AOL Travel
Print

Best Baltimore Shopping

AOL PICK from our Editors

Calling Baltimore New York’s sixth borough is a bit premature (and insulting—this town is cool enough without having to be an extension of N.Y.C.), but there are times when the Brooklyn-Baltimore connection feels strong. We mean that in all the right ways. Baltimore shopping includes lots of indie boutiques, fed by a large arts community. There are also many old-school markets that keep B’more more grounded and down to earth then her other Eastern seaboard counterparts. Head up North Charles Street in Mount Vernon and along Hampden’s famed West 36th Street (“The Ave”) for the hippest merchandise, cute antique shops, new art galleries and fresh designers.

Minas Gallery & Boutique

Neighborhood: Hampden & North Baltimore

Minas exemplifies everything anyone loves about a weird Hampden store. It sells summer frocks, leather jackets, over-sized sunglasses, hand-painted greeting cards, dinosaur toys, cowboy boots and original art. What more could you want? Lots of stuff is quality vintage; in point of fact, these guys were doing vintage way before vintage was cool, and they’ll be doing it after the word loses its pop culture cachet. Have a peek in, and pick up one of those T-Rex figurines for us.

More Details on

Minas Gallery & Boutique  

Dan Brothers Shoes

Neighborhood: South Baltimore
When the discerning Baltimore shopping male needs to indulge his impulse for sartorial spoiling au pied (in regular English: When a guy needs some fine kicks), he heads over to Dan Brothers. We need to stress: There’s a huge and varied selection of women’s footwear here, as well. Ladies, you’ll love it at Dan Brothers. But where this store really shines is men’s shoes; from sneakers to fine loafers you could sport at the Playboy Mansion, they’ve got you (well, your feet) covered here, boys.

More Details on

Dan Brothers Shoes  

Lexington Market

Neighborhood: Mt Vernon

Baltimoreans have a long tradition of shopping in public markets. This is one of our favorite examples of the genre in town. To be honest, it has more places for eating than shopping, in the traditional sense (i.e., for stuff). While there are always little flea market stalls in the vicinity, the main reason locals come here is for fine produce and better prepared foods. You should come here to see how a city can preserve its own eating traditions and sense of place in the face of shopping mall juggernauts. There are all kinds of lovely grub, but for a real B’more experience, have a lump (only lump) crabcake at Faidley’s in the Lexington Market.

More Details on

Lexington Market  

doubledutch Boutique

Neighborhood: Hampden & North Baltimore

Not to make this too personal, but when we took a fashionable friend into this women’s shop she sighed, smiled and said, “I want to buy everything in here,” which oughta tell you everything you need to know about doubledutch. There’s not any one style we can ascribe to the place—some of the clothes are cute pixie-wear, some are sexy vampish, but all of them are stylish as hell. For years doubledutch has been making a name for itself with B’more fashionistas for only carrying the best, most innovative designers. So come see what the fuss is about, and try not to max out your credit card.

More Details on

doubledutch Boutique  

Atomic Books

Neighborhood: Hampden & North Baltimore

Good old John Waters—he’s been making Baltimore look like an outpost for kitsch-obsessed weirdos and madmen for decades now. Atomic Books is a shrine to Waters’ weirdness, in a sense, but it’s also just flat out a really excellent bookstore. There are indie titles, many with a radical-to-anarchist bend, and, of course, an excellent selection of comics, graphic novels, anime…you know, all the stuff that’s fun to nerd out to every now and then (or all the time—you know who you are). As a dedicated temple to all that is underground, we salute you, Atomic Books.

More Details on

Atomic Books  
ADVERTISEMENT