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.
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.