Federal Hill brands itself as "historically hip." A designation it definitely lives up to. Most of the buildings in the neighborhood were built before the turn of the century, and it has been witness to key moments in U.S. history. During the Civil War, Lincoln ordered guns placed atop the hill to ensure that Baltimore remained on the side of the Union cause.
These days, a hip new lifestyle has taken over the neighborhood. It's now home to many of Baltimore's young professionals. Boutiques like Whimsy/Reason that cater to the chic urbanite line its streets, and many of the homes in Federal Hill have been stylishly remodeled. .
Federal Hill's thriving restaurant scene has made the neighborhood a destination for foodies. While its live music venues and bars have become a mecca for young partiers on the weekends. Karaoke, dancing, and drinks of all kinds can be found seven nights a week along Cross Street. At the heart of everything in Federal Hill is Cross Street Market. The market hosts a variety of food vendors, florists, butchers, and stands. The market is both a shopping destination and a perfect place to have a beer, eat some oysters, and catch up with the neighborhoods' veterans.