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Fells Point's history started long before Baltimore became a city. The town was founded in 1730 by William Fell and became a major port and shipbuilding center. In 1797, the town combined with Baltimore Town and Jones Town to form the city of Baltimore. Fells Point's prosperity continued as immigrants flowed to the area to fill the jobs quickly being created. However, the professional class moved north to higher ground and lower densities, leaving behind the area's more diverse working class.

Numerous antique stores can be found along Fleet Street.
Numerous antique stores can be found along Fleet Street.

It's this diversity and working class spirit that has imbued most of Fells Point's character throughout the years. The area has some of the largest concentration of bars in the city. But in recent years more boutiques and restaurants have opened to serve the growing professional class that has come back to the area and participated in its gentrification.

Many folks from out of town had been afraid to travel east of Baltimore's Inner Harbor to visit the area. But development of the city's posh Harbor East community has replaced aging brownfields and served as a bridge, connecting the Inner Harbor with Fells Point. The area's two Main Streets include Thames and Broadway with the intersection of the two streets forming the heart of the community. Other shops and restaurants can be found along Aliceanna and Fleet Streets.

In fact a large number of Fells Point's antique stores are located along Fleet Street. That's where you can find The Antique Man (1806 Fleet Street, 410-732-0932), an attraction in itself. The store practically doubles as a museum with a carnival sideshow feel, including a 12-foot mummy and a giant ball of string. Along Thames Street, you'll find the majority of Fells Point's night life. Many of the stores here are open very late. For example, Soundgarden (1616 Thames Street, 410-563-9011), voted Baltimore's best record store is open until midnight on the weekends, just in case you need a late night CD fix.

Broadway is the heart of Fells Point.
Broadway is the heart of Fells Point.

A stop at Fells Point is recommended for anyone visiting Baltimore. Almost no chains have moved into the area yet, so most stores are unique. And although this part of town has become increasingly upscale, you can still find good prices.

Retail Hours

Stores are open seven days a week. Some even have late night hours, staying open to as late as eleven p.m. or midnight.

Parking

Parking isn't too hard to find if you follow the signs. Many garages have been built in the area in recent years. On street parking may be difficult to find at peak times, however, and many sidestreets are off limits except to residents with special permits. Keep your eyes open. A new metering system has been adopted in the city for on-street parking. You place your money or credit card in a machine and in return you are issued a ticket that you post inside your car.

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Restrooms

Clean public bathrooms are difficult to find. If it's an emergency, there's a "Public Comfort Station" on Aliceanna Street but this location is not recommended.

Visitor Center

The Baltimore Waterfront Promenade connects Fells Point to the Inner Harbor.
The Baltimore Waterfront Promenade connects Fells Point to the Inner Harbor.

For more information you can try the
Fells Point Visitor's Center (1724-26 Thames Street, 410-675-6751). There's also a Visitor's Information kiosk at the foot of Broadway at Thames Street.

Attractions

There are plenty of attractions in Fells Point to help give you a good idea of what makes the community special. For something you don't see everyday, step inside the
Baltimore Tattoo Museum (1534 Eastern Avenue, 410-522-5800). You may even step outside with one of your own.

There's also the Water Taxi (800-658-8947). Once popular mainly with tourists, it's starting to take off with commuters who want to bypass the clogged city streets. You can take a direct and scenic route from Fells Point to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Another way to travel between the two communities is to walk along the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade, which rings almost entirely around the harbor.

Fells Point may be known for its nightlife, but if you want to meet a different kind of "nightlife," check out Baltimore Ghost Tours (410-522-7400) featuring The Original Fells Point Ghost Walk and The Fells Point Haunted Pub Walk.

You can also take in a show at Vagabond Players, Inc.(806 South Broadway, 410-563-9135). They claim to be America's oldest continuous little theatre.

Tips

Broadway Market (South Broadway between Fleet & Lancaster Streets, 410-396-3100) is one of several markets that are unique to Baltimore. It features a collection of stalls selling a wide variety of foods. You can eat at a counter or get takeout and enjoy your lunch at one of the local parks.

Also, for that local Fells Point flavor, you'll want to try some crabs and one of the best places for that is Obrycki's (1727 East Pratt Street, 410-732-6399). They were listed in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. So you know you gotta visit.

There's also Bertha's Restaurant and Bar (734 South Broadway, 410-327-5795), one of Baltimore's favorites. Their specialty is mussels, which they sell with a wide variety of dipping sauces.

