New Jersey “Armpit” becomes a distant memory in Princeton, beautiful and wealthy home to Princeton University and a host of small businesses and history.

Here are some of my picks:


  1. Small World Coffee–great, though pricy, coffee shop. Get the Iced NOLA
  2. Olsson’s–cheese shop on Palmer Square that makes good grilled cheeses
  3. Agricola–Italian place, I have yet to try but it’s highly recommended
  4. Jammin Crepes
  5. Gingered Peach (Lawrenceville)–bakery
  6. Purple Cow (Lawrenceville)–ice cream sundaes drowned in hot fudge
  7. Fedora Cafe (Lawrenceville)–sandwiches and coffee
  8. Rojo’s (Princeton and Lambertville)–get the courted. The Lambertville location is the best
  9. Boro Bean (Hopewell)–cute neighborhood coffee shop serving Small World
  10. Sourland Coffee (Pennington)–milky flat whites, sleek work space


  1. Labyrinth Books–awesome bookstore
  2. Princeton Record Exchange
  3. Mercer Meadows (Lawrenceville)–lots of trails to run or walk
  4. Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville)–designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame
  5. Hopewell Vineyards (Hopewell)–Music and Merlot is a big hit on Friday/Saturday nights. The Barbera wine goes great with their pizzas.
  6. Shopping in Palmer Square–stores like The Paper Source, Lindt, Farm House
  7. JaZams–toy store that belongs in a children’s movie
  8. Bainbridge House–historical society, Einstein exhibit
  9. Princeton University Art Museum–extensive art museum on Princeton’s campus
  10. Gratitude Yoga

Day Trips:

  1. Lambertville and New Hope–cute towns on the Jersey/PA line
  2. Philly–about 40 minutes to an hour south
  3. Flemington Raritan Diner–classic Jersey dinner half an hour away in Flemington. Get the disco fries
  4. Cape May

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