On The Town - Newburyport



Robert Boyd

Items for your Newburyport itinerary.

Joppa Flats Education Center More than 300 species of birds visit the area around Joppa Flats annually, making it one of the most productive year-round wildlife viewing areas in the country. 1 Plum Island Tpke., 978-462-9998.

Ten Center A short walk from the waterfront, this landmark tavern provides welcome respite for young professionals and locals. Its hearty but refined fare is the perfect way to refuel between shopping stops. 10 Center St., 978-462-6652.

Oldies Marketplace This massive waterfront emporium is packed with furniture, antiques, and bric-a-brac from just about every era. 27 Rear Water St., 978-465-0643.

Urban Elements Founded in 2007, this well-curated shop offers gorgeous furnishings and chic home accessories in a range of styles and price points. 75 Merrimac St., 978-358-7121.

Enzo Restaurant & Bar Enzo’s menu changes weekly based on what’s local and fresh. Pair crispy fried olives with an artisanal cocktail, followed by chicken under a brick or whatever fish is fresh off local boats. 50 Water St., Unit 304, 978-462-1801.

Darling Merrill Hair Company Brazilian-born Merrill, who honed her craft under Australian celebrity hairdresser Troy Thompson, brings an artist’s eye to every head of hair at her new salon. 427 Merrimac St., 978-944-3523.

Elephant's Trunk, Newburyport
The Elephant's Trunk

Agave Mexican Bistro Tart and tasty margaritas and heaping portions of authentic Mexican food keep this popular restaurant packed on any given night. 50 State St., 978-499-0428.

The Elephant’s Trunk Claudia Harris, owner of this upscale ladies’ clothing store and Newburyport institution, describes its styles as artistic and stylish, but not trendy. 28 Inn St., 978-462-9707.

Grand Trunk Old World Market Grand Trunk is a treasure trove of artisanal food stuffs, mainly from Europe, and a carefully curated selection of unusual wines.  53 Pleasant St., 978-499-4441.

Port City Sandwich Co. Stop here for a grilled West Newbury sandwich, stuffed with turkey, Swiss, and bacon, or the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, packed with four kinds of gooey goodness. 40R Merrimac St., 978-358-8628.

Taste Newburyport Food and Cultural Tour Get an insider’s view of the Clipper City’s unique food culture with a side of history on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Each jaunt makes six or seven stops for sampling local treats like cupcakes, scones, meats, and olive oils. We recently went on one of these tours. Click here to read about all we saw and sampled.

Clipper City Rail Trail Striking public art lines this 1.1-mile path leading from the Newburyport Commuter Rail station to the riverfront and along to Cashman Park.

Michael’s Harborside Perhaps no place in town allows patrons to enjoy Newburyport’s waterfront like Michael’s, loved as much for its views and alfresco seating as for its vast cocktail offerings and fresh seafood. One Tournament Wharf, 978-462-7785.

Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport
Clipper City Rail Trail

Yankee Homecoming Eagerly anticipated by locals and out-of-towners alike, this annual two-week celebration runs July 26 through August 4, featuring a crafts show, a bevy of historical walking tours, and a brew fest, among the many, many events. Festivities are capped by fireworks on August 3 and the annual parade August 4th, packed with floats, music and merriment.

Interlocks Newburyport’s largest and busiest salon boasts a staff of nearly 50 seasoned professionals to cater to your every beauty need, all with lovely Merrimac River views. Locals swear by the bikini wax, but pampering massages, facials and of course a wide variety of hair care options are all on the menu, not to mention a 1,200-square-foot store featuring top quality personal care brands and cosmetics. 58 Merrimac St., 978/465-3010

Newburyport Farmer’s Market Going on its fifth year, this popular market at the Tannery is the place to hear some live music while shopping for local fish, meat, a bountiful array of fresh fruits and veggies, not to mention cheeses and breads, honey and local crafts. Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm.

Warren Street Market & Deli Just steps from riverfront Cashman Park, this deli offers mouthwatering sandwiches named after local streets. Try the Boardman Beef, piled high with roast beef, cheddar, and homemade horseradish mayonnaise. For dessert, whoopie pies, cookies, muffins and the Marge Bar, a locally famous handmade granola bar, are all baked in house.  226 Merrimac Street, 
978-465-1288.

Buttermilk Baking Company Famished day-trippers and locals alike stop into this tiny shop for a cup of coffee and a delectable scone, muffin or hand pie—all baked using locally sourced ingredients. 3 Liberty St., 978-499-8278.

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