Hampden Village MerchantsRestaurants, Bars, Shops & Services in our neighborhood

Other Baltimore Shopping, which is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great places in Baltimore, it's just ones that we personally recommend:

Last updated March 2024

Normal's Books - Used Books & Records
Sound Garden 

Festivals & Events

Artscape - come for the art, stay for the scape.
Baltimore Book Festival - party time. With books!
Baltimore Comic-Con - Excelsior, true believers!
HampdenFest - Our neighborhood arts and music festival
High Zero - experimental music
Maryland DeathFest! - death metal in a festival setting
Maryland Film Festival - "I like to watch."
Mayor's Christmas Parade
Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden - crazy lights!
Night Of 100 Elvises - so many Elvises
Small Press Expo - for some reason they insist on having this in Bethesda.
Sowebohemian Festival - AKA Sowebo.


Film and Television

Bengies Drive-In Theatre
Charles Theater - When we're not drinking across the street at Club Charles we check out an art film now and then at this theater.
Creature Feature with Count Gore De Vol - One of Scott's favorite shows when he was a kid... that and Captain Chesapeake
Divergent Thinking Productions - Home of Alvin Ecarma's film "Lethal Force"
Planet Krulik  - Jeff Krulik created the classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"
Matt Porterfield 
The Senator Theater - historic landmark theater
Michael Tully/Hammer To Nail
Trashy Travels - John Waters Movie Locations and Divine Dirt


Local Zines/Blogs

Baltimore Brew - Local politics and culture
Eight-Stone Press - Creator of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore
The Hungover Gourmet - The journal of food, drink, travel fun
Leeking Ink - Visit Davida's zine empire
MobTown Shank - politics and culture

Nightclubs & Bars

The 930 Club - Legendary DC club
The Black Cat - DC area club
The Club Charles - the quintessential Baltimore bohemian bar
Ottobar - the Baltimore landmark

American Visionary Art Museum - Outsider & Visionary Art, Art Brut
Baltimore Tattoo Museum
Current Gallery
Great Blacks In Wax Museum - It's as awesome as its name
The Metro Gallery - gallery/performance space in Station North
The Johnny Eck Museum - The online museum to one of Baltimore's finest!
James Taylor's Shocked & Amazed! On & Off the Midway


Eats & Drinks

Berger's Cookies - sweet heart attack!
Brewer's Art - one of the first local breweries that's still around!
Peter's Inn - tell Bud and Karen Atomic sent ya!
Pizza Johns - another one of Scott's fave Essex hangouts. Closed Mondays!
Red Emma's - Infoshop Coffeehouse collective




Baltimore or Less - All Things Baltimore
The Green Mount Cemetery
H.L. Mencken House
The Poe House 
Baltimore Museum of Industry