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Toss the guidebook and follow these famous locals as they show you around Maryland’s Charm City.

LARS RUSINS | Founder and owner of Baltimore Foodies
“Visit JACK’S BISTRO and try Chef Ted’s signature dish, Mac + Cheese + Chocolate, which consists of shell pasta, five-cheese sauce, and Belgian milk chocolate. It sounds crazy, but think of black bottom cakes and how good they are -- same theory.”

CAL RIPKEN JR. | Baltimore Orioles player for 21 seasons and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
“One of my favorite hidden places is CAFE HON in the Hampden neighborhood. It’s uniquely Baltimore, with friendly people and the best breakfast in town.”

CHRISTINE EPPS | Fashion columnist for the Baltimore Examiner and owner of Epps Consulting
“PHINA’S offers luxury [and eco-friendly] home products at affordable prices; LOVE ALLIE in Federal Hill carries items with a vintage glam feel. It’s as if they took the most fashionable designs from the ’60s and brought them back to life!”

LAURA LIPPMAN | Mystery novelist, What the Dead Know and No Good Deeds
“I like to take people past the CONTINENTAL TRUST BUILDING, where Dashiell Hammett worked as a Pinkerton. From there, it’s not far to POE’S GRAVE [at Westminster]. And you can get simply the best crab cake in the world at FAIDLEY’S [in LEXINGTON MARKET].

ROBERT NILES | Executive director, Mount Vernon Cultural District
“AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! features live jazz and classical music in a nineteenth-century town house. The first floor doubles as an art gallery and a music store, while concerts are staged upstairs. It’s like having a private concert in your living room.”

DONNA HAMILTON | WBAL 11-TV News at Five coanchor and author of Donna Hamilton’s Gracious Country Inns and Favorite Recipes
“IN WATERMELON SUGAR [offers] an eclectic mix of furniture and home, bath, and body accessories; MA PETITE SHOE has great shoes and exotic and artisanal chocolates. For fine dining, try DOGWOOD RESTAURANT, which uses local farm produce and organic products.”

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Marin Alsop | music director, baltimore symphony orchestra
“After a concert, i like going to pazo in fell’s point for their tapas and comfy-yet-chic atmosphere. [also,] visit the american visionary art museum; each time you turn a corner, there’s a little detail or quirky exhibition that surprises.”

Cindy Wolf | chef/co-owner, charleston restaurant
“Visit the [baltimore] farmer’s market under i-83 on sunday morning, [or drive up] falls road corridor from greenspring [avenue] to butler, maryland, and enjoy the beautiful countryside and horse farms.”

If You Go...

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
(410) 244-1900

An Die Musik Live!
409 North Charles Street
(410) 385-2638

Baltimore Farmer’s Market
Underneath the Jones Falls Expressway (interstate 83) at Holliday and Saratoga streets

Cafe Hon
1002 West 36th Street
(410) 243-1230

Continental Trust Building (one Calvert Plaza)
201 East Baltimore Street

The Dogwood Restaurant
911 West 36th Street
(410) 889-0952

Faidley Seafood
203 North Paca Street
(410) 727-4898

In Watermelon Sugar
3555 Chestnut Avenue, #1
(410) 662-9090

Jack’s Bistro
3123 Elliott Street
(410) 878-6542

Lexington Market
400 West Lexington Street
(410) 685-6169

Love allie boutique
1201 Light Street
(410) 685-5683

Ma Petite Shoe
832 West 36th Street
(410) 235-3442

1425 Aliceanna Street
(410) 534-7296

919 South Charles Street
(410) 685-0911

Westminster Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
509 West Fayette Street
Cemetery is open to the public
(410) 706-2072

Neighborhoods and areas to see

Falls Road corridor
runs parallel between greenspring avenue and falls road (highway 25) from northern baltimore north to butler, maryland.

Federal Hill
located in south baltimore overlooking the inner harbor

Fell’s Point
located just east of baltimore’s inner harbor

located in north central baltimore