Where to Go Shopping & Dining in Maryland

Antiques shops, outlet malls, downtown shopping centers – Maryland shopping options run the gamut. Refuel afterward at a waterfront restaurant.

Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels, Maryland
Feast on crabs right on the water at the Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels
Hagerstown Premium Outlets, Maryland
Hagerstown Premium Outlets
Smith Island Cake
Smith Island Cake - Maryland's Official State Dessert (Photo credit: Clark Vandergrift)
Shopping in downtown Frederick, Maryland
Downtown Frederick shopping
Arundel Mills Mall, Maryland
Shopping at Arundel Mills Mall
Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels, Maryland
Hagerstown Premium Outlets, Maryland
Smith Island Cake
Shopping in downtown Frederick, Maryland
Arundel Mills Mall, Maryland

Maryland Shopping

From famous name-brand stores to locally owned antique shops, Maryland offers plenty of shopping options.

With its abundance of quaint, historic towns, Maryland has given rise to a thriving antiques culture. Dig through the past at tiny, mom and pop shops, or browse many dealers at once at the Emmitsburg Antique Mall or Beaver Creek Antiques Market. For a broad introduction to antiquing, visit New Market in Frederick County, known as the “Antiques Capital of Maryland.”

Of course, not all local shopping is steeped in the past. Explore current fashions and finery at any number of Maryland shopping malls, including Annapolis Harbor Center and Baltimore’s The Gallery at Harborplace. The Harborplace is a major destination within Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, and will delight fashion seekers with more than 100 different stores.

Maryland Dining

Enveloping the Chesapeake Bay and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise that Maryland dining is best-known for its seafood.

The traditional Maryland meal is called a “crab feast,” and consists of corn, hushpuppies and dozens of boiled hard-shell crabs seasoned with a special spice called Old Bay. This type of crab requires a bit of finesse to open, so try and learn how to eat like a local using a mallet, cracker and your bare hands.

For a simpler, yet equally delicious treat, sample a succulent, lightly fried Maryland crab cake, a regional specialty famous throughout the country. Still craving crustaceans? Another popular variety is the soft-shell crab, which are caught and eaten after moulting their shell.

Get a sense of local flavour as you taste your way through the Capital Region’s restaurant options. Explore shopping and dining throughout the region.

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