Article by Ruby Ranson
Feeling claustrophobic, overwhelmed or distracted on campus?
Bird in Hand, a coffee shop bookstore collaboration between Artifact Coffee and The Ivy Bookstore, is a great spot in Baltimore for off-campus studying, group work or a quick jolt of energy before exploring. The space feels open and light, with high ceilings and large windows in the front. The furniture and tiles give a more slightly retro feel. To get there just hop on the college town shuttle, the café is located just down the street from the Johns Hopkins Collegetown Shuttle stop at 11 E 33rd St.
The menu varies in price, with coffees ranging from $2-$5, and pastries and healthy plates between $3- $12. All ingredients are sourced from the Mid-Atlantic area. Woodberry kitchen supplies the pastries, while meats are butchered by Parts & Labor, both local Baltimore shops.
There is a good selection of tables varying in size, but most mainly fit 2-4 people with one, long family style table in the front. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.
The bookstore lines the walls of the café, offering a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cookbooks and more to buy or read while you are there.
But that’s not all! The Bird in Hand also offers discussions, readings and talks from authors and community members. While the events and authors change every week, on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm they offer a program called “Readings with Ralphie.” The host Rafael Alvarez, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and writer for The Wire, is joined by different authors every month for his reading series.
They are open M-F 7am-7pm and 8am-7pm Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the shop and events, check out their website: https://birdinhandcharlesvillage.com/