True explorers defy wearing a tourist hat day in and day out when they visit a new city. They want to be entrenched into the lifestyle, the culture, and the pulse of the local population – doing as the Romans do. This is undeniably a huge part of the travel experience. In Baltimore, it’s fairly easy to find the locals if you’re willing to venture away from the docks of the Inner Harbor.
If you have access to a car or are willing to spend the money on a cab and would like to do some shopping, check out these popular local shopping spots:
1. Towson Town Center Mall: Towson Town Center is in one of Baltimore’s suburbs where the shopping choices are more upscale and the clientele from the suburbs of Baltimore.
2. Westfield Annapolis Mall: Annapolis mall is near downtown Annapolis and one of the area’s nicer malls. It’s a great place to dine, shop, and catch a movie with local residents.
3. Arundel Mills Mall: The mall is on the way to/from BWI airport and a great place to not only catch great outlet pricing but also the local population.
Sports fans are the easiest locals to spot and as long as you’re routing for the local team, fairly easy to befriend. And if you have a Natty Boh (Baltimore’s local beer) in your hand, even better.
4. M&T Stadium: If you happen to be in town when the Ravens are playing and you can stand all the purple, this is probably the best place in the city to meet locals. This site can not be held liable for any “liveliness” you may find at said football meeting.
5. Camden Yards: Baseball is Baltimore’s second favorite sport love and if the Orioles are playing, why not kill two birds and catch a game with a local fan. There will be plenty of fly balls and Natty Boh to go around.
Another place to easily spot and meet locals is anywhere you can buy and eat fresh steamed crabs. More often than not, locals are patronizing the off-the-beaten path establishments but sometimes you can find them in tourist-known places.
6. Obrycki’s: Featured on the Today’s show and The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, Obrycki’s has a lot of history in the Fell’s Point neighborhood. You have to try their sweet blue crabs and crab cakes.
7. Timbuktu: On your way from the airport you can stop at Timbuktu to join the locals for a platter of colossal crab cakes or order take out. The restaurant is 20-minutes outside of the city and a popular spot for locals to grab a crab cake.
8. Annapolis Seafood Company: This seafood market is located in Severna Park, MD, about 30 minutes outside of the city. You can’t get any more local than this. It’s a carry-out spot but you’ll be sure to find your “Romans” here.
And last but not least, when you meet yourself a local, as long as you get along, you may just want to party with them. Here are a few hip hangouts that Baltimoreans frequent that may not have been featured on any travel guide you saw on-line.
9. Eden’s Lounge: A Mt. Vernon hot spot, Eden’t Lounge is a cool relaxed club where locals go to hang after a long week of stress.
10. Red Maple: If you like tapas, lounges, hip music and a cool evening scene, then Red Maple is where you want to go. Mostly locals hang out at this lounge/club/restaurant.