How to spend 24 hours in Westfield

With tree-lined neighborhoods, beautiful parkland and 18 blocks of downtown delights, Westfield has a long tradition of top-ranking recognition. Photo by Mark DeHanes

Just a quick hop off the Parkway at Exit 135 or a scenic turn off Route 22 at Lawrence Avenue lies Westfield — a chic, suburban hamlet with tree-lined neighborhoods, beautiful parkland and 18 blocks of downtown delights with a long tradition of top-ranking recognition. Self-described as “a classic town for modern families,” Westfield combines Main Street charm with city sophistication, and it just keeps getting better. 

“Westfield is positioned to unlock the next phase of business growth for our vibrant downtown,” said Lew Kimble, chair of Downtown Westfield Corp. “Many of the programs introduced during the past two challenging years have been embraced by our customers and business owners. One example of this ‘new retail’ we offer is the dedicated space outdoors for people to meet, engage, dine and share experiences together.” 

Care to share in the Westfield experience? Here are just some of the ways to take on the day: 

Westfield combines Main Street charm with city sophistication, and you can admire it all while perusing the storefronts. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media

On the Shopping Block 

Shopping offline and in person in Westfield is the best around. Metered streets and lots of spots make for plentiful parking, and a walk around the blocks — from East Broad to Elm to Quimby and beyond — does a body good. 

“Our walkable downtown, beautiful parks and historic neighborhoods draw visitors from all over the state to Westfield,” Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said. “From established anchor stores, to lifestyle shops, home furnishings, art galleries and independent boutiques, our retail scene has something for everyone.”  

You won’t miss the mall with these big brands in town, including Athleta, Banana Republic, Bluemercury, Gap and Gap Kids, Urban Outfitters, Warby Parker and Williams Sonoma. They’re just steps away from each other, so you can go door to door with a dose of fresh air in between. 

Westfield’s independent boutiques and smaller-scale franchises add unique appeal to the downtown landscape, offering exclusive finds, handcrafted wares and merchandise curated from around the globe.  

Find trendy apparel for “young and young-minded” women at Ruby and Jenna (206 E. Broad St.); and just down the street, South Moon Under (249 E. Broad St.) brings vacation vibes to everyday style for men and women. Jude Connally (111 Central Ave.) is the flagship store for women’s high-fashion, low-maintenance wardrobe essentials for business and casual wear. Classic American sportswear for men and women is found at J.McLaughlin (44 Elm St.), located in Westfield’s Flatiron building — just one example of Westfield’s stunning architecture. 

For the home, there’s an elegant mix of furnishings and fabrics at Madeline Moss (264 E. Broad St.), as well as services for design and furniture repair. The Farmhouse Store (221 E. Broad St.) is a two-floor home furnishing emporium; enter the gift shop at street level for unique accessories and décor, then continue upstairs to visit its fabulous furniture showroom.  

One of several relatively newcomers to town is The Life By Alli and Page (52 Elm St.), a blend of fashion, wellness, home design and more for luxury lifestyles. 

There’s little more to say about what you’ll find at Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics (20 Elm St.), once you know its name. Partners and Westfield residents Patricia and Paul have showcased their collection of imported and domestic oils and balsamics for nearly a decade. 

Outdoor dining takes on a beautiful ambiance on Quimby Street. Photo courtesy of Downtown Westfield Corp.

On the Menu 

After a day of shopping, take a tip from Mayor Brindle and replenish all those calories burned walking around town carrying your bundles, and put the “rest” in restaurant at one of the many in Westfield. 

“We’re very fortunate to have incredible restaurants that include casual and family-friendly eateries as well as upscale dining, with many more openings on the horizon,” Brindle said. 

Feeling fancy and a little faim? Chez Catherine (431 North Ave. West) — Westfield’s classically French, exceedingly elegant and most gracious dining experience — awaits, nestled petitely in the company of the train station, fire house and Westfield Inn. 

Prefer to mangia on Italian? Ferraro’s (14 Elm St.) is a Westfield staple for fresh, traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Authentic Tuscan is found at Farinolio (121 E. Broad St.), a bakery-café serving breakfast treats, schiacciata (flat bread) sandwiches and deliziosi desserts. 

