Today is Small Business Saturday, so what better time to feature towns with the best Main Streets? Though some of these streets are not “Main Street” in name, they are Main Streets in spirit. What exactly do I mean by Main Street? A community hub offering shopping, dining, and entertainment, all in one convenient location.
1. Lambertville - Union Street
The entire town is charming, but Union Street is packed to the brim with quaint shops and restaurants. Manon, Caffe Galleria, Bell's Tavern, and Thai Tida are great dining options. The People's Store Antiques Center, Panoply Books, La Chocolate Box, and Antiques on Union are great for gifts. There are also many other antique shops along with numerous galleries, ACME Screening Room (an indie movie theater) and Lambertville House hotel.
2. Montclair - Bloomfield Avenue
The dining options on Bloomfield Avenue are endless, offering cuisine from around the world. Consider Cuban Pete's, Chatni Indian, Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, Tuptim Thai, or Fascino. Choose from chain stores like Anthropologie or shop small at Inner Eye Boutique. The street is also home to Bow Tie Cinema and Charmed Beading Studio.
3. Haddonfield - Kings Highway
This street has it all! You'll find galleries, flower shops, yoga studios, boutiques, diverse dining options, and more. Visit The Candy Buffet, Serendipity, Six Clothing, WYSH, Indulgence Cupcakery, Posh Pop Bakeshop, The Little Tuna, or Oriental Pearl if you're in the area.
4. Newton - Spring Street
Entertainment options abound on Spring Street with Newton Theatre, Newton Fire Museum, and Spring Street Art Center. Dine at The Table, El Taco Y La Torta or Spring Street Pub & Grill. Shop at The Beehive Thrift Shop, PB&J Stores or Maxwell & Molly's Closet.
5. Hoboken - Washington Street
This may the busiest "Main Street" on the list. You'll almost always find crowds on the street and you'll never have trouble finding something to do. There are plenty of bars and lounges for the younger crowd, along with dining options everyone can enjoy. Eat at Vito's Italian Deli, The Cuban Restaurant and Bar, Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant, La Isla, or Crepe Guru. Shop at Anthology Boutique, Dear Hannah, Bella Ro, Cheap Maggies, or Two Heathers. There are also salons, spas, fitness centers and much more.
6. Princeton - Nassau Street
Directly across from Princeton University, Nassau Street is known for its historic buildings and high-end shops. Dine at Chez Alice, PJ's Pancake House, Porta Via, or Nassau Sushi. You'll also find a Ralph Lauren and Lululemon.
7. Cape May - Washington Street
Washington Street Mall isn't your typical New Jersey mall - it is an open air strip of shops, and it is fantastic. You can find almost everything here, from books, to gifts, to clothing, to galleries and jewelry. Shop at American West, Between The Lines, Ragtime Fashions, Shirt Outlet, or Shoe Rack. Dine at Ristorante A Ca Mia, Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant, or That's Amore. Bath Time, Good Scents, Just For Laughs, Love The Cook, and A Place on Earth are great for gifts.
8. Chester - Main Street
Main Street in Chester is a bit smaller than others on the list, but still offers plenty to do. Dine at The Publick House, Lamplighter, Maria's or Sweet Spot Bake Shop. Shop at Well Bred, Wickit Good, Midnight Owl, or Objects of Desire.
9. Englewood - Palisade Avenue
This fairly long strip of road is packed with things to do. Dine at Noches De Columbia, Kratiem Thai, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, It's Greek To Me, Bennie's, or Baumgart's Cafe. Shop at a selection of chain stores or boutiques including Christina's Collections, Blue Tulip, 2nd Time Around, or Closet For Her.
10. Millville - High Street
At the corner of High Street and Oak Street, you'll find the quaint cottages of Village on High. These shops and galleries are truly unique! You won't want to miss Eklektik Treasures. Further down the road, you'll find Something Sweet, Bogarts Bookstore and Cafe, Levoy Theater, Old Oar House Irish Pub, Glasstown Art Glass, and more.
11. Rutherford - Park Avenue
The dining here is delightful! Eat at Cafe Matisse, Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, Paisanos Ristorante, Village Gourmet, or Greek Town Gyros. You'll also find small shops, markets and salons.
12. Collingswood - Haddon Avenue
This trendy town has so much to offer. Dine at Grooveground, Thai Basil, The Tortilla Press, That's Amore, or The Pop Shop. Visit Chamomile Cottage for gifts, indulge at The Candy Jar, and get crafty at All Fired Up! pottery studio.
Two things to note: Other cities had charming downtown areas (Red Bank and Westfield, for example) but the shops were not concentrated on a single street. Also, the photos reflect the towns mentioned, but not necessarily the streets. What other New Jersey towns have great “Main Streets” that we should all visit? Be sure to share the streets, and your favorite small shops, in the comments!