Whenever I heard about Baltimore as a perspective student, I mainly heard about the Inner Harbor, Charles Village, or Fell’s Point. I’d never heard about Hampden before. Located right next to Homewood, Hampden is one of the coolest, underrated, and unique parts of Baltimore! Not only does this small neighborhood have some of the best restaurants in the city, there are many unique shops!

Some Street Art?

Some Street Art?

My first visit to Hampden was pretty accidental. My friends and I had heard about the Grano Pasta Bar and immediately wanted to go.  Little did I know that it was located in the wonderful Hampden! Grano is hands down my favorite.  Only selling pasta, you walk in , sit at the (pasta) bar, pick a type of pasta and a sauce. The chef cooks it right in front of you!

Pesto aka my favorite ever

Pesto aka my favorite ever

Since ice cream is probably the best food ever invented, the Charmery is another reason why I adore Hampden.  Homemade hot fudge, whipped cream and even marshmallows?  This isn’t even the best part! What makes the Charmery so unique is the crazy and original flavors. I’ve enjoyed chips and guacamole ice cream, green tea, mango, old bay seasoned ice cream, and (my personal favorite) Maryland mud: a wonderful combination of dark chocolate ice cream with Oreos and chocolate chunks!

Homemade hot chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate

On one of my latest visits to Hampden, I discovered Ma Petite Shoe, a store selling only shoes and chocolate.  Right around Valentine’s Day, I was very tempted to treat myself with a pair of shoes and copious amounts of dark chocolate!

If it’s a nice day, there is a path through Wyman Park, which one can take to get to Hampden.  I cannot wait for the weather to really warm up so we can spend beautiful Saturday mornings walking up and down Hampden’s street.

Charmery!

The Charmery!