Fells Point, which began as a maritime community, has evolved into a thriving retail and dining district. For a fun way to visit the neighborhood, try hopping a ride on a water taxi from the Inner Harbor.

But by all means, be sure to venture off the main drag and explore this neighborhood's wonderful side streets. While there are many great shops and restaurants on Thames Street and Broadway surrounding the square, some charming spots are tucked away.

Create your own walking tour or follow the one prepared by The Fells Point Visitor Center.

Here are some noteworthy shops and restaurants in the area. Many are closed on Mondays, and the hours change seasonally, so it's best to call ahead.

1623 Thames St.

This new, wonderfully whimsical store carries the latest specialty toys. Owner Deirdre Nissenson is truly a kid at heart, and she has done a great job selecting toys that delight both young and old.

Don't Miss: Frigits ($21.95), a building toy where you design and construct a marble maze for your refrigerator door.

Su Casa
1625 Thames St.

Owner Nicholas Johnson put himself through college by running the hip Fells Point landmark The Big Iguana. His newest endeavor is a home furnishings store chock full of products for home and garden.

Don't Miss: The custom line of "flat packed" modified slipcovered furniture. Prices start at around $565 including delivery and in-home assembly.

Ten Thousand Villages
1621 Thames St.