A Day in Fells Point
Published: August 16, 2010
Fells Point is that rare beast, a neighborhood that tourists and locals like. It has good shopping, some of the city’s best restaurants, and the bonus quaintness of cobblestone streets. But nothing quite encapsulates the neighborhood as well as a casual Google image search. The first three images were a shot of the water, a row of quaint storefronts, and a drunken girl-on-girl kiss.
It probably says a little something about our priorities that we believe all trips to Fells Point should start at The Sound Garden (1616 Thames St.,  563-9011, cdjoint.com). This CD and vinyl store is the kind of place you might run in to grab the latest by so-and-so, but you’ll probably end up spending hours looking through the new and used bins finding things you didn’t realize you can’t live without.
If you want to dabble in local history the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum (1417 Thames St.,  685-0295, douglassmyers.org) is a no-brainer. For a different kind of culture, seek out the Baltimore Tattoo Museum (1534 Eastern Ave.,  522-5800, baltimoretattoomuseum.net), where you can get a tattoo or just appreciate the history of this art form. Saints and Sinners (1610 Thames St.  276.1300, saintsandsinnersink.com) by the water also boasts talented inkers.
Cupcake (813 S. Broadway,  522-0941, cupcake-shop.com) features high-end fashions; Nectar (1628 Thames St.,  522-7722, nectarboutique.com) combines cute dresses, basics, and fun accessories; and Trixie’s Palace (1704 Thames St.,  558-2195, trixiespalace.com) goes for a mix of new and vintage wear at affordable prices and with as much personality as the city it’s in. For shoes, you can’t miss Poppy and Stella (728 S. Broadway,  522-1970, poppyandstella.com). If you’re more into thrift stores, stumble into the John Waters-esque Killer Trash (602 S. Broadway,  675-2449) or hunt down Fashion Attic (1926 Fleet St.,  276-0817, thefashionattic.com), a pleasantly well-organized treasure trove.
There are plenty of good eats here, and you’ll have a harder time deciding where to eat than in trying to find a good option. Blue Moon Café (1621 Aliceanna St.,  522-3940) is a hot breakfast spot that gets crowded late at night and at prime brunching hours. Grab a cup of coffee at Fells Grind (1720 Thames St. ,  558-0399, fellsgrind.com). Liquid Earth (1626 Aliceanna St.,  276-6606, liquidearth.com) is the place for vegan sandwiches and nutrition-packed smoothies.
Kali’s Mezze (1606 Thames St.,  563-7600, kalismezze.com) has great Mediterranean-style small plates, meaning a luxe dinner can be as cheap or as expensive as your self control. Peter’s Inn (504 S. Ann St.,  675-7313, petersinn.com) offers impressive fare in its tiny bar space with a small but ever-changing menu scrawled on a blackboard. If you want to impress a date with your inside knowledge of the town, Peter’s is the place to go. Sam’s Kid (811 S. Broadway,  522-3663) has quickly become a neighborhood favorite with its inventive Asian cuisine.
Upper Fells is a hotbed of authentic Latin food, and a trip there without sampling some is an opportunity wasted. Tortilleria Sinaloa (1716 Eastern Ave.,  276-3741) specializes in fresh tortillas. Pupusas rule at the expansive El Trovador (318 S. Broadway,  276-6200, restauranteeleltrovador.com), and Arcos Restaurant and Bar’s (129 S. Broadway,  522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com) courtyard is probably the nicest place to shovel carne asada into your face in the city. For dessert, it’s all about the decadent gelato at Pitango (802 S. Broadway,  702-5828, pitangogelato.com). It’s not cheap by ice cream standards, but with unexpected and deeply saturated flavors, it’s well worth the cost.
There are a number of bar/restaurants here that actually do both well. Ale Mary’s (1939 Fleet St.,  276-2044, arcosrestaurante.com), One Eyed Mike’s (708 S. Bond St.,  327-0445, oneeyedmikes.com), the Waterfront Hotel (1710 Thames St.,  537-5055, waterfronthotel.us), Kooper’s Tavern (1702 Thames St.,  563-5423, koopers.com), and Slainte (1700 Thames St.,  563-6600, slaintepub.com) come to mind.
If you’re serious about drinking beer, Max’s Taphouse (737 S. Broadway,  675-6292, maxs.com) is the place for you. It boasts an enormous selection of draft and bottled beers, so if you can’t scratch your obscure-ale itch here, it may be unscratchable. You can also mosey around the corner to the Wharf Rat (801 S. Ann St.,  276-8304, thewharfrat.com), which serves its own Oliver Ales.
For a gruff old-school Fells Point feel, try the Cat’s Eye Pub (1730 Thames St. ,  276-9866, catseyepub.com), Dead End Saloon (935 Fell St., [ 410] 732-3602, deadendsaloon.com), or the Horse You Came in On (1626 Thames St.,  327-8111, thehorsebaltimore.com).
Looking for more of a woohoo! shots! kind of night? The Greene Turtle (722 S. Broadway,  342-4222 greeneturtle.com) has you covered. J.A. Murphy’s Tavern (1703 Aliceanna St.,  753-4420, jamurphys.com) has $1 shots at happy hour. Spirits Tavern (1901 Bank St.,  563-1612) is home to the Tub O’ Fun, with $1 cans of mystery beer—guess the brand and get a free shot. After all that, head to Alexander’s Tavern (710 South Broadway,  522-0000, alexanderstavern.com) to test your hand-eye coordination with foosball, darts, and a Wii.