A Day in Haddonfield

The quaint and historic borough of Haddonfield, NJ dates back to colonial America – 1682 to be exact.  Haddonfield is located in Camden County, NJ; its proximity and public transportation into Philadelphia make it home to many commuting professionals seeking the esteemed school district and easy access to the city — but its thriving downtown draws visitors and residents alike for fun, food and shopping.  Boutiques, local arts and crafts, performances, craft beverages and history – downtown Haddonfield has something for everyone.  Here are some of our favorites:

Historical Locations of Note:

Indian King Tavern Museum: New Jersey was declared a state at the Indian King Tavern in 1777.  Now, it holds museum hours for tours as well as special event weekends and evenings with reenactors.  Every June, there is a Skirmish recreation of an American Revolution battle right out front on Kings Highway!

Photo Credit: Indian King Tavern Facebook

Hadrosaurus Discovery Site and Monument: “Haddy” – Hadrosaurus foulkii – was the most complete dinosaur skeleton unearthed anywhere in the world when it was discovered and scientifically documented in 1858. It also became the first mounted dinosaur skeleton displayed anywhere in the world in 1868; it remains displayed at Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.

Other Sites Not to be Missed:

Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust: follow along with a digital map walkable sculpture trail for a publicly accessible and totally free art walk throughout the borough.

Instagram Worthy Photo Spots: Don’t miss Uno at Mechanic and Haddon for a great photo opp year round but especially when the cherry blossoms are falling.  The gazebo at the center of Kings Court off of Kings Highway just past Haddon Avenue is a brick and background lovers dream.

Markeim Arts Center: Currently closed to the pandemic, the Markeim Arts Center gallery typically displays local artists’ works year round in a light and bright space, with special events, classes, performances and children’s programming rounding out a robust home to Haddonfield arts.

Lunch Recommendations

Bistro at Haddonfield offers outside seating on one of the best people watching corners in the borough.  Greek inspired, upscale Jersey-dinner style menu offers breakfast all day plus several Greek specialties that are sure to please.

Photo Credit: Bistro at Haddonfield

Cross Culture:  The lunch buffet is a local legend but unfortunately on hold due to the pandemic – still you can sample some of the most delicious Indian cuisine in the region in a spacious dining room or right outside the restaurant doors overlooking the bustle of King’s Highway.

Denim BYOB: On weekends, you can stop for a bottle of New Jersey’s White Horse Winery and any of chef’s farm to table seasonal menu specialties.

Romantic Dinners

Valente’s Cucina: Owner/Chef and South Philly transplant Marcello De Feo started off at Jersey Farmers Markets and attracted a cult following that’s grown his business from a stand to a shop to a full on sit down restaurant on Kings Court in Haddonfield.  Fresh pasta, authentic Italian recipes from his Nonna and a charming setting for indoor or outdoor dining make this a cannot miss stop for dinner in Haddonfield. Auburn Road Winery from Southern NJ is available by the bottle.

Photo Credit: Valente’s Cucina

Zaffron:  Cannot miss Mediterranean served in either a dining room, open air porch or in a newly converted outdoor patio.  Monthly special hummus brings in the taste of the season and New Jersey’s own Hawk Haven wine is available by the bottle.  Try the babaganoush!

El Napolitano:  This “newcomer” to the downtown, meaning “Little Cactus,” is a family owned BYOB that features Mexican Street Corn and a cactus appetizer (!) as well as other beloved Mexican dishes.  The service is second to none!  Dine streetside to people watch and enjoy bistro lighting with colorful banners waving overhead.

Sweet Treats

Gelato Dolceria:  Gelato like the old country!  So many flavors you may struggle to decide on just one.  Why not try a few?  But definitely try coconut.

Photo Credit: Gelato Dolceria

Gracie’s Ice Cream:  This old fashioned ice cream walk up window is cash only and adjacent to the Kings Court gazebo for some great people watching.

Local Coffee

Saxby’s Haddonfield: Premium coffee and light bites with seating on the corner of Chestnut and Kings Highway – another great people watching outpost!

Jersey Java: A few blocks off of Kings down Haddon Avenue, this coffee shop is always jumping!  Premium coffee and house baked treats like the signature PopTarts and daily quiches are worth the walk.  The charming side flagstone patio with bistro lighting and surrounding hydrangeas will encourage you to linger.  You can even purchase Auburn Road by the bottle for happy hour fun!

Where to Enjoy a Different Kind of Beverage in this Historically Dry Town

Many downtown restaurants now sell New Jersey Outer Coastal Plain wine by the bottle, but if you’re looking for a spot to stop for drinks, you have to check out Haddonfield’s new tasting rooms:

William Heritage Winery Tasting Room:  A brand new tasting room outpost of the immensely popular and award winning vineyard based in Richwood, NJ.

Photo Credit: William Heritage Winery

Kings Road Brewing Company:  A group of friends brewed together and one day in 2016, Kings Road was born.  Immensely popular with locals and visitors alike, the brewery was so in demand that they had to hop into a larger space downtown with outdoor biergarten in 2019.

Photo Credit: King’s Road Brewing featuring British Chip Shop

Oktoberfest in Haddonfield: From September 19th until October 4th, King’s Road Brewing is hosting Oktoberfest! Enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest lager for the occasion and join in the festivities. Local restaurants have provided special menus for the occasion and are offering delivery right to the beer garden!

Care to make it an overnight?  Check out the Haddonfield Inn on West End Avenue.  With that kind of time to burn, you can schedule a custom excursion with On the Town Food Tours to walk, talk and taste your way through the historic borough!

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