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.
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.
“Literary Finds for Mutated Minds.” This is the sign that welcomes visitors to this bookshop, a haven for counter-culture fans and would-be revolutionaries. The store's inventory includes comic books, magazines on conspiracy theories and body art, and B-film videos. You'll also find an odd collection of action figures, from Ozzy Osbourne to Kiss, and plastic replicas of Van Gogh's ear.
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.
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.
This independent book shop, the Book Escape, houses a huge selection of new and used books at the lowest prices. The neatly-shelved and sensibly-organized stock is complemented by comfortable chairs for relaxing and perusing before you buy. Their frequently displayed specials make your visit worth all the efforts you take.
Since 1845, the Cross Street Market has been a vital part of the Federal Hill neighborhood. The present structure, built in 1952, is home to 28 vendors, selling everything from cheese to tobacco, donuts to health foods. In addition to fresh food, merchants also have prepared foods available, perfect for a picnic or day trip. For those who enjoy raw clams and oysters, the raw bar here simply can't be beat for freshness or atmosphere.