Location

Fells Point is in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, just east of downtown. It is about 40 miles from Washington, DC and about 100 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From Washington, take Maryland Route 295 north towards Baltimore. Turn right at Pratt Street. Turn right at President Street. Turn left at Aliceanna Avenue. The intersection of Aliceanna and Broadway is near the heart of Fells Point.

From Philadelphia, take I-95 south towards Baltimore. Take exit 59 for Eastern Ave. (Maryland Route 150). Turn right to head towards Highlandtown (Maryland Route 150 west). Turn left at Broadway.

From Baltimore's northern suburbs, take I-83 south until it turns into President Street. Turn left at Aliceanna Avenue. The intersection of Aliceanna and Broadway is near the heart of Fells Point.

External Links

www.fellspoint.us

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Accessories

Caviar & Cobwebs Designer Clothing and Accessories (724 South Broadway, 410-276-2828)
Killer Trash (602 South Broadway, 410-675-2449)
925 The Silver Store (1634 Thames Street, 410-327-0036)
Trixie's Palace (1704 Thames Street, 410-558-2195)

Adult

Love Zone (506 South Broadway, 410-276-5115)

Antiques

The Antique Man (1806-12 Fleet Street, 410-732-0932)
Another Period in Time (1708 Fleet Street, 410-675-4776)
Bowery Antiques & Collectibles (1736 Fleet Street, 410-732-2778)
Mel's Antiques (1512 Fleet Street, 410-675-7229)

Apparel

After Midnight (819 South Broadway, 410-563-3870)
Bay Front Sportswear (812 South Broadway, 410-276-0019)
The Big Iguana (1633 Thames Street, 410-675-3231)
Caviar & Cobwebs Designer Clothing and Accessories (724 South Broadway, 410-276-2828)
Cupcake (813 South Broadway, 410-522-0941)
Fashion Attic (1926 Fleet Street, Suite A, 410-276-0817)
Fells Point Surf Company (1631 Thames Street, 410-276-7873)
Karmic Connection (508 South Broadway, 410-558-0493)
Killer Trash (602 South Broadway, 410-675-2449)
Maja (1744 Aliceanna Street, 410-327-9499)
Party Dress (723 South Broadway, 410-675-5105)
Trixie's Palace (1704 Thames Street, 410-558-2195)

Arts and Crafts

A Good Yarn (1738 Aliceanna Street, 410-327-3884)

Children's

The Corduroy Button (1628 Thames Street, 410-276-5437)

Coffee and Dessert

Bonaparte Breads (903 South Ann Street, 410-342-4000)
Daily Grind Coffee House (1720 Thames Street, 410-558-0399)
MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery (821 South Broadway, 410-342-8399)
Pitango Gelato (802 South Broadway, 410-702-5828)

