Anyone who is familiar with the town of Westfield knows just how picturesque and quaint it is — full of fun things to do and delicious restaurants to dine in. The downtown is chic and bustling with restaurants and shops, and there are some historical parts, too (random fact: the creator of the Addams Family is from here). So if you’re looking for something to do while staying close to home this weekend, read on for how to spend a day in Westfield, New Jersey for a quick local road trip.
Things to Do
Tamaques Reservation Park | 1101 Lamberts Mill Road
This Westfield reservation and park is the perfect first stop for a day trip to Westfield. Complete with large, kid-friendly parks, definitely make sure to bring your little ones along with you.
Yestercades | 151 E Broad Street
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This fun arcade will throw you way back to your childhood (and it’s currently open during the pandemic with restrictions). You can find everything from pool tables and video games to those traditional arcade games like Pacman and Caterpillar that we know and love. This spot is definitely worth a stop for a day of adventure.
Mindowaskin Park | 385 E Broad Street
Mindowaskin Park is another kid-friendly park in town, complete with small lakes, ponds, and jungle gyms. No day trip is complete without taking a stroll through the park to admire the gorgeous surrounding scenery.
Trader Joe’s | 155 Elm Street
Okay okay, fine, we know Trader Joe’s isn’t a new discovery. But while you’re in town you might as well stop at the only TJ’s that sells alcohol in NJ!
Places to Eat
Westfield is surprisingly bustling with an extremely diverse portfolio of cuisine. They have everything from traditional steakhouses to savory Indian cuisine, and everything in between.
Addams Tavern | 115 Elm Street
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Notice the famous Addams (family) name again in this restaurant. Part of the Harvest group (you may be familiar with their other restaurants Tap Rock Restaurant and Brewery, Roots Steakhouse, and more), this restaurant is sure not to disappoint. The traditional American fare has something for everyone on the menu and you’ll enjoy a premium dining experience at this locally well-known spot.
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Sweet Waters Steakhouse | 43 Elm Street
With classic dark wood-paneled walls, this old-school steakhouse is quite the vibe and just the one you’d want to enjoy on a weekend date night. Known for its steaks, seafood, and cocktails, a reservation here would be a perfect way to end your day in Westfield.
Limani Seafood Grill | 235 North Avenue W
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Seafood lovers, rejoice! This seafood grill is not your average seafood grill. This menu boasts traditional Greek seafood dishes such as seared octopus salad, spanakopita, and more. Don’t forget your bottle of vino because this restaurant is BYOB.
1958 Cuban Cuisine | 301 South Avenue W
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Dubbed the “Havana Heaven,” you’ll love enjoying a relaxed, classic Cuban meal here. Literally, any and all Cuban dishes you can think of are found on this menu. Not sure where to start? Try ordering their Ropa Vieja and Tres Leches, they will not disappoint.
Cosimo’s | 118 East Broad Street
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While there are many Italian restaurants in Westfield, Cosimo’s is second to none. You can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas, pasta, or hot sandwiches on the menu here. However, if you’re looking for something a little less traditional Italian, try the grilled salmon teriyaki.
Spice Bazaar | 39 Elm Street
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Like we promised before, Westfield is chock full of diverse cuisines and Spice Bazaar is bringing the taste of India to town. On the same playing field as local favorite Karma Kafe, anything you order at Spice Bazaar from chicken tikka to traditional butter chicken will leave you wanting more.
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Chez Catherine | 431 North Avenue W
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For anyone who does not speak French, Chez Catherine translates to house of Catherine — and if you haven’t yet guessed, this spot boasts delicious French fare. Chez Catherine is also a wine bar in addition to a fine dining establishment so dress like you’re dining á Paris. If you’re a foie gras fan, you’ll definitely want to order this French delicacy, perhaps with profiteroles (cream puffs filled with cream or ice cream and garnished with chocolate sauce or powdered sugar) for dessert.
Where to Shop
Ruby + Jenna | 206 E Broad Street
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This boutique was started by a mother and daughter duo in 2009 and carries super cute, trendy, youthful styles both in-house and online. From cozy knit sweaters for winter to midi dresses for summer, there’s something for everyone.
South Moon Under | 249 E Broad Street
Founded in 1968, this shop has beautiful, versatile, and easy-to-wear pieces beautiful from swimwear and jumpsuit outfits to denim, dresses, sweaters, outerwear, and more. There’s a range of both women’s and men’s clothing with big brands like Free People, Juniper Blu, Kendra Scott, Patagonia, and Herschel Supply Co.
Psychic Boutique | 27 E Broad Street
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For everything spiritual from stones to cards, this is your place. Sarah, the owner, is a psychic and spiritual healer. With over 25 years of experience, she offers advice on all matters of life, love, health, and financial success.