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In a city known for its neighborhoods, there is perhaps none quite so delightful as Historic Federal Hill. Conveniently located just a short, pleasant walk south from the Inner Harbor, this neighborhood's magical blend of the old and the new gives it a unique charm.

Federal Hill is one of Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods dating back to the 18th century when it was the center of the city's bustling maritime port, hub of industrial growth, and destination to hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Stand on top of historic Federal Hill Park at the eastern edge of the neighborhood and take in the most breathtaking view of the city and the harbor. Or make the five minute drive to the tip of Locust Point where Fort McHenry still stands. Across the peninsula, hundreds of picturesque buildings of late 18th, 19th and early 20th century works of architecture line the streets. This is a neighborhood steeped in America's history.

 Come to Historic Federal Hill and explore a delightful assortment of eclectic shops, the finest in antiques and home furnishings, and an enchanting variety of art galleries. Discover many of the best restaurants in Baltimore with a remarkable diversity in style and cuisine. And enjoy an active nightlife with a lively combination of tourists and boaters from the Inner Harbor, business people who appreciate the best places to entertain, and residents from the surrounding neighborhoods who know the proprietors and their employees by name. Sports fans abound with Baltimore's two exciting stadiums just a few short blocks to the west, while many fans choose to cheer for the Orioles and the Ravens from the cozy comfort of Federal Hill's pubs.


At the very heart of Historic Federal Hill is the Cross Street Market -- an old-fashioned fresh food market first opened in 1846. The original building was actually little more than a shed, with sawdust on the floors, pickles in barrels, and hundreds of pounds of chipped ice poured over fresh meat and seafood. In 1951, a new red brick building replaced the old wooden market, which burned in spectacular fashion. The new market was given over to fishmongers, butchers, cheese makers, flower stalls and food counters galore -- much like it is today, where tradition lives on as generation after generation work together and neighbors gather to catch up on the day's events.

The most charming part of Historic Federal Hill is its people. Single professionals, young families, and empty nesters have moved into the neighborhood to live alongside families who are descendants of the early industrial workers. All enjoy the charm of city living -- walking to work and to shop and to socialize, staying in touch with the life all around them, being a part of the community.

Don't forget - parking is available at the West Street Parking Garage:  40 E. West Street, between Light & Charles Streets 

Discover a neighborhood unlike any other in the city. Explore the shops and art galleries, quench your thirst with a homemade brew, unwind in an intimate fine dining experience, or stroll through the market and go home with an armful of delicious foods and fresh flowers.

Come to Historic Federal Hill and be enchanted!


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42 E. Cross Street • Baltimore, Maryland 21230 • 410.727.4500 • info@historicfederalhill.org