Just In: Hampden

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You better believe it, hon. Thrillist recently published an article highlighting 12 of America’s coolest neighborhoods and our very own Hampden was included—alongside Highland Park in Los Angeles and the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Ore. While it’s a no-brainer that Hampden deserves the recognition, here’s STYLE’s take on why it truly is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the country.

Some of the city’s best eats. Be it a winter vegetable pot pie from Woodberry Kitchen, a basket of delicious, thick-cut frites at Le Garage or French toast for dinner at Golden West, whatever you’re craving, Hampden probably has it. And speaking of Golden West, we’re highly anticipating the local favorite’s new late-night and early-morning takeout window—which will offer waffles, chicken stew, breakfast burritos and more. 

Eclectic shopping. With one-of-a-kind shops like Trohv, Caravanserai, Ma Petit Shoe and Kiss ‘N’ Make Up (cupcake-flavored toothpaste, anyone?), you can spend all day finding the most unique gifts for friends, family and yourself. 

Lights on 34th. One of the city’s biggest attractions, the 67-year-old holiday tradition is always a site for sore eyes. While we’d enjoy some warmer temperatures right now, we secretly can’t wait until December rolls around. 

Hipster heaven. Let’s not beat around the bush. If there’s any Baltimore neighborhood known for hot hipsters in coffee shops and book shops (Common Ground and Atomic Books, anybody?), it’s Hampden. Needless to say, we love it. Everyone looks better with a beard and some flannel.

Unapologetic culture. The giant, beehive-hairdo wearing pink flamingo atop Cafe Hon says it all. Hampden full embraces its “Bawlmer” culture, celebrating it with annual festivals including HonFest and Hampdenfest. We already have our leopard-print getups ready.

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