10 Things You Need to See in Charming Baltimore

Hampden was picked as one of the 10 Things You Need to See by USA TODAY.

“Home to some of Baltimore’s most well-known annual celebrations, including HONfest (think beehive hairdos and cat-eye glasses), Hampdenfest, the Mayor’s Christmas Parade and the “Miracle on 34th Street” holiday lights display, this quirky neighborhood is a must-visit.

Once a 19th century blue collar mill town, Hampden is now a hipster community filled with indie shops and restaurants. Walk along 36th Street, a.k.a. “The Avenue,” to buy trendy footwear and artisan chocolates at Ma Petite Shoe and browse the well-curated shelves of Atomic Books, where native son John Waters picks up his fan mail.

Take a break for sophisticated comfort food – crab cakes, of course – at The Food Market and save room for a scoop of Old Bay caramel or Otterbein sugar cookie ice cream at The Charmery.”