Just a short walk from the Inner Harbor lays the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill. When the federal Constitution was ratified, the residents held a boisterous celebration and parade on the hill that overlooks Baltimore and as a result, Federal Hill was born. In 1875, Baltimore acquired the hill and it is now a park with a cannon as a reminder of the Civil War.

Cross Street Market, located in Federal Hill, is a historic, operating, public farmer’s market. Founded in 1845, the market is now home to 28 vendors who sell among other items, cheese, doughnuts, health foods, and a raw bar complete with clams and oysters. Packaged foods are also available for those who are picnicking in the area later in the day. The market is open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Mingled among the historic row homes visitors will find Art Galleries, a gourmet kitchen store, a wine and cheese shop, and various other specialty boutique shops.

This part of town also has some amazing Restaurants. Options include Indian, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern, Cuban, Mediterranean, and vegetarian fares along with traditional American pub cuisine and drinks. A raw bar, sushi, and coffee bar are also among the selections visitors can choose from.

Federal Hill’s Nightlife is always hopping. Mother’s bar has free parking and a game room, Boomerang’s is the largest restaurant and bar in Federal Hill with two levels, a sports bar, big screens, satellite, pool tables, and a unique Australian touch. The Blue Agave features 64 tequilas.

Be sure to check out Federal Hill for a trip back in time to historic Baltimore.