Fell’s Point is one of the older areas of Baltimore’s harbor area. I spent a lot of my afternoon walking around there because I heard so many locals talking about it when I asked them about places to go in Baltimore. I also had some of you guys suggest the area in the Comments earlier, so I decided to take you up on it!
This is a really cool part of town. Note the cobblestone roads. It is the first thing you’ll notice about the area., but this is in no way a mainly historic area. Instead, you’ll see it is a popular hang out point for Baltimore’s, for lack of a better word, hipster crowd. Don’t let that turn you off, though. Baltimore’s hipsters are way more down to earth than what you normally think of when you hear that term.
I first stopped in the Broadway Market. It is an old-style market that now host a series of restaurants in an open space. Mostly, there is just bar seating. It’s like you are in the kitchen with the restaurants. There is a Korean Fusion Place, a European Deli, a Burger Joint, and Sal’s Seafood. Since we don’t have a whole lot of seafood in the ATL, I went up to Sal’s “counter.” Well, it’s less of a counter and more a display of fresh fish on ice. See for yourself in the pic. I had a Fish Taco Wrap and fried smelt, which is basically the fish equivalent of french fries. It was all pretty tasty.
Another place of note was the Sound Garden. This was a huge new and used music store. I could be consider a bit snobbish when it comes to music, so I went inside and saw if they had 4 rare albums I would want. They had 3, which is actually pretty impressive.
Right outside of Sound Garden, I ran into a guy who asked me outright if I like Spoken Word poetry and hip hop. Don’t laugh, but I actually wrote my thesis on it. Needless to say, we talked for a while on the street. He really represented the friendly nature of the people I’m running into here in Baltimore. Also, he had a small part in The Wire, which is cool cuz I love that show. Anyway, check out Urn-Raunchi, he’s a cool guy trying to show the intellectual side of Baltimore hip hop.