First, there was Hampden. Then, there was Woodberry. Now, Remington is all the rage. The northern neighborhood is in the midst of a major renaissance, evolving from gritty streets and vacant houses to a vibrant community with new businesses, warehouse apartments, and a fast-growing food scene. With a bevy of things to eat, drink, see, and do, there’s no better time to visit the 21211.
Clavel: When you need a getaway, this hipster-chic Mexican taqueria (above) is a must for its minimalist aesthetic, homemade tortillas, and spicy mezcalitas. 225 W. 23rd St.
New Wyman Park Restaurant: Eat cheap and cure your hangover at this classic, no-frills greasy spoon. Pro tip? The scrapple. 138 W. 25th St.
Papermoon Diner: With Pez dispensers in the windows and mannequins on the walls, this Technicolor cafe is quintessentially weird and wonderful, with must-have milk shakes. 227 W. 29th St.
Parts & Labor: This meat mecca by Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde offers one of the city’s best happy hours with bargain beers, wine, and drool-worthy snacks.
2600 N. Howard St.
R. House: Get to know 10 city chefs, like Café Cito’s Dave Sherman, hawking his badass breakfast sandwiches, and former Encantada chef Melanie Molinaro, bringing the
farm to your fork with her vegetarian cuisine. 301 W. 29th St.
Sweet 27: This little corner eatery offers a creative menu for every need, with wholesome cooking featuring plenty of gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. 123 W. 27th St.
The Baltimore Whiskey Company: Stop in for distillery tours and take-home hooch like Shot Tower Gin. 2800 Sisson St.
The Dizz: This neighborhood bar is the go-to spot for juicy burgers, cold drafts of Resurrection, and local sports on the tube. 300 W. 30th St.
Long John’s Pub: Don’t fear the Formstone exterior and bawdy barkeeps. This dimly lit dive bar is a disappearing breed for shots of Pikesville, rounds of darts, and, if you’re fearless, karaoke.
398 W. 29th St.
W.C. Harlan: The older sister of Clavel, this Prohibition-style speakeasy offers a step back in time with killer craft cocktails and candlelit conversation. 400 W. 23rd St.
Alligator mural: With its mouth ajar, the colorful reptile in this street-side painting (by longtime local artist John Ellsberry) can make for a great optical illusion. 600 W. 28th St.
Drawn Metal Studios: HBO doesn’t have the only wire in Baltimore. Swing by the studio of Devin Mack and admire his whimsical wire sculptures. 315 W. 31st St.
Single Carrot Theatre: Let out your inner thespian at this small innovative theater, now in its 10th season. 2600 Howard St.
The Ottobar: At this beloved rock venue, hear some of the best music in town on any given night, be it local talent or national acts. 2549 N. Howard St.
WrightWay Studios: Whether you’re making your own music or listening in from the street, this small studio space has cut albums for the local likes of Celebration, Arbouretum, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 425 Fawcett St.
Charm City Cakes: Learn how to bake from the pros with cooking classes by this Food Network-famous cakery. 2936 Remington Ave.
Mill Valley General Store: Move over Whole Foods. This sparse warehouse sells all the farm eggs, fresh produce, local meat, homemade bread, and bulk coffees and teas you could need. 2800 Sisson St.
Remington Row: Beneath its industrial apartments, this ground-level retail space will feature pharmacies, dry cleaners, hair salons, and even acupuncture. 2700 Remington Ave.
Charmington’s: With a strong cup of Counter Culture coffee, finish your homework in the Barack Obama-approved chair, where the president sat and sipped during a visit last winter. 2601 N. Howard St.
Gather Baltimore: Feeling philanthropic? There are many ways to volunteer at this 4-year-old nonprofit, which aims to reduce food waste and bring healthy local produce to Baltimore’s food desert. 2800 Sisson St.
Wyman Park: Bring Fido for the lush grassy lawns and shaded walking trails of this 16-acre public park. Wyman Park Drive at Sisson Street.