Baltimore neighborhoods are perfectly suited to easily spend the whole day roaming around and getting into trouble. That’s why they make for great all day dates!



  • Golden West: You’ll never find a parking spot, you’ll wait 45 minutes to get a seat and the service is spotty but there are board games in the back and vegetarian and non-vegetarian’s rave about the Aztec Burrito and the tots.
  • Rocket to Venus: If you’re smart enough to go around the corner, you’ll get to Rocket. They’re only open for Sunday Brunch but you can get the PB&J Delight as an entree, so why not.
  • Cafe Cito: New-comer right around the corner. Stop in for a “breakfast sammy” and a french press or sit down and stay awhile.

Afternoon Activities:

Of course, you can spend an entire afternoon browsing the different shops.

  • Listen to Some Records: Options include Celebrated Summer, True Vine (my personal favorite), JOJO South, Black Mess
  • Get Sexy: Visit The Bottom Drawer, an adorable lingerie shop and Sugar, the friendly neighborhood sex shop (literally)
  • Visit SPCA: If you’re considering adding a new pet to your family, stop by during their open hours and play with some animals together!
  • Go to Wyman Park: Just a five minute walk from the avenue, you can head over to the park
  • Browse Books: Of course no Hampden trip is complete without popping into Atomic Books. If you want to rent not buy head to the public library only a few blocks away.
  • Volunteer at the Skatepark of Baltimore: On the second Saturday of every month, you can help cleanup Roosevelt Park where SOB is located. If it’s not one of those weekends, just sit back and watch some kids skate.

Dinner & Drinks


  • Woodberry Kitchen: It’s stating the obvious, but Woodberry Kitchen is phenominal (and expensive). The view after it’s snowed is breathtaking.
  • Birotecca: If you want a pizza with a duck egg, craft beer and a cheese plate then Birotecca is your place.
  • Corner Charcuterie Bar: This menu is constantly changing but currently you can get squid ink, snails or beef tounge. Hope you’re up for getting a little weird.


  • Frazier’s: The burger you order may take a while but it’ll be pretty good and your Boh will be two bucks.
  • Holy Frijoles: The tacos taste better when they only cost $1 on Wednesday nights, but the salsa’s good though the service isn’t always.
  • Blue Pit BBQ: Good food, good service, huge drink selection, good prices. There aren’t many (if any) other places like this in Hampden.

After Dinner Events

In Hampden, there’s always something going on, you just have to find it.

  • Sugar has sex classes you can take
  • Golden West has shows (and board games)
  • Gallery 788 you’ll be able to see local art (usually in motion)

If these don’t do it for you, hop on over to Remington or Station North and go to the show that everyone else is probably already at.


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