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Food
ridiculously good soft serve, Memorial to Labor Day
Curly Creme Soft Ice Cream
244 South River Street
ridiculously good soft serve, Memorial to Labor Day
terrific local Italian restaurant
Cafe Toscana
1 Public Square
terrific local Italian restaurant
great local bakery; no idea how they picked the name
Sanitary Bakery
126 East Ridge Street
great local bakery; no idea how they picked the name
great local coffee and sandwiches
Grateful Roast Cafe and Coffee Roaster
400 Middle Rd
great local coffee and sandwiches
local coffee shop serving Electric City Roasting Co (from Scranton)
Common Grounds Caffe
166 W Union St
local coffee shop serving Electric City Roasting Co (from Scranton)
local coffee shop serving La Colombe
Pour Coffee House
53 N Main St
local coffee shop serving La Colombe
great local Indian food, BYOB
Letts Eat
78 S Main St
great local Indian food, BYOB
terrific local Mediterranean has outdoor seating and is BYOB inside the restaurant... kunefe dessert is so good
İstanbul grill
40 S Main St
terrific local Mediterranean has outdoor seating and is BYOB inside the restaurant... kunefe dessert is so good
My favorite local Mexican restaurant; great, large outdoor space.
Margarita Azul
91 Parrish St
My favorite local Mexican restaurant; great, large outdoor space.
super low-key breakfast counter
Abe's Hot Dogs
419 S Main St
super low-key breakfast counter
great peanut butter meltaways
Michael Mootz Candies
1246 Sans Souci Pkwy
great peanut butter meltaways
Super sweet little breakfast and lunch spot with great croissants and specials; I like the chicken salad sandwiches.
Something Special Bakery
23 W Walnut St
Super sweet little breakfast and lunch spot with great croissants and specials; I like the chicken salad sandwiches.
best Chinese in the area
Peking Chef
184 S Wyoming Ave
best Chinese in the area
Nicest people ever; this is my favorite fried crust pizza and wings in the area.
Pizza Heaven
352 Bennett St
Nicest people ever; this is my favorite fried crust pizza and wings in the area.
This is a great lunch-counter Mexican place in Scranton if you feel like driving a bit. BYO-tequila for margaritas.
Garibaldi Authentic Mexican Cuisine
This is a great lunch-counter Mexican place in Scranton if you feel like driving a bit. BYO-tequila for margaritas.
Revello's is a great Old Forge pizza place; 165 W Union St is a Kingston outpost. Old Forge is a town but also a pizza style particular to the area-- rectangular with a light crust served to-go in shirt boxes.
Revellos Pizza
Revello's is a great Old Forge pizza place; 165 W Union St is a Kingston outpost. Old Forge is a town but also a pizza style particular to the area-- rectangular with a light crust served to-go in shirt boxes.
Raw food / juices from an outside window or inside counter; outpost of their bigger location in Luzerne... great 'nucleus' juice (carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) and raw cookies. Super nice people.
Nucleus Raw Foods
67-69 Public Square
Raw food / juices from an outside window or inside counter; outpost of their bigger location in Luzerne... great 'nucleus' juice (carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) and raw cookies. Super nice people.
totally decent local Thai restaurant
Thai Thai
41 South Main Street
totally decent local Thai restaurant
great margherita pizza, treats and coffee
Amberdonia Bakery Wilkes-Barre
45 East Northampton Street
great margherita pizza, treats and coffee
This is my favorite to-go slice downtown; you can also buy slice "credits" for homeless people.
Dino's Pizza Express
41 South Main Street
This is my favorite to-go slice downtown; you can also buy slice "credits" for homeless people.
Shopping
One of the largest architectural salvage yards in the country with high but negotiable prices; they have two stores in NYC, much cleaner / less interesting than this warehouse.
Olde Good Things
400 Gilligan Street
One of the largest architectural salvage yards in the country with high but negotiable prices; they have two stores in NYC, much cleaner / less interesting than this warehouse.
My favorite garden center in the area-- not especially inexpensive for Wilkes-Barre, but still objectively cheap and very pretty to visit, just along the river.
Perennial Point
1158 N River St
My favorite garden center in the area-- not especially inexpensive for Wilkes-Barre, but still objectively cheap and very pretty to visit, just along the river.
Really large and beautiful greenhouse about a half hour away; the drive to Berwick along the river is pretty, with some ok antique and flea market stops along the way.
Berlin's Greenhouses
6081 Park Road
Really large and beautiful greenhouse about a half hour away; the drive to Berwick along the river is pretty, with some ok antique and flea market stops along the way.
my favorite local thrift
Salvation Army
739 Sans Souci Pkwy
my favorite local thrift
another great local thrift
Volunteers of America Thrift Store
400 S Main St
another great local thrift
great local record shop
Musical Energi
24 S Main St
great local record shop
Amazing local antique spot with a bunch of vendors; very easy to kill a couple hours here. I literally go shopping for things at Plains Antiques (as opposed to Target or something) b/c they're so likely to have whatever I need.
