If you're looking for a gently used antique treasure, look no further than this collection of 75 shops. Antique Row, affectionately called The Avenue of the Arts by those in-the-know, offers a wide range of relics to rummage through. You'll find classic furniture and accessories, the type found at estate sales and auctions. Expect to find ornate mahogany picture frames and oak furniture. Some shopkeepers offer specialized services, such as restoration and gilding.
Located at the water's edge, Harborplace and the Gallery consists of two glass-enclosed pavilions, Light Street and Pratt Street. The twin, bi-level marketplaces offer a variety of 16 different restaurants and 40 small, carry-out eateries. Highlights include the Capital City Brewing Company, City Lights Seafood, with outdoor seating overlooking the harbor, the Cheesecake Factory and Planet Hollywood. For the shopaholics there are around 101 specialty shops. A city park between the pavilions is often the site of free entertainment, including musicians, jugglers and clowns.
Founded in the 1780s before Baltimore was even chartered as a city, this market continues to thrive as one of the city's more accessible markets. Visitors will find a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, seafood, as well as prepared foods and drinks. Over the years, the vendors' sheds have been reconstructed. At one time, they extended all the way to the waterfront. Not anymore. Today, the market is self-contained.
This Hampden gift shop perfectly captures the commingling of traditional blue-collar values and the offbeat that wonderful Baltimore attitude celebrated in the films of director (and Baltimorean) John Waters. You'll find miniature hand-painted window screens (screen painting is a traditional Baltimore craft) and local cuisine cookbooks alongside plastic beehive-hairdo hats and Orioles checkers. If you want to take home a real piece of Charm City, this is the place to shop. Call for opening hours.
Although you'll find everything from cookbooks to travel guides here, this store specializes in old, rare and used books by well-known authors. If you're looking for a first edition or collectible book, this is the place to come. This four-story shop boasts some 85,000 titles, including a first edition of Moby Dick and relics from as far back as the 15th Century. The shop encourages browsing and offers something for every budget, from half-price paperbacks to rare and costly books.
Normal's Books & Records shop offers a vast collection of small/regional press publications and second-hand titles. The inventory includes an impressive fiction and poetry section and children's books. You'll also find art books for the coffee table, and titles that cover a range of topics from African American culture to Zen. The store also stocks a large selection of records, compact discs, 45s and videos. The owners, a group of four men, also provide information on poetry readings and alternative music.
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar where visitors and tourists are exposed to the enormous quantity of fresh produce including fruits and veggies, poultry, seafood, beef, lamb, pork and specialty meats such as bison and rabbit. Organically grown herbs and spices along with dairy products such milk, yogurt, butter and gourmet cheeses are also found here. There are a number of vendors selling delicious hand-held snacks such as pit beef sandwiches, breakfast burritos, crepes, wood -fired pizzas, noodles, dumplings and many other multicultural cuisine offerings. There are also specialty vegan outlets where you get all things vegan friendly. You can also enjoy the occasional live music performances and cooking demonstrations. The bazaar also offers a variety of collectibles like jewelery, wooden items, stained glass, pottery, clothing and rugs. Ideal for a day out with the family, a visit to the farmers market is a great way of supporting small business.
Fresh meats, seafood and fruits, as well as baked goods, kosher-style corned beef and an array of international dishes can be found among the dozens of vendors at Lexington Market. The aromas and the variety of shoppers who flock to this 200-year-old market make for a colorful morning or afternoon visit. A food court surrounds a large stage, where events are held year round. Circus elephants visit the market in March, a crab race marks Preakness in May and an ice cream festival is held in July.
Come to the Sandarac Gallery that hosts a unique collection of contemporary and ethnic arts and crafts from all over the world. The Gallery includes a variety of ceramics, jewelry, fabrics and antiques, particularly from Asia and the Middle East. American art also finds place on the shelves of Sandarac Gallery. This fantastic gallery rents as well as sells art and selected crafts.