Baltimore is somewhat of a shopper’s paradise with a huge variety of shopping destinations that satisfy the most die hard buyer and the most frugal window shopper at the same time. For those looking for something familiar and national retailers then a trip to Inner Harbor will satisfy your craving. Looking for something a bit unusual, both Mount Vernon and Fells Point are loaded with specialty stores and fine boutiques that are brimming with unique items. Antique shoppers have probably already heard about Antique Row on Howard Street, it’s well noted and worth a visit for those quality items that they just don’t make anymore.
The premiere shoppers stop in Baltimore, Harborplace & The Gallery is where specialty boutiques and national chains come together. Sort of a haven for someone looking for a little bit of everything in one convenient location. The restaurants also cater to this attitude with dozens of fast food stops and more than a handful of nice restaurants as well.
This Inner Harbor landmark is situated in two waterfront pavilions and a four story glass atrium. Not satisfied to be just another shopping destination, Harborplace & The Gallery takes advantage of its waterfront location and brings others to the center by having regular entertainment, concerts, street performers, visiting ships and holiday fireworks.
Not actually a shopping center, Hampden is a quaint part of the city that is known to some as the “real Baltimore”. Its older charming homes and neighborly atmosphere lend a unique flair to the stores that dot the streets. The community is well aware of the history that supports the local tourist industry and works diligently to keep this Hampden feeling alive and strong.
Another reason Hampden is such a popular place for shoppers is all of the other visitor’s treats the region has to offer. Within walking distance are a couple art museums, the Baltimore zoo, Notre Dame College and other attractions that can keep the rest of the family occupied for a long time. For a day of fun, look to Hampden to keep you occupied.
The Lexington Market has been in operation remarkably since 1782, longer than any other in the region, offering shoppers the staple items necessary for regular home cooking and then some specialty foods that make dining a complete delight. It’s not your traditional shopping destination but it’s a really nice twist on a day spent shopping. If you’re traveling and don’t have the luxury of a kitchenette at your disposal, use the Lexington Market as one of the biggest buffets around and select some fresh off the vine foods for a family picnic.
For the mall rat group, Owings Mills Mall has everything you could ever want. It’s the complete and total mall experience that you’ve come to love and think of as home. Wear your shopping shoes because you can spend the entire day shopping at your favorite stores, with JCPenney and Macy’s serving as the anchor stores. No need to really stop shopping when it comes to meal times, there is a food court and some well-known sit down restaurants that let you give your weary feet a rest. Kids will enjoy Arcade Alley and stay out of your hair for several hours.
Towson Town Center is for mall shoppers who want to kick it up a notch. More stores and better choices is the name of the game at Towson. After having undergone an expansive renovation that spanned several years, Towson is now ready to unveil its new and improved retail heaven. High end, upscale stores line the hallways of this four story structure with Nordstrom and Macy’s serving as the anchors. In addition to some of the more exclusive chain retail outlets you’ll find a few unique retail options that further make this a destination shopping experience. Food choices are the standard boxes that live in mall areas but if you’d like to get it on the fly, the newly renovated food court is more than adequate.
Another happening market place is the Broadway Market which is simply loaded with local flavor. Situated in Fells Point the Broadway Market should be scheduled as a lunch stop as you’re exploring the stores of Fells Point. Fells Point is packed with wonderfully eclectic stores that are perfect for gift purchases, or just a few little treats for yourself. You will find just about anything you could ever want in these quaint stores, everything that is except mass produced charmless pieces that can be found in the malls. Treasured souvenirs and one-of-a-kind keepsakes are definitely to be found at Fells Point and Broadway Market.
Is another section of Baltimore that’s steeped in history and charm and offers shoppers a paradise of stores that just can’t be found anywhere else. With a backdrop of 19th Century architecture and a gentle touch of parks littered throughout, the atmosphere couldn’t be more inviting and more appropriate for the boutiques and specialty stores lining the streets. In addition, the Mount Vernon area offers shoppers some added entertainment with world-class restaurants, many festivals and a hopping nightlife. It’s a city where you can easily spend an entire day occupying your time with numerous activities and never get bored.
And lest we forget, the famous Antique Row in Baltimore. For at least 100 years Antique Row has been drawing antique aficionados to this part of the city. Whether you know what you’re doing and you’re going to put that research to use scooping up the best deal, or the most perfect piece for your home, or if you’re hoping to find the next unknown Caravaggio, you’ll be thrilled with the sheer amount of products and the variety of stores in Antique Row. In fact, you could probably spend so much time shopping there that you become an antique yourself.
If you’re even a little bit of a shopper and headed to the Baltimore area, bring your credit cards because they’re sure to get a workout. This city is packed full of shopping destinations to keep you occupied. And if you’ve got other family members to worry about, most of the shopping destinations offer alternatives for non-shoppers or they’re close to cultural areas with tons of alternatives.