Sample sweet and savory fare at food markets
Food markets have sprouted throughout the country as people crave local flavors at an affordable price. Baltimore boasts newer industrial chic food halls as well as six longstanding public markets.
Head to Remington’s R. House to sip on seasonal cocktails in its large square-shaped bar and feast on food offerings that include vegan delights at Stall 11, Venezuelan pocket sandwiches at White Envelope, and pizza made with locally sourced ingredients at Molina Pizze & Polpette. Located a mile north of the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon Marketplace offers a selection of oysters, ramen, crepes, and charcuterie paired with craft cocktails.
A fixture since the late 18th century, Lexington Market is where you’ll find the famous crab cakes from Faidley’s Seafood, peanut brittle from Konstant’s Candy, and the beloved Berger cookies topped with a thick layer of fudge from Berger’s Bakery.
Enjoy a climbing gym, beer, and ice cream under one roof
Part food manufacturing space, part retail spot, and part brewery, Baltimore’s newly opened Union Collective defies categorization. The chillax space near Hampden is the new home of Union Craft Brewing’s beer production and taproom, where you can sip a Duckpin pale ale or Anthem golden ale, followed by a scoop of Old Bay Caramel from The Charmery. Or take a seat outside on the expansive patio, with a colorful abstract mural that depicts the brewing process as the backdrop. The athletically inclined can work off the carbs at Earth Treks climbing gym. The site also holds a café and espresso bar from Vent Coffee Roasters and whiskey and gin maker Baltimore Spirits Company (which opens for business very soon).
Bury your toes in the Sandlot
There’s a beach in Baltimore in the growing new Harbor Point neighborhood. Don’t jump in the water, but do dip your toes in the sand, play corn hole, and drink some slushies at Sandlot. The restaurant group behind the city’s most famous restaurant, Woodberry Kitchen, debuted the waterfront hangout last year, which has since become one of the city’s top spots to while away a few hours on a nice day. Choose from the comfy lounge seats or picnic tables where you can order food and drinks.
Given the owners, you might not be surprised to discover that the food is a notch above your average beach fare. Feast on crab corn fritters or blackened catfish step while enjoying the iconic view of the neon Domino Sugars sign.