Neigh­bor­hoods

Where Baltimore - - The Guide -

CAN­TON— More than 200 years ago, Cap­tain John O’Don­nell sailed into Bal­ti­more and named his plan­ta­tion for the Chi­nese port that brought him wealth. Find shops, bars and cafes just east of Fells Point. Map G7/H7

FED­ERAL HILL— The clay dome that rises just south of the In­ner Har­bor, bor­dered by Key High­way, Hanover and Cross streets, served as an ob­ser­va­tory from 1795 to 1895. Home to pubs, eater­ies and Cross Street Mar­ket. Map D8

FELLS POINT— Wil­liam Fell, a ship­builder from Lan­caster, Eng­land, founded this mar­itime com­mu­nity in 1730. To­day the 14-block area bus­tles with young res­i­dents who like its ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory, cafes and tav­erns. Map F6/7

HAM­P­DEN— The city’s cen­ter of kitsch and the setting for the movie “Pecker,” by off-beat film di­rec­tor John Wa­ters. Pink flamin­gos adorn row house yards; eclec­tic shops line main drag “The Av­enue” ( W. 36th Street). North of Map A1

HAR­BOR EAST— At­ten­tion food­ies: lots to dis­cover in this af­flu­ent com­mu­nity within walk­ing dis­tance of the In­ner Har­bor. Look for the Katyn Me­mo­rial land­mark sculp­ture. Map E7

IN­NER HAR­BOR— An ur­ban re­vi­tal­iza­tion suc­cess story, now the city’s pop­u­lar mar­itime zone thanks to the Na­tional Aquar­ium, Mary­land Science Cen­ter, his­toric ships, cruises and waterfront paths for strolling. Map D6/7

LIT­TLE ITALY— Nar­row, twist­ing streets known for bocce courts, col­or­ful cit­i­zens and Old World food at many trat­to­rias that range from check­ered cloth to chic. www.lit­tleitalymd.com. Map E6

MOUNT VER­NON— Cul­tural en­clave with fash­ion­able res­i­dences, unique bou­tiques, The Wal­ters Art Mu­seum, Enoch Pratt Free Li­brary, Pe­abody In­sti­tute, Bal­ti­more Basil­ica and the (first) Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment. Map C3/4

WEST­SIDE— A dy­namic ur­ban district just west of down­town. Visit his­toric Lex­ing­ton Mar­ket, Edgar Al­lan Poe’s grave or the B&O Rail­road Mu­seum. The­aters include Everyman and the FranceMer­rick Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Map B4

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