Baltimore, MD

The perfect Baltimore day according to Letitia VanSant: “I would get breakfast at Jack & Zack’s, the best breakfast spot around, walk to catch the view from Federal Hill, then visit the Visionary Art Museum, which always fills me with awe and inspiration. I’d grab lunch at Lexington Market (if you want the classic, get Faidley’s crab cakes). In the evening I’d go for a sunset paddle on the middle branch, and then catch a show at Arena Players, the oldest continuously operating African American community theater in the country.”

photo by: Lee Burchfield/Flickr

Curated by: Letitia VanSant

city guide:
Baltimore, MD
landmark
The Arena Players
The Arena Players is the oldest continually performing and historically African-American community theater in the country.
801 McCulloh St, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
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Faidley’s Seafood
No-frills veteran for huge, jumbo-lump crab cakes and raw oysters in a standing-room-only space.
203 N Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
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American Visionary Art Museum
Museum specializing in the preservation and display of self-taught and outsider art.
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, United States
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Federal Hill
Federal Hill is a picturesque area dating from the 18th century with a lively nightlife scene around its pubs, live music venues, and pizza and burger spots.
Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD, United States
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Jack and Zach’s
Snug joint focusing on locally sourced, house-made sausage sandwiches and veggie patties.
333 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
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outdoors
Druid Hill Park
"Druid Hill Park is a wonderland. There’s a conservatory greenhouse with tropical plant life, a lake with a biking/walking path, a swimming pool, acres of woods with trails, frisbee golf, pavillions that you can rent for barbecues, a huge community garden. You can always see people out enjoying it on summer days."  —  Letitia VanSant
900 Druid Park Lake Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217, United States
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bar
The Drinkery
Long-running gay bar and local hangout with kitschy decor offering TVs and lively karaoke shows.
205 West Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
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venue
Creative Alliance
"I am a huge fan of the Creative Alliance, an arts organization that renovated the old Patterson theater. They have a great diversity of acts and host everything from Bachata lessons to crankie workshops. It’s friendly and accessible but still gives due reverence & dignity to the art, which is a difficult balance to strike."  —  Letitia VanSant
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States
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hotel
Baltimore Hostel
"I haven’t been there in awhile, but I’ve been to some shows at the Baltimore Hostel, which has a grand piano (or at least it used to). Seems like a cool place."  —  Letitia VanSant
17 W Mulberry St, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
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Fort Carroll
"Fort Caroll; an abandoned fort on an island in the middle of the Patapsco River. It was built during the civil war but never used, and now it’s completely overgrown with thousands of birds."  —  Letitia VanSant
Fort Carol, Edgemere, MD, United States
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coffee
Dovecote Cafe
"It’s a local Black-owned business, they distribute produce farmed right down the street, they showcase local artists and musicians, and just seem like badass people overall. My coffee order is pretty basic, just coffee with cream."  —  Letitia VanSant
2501 Madison Ave #1f, Baltimore, MD 21217
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1919
"A lot of country acts play at 1919 in Fells Point, and nowadays whenever I walk in there for a show it feels like my version of “cheers,” where everybody knows your name. It’s a particularly atmospheric dive bar; so I go for the hometown classic Natty Boh."  — Letitia VanSant
1919 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD 21231, United States
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food
Blacksauce Kitchen
"Blacksauce Kitchen has amazing biscuit sandwiches. They have a stand at the Waverly farmers’ market on Saturdays, and they have a storefront that’s open on Thursdays."  —   Letitia VanSant
401 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, United States
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