Dining in Baltimore

Baltimore is known as a working-class city, a city of neighborhoods. In its early days, this was especially true: immigrants from Italy, Greece, Poland, Germany, Ireland and other areas established themselves in close-knit communities. While the city has evolved, and is no longer so blue-collar or so insular, it is blessed with diversity and this is reflected in its dining establishments.

Little Italy, located between Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and historic Fells Point, is a cozy neighborhood of Italian restaurants and trattorias. Here, you’ll find authentic Italian pastas and an old-world atmosphere.

Greektown, located along Eastern Avenue, is full of authentic Greek coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants serving the best in Greek fare.

Historic Fells Point, a short walk or ferry ride from the harbor, is a neighborhood of cobblestone streets, hip boutiques, antique shops, and plenty of pubs, nightclubs, and eateries. You’ll find everything from crab houses to Irish pubs to Mexican, Chinese, and Louisiana -style cooking.

The Inner Harbor Pavilions is the place to go for casual dining at a variety of national and local chains. Here you can find pizza, dozens of varieties of cheesecake, and a food court with local delicacies and baked goods.

Elsewhere in Baltimore, you’ll find virtually any type of cuisine you want to try: Afghan, Indian, Cajun, Cuban, Japanese, French, Russian and plenty more.  It’s a diverse city offering a diverse and tasty dining experience.

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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor features a variety of entertainments to suit every soul.

For kids, there’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum, voted one of the Top 5 Children’s Museums in the US.  Port Discovery is no stuffy, please-be-quiet type of place: It’s an interactive play zone where imagination reigns. Exhibits have included everything from interactive robots to a trip through Alice in Wonderland’s surreal world.

Children will also enjoy the Maryland Science Center, an interactive museum devoted to teaching kids all about science in a way they’ll never forget. Here they can dig for dinosaurs, explore the cool (and sometimes gross) things the human body does, and take a trip to outer space via 3D satellite views of Earth from space.

There’s also the Baltimore Aquarium, a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring creatures from sharks to dolphins to exotic fish from all over the world. The top floor is a rainforest where visitors walk among real rainforest fauna and flora.

For those with an interest in history, the Inner Harbor offers tours of a real out-of-commission Civil War vessel, the USS Constellation.

A quick ferry ride across the harbor lands you at Fort McHenry, the site that was under heavy bombardment by British ships and inspired Francis Scott Key to write our nation’s anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Another ferry ride takes you to Fells Point, a quaint community of cobblestone streets, antique stores, old-fashioned pubs, and hip retailers.

Among other must-see destinations are The Walters Art Gallery, a museum featuring historic art - from ancient mummies to medieval sculptures - and The Visionary Art Museum, a modern museum devoted to self-taught artists and so-called “outsider” art. There’s also the Baltimore Museum of Art, featuring 19th century, modern and contemporary art and the famous Cone Collection of Post-Impressionist and modern art.

Kids and adults alike will love the newly-revamped Maryland Zoo, where they can visit the new Polar Bear habitat, see the brand-new baby elephant Samson, and wander among habitats containing more than 2,000 animals from all over the world.

On any given weekend, there’s always something to do in Baltimore.

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