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A Day in Fells Point

Photo: Jefferson Jackson Steele, License: N/A, Created: 2010:05:05 01:49:55

Jefferson Jackson Steele

Loyola University Maryland

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Jefferson Jackson Steele

Coppin State University

Fells Point is the sweetheart of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Despite its longstanding reputation as a tourist magnet, virtually everyone seems to have a soft spot for Fells, even jaded locals. The reason is simple: In addition to being beautiful and historic, it’s packed with fabulous stores, restaurants, and drinking establishments.

The Sound Garden (1616 Thames St., [410] 563-9011, is a pleasantly deceptive place. It may look like your standard cramped music nook from the outside, but this surprisingly deep and echo-y store is a mecca for CDs and vinyl (it would likely take days to sift through the entire collection), as well as DVDs and more. Record and book exchange El Suprimo (1709 Aliceanna St., [410] 276-5455, fits the tiny vinyl-shop mold and has a pretty decent selection considering its limited square footage.

There is no shortage of high-end boutiques along the neighborhood’s cobbled streets. Party Dress (723 S. Broadway, [410] 675-5105) and Cupcake (813 S. Broadway, [410] 522-0941, are all stocked up on swanky cocktail dresses, Caviar and Cobwebs (724 S. Broadway, [410-276-2828] features punchy sundresses and accessories, and Trixies Palace (1704 Thames St., [410] 558-2195, sells eclectically feminine attire for the modern woman. If you are looking to purchase a head-turning pair of heels, wedges, sandals, or boots, look no further than Poppy and Stella (728 S. Broadway, [410] 522-1970, For those who like their clothing used, Fashion Attic (1926 Fleet St., Suite A, [410] 276-0817, is chock full of name-brand treasures, and Killer Trash (602 S. Broadway, [410] 675-2449) positively brims with colorful, over-the-top vintage garb.

More of a T-shirt guy? Don’t fret—Fells has casual options too. The shirts at Squidfire (1628 Thames St., [410] 327-3300, are hand-designed and manually screened with unique illustrations of real and fictional creatures. Become a walking advertisement for Bawlmer with apparel from Natty Boh Gear (1624 Thames St., [410] 276-1038, Inka Kuya (817 S. Broadway, [410] 276-5396) offers an array of handmade Peruvian tchotchkes, including bracelets and purses made from colorful yarn. And while the waves in the Chesapeake Bay are, uh, nonexistent, you can gear up for your next set somewhere else at Fells Point Surf Co. (1631 Thames St., (410) 276-7873,

You will not have trouble finding delicious, reasonably priced food here. Vegan nosh, fresh-squeezed juice, and vitamin-laden smoothies make Liquid Earth (1626 Aliceanna St., [410] 276-6606, the local healthy food heaven. Daily Grind (1720 Thames St., [410] 558-0399, and Cafe Latte’da (1704 Aliceanna St., [410] 342-7474, provide coffee, nutritious sandwiches, and plenty of character. In the mood for some high-calorie comfort food? Make a pit stop at Stuggy’s (809 S. Broadway, [410] 327-0228, and order the $9 hot dog, fried Oreos, and soda combo. You may or may not regret it later.

The famous mussels at Bertha’s Restaurant and Bar (734 S. Broadway, [410] 327 5795, come drenched in your choice of sauce and are to die for. Kali’s Mezze (1606 Thames St., [410] 563-7600, serves Mediterranean-style delicacies with a hearty dose of ambiance. Kooper’s Tavern (1702 Thames St., [410] 563-5423, has excellent burgers seven days a week and awesome brunch specials on weekends, including $10 bottomless mimosas—and who doesn’t like mimosas? Sláinte (1700 Thames St., [410] 563-6600, offers Irish fare and drink, and the Waterfront Hotel (1710 Thames St., [410] 537-5055, is a place where American and Latin American cuisines fuse and live music is played every night at 10 p.m.

Dessert, anyone? Is that even a question? Given a choice of unique flavors like spicy chocolate, cardamom, and crème fraiche, you won’t regret purchasing the pricey, über-indulgent gelato at Pitango (802 S. Broadway, [410] 7236-0741, But if you happen to be on a budget, the frozen treats at Mr. Yogato (723-A S. Broadway, [443] 955-6681, and MaggieMoo’s (821 S. Broadway, [410] 342-8399, are tasty and will make less of a dent in your wallet.

A sizeable chunk of this tiny neighborhood’s real estate is taken up with bars. With 1,200 varieties of bottled brew and 140 rotating drafts, Max’s Taphouse (737 S. Broadway, [410] 675-6297, is a gold mine for beer connoisseurs. If you enjoy alcohol and history, head on down to the Horse You Came in On (1626 Thames St., [410] 327-8111,, a Western-themed saloon that’s been around in one form or another since 1775. Other real-deal drinking spots include the Cat’s Eye Pub (1730 Thames St., [410] 276-9866, and Dead End Saloon and Pelican Grille (935 Fell St., [410] 732-3602,

Don’t like sitting on your ass while consuming adult beverages? Lil’ Phil’s Tavern (706 S. Broadway, [410] 342-7445, has pool tables, and Alexander’s Tavern (710 S. Broadway, [410] 522-0000, is equipped with Foosball, darts, and a Wii. Trying to go hard, undergraduate style? Knock back some $1 shots during happy hour at J.A. Murphy’s Tavern (1703 Aliceanna St., [410] 753-4420, and later, head to the Greene Turtle (722 S. Broadway, [410] 342-4222, to mingle with other young party animals.

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