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Insider's Guide

Ground zero for Baltimore's kitschy Hon culture, Hampden is a typical example of the new Baltimore neighborhood. A recent revitalization of the area has brought new residents, shops and eateries to an area once the home of the city's mill workers. Those residents now live side-by-side with the professionals, artists and other creative types who help make Hampden one of Baltimore's hippest 'hoods. The neighborhood is also famous for the seasonal Christmas display "Lights on 34th Street," where residents illuminate their block with tens of thousands of Christmas lights.


Nikki Verdecchia Nikki Verdecchia is proof that Hampden can get into a woman's bones. As a girl, she visited her Nana there, and later her parents settled in a rowhouse on Falls Road. So, when Nikki was ready to be a homeowner, she came home -- leaving Canton for some place less showy.
Lynde Pratt Don't go looking for Lynde Pratt at home. When she's not working as a graphic designer downtown, this wife and mother of a young son is taking advantage of the fact that she lives in Hampden--a true walking neighborhood and perfect for dog owners.

Our Picks:

Eat & Drink

King's Grilled Kabobs restaurants
Holy Frijoles Restaurants
Suzie's Soba Restaurants

After Dark

Rocket To Venus Restaurants
Hon Bar Bars

Cafes and Hangouts

Common Ground Cafe Restaurants
Golden West Cafe Restaurants
New System Bakery Cafe & Coffehouses


Atomic Books Books & Music
The Wine Source Specialty
Ma Petite Shoe Specialty

Music and Entertainment

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After Dark: Peak Hours

Monday after 5 p.m.
Frazier's On the Avenue
Tuesday after 6 p.m.
Suzie's Soba
Wednesday after 9 p.m.
Hon Bar
Thursday after 7 p.m.
The Dogwood Restaurant
Friday after 8 p.m.
G-spot Audio Visual Playground
Saturday after 7 p.m.
13.5% Wine Bar
Sunday after 6 p.m.
Friend Kitchen