How to Spend a Day in Somerville, NJ (Updated)

by Emma Garibian
downtown somerville, nj

Somerville, NJ is a charming town located in the heart of Somerset County. With its historic buildings, lively downtown, and beautiful parks, Somerville has something to offer everyone. If you’re planning to visit the town and wondering how to spend a day in Somerville, NJ, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to the best things to see and do in Somerville. 

Get Breakfast and a Cup of Joe

Of course, grabbing a classic New Jersey bagel is an option at any local deli shop in Somerville. But, if you’re in the mood for something cozier and sit down, Somerville has several cafes just for that. 

Ambee Coffee Co. 

Since the original concept started in the home kitchen of the founder Steven Chiocchi, the fundamentals that make Ambee Coffee Co. products unforgettable have never changed. Their coffee is always organic, or the highest quality, and sustainably focused The coffee is always fresh and pairs amazingly with any of their baked goods. The best part is the organic vegan and gluten-free options. Everyone can feel welcome at Ambee and walk out equally caffeinated and full.


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Bliss Coffee Lounge

Find your bliss at Bliss Coffee Lounge. At first glance, the coffee shop is bright and beautiful. Their pink wall, chic furniture, and flourishing greenery can transcend you to a warmer Miami-esque ambiance. The Brazilian-owned shop also serves a well-rounded breakfast and lunch. Grab one of their delicious toasts and soak in the vibrant vibes.

Phoenix Cafe

Looking for a more hearty start to your morning? Then Phoenix Cafe is the spot for you in Somerville. The adorable, old-school diner has options for everyone. The menu offers several types of eggs, including eggs benedict, omelets, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, and more. You can never go wrong with the American classics—Always fresh and always delicious. 

Take a Stroll

After breakfast, take a stroll around Division Street. The pedestrian-only street in the heart of Somerville’s downtown area is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Check out the local boutiques for unique gifts and souvenirs. 

Soul Trip

If you are a spiritual knickknack lover you must stop into Soul Trip. Herbs, home decor, sustainable clothing, natural wellness products, and aromatherapy are just the start of all of the things the boutique has to offer. And don’t get me started on all the crystals. From massive geodes to the smallest gems you’ve ever seen, they have a massive collection. Even if you are new to the crystal world, Soul Trip helps with a description of each one. This mystic heaven is a great spot to start your spiritual healing. 

Somerville Provisions

Somerville Provisions is simply the best when it comes to gourmet groceries. Known for their wide variety of jerky, they also offer different sauces, teas, and candies. If you are someone that loves to be creative in the kitchen, stop by the shop to find unique ingredients that will elevate your game. If you’re not a cook, then this is a perfect place to buy a gift for family and friends. 

From the Hive 

Yes, Somerville has an entire shop just for everything honey and bee related. From the Hive Honey Shop is a charming local store with lots of little personal touches and a surprising variety of honeys and honey products. They carry honey-infused shampoo and skin care products, bee pollen, jewelry, and unique gifts like wooden spoons with wood-burned bees on them. This shop is totally buzzworthy!

Comic Fortress

This is a hidden gem in the middle of Somerville. If you are visiting the area and like comics and collectibles, make sure to stop into Comic Fortress. The shop has a few grails and all the things comics, statues, Funkos, etc. It’s easy to spend a few hours grinding through those dollar bin boxes. Stop in and look around—you will not be disappointed.

Spotted Leaf Plant Company

The second you open the door to Spotted Leaf Plant Company, you are transported to the tropics. This incredibly cool plant shop is not like any other. The idea behind the shop started as a passion project for couple Sam and Matt. After transforming their own home, and building their own greenhouse in the backyard, they decided to bring the same opportunity to others. The beautiful plant shop is home to hundreds of tropical houseplants. New to the plant game? They even offer to pot the plants for you. Just pick your plant and a pot and they’ve got you covered. To top it off, they offer monthly “plant + sip” classes. 


Grab Lunch

Whether you’re in the mood for Thai, Costa Rican, Japanese, or Italian, Somerville has your back for lunchtime. Finding delicious places is easy—choosing one? Not so much.

