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Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

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Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

I'm a former resident and almost yearly visitor to Mobtown. My companion and I have the better partt of an April Friday to explore. Is there any thing to see/do in the Station North/ North ave area during the day? What about 36th St /Hampden? Locus Point?

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1. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

Only section I would recommend is Hampden area. very quirky with some very good restaurants. Other areas only recommended if you want to find out why it's called mobtown. Although we do prefer Charm City now.

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Any specific suggestions for Hampden? Does the Canton neighborhood reinforce the Charm City or the Mobtown appelation? Is it worth a look?

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3. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

The Avenue in Hampden (36th Street) has a large number of unique stores and dining choices. Canton has a burgeoning restaurant scene as well as some interesting boutiques. Station North/North Avenue is still a neighborhood in transition, and while it has some groovy destinations (the Charles Theater and the Book Thing are both close by), it is not really an area for window shopping.

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4. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

Canton is a very nice neighborhood to explore from the waterfront up to the square.

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As far as Hampden goes you can spend about 1.5 hours exploring the shops then grab food in Cafe Hon restaraunt, cant miss it has a big pink flamingo on it. Cute quirky, funky area but its all on 36th st.

Canton is great and not mobtown (whatever that means) is not a huge area there are not many shops, but in April would be great to have drinks and food in the several good bar\restaraunts there. Love Canton. The great thing about Canton is there is alot to explore in the surrounding neighborhoods, so it's a good place to end in. You could walk the harbor walk, starting from harbor place where there is marinas and restaruants along the way. Go through Fells Point and end up in Canton. You have alot more choices\options here.

Can someone please explain to me the mobtown reference, i have never heard this before.

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6. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

http://www.baltimoremd.com/charm/moblink.html

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7. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

Hamden would be fun, lots of offbeat stores, galleries, restaurants, bars. Never been to Locust point. But Station North might be more exciting if you're more interested in art than shopping - some interesting artists collectives are blossoming in old buildings along North Avenue - Load of Fun Studios and the new bookstore (forgot the name) might be open on an april afternoon - The Windup Space is a fun bar/gallery that attracts young and starving artists - Joe 2 makes excellent thin crust pizza and has eclectic mix of alternative, roots, and jazz bands weekend nights - also can walk to the old reliables on Charles Street: Charles Theater for art films; edgy Everyman Theater; watch the world walk by while enjoying good food at Tapas Teatro; visit the Metro Gallery which has brought new energy to that block; and must make a pilgrimage to the Club Charles to bask in its shabby elegance. Here is a useful link for Station North: http://www.stationnorth.org/

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The walk from the harbor to Canton is a good idea. Looking at the map is Boston st. the way to go from Fells Point to Canton or would you suggest a different route? Also, have you eaten at Mama's on the Half Shell in Canton?

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9. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

Would Station North be worth a visit late afternoon/early evening on a Saturday - would galleries be open, etc? Is it walkable from there to MICA? Are there student/faculty galleries there open to the public?

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10. Re: Station North/Hampden/Locus Point

Station North used to be Mobtown but has been turning into a more gentrified artsy hood nowadays. But it's still on North Avenue so when it gets dark you can buy a bike, and porn dvd or a prostitute all from the same guy. Not much there during the day though. The night time is the right time. But if you're on Charles St you can cover most of SN and even walk south over the bridge towards Mt. Vernon.

If you like quarky shopping Hampden is pretty cool. I live in Hampden off the Avenue. Hon Bar is good for the tourist meal but imo that's what it is, touristy. Food is so-so. Across the st. is Hometown Girl which is probably the best place for your Baltimore knick knack gifts. Fun and friendly. If you and your companion are the naughty type there's a cool funky little "adult" store, Sugar, right across the street in the back. Yes, rear entry.

For food though, I always recommend Fraziers. Ya gotta be a dive bar lover though. Dark, loud, local, hip but not hipster. Wed. are 1/2 price entrees and Thurs. 1/2 price burgers. Probably the most consistantly good food around, and the "burgers are bangin'"

Both Hampden and Canton are great for pub crawls. Canton may be better for that just because of the "square" and the number of eateries in a small space. I would suggest Mamma's. If ya like wings JD's is great but there is a certain knuckehead limit that I hit and usually stay away from there.

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