Once home to the city’s most elite and fashionable families and elaborate structures in the 19th and early 20th century, Mount Vernon still exudes that same grandiose impression some 200 years later. From art galleries to concert halls and some of the country’s most distinctive museums to top-rated restaurants, parks, and historic properties, this National Landmark Historic District is rooted in history and an amazing place to call home.
Sip & Socialize
The food and nightlife in Mount Vernon are as diverse as its architecture, ranging from trendy cocktail bars and pubs to dive bars and nightclubs. One of the latest vibrant foodie experiences to open in the heart of the community is the revamped Mount Vernon Marketplace. Sample an array of flavorful experiences from artisan sandwiches, local seafood, crepes, coffee, falafel, and more at purveyors that include Cholitas Tacos, Pinch Dumplings, The Local Oyster, Between 2 Buns, Fishnet, and Cheezy Mike’s. Fill up on drinks at Taps Fill Station, which features North American wines, small production ciders, meads, kombuchas, and craft beer on rotation.
The historic site of the grandiose Belvedere Hotel is home to the Owl Bar, a local landmark since 1903 and known at one time as Baltimore’s most notorious speakeasy. Just steps away is The Brewer’s Art, a brewpub with house-made ales located in an early 20th-century townhouse in Mount Vernon. The best seats here for sipping and socializing are in a quiet corner in the cavernous basement, or at a seat in the window overlooking Charles Street.
The Ivy Hotel, a former mansion-turned luxury hotel on East Biddle Street, is home to Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro that features locally-sourced Chesapeake cuisine infused with European tradition and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Chasen residents experience preferred partner benefits at the restaurant.
Another unique hotel dining experience is Topside, a rooftop restaurant at Hotel Revival that overlooks Mount Vernon. Sip on seasonal craft cocktails and enjoy a seafood-centric menu that is constantly featuring new purveyors and local collaborations – all while enjoying a spectacular view.
Nearby is Dooby’s, a popular cafe that serves Korean-inspired fare from breakfast through dinner. We hear some of the most memorable meals include pork buns, a variety of dumplings, ramen, and rice bowls. More global culinary experiences can be had throughout the area such as Indian at Kumari Restaurant and Bar or Indigma, Afghan at The Helmand Restaurant, Spanish and Mediterranean at Tio Pepe or Cafe Fili, and modern Japanese fare at Minato Sushi Bar.
The most popular shopping destination in Mount Vernon is the North Charles Street shopping district, which is lined with boutiques, vintage and niche stores, bridal shops, and so much more.
International eyewear company Paris West Optical is the destination for elegant and stylish eyewear collections from top designers across the world.
Keepers Vintage features sustainable fashion, handmade jewelry, and wellness products. Its Mount Vernon location has a curated selection of 80s and 90s throwbacks ranging from everyday casual to vintage designer as well as an in-house DIY space and Terrarium Bar. For more vintage experiences, head to Pyrate Beach or Bottle of Bread, which features a curated collection of vintage for men and women, as well as a selection of independent makers and artists ranging from jewelry, prints, textiles, to art objects and ceramics.