Jen & Kate’s Northampton guidebook

Jennifer

Jen & Kate’s Northampton guidebook

Best cafés in the area
A great place to either bring a laptop and get some work done or share a meal with a friend. Amazing breakfast sandwiches--and waffles! Free wifi on weekdays; no power outlets.
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The Roost
1 Market Street
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A great place to either bring a laptop and get some work done or share a meal with a friend. Amazing breakfast sandwiches--and waffles! Free wifi on weekdays; no power outlets.
Great little place with a wide selection of teas and coffees. Woodstar's specialty is house-made breads and pastries, many of which are vegan, gluten-free, or otherwise made with common food restrictions in mind. Woodstar's atmosphere is cozy and social, and they ask customers not to park with a laptop and work for long stretches, especially during peak hours (if that's what you're looking for, The Roost or Haymarket may be better bets for you).
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Woodstar Cafe
60 Masonic Street
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Great little place with a wide selection of teas and coffees. Woodstar's specialty is house-made breads and pastries, many of which are vegan, gluten-free, or otherwise made with common food restrictions in mind. Woodstar's atmosphere is cozy and social, and they ask customers not to park with a laptop and work for long stretches, especially during peak hours (if that's what you're looking for, The Roost or Haymarket may be better bets for you).
A short drive (or slightly longer trip down the bike path) away in Easthampton, Small Oven is a great place to grab breakfast. Be sure to try the breakfast sandwich or the cardamom bun!
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Small Oven Bakery
36 Union Street
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A short drive (or slightly longer trip down the bike path) away in Easthampton, Small Oven is a great place to grab breakfast. Be sure to try the breakfast sandwich or the cardamom bun!
Down the road (or bike path) in Easthampton, Tandem features plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a host of tasty breakfast (bagel) sandwiches.
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Tandem Bagel Company
9 Railroad Street
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Down the road (or bike path) in Easthampton, Tandem features plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a host of tasty breakfast (bagel) sandwiches.
This isn't one of our usual haunts, but many of our coffee aficionado friends assure us Northampton Coffee has the best local coffee, hands down.
Northampton Coffee
269 Pleasant Street
This isn't one of our usual haunts, but many of our coffee aficionado friends assure us Northampton Coffee has the best local coffee, hands down.
Tart has no seating—it's a take and go place—but the breads and pastries are top notch. Come early to pick up a breakfast pastry and some tea or coffee; later in the day you can choose from a selection of pies, tarts, macarons, and more. And note: if you buy a pound of coffee, you get a free cup of coffee to go (any size)!
Tart Baking Co
192 Main St
Tart has no seating—it's a take and go place—but the breads and pastries are top notch. Come early to pick up a breakfast pastry and some tea or coffee; later in the day you can choose from a selection of pies, tarts, macarons, and more. And note: if you buy a pound of coffee, you get a free cup of coffee to go (any size)!
Bike path destinations (also driveable)
The bike path takes you past Smith College and downtown Northampton, both of which have plenty of points of interest. But if you want to run/walk/bike a little farther, this list is for you.
Our local barcade! Come for the retro arcade games (Ms Pac Man, Street Fighter, NBA Jam, and more), stay for the Tetris Tots, sliders, and themed cocktails. To get there: follow the bike path downtown (north), then follow signs for the Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail toward Amherst. The Quarters is directly on the bike path, with Railroad St on the other side, and has a bike rack.
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The Quarters
8 Railroad St
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Our local barcade! Come for the retro arcade games (Ms Pac Man, Street Fighter, NBA Jam, and more), stay for the Tetris Tots, sliders, and themed cocktails. To get there: follow the bike path downtown (north), then follow signs for the Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail toward Amherst. The Quarters is directly on the bike path, with Railroad St on the other side, and has a bike rack.
This scenic bridge across the Connecticut River takes you to Hadley, MA.
Norwottuck Rail Trail Bridge
This scenic bridge across the Connecticut River takes you to Hadley, MA.
Head south on the rail trail to get to Easthampton. There, you'll pass a series of renovated mill buildings that house New City Brewery and Abandoned Building Brewery. These breweries have outdoor seating (as well as indoor) during the summer months, and you should feel free to bring your own pizza or other treats.