Dining

Arcos Restaurante (129 South Broadway, 410-522-4777)
Asahi Sushi (514 South Broadway, 410-534-4255)
Bertha's Restaurant & Bar (734 South Broadway, 410-327-5795)
Big Slice at Fells Point (624 South Broadway, 410-563-3322)
Birds of a Feather Restaurant & Scotch Bar (1712 Aliceanna Street, 410-675-8466)
The Black Olive (814 South Bond Street, 410-276-7141)
Blue Moon Cafe (1621 Aliceanna Street, 410-522-3940)
Bonaparte Breads (903 South Ann Street, 410-342-4000)
Brick Oven Pizza (800 South Broadway, 410-563-1600)
Burger Go Go (253 South Broadway, 410-558-1008)
Burrito En Fuego (809 South Broadway, 410-558-0858)
Carolina's Tex-Mex (505 South Broadway, 410-276-0711)
Ding How Restaurant (631 South Broadway, 410-327-8888)
DuClaw Brewing Company (901 South Bond Street, 410-563-3400)
Duda's Tavern (1600 Thames Street, 410-276-9719)
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille (718-722 South Broadway, 410-342-4222)
Hot Tomatoes (717 South Broadway, 410-563-4453)
Jimmy's Restaurant (801 South Broadway, 410-327-3273)
John Steven, Ltd. (1800 Thames Street, 410-327-5561)
Kali's Court Restaurant (1606 Thames Street, 410-276-4700)
Kali's Mezze (1606 Thames Street, 410-563-7600)
Kooper's Tavern (1702 Thames Street, 410-563-5423)
La Guadalupana (500 South Wolfe Street, 410-276-2700)
Liquid Earth (1626 Aliceanna Street, 410-276-6606)
Little Italy Pizzeria (624 South Broadway, 410-563-3322)
Louisiana Restaurant (1708 Aliceanna Street, 410-327-2610)
Nanami Cafe (907 South Ann Street, 410-327-9400)
Obrycki's (1727 East Pratt Street, 410-732-6399)
Pazo Restaurant (1425 Aliceanna Street, 410-534-7296)
Pierpoint Restaurant (1822 Aliceanna Street, 410-675-2080)
Quiznos (716 South Broadway, 410-534-4602)
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant (1390 Lancaster Street, 410-522-3200)
The Red Star Bar & Grill (906 South Wolfe Street, 410-675-0212)
The Sea Witch Restaurant & Raw Bar (1636 Thames Street, 410-522-0495)
Shuckers of Fells Point (1629 Thames Street, 410-522-5820)
Slainte Irish Pub (1702 Thames Street, 410-563-6600)
Subway (632 South Broadway, 410-327-5337)
Talay Thai Grille (1911 Aliceanna Street, 410-563-9292)
Teavolve (1401 Aliceanna Street, 410-522-1907)
Todd Conner's (700 South Broadway, 410-537-5005)
Vikki's Fells Point Deli (600 South Broadway, 410-276-6996)
Woody's Rum Bar & Island Grill (821 South Broadway, 410-555-1212)
Ze Mean Bean Cafe (1739 Fleet Street, 410-675-5999)

Footwear

Party Dress (723 South Broadway, 410-675-5105)
Tennis Shoe Warehouse (531 South Broadway, 410-276-2234)

Framing

Frame House (901 South Ann Street, 410-563-4595)

Galleries

Angeline's Art Gallery & Boutique (1631 Thames Street, 410-522-7909)
Art Gallery of Fells Point (1716 Thames Street, 410-327-1272)
Daniel Fountain Contemporary (1800 Fleet Street, 410-342-0577)
Dilberto Gallery (1922 Fleet Street, 410-299-6508)
Fells Fired Art Gallery/Studio (1733 Fleet Street, 410-327-7440)
The Magnificent, An Art Salon (1615 Shakespeare Street, 410-563-2709)
Strictly BeMore (1728 Thames Street, 410-675-0072)

Gift Shops

Bay Front Sportswear (812 South Broadway, 410-276-0019)
The Big Iguana (1633 Thames Street, 410-675-3231)
Maja (1744 Aliceanna Street, 410-327-9499)
Ten Thousand Villages (1621 Thames Street, 410-342-5568)
Trixie's Palace (1704 Thames Street, 410-558-2195)
Zen at Zoe's Garden Wellness Center (1924 Fleet Street, 410-342-7255)

Hardware

Lombard Hardware (1747 East Lombard Street, 410-276-1294)

Health and Beauty

Zen at Zoe's Garden Wellness Center (1924 Fleet Street, 410-342-7255)

Home Furnishings

Brassworks Company (1641 Thames Street, 410-327-7280)
Cube Modern Home Furnishings (1611 Eastern Avenue, 410-952-8045)
Su Casa (901 South Bond Street, 410-522-7010)
Super Linens (601 South Broadway, 410-732-7900)

Jewelry

After Midnight (819 South Broadway, 410-563-3870)
Joyeria El Catracho (223 South Broadway, 410-522-4241)
Karmic Connection (508 South Broadway, 410-558-0493)
Maja (1744 Aliceanna Street, 410-327-9499)
Party Dress (723 South Broadway, 410-675-5105)
Trixie's Palace (1704 Thames Street, 410-558-2195)

Music

Soundgarden (1616 Thames Street, 410-563-9011)

New Age

Karmic Connection (508 South Broadway, 410-558-0493)

Pets

Dudley & Max Pet Shop (1635 Thames Street, 410-522-7735)
Fells Point Pet Center (1916 Fleet Street, 410-276-2433)

Sporting Goods

Broadway Bicycle & Sporting Goods (415 South Broadway, 410-276-0266)
Fells Point Surf Company (1631 Thames Street, 410-276-7873)

Toys and Games

aMuse Toys (1623 Thames Street, 410-342-5000)

Wine

V-No Wine Bar (905 South Ann Street, 410-342-8466)

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