This neighborhood is known for its picturesque views of the Inner Harbor seen from its namesake Federal Hill, surrounded by rowhomes, locally-owned shops and restaurants.
At the very heart of Historic Federal Hill is the Cross Street Market, an old-fashioned fresh food market first opened in 1846. The market is currently undergoing a $7.3 million renovation that will give the 66-year-old building a much-needed facelift and provide room for new concepts while staying true to the neighborhood’s roots. Surrounding the market are tons of local boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that give Federal Hill its charm.
The cannons atop Federal Hill – of which replicas stand today – were instrumental in defending Baltimore (and the rest of the country) against the British during the War of 1812. Today the hill is known for its beautiful views of the Inner Harbor. The park is the perfect spot for a picnic or exercising.
The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is recognized for the mirrored exterior and large moving sculptures outside, inside there are works of art by self-taught artists. Permanent favorites include Fifi, a giant pink poodle, and Divine, a larger-than-life statue of the John Waters character. There is also a colorful restaurant inside the museum called Encantada that serves vegetable-heavy dishes. AVAM also hosts one of Baltimore’s favorite events, the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Human-powered works of art race through Baltimore’s streets, parks and harbor for awards like “grand mediocre” and “next to last.”