Loew's Jersey Theatre
This historic movie palace built in 1929 is in the process of being restored by devoted volunteers; today it hosts film screenings, concerts, and even weddings.
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Arts Venue, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ; 201-798-6055.
Liberty State Park
A view from the city in a luxe green park? Yep, Liberty State Park is like the Central Park of NJ.
Liberty State Park, Waterfront Public Park, Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ; 201-915-3402.
Riverview Farmer's market
Jersey is known for its fresh produce and this is where you stock up. End of story.
Riverview Farmers’ Market, 1 Bowers Street, Jersey City, NJ.
A Momofuku Noodle Bar alum opened this inventive American seafood restaurant to rave reviews from New York food critics in 2012.
Thirty Acres, 500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ; 201-435-3100.
Did we also mention that Jersey is known for its diners? Yeah, no kidding — this place is the one to check out, especially for its namesake, the pancake.
Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory; 426 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302; 201-433-0471
Sri Ganesh's Dosa House
If you're looking for great Indian food across the NYC border, check out the brunch at this epic Dosa spot. It's casual and great for kids — just remember to bring cash.
Sri Ganesh’s Dosa House; 809 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ; 201-222-3883.
Another Man's Treasure
AMT Vintage is home to a trove of goods that landed the store on USA Today's "10 Great Places To Shop For Vintage Clothing" list and, of course, our must-sees in Jersey City. The clothing, shoes, and jewelry at this well-stocked and well-priced shop date from the 1900s to the 1980s.
Another’s Man’s Treasure ; 353 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ; 201-860-9990.
Newport Centre Mall
Two words: Tax. Free.
Newport Centre Mall; 30 Mall Drive West, Jersey City, NJ; 201-626-2078.
This popular Ethiopian restaurant draws crowds every night and is vegan-friendly, though there is meat and seafood on the menu as well.
Mesob, 515 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ; 973-655-9000.
A cozy and well-designed French-Lebanese restaurant, Uncle Momo is perfect for a casual date night or private event.
Uncle Momo, 702 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ; 973-233-9500.
Though you wouldn't think it by its modest decor, this new American restaurant serves some of the best food in town, if not the state. If you go, try the fried oysters.
CulinAriane, 33 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ; 973-744-0533.
Upcoming shows at this historic and intimate theater include headliners like Lewis Black and tribute bands for the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.
Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair, NJ; 973-783-9500.
Montclair Art Museum
Home to American and Native American art right off the main drag, this attraction pulls enthusiasts from all over the state.
Montclair Art Museum; 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ; 973-746-5555.
Born Again Vintage
Not your average vintage store, this collective is owned by designer Bridgett Artise, who reinvents vintage finds with her signature modern — and sustainable — twist.
Born Again Vintage, 219 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ; 201-315-6167.
Montclair is home to collector-worthy antiques, thrift, and vintage and this knick-knack and furniture haven is emblematic of all that Walnut street and the town have to offer.
Garnish, 123 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ; 917-297-7211.
This unique mom-and-pop buy-anything paper goods store is home to vintage toys, specialized stationery, and more stock you can get lost in for days.
Parcel, 559 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ; 973-744-7700.
This landmark bowling alley, bar and punk music venue is the Jersey Shore’s punkier — and much more historic — version of Brooklyn Bowl.
Asbury Lanes, 209 Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-776-6160.
Wonder Bar's famous exterior is only second to the even more raucous nights that carry on inside.
Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-502-8886.
Asbury Park Boardwalk
"Under The Boardwalk" doesn't hold a candle to the art, games, food, and fun that happens on top of it.
Asbury Park Boardwalk, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-897-6500.
Top-rated by the New York Times, this two-year-old, not-just-a-pizza-joint also has live music and dancing on weekends.
Porta, 911 Kingsley Street, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-776-7661.
Brick Wall Tavern
A complete and robust menu offers tastes, plates, mains, and drinks for the fam, casual date night, or lunch.
Brick Wall Tavern & Dining Room, 522 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-774-1264.
Confections Of A Rock Star
The cake boss? We're pretty sure there's a cake rock star that has a thing or two to say about that.
Confections Of A Rock Star, 550 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-455-3510.
This unique, denim-and-vintage shop is owned by a creative father-and-son duo who’ll take your measurements and make you a fabulous pair of jeans by hand...for $300.
Sweet Joey's, 523 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-455-3183.
In-store performances and an incredible selection make this local record shop a must-see.
Holdfast Records, 611 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ; 732-988-0066.