey Market, Eddie’s of Mt. Vernon
Local Fitness Centers: MV Fitness, Merritt Athletic Club, Brick Bodies

Popular brunch spots: City Cafe
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Red Emma’s, Read Street Books & Coffee, Bohemian Coffee House, Milk and Honey Market
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Mekong Delta, Indigma, Akbar, Cazbar, Marie Louise Bistro, XS, Iggie's
Best places to get dinner for a price: The Helmand, Sotta Sopra, Tio Pepe
Best parks: West Mt. Vernon Park, near the Washington Monument
Best art stores: Plaza Artist Materials, Utrecht
Best place to see live music: First Thursdays Concerts in the Park (West Mt. Vernon Park), Center Stage, Lyric Opera House
Our favorite hang out spots: Brewer’s Art, The Owl Bar, Red Maple, Grand Central, The Hippo, Bottega
Popular Recreational Activities: Artscape (America’s largest free arts festival), Baltimore Book Festival, Greek Festival, A Monumental Occasion (Washington Monument lighting ceremony), Baltimore Gay Pride, Starting location for monthly Baltimore Bike Party rides


HampdenHampden, home to Honfest and lots of “hipsters”, has lots of personality. Most of its attractions are located on The Avenue (36th Street), full of locally owned shops and distinctive restaurants. This neighborhood is located off the Falls Road exit of 83 (the Jones Falls Expressway). Hampden is close to the Homewood (undergrad) campus of Johns Hopkins University and Roland Park (Petit Louis Bistro is a must visit there).

Main Streets: Falls Road, The Avenue (36th Street)
Landmarks: Golden West Cafe, Cafe Hon
Grocery Stores: Fresh & Green’s, Giant
Local Fitness Centers: Meadow Mill Athletic Club, Activate Body, Curves

Popular brunch spots: Golden West Cafe, The Lunch Box
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Spro Coffee, Common Ground, Artifact Coffee
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Grano Pasta Bar, Rocket to Venus, Suzie's Soba, Birrotecca
Best places to get dinner for a price: The Food Market, Woodberry Kitchen, Alchemy, Corner BYOB, Petite Louis (located in Roland Park)
Best parks: Roosevelt Park, Wyman Park, and the Jones Falls Trail
Our favorite hang out spots: 13.5% Wine Bar, Ambassador Dining Room
Popular Recreational Activities: First Fridays, HampdenFest, Hampden HiFi Summer Concert series, Roosevelt Park Pool, Halloween in Hampden, HonFest (see women with beehive hairdos and Bawlmerese competition), Miracle on 34th Street (home owners decorate their houses with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations), the Mayor’s Christmas Parade

Little Italy

Little Italy is a small neighborhood located off President Street, situated between the Inner Harbor and Harbor East. The streets are overflowing with Italian restaurants, each bragging their own homemade recipes. Accessible via the Orange line of the Charm City Circulator, Little Italy offers a unique and authentic experience to its visitors.

Main Streets: High Street, Eastern Avenue, Exeter Street
Landmarks: Della Notte, Office Depot
Grocery Stores: Closest grocery store is in Harbor East (Whole Foods)
Local Fitness Centers: Closest gym is in Harbor East (MAC)

Popular brunch spots: Miss Shirley’s (this is closer to the Inner Harbor…but go here!)
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Vaccaro’s Italian Pastries
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Casa di Pasta (homemade pastas), Max’s Empanadas, Heavy Seas,Amiccis, Isabella's
Best places to get dinner for a price: La Scala, La Tavola, Sabatino’s
Our favorite hang out spots: Vaccaro's Italian Pastries, Piedigrotta Bakery

Popular Recreational Activities: Cinema al Fresco Open Air Film Festival, Bocceball Tournaments

Mt. Washington

Mt. WashingtonA suburban-like town, Mt. Washington is located at the North end of Baltimore city off Northern Parkway. It is an intellectual hub with lots of charm. Mt. Washington has a tasteful assortment of boutiques, restaurants, offices, salons, and unique stores. The neighborhood is accessible via the Light Rail and is located about halfway between Pikesville and downtown.

Main Streets: Sulgrave Avenue, Falls Road, Smith Avenue, Kelly Avenue
Landmarks: Mt. Washington Tavern
Grocery Stores: Whole Foods
Local Fitness Centers: Mt. Washington Fitness

Popular brunch spots: Mt. Washington Tavern
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Starbucks
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Desert Café (belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights), Chiyo Sushi
Best places to get dinner for a price: Ethel & Ramone's, Crepe Du Jour
Our favorite hang out spots: Sylvan Beach Ice Cream (non-profit that helps young men between the ages of 18 and 22 who are considered to be "at risk"), Mt. Washington Tavern
Popular Recreational Activities: Mt. Washington Village Fall Block Party, Mt. Washington Mill Amazing Glaze, go watch the Preakness

Charles Village

Charles VillageCharles Village is a charming neighborhood with an abundance of educational and cultural resources, including the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus and the Baltimore Museum of Art. It is located off the Jones Falls Expressway, Exit 7. The Greater Charles Village is said to include the Charles Village, Abell, Harwood and Old Goucher Neighborhoods.

Main Streets: Charles Street, 28th Street, Calvert Street
Landmarks: The Charles Theater, The Baltimore Museum of Art (largest art museum in Baltimore)
Grocery Stores: Safeway, Giant, Eddie’s Market, University Market
Local Fitness Centers: JHU campus gym

Popular brunch spots: One World Cafe, Sweet 27
Best homework spots with Wi-Fi: Starbucks, Charmington's
Best places to get dinner for a great price: Papermoon Diner, Meet 27, Pete's Grille
Best places to get dinner for a price: Ambassador Dining Room
Best parks: The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
Our favorite hang out spots: Charles Village Pub
Popular Recreational Activities: The Abell Improvement Association Summer Film Series, The Farmers Market, Observatory Open House (free Friday night look at the stars!)