Best Restaurants, Hotels & Attractions in Baltimore

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Curator’s statement

Baltimore, aka Charm City, is rich with historical sites, museums, restaurants and our beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Whether you are vacationing as a family or entertaining clients, Baltimore is sure to charm you!

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Where to stay in Baltimore, Maryland

The Ivy Hotel

Nestled in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, this romantic luxury boutique hotel features individually decorated rooms, a spa and a fine dining restaurant.

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Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

In the bustling Harbor East district, a sophisticated stay with waterfront views and a rooftop pool.

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Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

In a storied setting on Rec Pier overlooking the harbor, this scene-stealing stay is home to an Andrew Carmellini restaurant and rooftop pool scene.

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Things to do in Baltimore, Maryland

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Museums: One thing is for sure, Baltimore has no shortage of museums. Here are a few places to explore: Baltimore Aquarium, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Visionary Arts Museum, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Fort McHenry, B&O Railroad Museum, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, The Star Spangled Banner Flag House, Baltimore Science Center and Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Parks: Ft. McHenry and Federal Hill are two great parks to visit during your stay.

Theaters: Visit Center Stage, Everyman Theater, The Lyric and The Charles Theater for a show while you're in town.

Concert Venues: Check out a show at Royal Farms Arena, Ram's Head Live!, Baltimore Soundstage or The Meyerhoff.

Sporting Events: Attend the Steeplechase Races in April, or head to a Baltimore Ravens or Baltimore Orioles game!

Day Trips from Baltimore

Head to Harper's Ferry or Gettysburg, take a private cruise of the harbor or go overnight to Annapolis or St Michael’s for a multi-night trip with Art’s Cruises.

Places to eat & drink in Baltimore, Maryland

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Where to eat breakfast in Baltimore

Miss Shirley’s.

Papermoon Diner.

Nick’s Fish House: For steamed crabs (a Baltimore specialty) and seafood.

G&M, Pappas and Gibby's for the best crab cakes (besides mine!)

Where to eat lunch in Baltimore

Valley Inn and Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar.

Fine dining in Baltimore

My favorite non-chain restaurants that are only in Baltimore:


Petit Louis.


Tio Pepe.

Prime Rib.

Other Restaurants in Baltimore

Clavel and its sister speakeasy W.C. Harlan.

Blue Agave.

Illusions Magic Bar.

Tapas Teatro (next to The Charles Theater).

Markets in Baltimore

Cross Street Market, Broadway Market and Lexington Market.

Distilleries and Breweries in Baltimore

Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

Baltimore Spirits Company.

Union Craft Brewing.

Checkerspot Brewing.

Diamondback Brewing.

Nepenthe Brewing.

Brewer's Art.


Need to Know

Baltimore has so many charming neighborhoods to explore: Federal Hill, Fells Point, Inner Harbor East, Hampden, Canton and Mt. Vernon. Federal Hill and Fells Point are chock full of bars!

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