Town Centers Across Cape Cod

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Nestled between Cape Cod’s picturesque neighborhoods and busy beaches are classic New England town centers. These pedestrian friendly main streets and downtown areas serve as the best spots to shop, eat and discover local artisans.

Main Street Chatham

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Downtown Chatham is a vibrant area just a short distance from the beach. The town’s buildings and quaint atmosphere exude the character of classic Cape Cod. With ample free parking, downtown Chatham is easily accessible and the perfect quintessential Cape Cod experience.

It is easy to make a walk down Chatham’s Main Street a full day affair. Here, the Black Dog sells iconic t-shirts and sweatshirts, while at other small boutiques like Ports and Company you can find unique dresses and accessories. Scattered throughout the many shops is over a dozen galleries featuring local artists. 

In the center of it all, visitors can find Chatham Penny Candy, a classic penny candy store. Inside, you can grab a bag and fill in up with as many goodies as you can fit. For dinner, there are plenty of options to choose from including the popular Chatham Squire and Wild Goose Tavern.

Main Street Falmouth

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Falmouth’s charming upper-cape Main Street area is lined with shops, restaurants and plenty of green space to enjoy on beautiful summer days. Both Library Park and Patty Noonan Park on Main Street host lively outdoor events ranging from farmers markets and art fairs, to movie viewings and live concerts. So, there is always something special to do when in town.

As for stores, there is everything from Lilly Pulitzer to Celebrations, a gift and clothing shop where Christmas items available all year long. With a wide variety of eclectic and luxury boutiques to walk through, there is always something exciting to find.

After shopping and exploring the town center, there are many great dining options right along Main Street. Some of the best sushi in the area can be found at Bluefins Sushi & Bar, while The Glass Onion has great American food. 

Main Street Hyannis

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With more than 40 unique restaurants and 150 locally owned shops, Main Street Hyannis is a must visit pedestrian friendly mid-Cape area. It is just a short walk from Hyannis harbor where ferries depart to nearby Martha’s Vineyard. 

Hyannis is famous for being home to Kennedy Compound, so it only makes sense that visitors can find the Cape Cod John F. Kennedy Museum right on Main Street. Here, you can learn about the legacy of President Kennedy and his ties to the Cape. 

Throughout Main Street, you will also find a variety of unique shops selling local art, handmade jewelry, high end bathing suits, Cape Cod novelties and so much more. With many of the shops being locally owned and operated, you are sure to find some one-of-a-kind items.

In addition to wonderful shopping, Main Street has great eateries with ample outdoor seating. Anejo Mexican Bistro gives diners the chance to enjoy a meal in their courtyard under a large beech tree lit with twinkling lights. Or try Colombo’s Cafe for delicious Italian fare from their half-enclosed bar area and sidewalk high-tops.

Commercial Street Provincetown

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The northernmost tip of Cape Cod is home to Provincetown, the country’s oldest continuous art colony. The town center and community atmosphere reflect the town’s rich history of art and free expression. Shops and galleries are abundant, making it the best place to find creations by Cape Cod artists. 

Along with the eclectic and charming shops, Commercial Street is also home to Provincetown Public Library which is unique in its own right. The library is a former church which was turned into a museum in the 1960’s. Among the books, visitors can see former exhibits like a replica of the Rosa Dorothea, which sailed in 1907. 

Commercial Street is also where you can find the iconic Lobster Pot Restaurant. The white corner building and red neon sign are a recognizable symbol of Provincetown. The classic restaurant serves local seafood and, you guessed it, amazing lobster dishes.