Kuay Tiew Noodles & More

Kuay Tiew which in Thai translates to “noodles” is the spot for flavor. You cannot skip the classic Pad Thai or Pad See Ew, but they also serve some of the best pork buns in the area. They are crispy, juicy, and packed with flavor and the pickled veggies that top it off add the perfect amount of acidity. The smell as you enter Kuay Tiew is what reels you in. The taste keeps you coming back for more.

Sushi Yokohama

At Sushi Yokohama, you get high-quality sushi for an amazing price. They have a remarkable selection of special rolls and are constantly creating new ones each month. The fish is beyond fresh, and the rolls look like pieces of art: Colorful, vibrant, and unique. The space itself is modern and comfy. There are many large booth tables perfect for friends and family. 

Division Cafe

Division Cafe is a casual, family-run restaurant. It serves delicious empanadas and Costa Rican dishes. This spot has become a prominent fixture in Somerville’s downtown. Its warm vibe takes you back to home-style cooking. Year after year, Division Cafe’s empanadas have been voted one of the best in the state. Though they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, an empanada is the perfect small bite for a quick midday meal. 


Attractions and Activities 

Everyone knows you have to visit the best restaurants and locally-owned shops when you visit a new town. But what makes each town special is the different attractions and activities they have to offer. Here are our picks for the most unique experiences Somerville, New Jersey has to offer.

Dukes Farm Farmer’s Market

Head over to the Dukes Farm Farmer’s Market which recently moved from Hillsborough Twp to Somerville. Beginning in early May, market goers will peruse stands of fresh produce, local honey, hot sauces, wildflowers and more each and every Sunday. 

Explore the History 

Somerville has a rich history, and there are plenty of historical sites to visit. Start at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, which were both used as headquarters during the Revolutionary War. The houses have been restored and are open for tours. Another must-see is the Somerville Fire Museum, which features antique fire trucks and fire fighting equipment.


YESTERcade is an arcade and retro gaming store located in Somerville. It is a popular destination for gamers and nostalgia seekers alike, offering a wide selection of classic arcade games and vintage gaming consoles. The arcade features a variety of classic games, including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and many others. The games are kept in excellent condition and are all playable using quarters, just like in the old days. Whether you’re looking to play some classic arcade games or add to your retro gaming collection, this Somerville establishment is definitely worth a visit.


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Time To Dine

Somerville may come as a surprise when I say it is a great foodie town. The many dinner options suggest a great way to end your adventurous day. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual bite or a more upscale dining experience, there are plenty of great options for dinner.


One popular spot is Verve Restaurant, a trendy eatery with a focus on farm-to-table cuisine. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the freshest ingredients available, and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate. Verve also boasts an impressive wine list, making it a great choice for a special occasion.


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Boulevard Seafood Company

For barbecue lovers, check out Boulevard Seafood Company, which specializes in Southern-style barbecue and seafood. The menu features smoked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs, as well as grilled fish and other seafood dishes. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual, making it a great spot for a low-key dinner.

Kyma Greek Cuisine

Kyma Greek Cuisine is a popular restaurant located in Somerville, New Jersey that offers a taste of authentic Greek cuisine. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by the Mediterranean diet, which is known for its health benefits and emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their specialty is fresh seafood, which is flown in from the Mediterranean daily and prepared in a variety of flavorful ways. The restaurant’s interior is stylish and modern, with an upscale yet casual atmosphere that’s perfect for a special occasion or a romantic dinner. In addition to its delicious food, Kyma Greek Cuisine is known for its extensive wine list. 


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Somerville, New Jersey, is a town that is rich in history, culture, and charm. With a variety of activities and attractions, it’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring. So, whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or outdoor enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in Somerville.

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Emma is an editorial intern. She likes to spend her free time cooking new recipes and chilling with her cat Stella.

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1 comment

K April 8, 2023 - 10:35 am

Great article! But it looks like you forgot about the awesome Pokémon Store on 137 Main St., would be an awesome addition to this list. Great place for nostalgic feeling and of course pokemon.


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