New Jersey Boutique Shopping
Main Street, the hub and heart of a community, offers great insight and character into a town’s persona. New Jersey is home to a wide variety of communities that feature unique downtowns and main streets with excellent shopping and local fare. For example, Cape May, Hoboken and Red Bank provide a great start for anyone interested in experiencing some of the best boutique shopping across the state.
Commonly referred to as the “seaside resort,” Cape May is known for its outstanding shopping and dining options. You can’t miss the Washington Street Mall, a three-block walking mall situated mere blocks from the beach. After receiving a facelift in 2008, the Mall was made even more accessible for walkers and bikers. Comprised of small, independent and family owned shops, the pedestrian concourse offers some of the best shopping and dining options along the Jersey Shore.
Named one of the “Top Ten Streets in America” by the American Planning Association, Washington Street in Hoboken is rich with historic storefronts, lively restaurants, and an array of shops and boutiques. In the heart of downtown, Washington Street hosts special events and festivals throughout the year and is home to famous venues such as Carlo’s Bake Shop from TLC’s Cake Boss – home of the one and only pastry chef Buddy Valastro. With its tree lined sidewalks and unmatched scenic views of the Manhattan skyline, Washington Street is a “can’t miss” destination.
Revived in the early 90’s, the beautiful downtown of Red Bank is now booming. Nestled upon the Navesink River, it is no wonder the town is home to so many outdoor festivals and concerts. White and Monmouth Streets are popular shopping destinations that feature art galleries, local shop owners, nationwide retailers and much more. There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops to feed your appetite after a day of shopping, including popular special events.