Jersey City Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Jersey City; our list of the best things to see, including Statue of Liberty, Liberty Science Center and Light Horse Tavern.
  • The best place in Jersey City: Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty National Monument is a national monument comprising Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It includes the Statue of Liberty, situated on Liberty Island, and the former immigration depot on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. The immigration station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and closed in 1954.
    Liberty Park food nearby
  • Liberty Science Center

    Liberty Science Center

    in Liberty State Park
    The Science Center is open, after a $109 million, 22-month expansion project. It features six major new exhibition areas and the nation's largest IMAX Dome theater.
    Liberty Park eat nearby
  • Light Horse Tavern

    Light Horse Tavern

    199 Washington St
    Bring a fat wallet, because the entrees here range from $19-34. Still, if you really want to drop some cash, this is one of the best places in Jersey City to do it. The wine selection is good, and the food is outstanding. Ambiance is very classy, with historical tidbits adorning the walls. The restaurant is named after "Light Horse Harry" Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, and local humiliator of the Redcoats at the famous "Battle of Paulus Hook" (famous in Paulus Hook, at least).
  • Carlo's Bakery

    Carlo's Bakery

    95 Washington St
    Welcome to the official Carlo's Bakery Fan Page
  • Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant

    Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant

    88 Liberty View Drive
    Located in the new Liberty Harbor development, Zeppelin Hall is a huge biergarten with seating for up to 800 people. One of Jersey City's most popular hang-out spots, with 144 taps and $10 liters of beer. Family-friendly.
  • The Bayside Center

    is a 1910 vintage home with a 1.9 acre of land and the perfect spot to watch a sunset. Open everyday during the summer, the house has an education center, a lifesaving museum, a display of classic ship models and an all around relaxed atmosphere. It offers a picnic tables area, a pavilion for shade, docks for short-term docking, restrooms, and a butterfly garden round out the outdoors amenities. This relaxing, hide-a-way is a great spot for children as well as adults. The Bayside Center also offers a summer camp for children as well.
    Bergen-Lafayette restaurants nearby
  • Newport Mall

    located between Washington and Marin boulevards
    Located just south of the Holland Tunnel, it hosts a Macy's, JC Penney, Sears, AMC (formerly Cineplex Odeon) movie theater, and a variety of other chain stores. All of the mall's more than 150 stores are part of the Urban Enterprise Zone. It's not free to park in the mall's parking garage; it's $2 to park there for up to 2 hours. Watch out if you stay parked longer than 6 hours; the rate zooms up, presumably to capture commuters parking there to take the PATH train from the Pavonia/Newport station to Manhattan.
    Hackensack Riverfront
  • Summit Lake Winery

    1707 South Summit Dr
    Opened in February 2002, Summit Lake Winery sits high on the blufftop overlooking Highway 54, the Missouri River, and Jefferson City. They offer distinctive Midwest wines and a creative bistro menu. Also with year round wine tasting, they also have facilities to accommodate rehearsal dinners, receptions, large or small parties, conferences and banquets.
    The Heights eat nearby
  • Dash Interiors

    140 Bay Street
    Great selection of modern furniture and accessories.
  • Tia's Place

    277 Grove Street
    Trendy clothing store, for the hipster set, catering mostly to women (although they do have a men's section).
  • Justice William Brennan Courthouse

    583 Newark Avenue
    This stunning Beaux-Arts style building is a glimpse into the county's rich and storied history. Be sure to check out its stained glass dome and detailed murals. Guided tours are available on weekdays.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Jersey City Museum

    350 Montgomery Street
  • La Nueva Isla Meat Market

    265 Grove Street
    Say hello to the proprietor, Oscar. While you're there, you can pick up everything from the latest issue of the "Daily News" to a couple of home made empanadas. Oscar also makes good Cuban sandwiches for around $3.
  • Liberty State Park