Plains Antiques and Home Furnishings
29 E Carey St
Amazing local antique spot with a bunch of vendors; very easy to kill a couple hours here. I literally go shopping for things at Plains Antiques (as opposed to Target or something) b/c they're so likely to have whatever I need.
Parks & Nature
A good running path is over the Market St bridge and looping the park... Kirby Park &its (abandoned) zoo on the other side of the dike by the river were designed by Olmstead, but several floods have destroyed much of his original plan.
Kirby Park
160 Market Street
A good running path is over the Market St bridge and looping the park... Kirby Park &its (abandoned) zoo on the other side of the dike by the river were designed by Olmstead, but several floods have destroyed much of his original plan.
Swimming / bathing holes in the summer; follow tree marks for a great two mile mild hike in a circle along the stream.
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Seven Tubs Nature Area
900 Bear Creek Boulevard
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Swimming / bathing holes in the summer; follow tree marks for a great two mile mild hike in a circle along the stream.
Walk down to the river if you have time or loop the bridges and walk through the park on the other side of the river; in the summer, local teachers host yoga classes at the stretch of park between the Market and Pierce St bridges (10a on Saturdays).
River Common
133 N River St
Walk down to the river if you have time or loop the bridges and walk through the park on the other side of the river; in the summer, local teachers host yoga classes at the stretch of park between the Market and Pierce St bridges (10a on Saturdays).
beautiful trails to hike up waterfalls
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Ricketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487
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beautiful trails to hike up waterfalls
Sightseeing
Outrageously beautiful building with a restored organ and fantastic musical director, who leads a choir for the 10:30am service on Sundays.
St Stephen's Episcopal Church
35 South Franklin Street
Outrageously beautiful building with a restored organ and fantastic musical director, who leads a choir for the 10:30am service on Sundays.
A repurposed Presbyterian church, our library was a 'mail-order' building by Renwick. Feels very much like Wilkes-Barre to me, with pretty glass floors in the upper floor stacks.
Osterhout Free Library
71 South Franklin Street
A repurposed Presbyterian church, our library was a 'mail-order' building by Renwick. Feels very much like Wilkes-Barre to me, with pretty glass floors in the upper floor stacks.
Keeps short hours, but a good place to find out what the deal is with Wilkes-Barre.
Luzerne County Museum
49 South Franklin Street
Keeps short hours, but a good place to find out what the deal is with Wilkes-Barre.
Sort of a strange listing, but if you're around during a weekday you can walk along the river to the County Courthouse. The art and architectural work in this building is unbelievable.
Luzerne County Court House
200 North River Street
Sort of a strange listing, but if you're around during a weekday you can walk along the river to the County Courthouse. The art and architectural work in this building is unbelievable.
Movies and Theaters
closest movie theater, 5$ tickets on Tuesdays
RC Theatres - Wilkes Barre Movies 14
24 East Northampton Street
closest movie theater, 5$ tickets on Tuesdays
old-school super local dinner theater spot
Music Box Dinner Playhouse
196 Hughes St
old-school super local dinner theater spot
It's really a special treat to see local theater in this old art deco movie theater; one of the many 'little theater' local companies across America. Ours has been around since 1922.
Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
537 N Main St
It's really a special treat to see local theater in this old art deco movie theater; one of the many 'little theater' local companies across America. Ours has been around since 1922.
art deco theater venue for bands etc, with independent and classic movies on Wednesday nights in the summertime
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
71 Public Square
art deco theater venue for bands etc, with independent and classic movies on Wednesday nights in the summertime
http://www.gardendrivein.com/
Garden Drive In
http://www.gardendrivein.com/
https://www.mahoningdit.com/
The Mahoning Drive-in Theater
635 Seneca Rd
https://www.mahoningdit.com/
https://circledrive-in.com/
Circle Drive-In Theatre​
7 River Street
https://circledrive-in.com/
Bars
Brewery in an old rectory open to to 9p ish most nights with tasting flights, large cans and four-packs to-go, outdoor area in good weather. Food is pretty good.
Breaker Brewing Company
787 East Northampton Street
Brewery in an old rectory open to to 9p ish most nights with tasting flights, large cans and four-packs to-go, outdoor area in good weather. Food is pretty good.
Converted garage with a simple menu of sharing plates and the best nearby cocktails, closed Tuesday and open for brunch on Sunday. About a twenty minute walk over the Market St bridge.
