new adventures await you in old ellicott city


Why visit oEC?

80+ shops, galleries, restaurants, salons and museums look forward to welcoming you

From home goods to local art, the latest fashion to vintage albums, gourmet foods to handcrafted jewelry, OEC has the perfect gift and your next favorite treasure. Discover our one-of-a-kind shops.


For coffee and danish to-go, lunch with friends, dinner with family, or a night on the town with your special someone, OEC has a table waiting for you. Learn about our 17 dining spots.

Music & Events

Hundreds of foot stomping, spine tingling, thirst quenching, creativity expanding, curiosity peaking events happen in OEC each year. Choose your next experience!

get to
know us

More than just a historic and shopping district, Old Ellicott City feels like home, even when it’s your first time visiting. Fall in love with our architecture, river, hills and eclectic community full of artists, shop keepers, restauranteurs and happy residents that can’t wait to meet you.


From that first great cup of coffee in the morning to the perfect after-dinner sweet, and all the shopping, strolling and sight seeing in between – here’s how to get here, where to park and other helpful town tips.