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New City Brewery
180 Pleasant St
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Head south on the rail trail to get to Easthampton. There, you'll pass a series of renovated mill buildings that house New City Brewery and Abandoned Building Brewery. These breweries have outdoor seating (as well as indoor) during the summer months, and you should feel free to bring your own pizza or other treats.
Head toward downtown Northampton on the bike path (Manhan Rail Trail), then follow it north toward Florence (a neighborhood of Northampton that has its own small downtown). The Pie Bar features different sweet pies every day, as well as a selection of savory hand pies.
Florence Pie Bar
17 A Main St
Head toward downtown Northampton on the bike path (Manhan Rail Trail), then follow it north toward Florence (a neighborhood of Northampton that has its own small downtown). The Pie Bar features different sweet pies every day, as well as a selection of savory hand pies.
Brew Practitioners features beers labeled by color (white, pink, yellow, etc.) and is only a few steps from the Pie Bar in Florence.
Brew Practitioners Brewery and Taproom
36 Main St
Brew Practitioners features beers labeled by color (white, pink, yellow, etc.) and is only a few steps from the Pie Bar in Florence.
Look Park is a local park that features a petting zoo, miniature locomotives you can pay to ride, playgrounds, grills, a splash zone for kids, and more.
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Look Memorial Park
300 North Main Street
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Look Park is a local park that features a petting zoo, miniature locomotives you can pay to ride, playgrounds, grills, a splash zone for kids, and more.
Kid-friendly destinations
For a small parking fee if you drive, visitors can enjoy Look Park's many kid-friendly attractions: a ride-able locomotive, a petting zoo, ice cream stand, splash zone, and more.
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Look Memorial Park
300 North Main Street
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For a small parking fee if you drive, visitors can enjoy Look Park's many kid-friendly attractions: a ride-able locomotive, a petting zoo, ice cream stand, splash zone, and more.
Mill 180 is an indoor park that's perfect for a hot day (they have central air!) or a snowy/rainy one. Whimsical architecture, large foam blocks, hydroponic gardens, astroturf-covered surfaces, and giant checkers boards make this a great spot for kids; free admission, wifi, and an impressive selection of local, organic snacks and local beers make this a great destination for parents (and other adults). Just make sure to leave your own snacks and beverages at home!
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MILL 180 PARK
180 Pleasant St
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Mill 180 is an indoor park that's perfect for a hot day (they have central air!) or a snowy/rainy one. Whimsical architecture, large foam blocks, hydroponic gardens, astroturf-covered surfaces, and giant checkers boards make this a great spot for kids; free admission, wifi, and an impressive selection of local, organic snacks and local beers make this a great destination for parents (and other adults). Just make sure to leave your own snacks and beverages at home!
The Eric Carle Museum is located in Amherst (a 20-ish minute drive from the Airbnb).
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
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The Eric Carle Museum is located in Amherst (a 20-ish minute drive from the Airbnb).
The newly remodeled Pulaski Park in downtown Northampton features large grassy expanses for picnicking (pick up lunch at Tart!) and a playground designed to encourage kids' creativity.
Pulaski Park
The newly remodeled Pulaski Park in downtown Northampton features large grassy expanses for picnicking (pick up lunch at Tart!) and a playground designed to encourage kids' creativity.
Dinner and Drinks
Whether you're looking for a casual drink or a fancier restaurant meal, we've got you covered!
The food at the Brewery is decent pub food: nothing amazing, but with enough variety in sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and entrées that everyone in your party should be able to find something they like. However, the Northampton Brewery offers ample outdoor seating and a wide selection of brews on tap—always a hit in the hot summer months!
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Northampton Brewery
11 Brewster Court
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The food at the Brewery is decent pub food: nothing amazing, but with enough variety in sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and entrées that everyone in your party should be able to find something they like. However, the Northampton Brewery offers ample outdoor seating and a wide selection of brews on tap—always a hit in the hot summer months!
The lunch buffet at this Indian restaurant is so so good, and really reasonably priced. Don't fill up too much before you get to the desserts! They're open for dinner, too (but no buffet then), and there are plenty of options for vegetarians.
