The businesses of Historic Federal Hill are housed in delightful buildings of late 18th, 19th and early 20th century architecture. The old-fashioned Cross Street Market remains the heart of the neighborhood, where over 25 vendors sell everything from fresh produce to live blue crabs, from gourmet cheese to fresh-cut flowers.
Historic Federal Hill is also famous for its amazing array of wonderful restaurants and taverns, drawing community residents and visitors from near and far. Many of Baltimore Magazine's "Best Restaurants in Baltimore" can be found in Federal Hill, including Blue Agave, Corks, Matsuri, Nichiban of Federal Hill, Regi's, and Ten-O-Six.
Among the more than 35 restaurants and taverns located along Charles, Cross, and Light Streets are some of Baltimore's most well-known establishments, serving fine food, mouth-watering appetizers, and cold draft beers, including Ryleigh’s, Crazy Lil's, Federal Hill Lounge, MaGerk’s, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, No Way Jose Cafe, Ropewalk Tavern, Sky Lounge & Tango Tapas, SoBo Cafe, and Thirsty Dog Tavern.
Historic Federal Hill is resident-friendly with over a dozen delicatessens, carry-outs and casual dining providing a diverse array of fun foods. Neighbors enjoy Banjara, Beach Bum's Ice Cream, Cafe Manet, Kiko Sushi, Maria D's, Sam's Bagels, Spoons Coffeehouse, Szechuan Restaurant, Thai Arroy, and Trattoria Annamaria, to name a few.
An exciting variety of art galleries featuring local and international art attract local residents and visitors alike. Antique stores and second-hand shops offer everything from the finest in antiques to collectible kitsch, including Artists & Framers, Book Rendezvous, Lucinda Gallery, Montage Gallery, Pandora's Box, Resurgam Gallery, Tradestone Gallery and Vanessa's Vintage Treasures.
The unique has a place in Historic Federal Hill. Lucky Lucy's Canine Cafe, Cross Street Tobacco, Ladybugs & Fireflies, Light Street Cycles, and Zelda Zen's are charming examples of the extraordinary. And Dan Brother's shoe store is well-known throughout the city.
Beauty, health and fitness also have a home in Federal Hill. M Salon and M Vanity along with Chas Salon, Alease's, Traffic and Co., and the Federal Hill Barber Shop keep everyone looking beautiful. Life Smells Good, Heather Keeler Massage, and The Healing Path provide relaxation. Federal Hill Fitness and Curves let locals get a great workout. And, you can learn the martial art of Aikido at Baltimore Tomiki Aikido or at Baltimore Aikido.
A niche market of upscale home furnishings and interior design is quickly gaining ground, anchored by the incomparable Shofer's Furniture, which has drawn from the Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond since 1914. Patrick Sutton Home offers the finest in interior design and luxury home furnishings. The handcrafted ceramics, stone and glassware available at Charles Tiles are like none other. And the charming furnishings at Home on the Harbor make the Federal Hill shopping experience unique. From custom re-upholstering to custom renovations, for rehabbing or redecorating, people are coming to Historic Federal Hill.
Historic Federal Hill has also attracted numerous professional service companies that serve the growing residential community and local merchants, as well as regional and national clients. Services include banking & finance, computers and technology, marketing, medical services, insurance, legal services, printing, photography, and design & architecture. Services are provided by businesses such as Allfirst Bank, Bank of America, Coldwell Banker Realtors, Computer Harbor, Erie Insurance Group, Federal Hill Tax Service, Key Technologies, Inc., Long and Foster Realtors, National Fidelity Mortgage, Polan Kovatana Architects, Ron Zimmerman Realtor, M&T Bank, SunTrust Bank, and Work Printing & Graphics. Doctors, dentists, attorneys, accountants, engineers all enjoy office space on these charming streets.