Baltimore is known as a city of neighborhoods – more than 200 of them, all with a unique history and feel. Baltimore was named one of Travel + Leisure’s Quirkiest Cities in America thanks to Hampden's hip bars and restaurants. Once you’re here, it’s easy to see why: from a giant flamingo on the front of a building to the annual Honfest, there is no shortage of unique sights. With so much to explore in Hampden, it will be easy to work up an appetite. Indulge in some of these Hampden restaurants that will have you saying “hon” in no time.
Take Your Pick of Top Restaurants in Hampden
Birroteca is a contemporary Italian restaurant featuring handcrafted pizzas and more than 24 craft beers on tap. The restaurant offers communal dining service in a refined casual setting with craft cocktails and a focused Italian wine list.
The Food Market features “approachable, serious comfort food” by award-winning chef Chad Gauss and was voted one of the top 100 hot spots in the nation by OpenTable.com. Gauss was named Baltimore magazine’s Best New Chef in 2010 and he continues to delight locals and visitors alike with his fresh menu.
Off the beaten path in the valley of Woodberry is Woodberry Kitchen, the first restaurant concept by 2015 James Beard award-winning chef Spike Gjerde. This farm-to-table restaurant features the best seasonal ingredients from local growers.
On 36th Street, or "The Avenue" as locals call it, Café Hon gives you a taste of "Bawlmer" comfort food. This casual café features dishes like Maryland crab soup and the Hampden burger, as well as desserts made in-house. You'll be greeted by the giant flamingo outside, the retro atmosphere inside and friendly locals who call you "hon."
Sweet Treats in Hampden
Charm City Chocolate is a retro modern candy shop on The Avenue that offers handcrafted gourmet chocolates like cordial cherries and chocolate bark with Old Bay seasoning. You'll feel as if you stepped back in time to your favorite candy shop.
Right around the corner is The Charmery, where you can get a scoop of handcrafted ice cream in regular rotation flavors like Old Bay caramel or seasonal flavors like Saturday Morning Cartoons. The Charmery also serves sundaes, shakes and root beer floats.
If you can’t decide whether to eat or shop, do both at Ma Petite Shoe. The boutique sells shoes and chocolate, and it's right on The Avenue, where you can find other unique stores in brightly colored houses.
Great Places to Imbibe in Hampden
After perusing the shops on The Avenue all day, you will be in need of an afternoon pick-me-up. Spro Coffee offers specialty coffee from around the globe with each cup brewed to order.
Looking for a place to unwind with friends or grab pre-dinner drinks? Check out Union Craft Brewing’s new Tap Room at Union Collective. On Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 8 p.m., grab a pizza from Well Crafted Kitchen and a pint or two of local favorites like the Duckpin Pale Ale or the Anthem Golden Ale at the bar.
The Bluebird Cocktail Room is one of the best bars in Hampden with its romantic atmosphere and extensive literary-inspired drink menu. Enjoy Bluebird's carefully crafted seasonal cocktails like "Mrs. Dolloway" or "Jack Rose" and small plates like charcuterie, tuna taretare and fried calamari.