Canteen Park
181 Market St
Converted garage with a simple menu of sharing plates and the best nearby cocktails, closed Tuesday and open for brunch on Sunday. About a twenty minute walk over the Market St bridge.
My favorite dive / neighborhood bar; third-generation family owned with good food and (usually) small live music acts on Fridays... this was an antique store for a while in the 90s, which you still get a sense of when you walk to the bathrooms in the back room.
Gober's Deco Lounge
My favorite dive / neighborhood bar; third-generation family owned with good food and (usually) small live music acts on Fridays... this was an antique store for a while in the 90s, which you still get a sense of when you walk to the bathrooms in the back room.
my favorite late-night neighborhood dive bar
Carey's Pub
147 Division St
my favorite late-night neighborhood dive bar
another great local dive; will not be crowded, drafts will cost 1.50$
North End Tavern
553 N Main St
another great local dive; will not be crowded, drafts will cost 1.50$
walkable bar with solid food and beer selection; pretty cheap, sometimes crowded, has a back patio
The Down Pour
119 South Main Street
walkable bar with solid food and beer selection; pretty cheap, sometimes crowded, has a back patio
Garage door face opens to Public Square in nice weather; screens at the bar for sports and ok food / beer selections. Be forewarned that smoking is allowed inside.
Franklin's
53 Public Square
Garage door face opens to Public Square in nice weather; screens at the bar for sports and ok food / beer selections. Be forewarned that smoking is allowed inside.
Groceries and Farmstands
local Italian butcher / grocery / sandwich counter; super sweet people, great selection of meats, chicken tenders are awesome, and they usually have cannolis by the register
Sabatelle's Market
114 South Main Street
local Italian butcher / grocery / sandwich counter; super sweet people, great selection of meats, chicken tenders are awesome, and they usually have cannolis by the register
Respectable grocery store does a pretty good job on organic / gluten-free and wine-sake-beer selection; you will have to drive here as there isn't a safe walking path up the hill past Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.
Wegmans
220 Highland Park Blvd
Respectable grocery store does a pretty good job on organic / gluten-free and wine-sake-beer selection; you will have to drive here as there isn't a safe walking path up the hill past Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.
closest grocery store; walk is a little sketchy at night
Schiel's Family Market
30 Hanover St
closest grocery store; walk is a little sketchy at night
one of two closest state-owned liquor stores (only place you can get hard alcohol in PA)
Fine Wine & Good Spirits
2136 Wilkes-Barre Boulevard
one of two closest state-owned liquor stores (only place you can get hard alcohol in PA)
one of two closest state-owned liquor stores (only place you can get hard alcohol in PA)
Fine Wine & Good Spirits
26 Gateway Shopping Center
one of two closest state-owned liquor stores (only place you can get hard alcohol in PA)
terrific local health food store
House of Nutrition
50 Main Street
terrific local health food store
local groceries and food to order; check their website for weekly prepared selections
Chic Chic Market
970 Wyoming Avenue
local groceries and food to order; check their website for weekly prepared selections
The Back Mountain Farmers Market is in the parking lot here on Saturdays, July to October; slightly more upscale than the one in Wilkes-Barre .
Dallas High School
2030 Conyngham Avenue
The Back Mountain Farmers Market is in the parking lot here on Saturdays, July to October; slightly more upscale than the one in Wilkes-Barre .
For whatever reason, farmers markets around here start almost after strawberry season... you can get berries here before markets begin.
Dymonds Farm Market & Bakery
750 Main Road
For whatever reason, farmers markets around here start almost after strawberry season... you can get berries here before markets begin.
very sweet local greenhouse and farmstand
Larry O'Malia's Farm and Greenhouses
1125 North River Street
very sweet local greenhouse and farmstand
Farmers Market on Public Square, Thursdays from July through Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania has a lovely &diverse growing season.
Public Square
Farmers Market on Public Square, Thursdays from July through Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania has a lovely &diverse growing season.
If you are here in June, CALL PUMPKIN HILL FARMS to see if they're allowing strawberry picking; they update their answering machine message every day. Ridiculously cheap, delicious strawberries.
Pumpkin Hill Produce Farms
250 Wapwallopen Road
If you are here in June, CALL PUMPKIN HILL FARMS to see if they're allowing strawberry picking; they update their answering machine message every day. Ridiculously cheap, delicious strawberries.
Dairy farm with milk in glass bottles, eggs, butters, ice cream, very pretty greenhouses, local groceries and kettle corn. There's also ducks and animals you can feed. Hillside keeps really good hours, until 8pm most nights.
The Lands At Hillside Farms
65 Hillside Road
Dairy farm with milk in glass bottles, eggs, butters, ice cream, very pretty greenhouses, local groceries and kettle corn. There's also ducks and animals you can feed. Hillside keeps really good hours, until 8pm most nights.