Hampden

Welcome to Hampden

Baltimore’s vibrant arts hub  
 
Residents looking for a community that showcases everything to do with arts and culture will find Hampden is ideal. This one-of-a-kind community has become a mecca for artists, writers, and socially-minded individuals looking to make a true impact. 
 
Originally part of a project to provide housing for mill workers, this unique community took an artsy turn in the 1990s when artists began putting down roots and transforming the neighborhood. As a result, this area is now considered the city’s cultural hub, attracting a young, hopeful, and ambitious crowd looking towards a bright future.
 

What to Love

  • Fun and vibrant community
  • Unique shops and delectable eateries
  • Center for arts and culture
  • Picturesque scenery

People & Lifestyle

Those who live in Hampden tend to be part of a younger, hipper crowd, with numerous recent graduates and young professionals just starting out. The average annual household income is just over the national average, with many residents choosing careers in the arts and social justice. 
 
There is a distinct appreciation for the diversity of cultures in this community, with neighbors taking the time to learn from one another and apply this education towards the betterment of the community. Numerous art galleries and installations can be found throughout the area and numerous cultural events for residents to enjoy all year round.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Hampden undoubtedly has one of the best dining scenes in all of Baltimore, with an eclectic variety of restaurants found throughout the community. Golden West Cafe is one of the most popular spots in town, serving classic Southwest-style comfort food that guests absolutely adore. Their menu includes hot honey chicken and waffles, an Aztec burrito, and a delectable vegan French toast. 
 
The Bluebird is the perfect place for an elegant and refined evening out. With hand-crafted cocktails and a beautifully paired menu that includes dishes such as cornmeal-crusted fried pickles, yellow lentil hummus, and mozzarella stretched to order, rest assured you’ll have an experience unlike any other. 
 
The Food Market offers a more comfortable and approachable fine dining experience. Their elevated approach to comfort food has made them one of the top restaurants in the area with dishes such as buffalo pickles, brown sugar pork belly, and crispy lobster fingers.
 

Things to Do

While Central Baltimore may just be a short stroll away, there is plenty for Hampden residents to do in their spare time without ever having to leave town. The Avenue is one of the most popular spots to spend an afternoon or evening out. This quirky and charming part of town is filled with unique shops and eateries for visitors to stop by and enjoy throughout the year. 
 
HonFest is an annual event celebrating the charm and delight of all things Baltimore. Honoring the city’s working women, this one-of-a-kind event is filled with numerous food vendors, artisans, and musicians, ensuring a great time is had by all. 
 
The Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Holiday Show has been a staple of the community for over 70 years, letting residents feel like they’ve walked into their own holiday movie. Beautiful lights, delightful vendors, and live music all help make the season come alive every year. 
 
Residents looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life will love Wyman Park. This 88-acre park was originally part of the Homewood Estate and now serves as one of the city’s most beautiful and pristinely preserved areas. Visitors can take advantage of the numerous hiking and biking paths while taking a closer look at all the local wildlife and scenery around them.  
 

Schools

Families living in Hampden are committed to ensuring their children receive the highest-quality education possible. This is evident in the number of highly-rated schools in the area, including:
 

 

 
 
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