Continue around the globe to 1958 Cuban Cuisine (301 South Ave. West), Roosterspin (251 North Ave. West) for Korean and karaoke or Spice Bazaar (39 Elm St.) for traditional Indian delicacies.

Eclectic more your speed? 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (16 Prospect St.) serves modern, small-plate classics and elegant entrees, features a wine and martini bar, and presents live entertainment. And, of course, good old “progressive new” American fare always satisfies at Addams Tavern (115 Elm St.). 

Westfield’s 5K Race & Pizza Extravaganza is a 20-year-old summer tradition each July. Photo by Paul Mecca

On the Calendar 

Need some added excitement to make your visit to Westfield extra worthwhile? This town brings the community out for every season, and any reason.  

Girls’ Night Out — Held each spring before Mother’s Day for ladies to shop, party and relax with girlfriends while enjoying in-store events and restaurant specials throughout downtown. 

Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival — Tuesday evenings during July and August at multiple downtown locations, enjoy live music while shopping, dining and relaxing.  

AddamsFest — Throughout October, Westfield celebrates favorite son Charles Addams — cartoonist and creator of “The Addams Family” — and all things macabre with a variety of events in a variety of locations, including Addams Family Fun Day on Quimby Street. 

5K & Pizza Extravaganza — It is what it is: A 5K race with pizza slices at the finish, and it just celebrated its 20th year as a summer tradition each July. 

Winter Holiday Season — Beginning on Black Friday through Jan. 2, 2023, parking is free, gift-wrapping is free and holiday spirit abounds. Family entertainment, a tree and menorah lighting, carolers and musicians, and gift card giveaways make holiday shopping a delight. 

Get a blast of the past at Yestercades, where pinball, PacMan, pool tables and more bring back all the retro fun you can remember, no quarters required. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media

On the Hit List 

The list of “must-do’s” when visiting Westfield includes a visit to The Town Book Store (270 E. Broad St.), an old-fashioned bookseller where staff will actually have read the books they recommend. Housed in Westfield’s first library building, it’s still going strong after more than 85 years. 

For a quick hit, do a drive-by past the intersection of Dudley Avenue and Elm Street to check out the house that inspired “The Addams Family” home, the childhood residence of its creator, Charles Addams. 

Get a blast of the past at Yestercades (151 E. Broad St.), where pinball, PacMan, pool tables and more bring back all the retro fun you can remember, no quarters required. Hourly and day passes get you unlimited playtime in this throwback arcade, which also includes a generous assortment of newer games.

Mindowaskin Park is a tranquil 12-plus-acre park on East Broad Street featuring a beautiful accessible playground, a gazebo, memorial trees and gardens, and more. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media

On the Record 

Mayor Brindle goes on record with her idea of a how to spend a day in Westfield. 

“A perfect day would begin with a walk to town for breakfast at one of our many popular options, including the Westfield Station Cafe, the Turning Point or the iconic Vicki’s Diner. If short on time, pick up a smoothie at Ono Bowls on Quimby.  

“Spend the rest of the morning strolling up historic Elm Street toward the house where Charles Addams grew up, and past the iconic home that inspired his creation of ‘The Addams Family.’ Make your way toward Brightwood Park, a 44-acre nature preserve, and walk the 1.5-mile trail.  

“Meander back to downtown, through beautiful Mindowaskin Park, past the Westfield Historic Society, and grab lunch at one of our many international options, either sushi at Akai Lounge, Indian at Spice Bazaar or authentic Thai noodles at Maya Thai Eatery. 

“You can spend the afternoon perusing our shops downtown, and if it’s a Tuesday in the summer, return in the evening for Sweet Sounds to enjoy the live music performances throughout town. Grab a bottle of wine at NosVino and enjoy a meal with friends at one of our many dining options on our pedestrian plaza on Quimby Street. 

“You can end with a nightcap at either 16 Prospect or Addams Tavern, and call it a perfect Westfield day.” 

Right on, Mayor! Right on. 

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Susan Kronberg is a freelance writer and Jersey girl. A married mother of two, she’s worked in insurance, transportation, marketing, newspapers and private education. Writing is but one thread that connects the patchwork of her professions.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

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