A Guide to Jersey City
Collected by Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
Jersey City’s renaissance began in the 1980s, and today it’s long emerged from New York City’s shadow. With a revitalized waterfront, historic downtown and up-and-coming arts and food scenes, the state’s second largest city is not only prosperous—it’s fun to explore.
133 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Discovering a consistently good pizzeria is a bit like stumbling into a good watering hole: it's the gift that keeps on giving. At Two Boots, the options range from the traditional to the cheeky and quirky. The "Earth Mother" is vegan with five...
200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Liberty State Park is an ideal way for families to spend the afternoon or evening overlooking Manhattan's landmark triumvirate (including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York City skyline). The long boardwalk/pier is a great...
558 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This Asian-style bistro serves everything from virgin Pina Coladas to steamed dumplings. But it's their bubble teas, ripe with several pieces of tapioca (with or without milk), that keep me coming back. While I think it's a great pit-stop for a...
New York, NY, USA
The Statue of Liberty may be the most iconic sight that comes to mind when one thinks of the history of immigrants in New York, but not far from it in the harbor is another important landmark—Ellis Island. Until the Supreme Court ruled in...
Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
From May through December, head down to the Grove Street PATH Station (between Grove and Newark Street) for a taste of true local flavor. Here, the Historic Downtown Jersey Farmers' Market blooms with fresh produce, spices, pastries, and other...
303 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Hudson County Art Supply brims with the colorful organized chaos of an artist's studio. Stacked floor to ceiling with high quality art supplies, the corner store prides itself on friendly service that welcomes customers new and old to the...
415 U.S. 9, Englishtown, NJ 07726, USA
This sister-run shop carries all the makings of a typical confectionary—bins upon bins of classic taffies, hard candies and chocolate covered gummy bears, along with fine chocolates and macadamia pralines. But there's more in store for the...
125 River Dr S, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This isn't your average jungle gym. Situated along the waterfront, Wild At Play is 2,300 square feet of indoor playground, with equipment, games and toys designed to be fun and educational. Zany-hued walls and furniture provide plenty of...
506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Even if you're not a vegan, Subia's Organic Cafe and Market's fresh juices and organic fare offer healthy alternatives for a mid-day snack or lunch. The juice bar churns out smoothies and juices for every ailment, but you can customize your own if...
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Home to 12 exhibition museums, hurricane and tornado wind simulators, a live animal collection, and the nation's largest IMAX, the Liberty Science Center makes science palatable, if not downright enjoyable, to kids and adults alike. Don't miss the...
795 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
"Little India" in Jersey City always looks festive, with streamers, bright colors, and welcoming hidden-gems to explore. While Newark Avenue is filled with Indian restaurants and snack shops, Mithaas stands out. Their freshly made sweets...
140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Multimedia mavens can shop for art, glass in hand, at one convenient, stylish lounge in Jersey: LITM. Small but sleek, it's the perfect venue for local artists to show their work while patrons to sip seasonal cocktails. Pop in for a beverage or...
555 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This Irish-style pub and restaurant is an elegant version of your traditional sports bar, with a private bar area (Curragh) where you can get some quiet time too. Dorrian's on Washington Boulevard has been in existence for over ten years, and...
171 Schraalenburgh Rd, Closter, NJ 07624, USA
Azucar Cuban Cuisine offers you a slice of 1950's Havana in Jersey City. Here, you can relax with a glass of rum in your hand on the outside patio and admire the fresh flowers, or dine inside the restaurant. The spacious restaurant offers a full...
140 Bay St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Calm comfort right off the Marin shortcut to the Holland Tunnel—trust me, it feels like a different world. Located in Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts district, Warehouse Cafe serves Intelligentsia Coffee and Balthazar Bakery goods. Communal tables...
85 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Bistro La Source is a classic European bistro off-the-path to almost everyone but expats. With a personal touch, they make everyone feel like a regular and offer some savory home-cooked dishes. The food ranges from typical pub fare to fan...
888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
The concept behind Mana Contemporary is a work of art itself. A hub for artists and art aficionados, the venture brings together artists of every medium with art enthusiasts and service providers. Housed in an cluster of old warehouses and factory...
54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
Opened in 1929, The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre was once one of the state's largest movie theaters. Today, the bonafide "movie palace," equipped with a pipe organ, orchestra pit and an impressive screen, remains a notable Jersey City...
84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
If you're a naturalist, you'll love the eco kayaking options at the Hudson River Estuary. Expect to see marshes, egrets, and cormorants and get a deeper appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding the estuary. Tours are given at the south side...
76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Liberty House Restaurant is an oasis in the city. Take a seat outside and enjoy not only the view but the life-sized chess game, the fire pits in the evening and, if you're lucky, some live music. While it's always busy, this is the place for...
500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
At just over a year old, Thirty Acres is a relative newcomer on the Jersey City food scene, but it's putting the city on the epicurist's map. Run by husband and wife team Kevin and Alex Pemoulie (Kevin served five years as chef for NYC's notable...
230 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Though Smith & Chang categorizes itself as a department store, don't let images of mass products arranged in lackadaisical displays cloud your vision. The warmly lit shop channels the feel of small-town America, stocking vintage goods and antique...
150 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Look to the horizon and set sail toward New York Harbor with a charter from Calypso Sailing Adventures. Admire views of both the New York City and Jersey City skylines, and get an alternative perspective of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty....
172 Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
One of the best ways to experience a place is to view it from the ground floor. For those who prefer a little more speed than their own two feet can afford, Grove Street Bicycles provides half-day and full-day bike rentals at reasonable rates....
197 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
A lifestyle boutique devoted to one-of-a-kind items, Kanibal Home features a revolving collection of found objects and distinctive pieces that come from, in the owners' words, "all walks of life." The inventory is eclectic—you'll find anything...
146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Skinner's Loft has a classic North American feel as well as local flavor. Committed to farm-to-table eats and crafted drinks, everything here is well worth the visit. From the gourmet dishes to a unique beverage selection, you'll find seasonal...
88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
With a huge selection of beers on tap, a rolodex of rotating events (think live 80s cover bands and game-day viewing parties) and plenty of indoor-outdoor seating, Zeppelin Hall is the kind of place where hours can pass before you've even finished...
195 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
There's nothing trashy about this expertly curated vintage treasure trove, where embroidered Chinese silk kimonos and curvaceous one-piece bathing suits from decades past find a stylish second home. Each piece is hand-picked by the owners, who...
3854, 804 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
Run by two brothers from Andhra Pradesh, Sapthagiri specializes in flavorful Southern Indian dishes (though a few Northern favorites appear on the menu, too). There's nearly 20 varieties of dosas, the thin, rice crepes signature to the region, and...
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