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Bombay Royale - Healthy Restaurant in Northampton, Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts, MA
1 Roundhouse Plaza
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The lunch buffet at this Indian restaurant is so so good, and really reasonably priced. Don't fill up too much before you get to the desserts! They're open for dinner, too (but no buffet then), and there are plenty of options for vegetarians.
Creative craft cocktails and a nice ambiance keep us coming back to this downtown bar. That and the delightfully weird stuff they always have playing on the TVs! Two cautions: there is no food served here at all, and the prices on cocktails are a little steep.
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The Green Room
28 Center St
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Creative craft cocktails and a nice ambiance keep us coming back to this downtown bar. That and the delightfully weird stuff they always have playing on the TVs! Two cautions: there is no food served here at all, and the prices on cocktails are a little steep.
This place is all about the unusual ambiance, tucked underneath the bike path / train tracks in a uniquely cool tunnel structure. The leather chairs and low lighting make this a cozy, private spot for evening drinks.
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The Tunnel Bar
125 Pleasant Street
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This place is all about the unusual ambiance, tucked underneath the bike path / train tracks in a uniquely cool tunnel structure. The leather chairs and low lighting make this a cozy, private spot for evening drinks.
With tons of beers on tap, a lively atmosphere, and a food menu, too, this bar is a popular hangout. Keep an eye out and you're likely to see a few first dates unfolding around you, for some light-hearted people-watching (we wish them all good luck!).
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The Dirty Truth
29 Main Street
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With tons of beers on tap, a lively atmosphere, and a food menu, too, this bar is a popular hangout. Keep an eye out and you're likely to see a few first dates unfolding around you, for some light-hearted people-watching (we wish them all good luck!).
Good for lunch or dinner, this is a solid Japanese restaurant with sushi, hot dishes, a hibachi grill, and a small section of outdoor seating during nice weather.
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Osaka
7 Old South Street
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Good for lunch or dinner, this is a solid Japanese restaurant with sushi, hot dishes, a hibachi grill, and a small section of outdoor seating during nice weather.
This is the best "nice dinner out" spot in the area, a less-than-10-minute drive away in Easthampton. Killer cocktails and a regionally famous fried chicken.
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Coco and The Cellar Bar
95 Main Street
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This is the best "nice dinner out" spot in the area, a less-than-10-minute drive away in Easthampton. Killer cocktails and a regionally famous fried chicken.
If you're up for a scenic drive of about 30 minutes, this is the best outdoor dining spot in the area. It's a secluded spot overlooking a rushing river and shares a site with the famed Montague Book Mill (a quirky used book store in an old mill), if you're able to visit while the book store is open.
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The Alvah Stone
440 Greenfield Road
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If you're up for a scenic drive of about 30 minutes, this is the best outdoor dining spot in the area. It's a secluded spot overlooking a rushing river and shares a site with the famed Montague Book Mill (a quirky used book store in an old mill), if you're able to visit while the book store is open.
Delivery food options
Here are a few places we regularly order from, if you're in the mood for dinner in. Please ask drivers to deliver to the side door, entering through the lawn, so that we don't end up with your food at the main door.
This is our favorite delivery pizza in the area. They do a nice New York Style pizza, and have some other offerings, too. Delivery averages 45-60 minutes.
Antonio's Pizza & Wings
71 Main St
This is our favorite delivery pizza in the area. They do a nice New York Style pizza, and have some other offerings, too. Delivery averages 45-60 minutes.
A cute Greek Taverna with free all-day delivery. Their pizza is pretty good, too.
Filos Greek Taverna
279 Main Street
A cute Greek Taverna with free all-day delivery. Their pizza is pretty good, too.
Probably the best-quality Chinese food in town (from our limited white American vantage point, of course), with a generously large menu and a pleasant environment.
Oriental Taste (Northampton)
41 Main St
Probably the best-quality Chinese food in town (from our limited white American vantage point, of course), with a generously large menu and a pleasant environment.
Taiwanese street food + delicious noodle soups!
T. ROOTS
249 Main Street
Taiwanese street food + delicious noodle soups!