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Baltimore has long been known for its picturesque Inner Harbor that spawned duplicates around the globe and for its steamed crabs dusted with Old Bay spice. But in recent years, word has gotten out that the town, nicknamed Charm City, has much more to offer. New boutique hotels, trendy restaurants and unique festivals earned it a spot on the New York Times top places to visit in 2018, while Travel & Leisure cemented its reputation as the coolest city on the East Coast. While centuries-old buildings have been converted into hip new hangouts, the city remains unpretentious, offering an urban experience perhaps more authentic than some of its neighbors to the north and south. While it can take years to truly know this town, start with this list of 15 things to do in Baltimore. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
If you haven’t been to Baltimore lately, you might think the city’s dining options are only meant for crab lovers. But Charm City’s culinary renaissance has resulted in diverse restaurant scene that embraces flavors from around the globe, from Venezuelan arepas and Basque pinxtos to Asian fusion. You’ll find tony venues helmed by James Beard Award-winning chefs alongside equally-well-loved small BYOB joints. Some restaurants on our list are newer spots that sport the latest design and cocktail trends while others are decades-old favorites that bring in the crowds with winning dishes that have stood the test of time. And, of course, there is a crab house. No matter what you're craving, add visiting these top restaurants to your list of can't-miss things to do in Baltimore.