I’ve been in love with the D.C.-based Instagram account @walkwithlocals ever since I stumbled upon it on my ‘Discover’ feed. The aesthetically intriguing account promotes inclusivity within the Creatives community and encourages followers to ‘know your city. know your neighbor.’ And their grid is dope (to say the least.) Need I say more? Seriously, this account is just about everything I advocate for in life so it’s no surprise I almost (ok, literally) shrieked when the founder, Carl, messaged me back about doing an Insta Stories takeover.
Originally, I thought a #WWLxBMORE takeover had already been done – but turns out I was making things up over here in Charm City 😂. So, I spent a Monday taking over the Walk with Locals Insta Stories, showing all of their followers (you should be one of them!) my Baltimore. Thanks to everyone who supported + followed along! And if you missed it (*sad face*) here’s a recap of my day!
“Hey hey hey there – Taylor from @stylishlytaylored speaking! I’m taking over the WWL account today to show you alllll of the charm that Baltimore (aka Charm City) has to offer! Follow along on Insta Stories to get a closer look at my urban adventures to local coffee shops, breweries, and other unique parts of this dope city!”
I recently moved back to Mt. Vernon, where I lived when I first moved to Baltimore, so I figured this was the perfect place to start because it’s where I spend so much of my free-time. The historic buildings are gorgeous, and I’m convinced you could spend an entire day wandering Calvert St. admiring the ornate and unique architecture of each building.
Because it’s a cultural district, Mt. V is filled with tons of cafes, restaurants, museums, and unique shops. I like to refer to it as the ‘coffeeshop hub’ of the city — and because I love a strong cup of coffee and a pretty latte, I decided to highlight two iconic coffee shops in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon where you can get them!
The Bun Shop is one of Baltimore’s hidden gems – it’s a little bit off the beaten path but totally worth the adventure to find. Baltimore has a questionable reputation when it comes to the media and those living outside of it.
But it’s places like The Bun Shop that help prove that Baltimore should be known for its quaint trendiness and charm rather than its rough parts and crime rates (come’on people, every major city has them!) The hip spot has quickly become one of my favorites in the city — and everything they serve is phenomenal (the red bean bun, spinach + feta pull apart, and lavender lemonade just to name a few!)
After sipping a drip coffee at The Bun Shop, I headed to Ceremony Coffee Roasters (Just called ‘Ceremony’ to those of us who frequent it far too often.) This space, known for the city’s prettiest lattes, is pouring with natural light – and they’re always pouring gourmet coffee (check out their Instagram if you don’t believe me!) So, as a coffee-addict, I wanted to show all those watching some of my favorite spots to grab a cup.
Interested in seeing more of the coffee scene in Baltimore? Be sure to follow @bmorecaffeinated on Instagram — they’ve got all the stops in Charm City for you to cafe-hop!
Cava Mezze – Harbor East
The WWLxTakeover followers from D.C. should have found this spot familiar; Cava Mezze is a modern- Mediterranean food heaven found throughout the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) Area. What a lot of people don’t know about Baltimore is that its food scene is crazy good. So good that Zagat named Baltimore #2 in their Top Food Cities of 2015 (also peep that mention of Ceremony Coffee — it’s that good!)
I dabble in food blogging on Stylishly Taylored solely because Baltimore opened my eyes to how creative, unique, and delicious food can be — and I’ve never looked back. So, I texted my friend Rachel, food blogger over at LikeTheTeaEats.com (@liketheteaeats on Instagram!), to grab lunch. Cava Mezze is a favorite spot because you can score way too much good food via their Mezze Mania lunch special for only $15.
After lunch, Rachel mentioned she knew of a cool spot with a view — so we headed to the pool deck of the Marriott Hotel in the Inner Harbor East. This part of the takeover was a little less of my routine as a Baltimore resident and a little more taking advantage of an effin awesome locale I didn’t even realize existed. Now, I can’t say we were supposed to be up on the pool deck, but the on-duty lifeguard was nice enough to let us on it out to take some photos.
Boy, is it a sweet spot – you can see the entire Baltimore skyline from this place. With clear blue skies and temps in the 60s, this is exactly where I wanted to spend the rest of my day off. But I had more Baltimore to show you all, so it was on to the next place!
Ok, so I started the morning up north in Mt. Vernon. Then headed south to the Inner Harbor, a little east to Harbor East. Naturally, the next move was to continue east over to Fells Point. Although a little bit further from home (not too far because Baltimore is a medium-sized city,) Fells Point is a historic district right along the water. It’s cobblestone streets and waterfront views make it the perfect spot to grab lunch or walk on a sunny day. Fells Point Main Street is one of the nightlife hubs of the city, and in addition to bars, its blocks are filled with locally-owned boutiques + restaurants.
The next thing I wanted to highlight during my takeover was Baltimore’s accessibility via water. Because Baltimore’s neighborhoods are so spread out, most separated by the harbor, it can often seem inconvenient to get from one side of the harbor to the other. But we’re lucky — Charm City has the 1) Harbor Connector that takes commuters across the harbor for free during work hours 2) Water Taxi that takes riders across the harbor for fees on nights+ weekends (check routes via the linked names above!)
I decided to take the Harbor Connector from Maritime Park to Tide Point (in South Baltimore.) What’s in Tide Point?
Under Armour World Headquarters, Locust Point
Oh, nothing special. Just Under Armour’s World Headquarters… I’m not sure how well-known it is, but Baltimore is home to all things UA. So, I headed to their Headquarters and main facilities to show the WWL followers that Baltimore is home to some big brands and some dope views.
Baltimore at night
After UA, I had to run some personal errands. I headed back home to drop my things off, and I intended to head down to the Washington Monument (the original!) and Sugarvale, a cool cocktail bar. But as soon as I sat down at home, I crashed. I had spent the Thurs-Sun leading up to the takeover moving into my new apartment, and my body was telling my I needed to just relax. So, I’m sorry I didn’t get to show an up close of Baltimore at night, but here’s the view from my apartment.
And I think we can all agree that Baltimore has a lot more charm than people give it credit for.
If you watched the takeover, or you’re simply reading this post because you stumbled upon it, I hope that you’ll consider visiting Baltimore for yourself – it’s an awesome city with so many unique offerings beyond what I’ve mentioned here. There were so many places I wanted to take you that unfortunately didn’t make it into my takeover — R.House, Graffiti Alley, Walt’s Inn to name a few. But it’s ok, we’ll just have save those for when you visit 😉
For more of my Baltimore favorites, follow me on Instagram + feel free to reach out for any recommendations or questions. Be sure to share pics of your Baltimore with me on Instagram by tagging me (@stylishlytaylored) + with the Walk with Locals Team by hashtagging them w. #walkwithlocals and #WWLxBMORE. This way, everyone else can see how lucky we are to live here!
Thanks again to those who followed along ! Stay tuned for a list of my Top Baltimore Instagram Accounts to Follow coming to the blog soon!
Until next time, keep exploring Charm City!