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Things to do in Jersey City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
French Restaurant
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“They play old French films while you eat. Some nights they have live music. Wednesdays they have happy hour oysters!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Progressive American Cuisine with Tiki Style Cocktails in an Urban/Industrial Setting”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Tennis courts, basketball courts, a track, free yoga on Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 9am at the Gallo Center. Also, nice to just to walk the loop to see the huge fountain, the pond (chess tables nearby), Abe Lincoln, etc.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Historic theater presenting live music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, family shows.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“Wonder Bagel is the only bagel game in town, but it’s a good one at that. Bagels are baked all day on premises, and just like any good bagel shop, there’s an endless variety of flavors and cream cheeses. But unlike NYC bagelries, this proud NJ business has the cult favorite local tradition of Taylor ham. Beware of extra-long lines on the weekends. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Excellent South American bakery for breakfast and lunch, just 10 minutes walk away”
  • 25 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Small plates, great cocktails and delicious charcuterie in a cozy setting. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“The best sandwiches! And just around the corner. A true staple in The Heights. The fresh mozzarella is unrivaled. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Diner
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“A safe choice for when you've finished your quota for adventure. Open twenty four hours. Because it isn't fast food. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Thursday night karaoke, Tuesday night game nights and wine Wednesday’s. Inch specials and drink specials daily”
  • 11 locals recommend
Office
“Journal Square is a business district, residential area, and transportation hub in Jersey City, New Jersey, which takes its name from the newspaper Jersey Journal whose headquarters were located there from 1911 to 2013. The "square" itself is at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Bergen Avenue. Many local, state, and federal agencies serving Hudson County maintain offices in the district.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Police Station
“folks who would like to travel via Subway, purchases pay per ride ticket, which covers both Path and MTA”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
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“No more than five people can pack into this tiny deli/bakery that has been around for almost 100 years. Longtime locals — usually Jersey City police officers, firefighters, or other neighborhood workers who have been stopping by for years — go for the filling and relatively inexpensive Italian sub sandwiches. Don’t miss the loaves of meat-stuffed bread, or the cinnamon dessert variety, though. Cash only.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Longtime eatery for classic Italian fare in an unassuming storefront with tucked-away dining space.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bakery
“Breakfast hot spot great selection of bagels and muffins at fantastic prices.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best burger in Jersey City. Right off Hamilton Park. Has a lot of nice tap beers as well. Known for the Journal Square burger, which includes a fried egg, American cheese, black forest ham, and a Balthazar bun.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“They play old French films while you eat. Some nights they have live music. Wednesdays they have happy hour oysters!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Lounge
“Progressive American Cuisine with Tiki Style Cocktails in an Urban/Industrial Setting”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
“Wonder Bagel is the only bagel game in town, but it’s a good one at that. Bagels are baked all day on premises, and just like any good bagel shop, there’s an endless variety of flavors and cream cheeses. But unlike NYC bagelries, this proud NJ business has the cult favorite local tradition of Taylor ham. Beware of extra-long lines on the weekends. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Small plates, great cocktails and delicious charcuterie in a cozy setting. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“The best sandwiches! And just around the corner. A true staple in The Heights. The fresh mozzarella is unrivaled. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Diner
“A safe choice for when you've finished your quota for adventure. Open twenty four hours. Because it isn't fast food. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Thursday night karaoke, Tuesday night game nights and wine Wednesday’s. Inch specials and drink specials daily”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Longtime eatery for classic Italian fare in an unassuming storefront with tucked-away dining space.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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