    Morris Pesin Drive
    Liberty State Park is as large as New York's Central Park but is far less developed. Nonetheless, it gets some 4 million visitors a year, drawn to the waterfront to see unsurpassed views of Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Don't miss fireworks displays over the water in the Fourth of July! Most tourists see the Statue of Liberty from Manhattan, but if you're coming by car, it's easier to do so from the Park. Make your reservations on-line [1] ahead of time. Admission to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are technically free, but you need to buy a ferry ticket to make it to both sites. The ferry is first-come, first-served, but your advance reservation will guarantee you a particular window of time in which to visit the Statue. Tickets are sold in the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) terminal. While you are waiting for the ferry to depart, be sure to admire its early 20th century ironwork and architecture. For immigrants heading west to places like Chicago and Pittsburgh after processing at Ellis Island, this is where their overland rail journeys began. (Note that it's difficult to walk to Liberty State Park; you can either walk down Jersey Avenue and across the foot-bridge into the park, or take the light-rail which stops outside the park and then take the shuttle bus which will take you in.)
    Liberty Park eat nearby
  • Ed's Exchange

    672 Bergen Avenue
    A merchant market located in the heart of McGinley Square, Jersey City's newest arts community.
    Journal Square
  • Loew's Jersey Theatre

    54 Journal Square
    One of the five Loew's "Wonder Palaces," the Loew's Jersey was one of New York City's flagship movie palaces. The interior of the theater is surprisingly intricate and detailed; one person remarked that standing in the lobby of the Loew's is like standing inside a Faberge egg. It is being lovingly restored by a local group, and often hosts live events and screens movie revivals.
    Journal Square food nearby
  • Marco & Pepe

    289 Grove St
    The quality of the food here is consistently among the highest in the city, as are the prices - both of which are more reflective of Manhattan than Jersey City, which is part of its continuing appeal. Little seating is available inside, so on the weekend it's likely a good idea to get reservations, as the place is always busy. During the summer, sidewalk seating is available so that you may look upon passersby with disdain as you consume conspicuously. Although prices can be high, entrees can be ordered in half-portions at a reasonable price.
  • Madame Claude Cafe

    364 4th St
    A tiny French bistro in an unlikely location at the edge of downtown, this restaurant is a tiny piece of Paris in gritty Jersey City.
  • Honshu Sushi

    Honshu Sushi

    31 Montgomery St
  • Pizza Alla Gargiulo

    Pizza Alla Gargiulo

    101 Greene Street
    Family owned Italian pizzeria restaurant delivers thin crust brick oven pizza near Exchange Place.
  • Iron Monkey

    Iron Monkey

    99 Greene St
  • Max's of Manila

    Max's of Manila

    687 Newark Ave
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  • Hard Grove Cafe

    Hard Grove Cafe

    319 Grove St
    Near and dear to the hearts of long-time residents because of its long tenure at this location (years ago it was just about the only non-dodgy place to get a meal downtown). It is a Cuban-American diner with unique decor (including plastic palm trees), acceptable food, great drinks, and decent (but sometimes lacking) service. Previously owned by Dominic Santana, a local promoter who was known for his attempts to flaunt the city's restrictive cabaret laws and also known for owning the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. It has since gone under new ownership, who have made the decor a bit more colorful and added some fancier menu items while keeping the old favorites. Also has a good selection of Cuban rum mixed drinks.
  • LITM


    140 Newark Ave
    A trendy bar/lounge, LITM (which stands for Love is the Message) is a popular watering hole which wouldn't be out of place in Chelsea or TriBeCa. The bar has an assortment of specialty drinks, including martinis, and often showcases a variety of art by local artists.
  • Zeppelin Hall

    Zeppelin Hall

    88 Liberty View Drive
    Authentic European Biergarten with 144 Draught Beers, delicious sausages, outdoor seating, and a laid-back atmosphere.
  • Bar Majestic

    275 Grove St
    Cozy, European-inspired wine bar in a restored theater entrance. Great date spot. They also have a wine store at the back of the bar, so you can pick up a bottle to take home with you.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Jersey City uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.