Neighborhood Watch: Dining and Shopping in Newburyport
Ice cream, lobster rolls, street performers, nautical knickknacks—they’re all here in ample supply. But this historical North Shore city also boasts more-refined charms, including buzzed-about restaurants, two new breweries, and boutiques galore. Add in the sculpture-lined Clipper City Rail Trail—a paved pathway that runs from the commuter-rail station to the downtown area—and you have the perfect mini break from Boston.
Where to Shop
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1. Riverwalk Brewing Co.
Inspired by his travels through Belgium, England, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Steve Sanderson launched RiverWalk Brewing Co. a year ago with three flagship beers: Gnomad, Uncle Bob’s Bitter, and RiverWalk IPA. Stop by on Friday or Saturday afternoon for a tour, samples of these brews and others, and a growler to go. Or make a day out of it: Newburyport Brewing Company—the word “yeat,” an old sailing term used to identify Newburyport residents out at sea, appears on all of the cans—recently opened a brewery on nearby New Pasture Road.
3 Graf Rd., 978-499-2337, riverwalkbrewing.com.
2. Just Dogs!
Let Fido follow his nose to the display case of all-natural treats decorated to look like hamburgers and squirrels—then quench his thirst with a Bowser Beer (made with beef or chicken and malt barley). Owner Judy Hoover also offers toys, leashes, and beds.
37 Pleasant St., 978-465-8400, justdogsnewburyport.com.
3. Pure and Simple Home
“If anyone else has it in this ZIP code, I don’t want it,” says interior decorator AJ Aubrey of the products she’s chosen for her fledgling home-décor shop, which she moved from Topsfield to Newburyport in mid-May. Extra-special pieces include an antique resin horse head, a freshly reupholstered tête-à-tête bench, and funky mirrors framed with scraps from tin ceilings.
One Merrimac St., 978-479-7724.
4. Oldies Marketplace
Get your weird antiques fix between Brimfield trips at this cavernous 22-year-old bazaar on the water. Here you’ll find everything from yellowing Playboys to a coffee table made from a bellows to geode book-ends, all set to the sound-track of hit songs of yesteryear.
27 Water St., 978-465-0643, oldies-ma.com.
Come to Gina DiGiovanni’s kitchen-gadgets boutique for the Chemex coffeemakers and All-Clad stainless steel pans. Stay for the tasty granola, Nutella scones, and other from-scratch snacks (best enjoyed with an oh-so-rich frozen hot chocolate in the café).
14 Market Sq., 978-465-1523, souffles.com.
6. Lively Kids
What child doesn’t need a Grateful Dead T-shirt? New York transplant Kim Lively originally opened this hip tots spot in 2006 to “bring a little SoHo spice to Newburyport.” Upstairs, you’ll find Tea rompers, Pink Chicken sundresses, and environmentally sustainable Native shoes for the wee ones. Downstairs, the roped-off tween lair has duds from Hudson, Ragdolls and Rockets, and other popular designers, and hosts hair-wrapping, glitter-tattooing, and nail-painting parties.
15 State St., 978-465-7650, livelykid.com.
Where to Eat
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1. Anchor Stone Deck Pizza
After severing ties with the beleaguered Upper Crust pizza chain, former franchise owners Mark and Jenn Tramontana lowered prices and swapped out pre-made tomato sauce for the fresh stuff.
44 State St., 978-463-3313, anchorpizzeria.com.
Slurp bivalves and sip bubbly at this sleek oyster bar, the second offering from the Caswell Restaurant Group, which also owns Ceia Kitchen + Bar in town.
25 State St., 978-358-8479, brineoyster.com.
3. Buttermilk Baking Company
A board proclaims the provenance of many ingredients at Ashley Bush’s darling bakery, where fruit hand pies are the popular order.
3 Liberty St., 978-499-8278, buttermilkbaking.com.