If you're looking for a fun, hip neighborhood with lots of cool things to do, spend the day in Lawrenceville. This historic neighborhood has reinvented itself into a bohemian mecca with a creative, edgy atmosphere. You can park your car (my recommendation is the public lot across from Hambones Pub, or you can park on Butler Street or any side streets) and walk everywhere. Butler Street is lined with trendy bars and restaurants, art galleries, antique shops and boutiques and even a movie theater. Lawrenceville was recently named a top "hipster neighborhood" by the Business Insider alongside neighborhoods like Rio De Janeiro, Madrid, and Toronto. So grab your pals and head to "The Ville!"

Great Food 

There are tons of choices for eating so arrive hungry!


La Gourmandine Bakery


  • Gus's Café is the place to go for street food and craft beer and features gluten-free and vegan options. Note: Cash only.
  • New Way Gourmet Deli & Restaurant is known for its award-winning gyros, but I also recommend the Philly cheese wrap!


  • Industry Public House - Try the pot roast sliders!
  • Cure has a small menu that's focused on local urban Mediterranean food.
  • Dive Bar and Grille is NOT a dive bar. Wonderful food with an intimate atmosphere.
  • Matteo's is an Italian restaurant focusing on steak and seafood with homemade pasta.
  • Piccolo Forno - BYOB trattoria/pizzeria with outdoor seating.
  • Pusadee's Garden - Casual, modern Thai cuisine. Lovely outdoor seating.
  • Round Corner Cantina Mexican street food with extensive tequila and fresh cocktails, and an outdoor patio.
  • Smoke Barbaque Taqueria - Specialty tacos filled with delicious BBQ meats. 'Nuff said!
  • Stinky's Bar and Grill is home to "The Codfather" fish sandwich. It's a no-frills bar with lots of menu choices.
  • Tamari - Wonderful Asian-Latin cuisine, outdoor seating, and great sushi.
Cure Salumi Board


  • Tender Bar + Kitchen - Upscale; top-shelf brands, specialty drinks.
  • New Amsterdam - Nice mix of people; open garage door in warmer months.
  • Hambones Pub is a true neighborhood gathering place with local music and deejay nights.

Fun Things To Do

Go Bowling

Check out Arsenal Bowling Lanes, endorsed by The New York Times as "where old school bowling vibe meets nightclub atmosphere." There’s a bar in the back that serves food, and every night they have cool specials like their Wednesday night “Rock 'n Bowl” with live bands and all you can bowl for $8!

Arsenal Bowling 

Go Shopping

There are tons of little boutiques with unique finds for you to take home and treasure. You can find furniture, fashion, and everything in between. Here are my top picks: 

Go See A Movie

Row House Cinema is one of the small, single-screen neighborhood theaters your grandparents used to talk about! There is a new movie theme every week and a concession stand that includes natural popcorn, craft beer, local pretzels, and vegan options. Stop next door at Atlas Bottle Works for some beer before the movie! 


Atlas Bottle Works 

Go Do A Craft Beer Crawl

Continuing with that theme, grab a bunch of friends and hit Lawrenceville to sample craft beers! Pick up a growler and you can refill it later with your favorite brew!  Try both Hop Farm Brewing Co. and Roundabout Brewery.

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