The Baltimore avenue where hipsters and kitsch converge.
If there’s one street along the Eastern Seaboard that’s got it going on, it’s The Avenue—a several-block stretch of 36th Street in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. Long a blue-collar quarter thanks to the nearby mill, it’s evolving into a boho-hipster realm, where you’ll find decades-old barber shops, dive bars, and tattoo shops shoulder-to-shoulder with designer boutiques, maker studios, and ever-trendy pavement cafés and eateries. The Avenue is at once urban gritty and metro glam, where you can spend the greater part of a day exploring local street art, bolstering your vintage-garb wardrobe, tasting some of the city’s best bites (and libations), and delving into the heart and soul of ‘ole Bawlmer. Here’s a plan to do just that.
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Breakfast: Good Morning, Baltimore!
The Avenue has several excellent options for brunch, but the one you’ll want to target is the Food Market. First off, it’s never too early for a crafted cocktail, especially if it’s a jalapeño-infused bloody Mary or—check this out—a French toast breakfast shot with Bailey’s, butterscotch, and cinnamon. That said, it’s not just about how drunk you can get before noon. The space is industrial-mod, with the menu, directed by Chef Chad Gauss, showcasing upscale comfort food. You’ll love the fried donut holes that greet every guest—pace yourself (I speak from first-hand experience). Follow this with crab benedict, lazy French toast (all cut up so you don’t have to), a Greek yogurt parfait, and/or one of the many more fun reasons to celebrate brunch. You’ll leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling—and that’s not necessarily the alcohol talking.