Eclectic Escape: Planning Your Perfect Day Trip to Downtown Montclair, NJ

Calling all fashionistas, foodies, and history buffs! Nestled in the heart of New Jersey, Montclair Center awaits with its vibrant charm, eclectic energy, and endless possibilities for a delightful day trip. Whether you’re seeking a solo shopping spree, a romantic afternoon with your boo, or a fun-filled family adventure, Montclair has something for everyone.

Who’s Your Travel Buddy?

Start by planning your entourage. Are you flying solo and ready to indulge in some retail therapy? Montclair’s boutique-lined streets are your oyster! Craving a couple’s retreat? Cozy up in a charming cafe, browse art galleries hand-in-hand, or catch a captivating show at the historic Wellmont Theatre. Bringing the whole gang? Montclair boasts a kid-friendly museum, shops, and delicious eateries.

Getting There in Style

No need to stress about traffic! Montclair is easily accessible by:

  • Public Transit: Catch the NJ Transit train or hop on the bus for a scenic ride into town. Check schedules and plan your trip on the NJ Transit website.
  • Ridesharing: Skip the parking hassle and hail a Lyft or Uber for a convenient door-to-door drop-off.
  • Day Pass for Permit Parking: Snag a Day Pass for $10 and park freely in designated spots throughout the downtown area. Get your day pass here.
  • Parking Decks: Driving in? No need to drive around looking for street parking. Montclair Center has multiple parking decks, all in walking distance to the main street. Don’t forget to download the Park Mobile App to make managing your meter time easy.

What To Do In Downtown

There’s no shortage of things to do in Montclair Center. Below are our favorite resources for keep abreast of the comings and goings of downtown.

  • Montclair Center BID: Check out the Montclair Center BID instagram for new business highlights, spotlights on local events, and updates on events taking place downtown.
  • Experience Montclair: Craft the perfect weekend adventure by checking out activities you can enjoy in Montclair and the surrounding areas. Visit the Experience Montclair website and explore the possibilities.
  • The Montclair Girl: Your one-stop shop for all things Montclair! This website has curated lists of the best restaurants, cafes, events, and activities, ensuring you don’t miss a beat. Despite what the name might imply, the advice is perfectly unisex.
  • The ECB’s Class Calendar: Don’t forget to check out our Class Calendar for fun and unique craft activities, and all of the special events we host.

Foodie Paradise Awaits

Montclair’s culinary scene is a smorgasbord of flavors, with everything from cozy cafes to upscale bistros. And the best part? Dietary restrictions are no problem! Many restaurants cater to gluten-free and vegan preferences. Still, with so many options, you can easily hop from breakfast at a charming boulangerie to lunch at a gastropub, and end your day with decadent gelato or craft cocktails. Check out Montclair Center BID full list of eateries in downtown. Be advised, reservations are recommended for popular spots!

Insider Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes – Montclair is refreshingly pedestrian friendly.
  • Check out local events calendars for special events happening during your visit.
  • Don’t forget to bring your shopping bags – you’re bound to find some treasures!
  • Relax and enjoy the vibe! Montclair is a town meant to be savored, not rushed.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Montclair Adventure today, and get ready to discover a world of eclectic charm, delicious eats, and endless possibilities! And remember: while you’re here, don’t forget to stop by The Eclectic Chic Boutique for a unique and unforgettable shopping experience!

See You Soon!