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“Harborplace & The Gallery Mall great, but.....”

Harborplace & The Gallery
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Owner description: Harborplace & The Gallery is Charm City’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination! Located at the heart of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, you can browse through a variety of popular national retailers and locally inspired shops, satisfy hunger cravings at over 20 eateries or one of 10 delectable restaurants, and enjoy year-round entertainment. From concerts, street performers and special events to visiting ships and holiday fireworks, we’ve got something for everyone!
Bergenfield, New Jersey
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“Harborplace & The Gallery Mall great, but.....”
Reviewed 6 August 2011

The Harbor view and activities were great. There were a lot of restaurants to choose from unfortunately because we got there late and were traveling with small children we opted for the Uno Chicago Grill. What a waste of time and money!! The pizza was horrible. One of the entrees came out refrigerator cold! Service was a joke. We waited over 30 minutes just for drinks.

Other than this horrific dining experience, the actual harbor itself and the aquarium is a wonderful place to visit with family and yes even small children. We really enjoyed our a short stay - minus the pizza!

Visited July 2011
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Delaware
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“Ok Shopping Mall--nice place to warm up in the winter.”
Reviewed 18 January 2011

My husband and I have been to the Gallery at Harborplace a few times now. We seem to venture into this "mall" during the winter months. It is nothing spectacular, but it is a nice place to warm-up during the cold winter months. It has a couple levels of shopping, but there are not any HUGE department stores here. Instead it has some smaller shops like a dollar store and a few food court style places. As far as the big name stores--it has a Levi's, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Children's Place, Coach, Footlocker, Godiva, Claire's, Payless, Bebe, Swarovski and a Bath & Body Works. For food, there was a McDonald's, Sbarro Pizza, Saladworks, Starbucks and a couple of chinese style food bars. Overall, we don't find the actually shopping experience to be amazing, but it is a nice tiny mall. The levels are compact, so you can basically see the entire mall from the center. They have some really nice planters, flowers and waterfountain. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing. We enjoy walking around here just to browse and get warmed up after a chilly night of walking around the Inner Harbor. One time we even got free samples of hot chocolate at Godiva around the holidays!!

The Gallery at Harborplace is connected to the Pratt Street Pavillion by an overhead crosswalk bridge. It is a nice bridge that connects the two sides of the street. The Pratt Street Pavillion has very few shops, but houses several of the big name eateries on the waterfront. The Cheesecake Factory, UNOs Chicago Pizzeria, Marble Slab Creamery, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Edo Sushi, Tir Na Nog Irish Restaurant and La Tasca are all food places in the small Pratt Street Pavillion. Most of the shops here don't really seem that great, but I do like the Swatch shop that is located in this pavillion. Also, there is a nice patio area on the upper level, where you can walk out and get a nice view of the water, paddle boats and the tall ship. I would love to take one of the DRAGON paddle boats for a spin one of these days, but everytime we have been, they have been closed.

The Light Street Pavillion is another section of shopping that lines the Inner Harbor waterfront. We usually don't go into this section of the shopping. It never really impressed us much. This section has a few shops and eateries. I remember it having an Urban Outfitters, but that's about all I can recall in terms of decent shopping in that section. Looks like there are plans to add an H & M in 2011, so maybe it will get better. There are also a few eateries inside this section like a Subway, Phillips Seafood and a deli. There is also a Rita's Water Ice in a small shack in front of Light Street Pavillion that is open during the warmer months.

Overall, we have enjoyed the Harborplace Shopping & The Gallery at Harborplace. I think I like The Gallery the best in terms of actual shopping and being in a "mall" atmosphere. It is really pretty and welcoming. I really love the potted plants and water features. Pratt Street Pavillion is probably the best in terms of dining on the waterfront. I have not actually dined here, but there are several places that I would dine at IF I were hungry. The Cheesecake Factory is always alive with people! Light Street Pavillion needs some sprucing up and some better shops for me to visit again, but IF you are looking for a way to kill some time, it will do.

Visited January 2011
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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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“Not what it used to be, but sit down restaurants in the harborplace bldgs OK”
Reviewed 7 April 2010

this shopping area is actually 2 distinct area, two similar buildings on the harbor (harborplace) and one fading indoor mall across the street from the harborplace buildings that is buit into a Renaissance hotel.

The harborplace buildings used to be a hub of activity with tons of shops, stalls, and stands you could. If you can imagine an indoor farmers market, bakeries, ice cream, fudge, chocolate covere potatoe chips, donuts, seafood market, fresh fruits and vegetables, tourist items, kites, clothes, toys, etc. Bustling food court upstairs, and several sit down restaturants downstairs. These have transformed over the years and are now a shell of their former selves. The food court is half empty, with most stalls advertising generic tourist messages and other stores in the mall. There are very few choices anymore. We ended up at Subway because the few unique places were way overpriced. Coulda eaten that meal any of 5.000 other subways somewhere else.
The sit downs are ok, but standard fare. Great views of the harbour from cheesecake factory. not exceptional though. Most of the local shops selling the items mentioned above are now closed.

The Gallery, YIKES. Where do you want me to start? Across the street lies an aging mall that has many vacancies, a mostly abanadoned food court, and, I kid you not, A DOLLAR STORE. The store is actually called "A dollar." Really classy! That pretty much sets the tone. What was once a nice mall has deteriorated, the top floor escalator used to go to some sort of lounge, but that's roped off now. Some of the RENAISSANCE HOTEL (I know, nice hotel, what a shame to be linked to this dump) some of their rooms actually look down into the mall. Those must be the rooms they give people staying on Priceline or Hotwire.

I would skip the Gallery at all costs, and stick to lunch at a sit down restaurant if you have to eat and want to splurge. Otherwise bring a picnic lunch and save your money for the Aquarium and for touring the 4 ships, which is great.

By the way, parking is $24 for >3 hours

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Maryland
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9 attraction reviews
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“Santa's lighted shop is a great picture spot for the holidays”
Reviewed 20 November 2009

This is a great spot to start your holidays after Santa arrives (usually the saturday before Thanksgiving). I love to throw the kids in and around Santa's Shop around dusk with lighted ships and the Baltimore's Inner Harbor in the background for Season's Greetings mailers to friends/family. There's lots of backdrop and things to do to distract the kids(Aquarium, Science Ctr, Waterfront ducks, tour ships, etc.) while your better-half shops for bargains. Have fun!!

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Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Nice Shopping Mall in the Harbor”
Reviewed 25 March 2007

While I was recently staying in the Inner Harbor I had the chance to check out the Gallery shopping mall, located right below the Renaissance hotel.

The mall is huge and is designed in a very interesting way. There are many stores and restaurants, including Starbucks, McDonalds, and several other places. The hotel is right above it, and the lobby is accessible from the Gallery.

Great stores and restaurants definetley worth visiting.

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