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The Coolest Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Picture of Jasmine Eppes
Freelance Writer
Updated: 27 September 2017

In Baltimore, Maryland, you’ll find many historic neighborhoods—some with character along with some that are picturesque. There are numerous areas that young professionals are flocking to, searching for homes to make their own. Here are some of the coolest neighborhoods in Baltimore that you have to see for yourself.


Canton is a very trendy area that has many local bars, pubs, and specialty shops. This neighborhood also hosts many wine festivals, summer concerts, and activities for families. The real estate is very expensive for this area, as it is downtown on the other side of the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Canton is also home to numerous formstone and brick rowhouses.

Canton in Baltimore, M.D. | © Maryland GovPics/Flickr

Canton in Baltimore, MD | © Maryland GovPics / Flickr


Hampden lies in North Baltimore and is the heart of the yuppie, hipster crowd of the city. This area is very artsy with specialty shops, pubs, and bars, including the wine variety, for those who love to hang out all night. This neighborhood is full of character as all the locals know one another, and there are often many street festivals down the Avenue (36th Street).

34th Street Rowhomes in Hampden | © Joe Wolf/Flickr

34th Street Rowhomes in Hampden | © Joe Wolf / Flickr

Federal Hill

Federal Hill is known for its creative eateries and fantastic views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The sidewalks are made of cobblestone; the homes are brick. There are many local bars, shops, and restaurants. Many locals often jog around Federal Hill as it contains many hills and steps that you can use to your advantage. This neighborhood is small, yet full of personality, which makes it a must-visit.

Federal Hill Rowhouses | © Owen Byrne / Flickr

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is Baltimore’s historic and cultural focal point as it comprises major establishments, such as the Walters Art Museum, the Washington Monument, and the George Peabody Library. This area is also very stylish and has an avid nightlife full of bars and restaurants to keep you coming back for more.

Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore | © smartmdblond / Pixabay

Fell’s Point

Fell’s Point in Baltimore is known for its live music, waterfront views, as well as its many pubs and taverns. In this neighborhood, you have everything from specialty ice cream shops to old saloons. There is always something to do in Fell’s Point—even if all you want to do is walk around on the cobblestone streets. The area also hosts many festivals and fun activities for families throughout the year.

Fell's Point in Baltimore, M.D. | © Isaac Wedin/Flickr

Fell’s Point in Baltimore, MD | © Isaac Wedin / Flickr