We love Collingswood and are so glad to call it home to Hub:868 and the allure of this town is no longer a secret. We celebrate Collingswood placing in the top three for ,USA Today’s Best Small Town Cultural Scene just this week. This town has an abundance of appealing qualities and while we’re usually here for the 9 to 5, we have planned the perfect Saturday in the ‘Wood for you to refresh your weekend and experience Collingswood at it’s best! You don’t need your car for this one. Collingswood is a walkable town, and if you don’t live within walking distance, the PATCO train drops you right in the heart of downtown. Some would say that the attraction to this great town can be found in the many events, fairs, concerts and festivals. Check out the Collingswood Borough Event Lineup, to see if something exciting is happening before heading out on your adventure. Whatever you enjoy, Collingswood has something to offer!
There is no better start to the weekend in Collingswood than hitting the Farmer’s Market. We have one of the largest Farmer’s Markets in the area and you can find so much more than produce! Insider tip: the best way to experience the market is to eat your way through the stands for breakfast. Bring a cooler and pick up all your produce, meats, prepared foods, and cheeses. Entertainers are always performing while shoppers graze and it’s likely you’ll find something to add to your garden or a gift for a loved one. You might even find the next love of your life – there are often dogs available for adoption! You can find the market under the PATCO (713 N Atlantic Ave, if you want to map it) from 8am until noon.
If strolling through the farmer’s market doesn’t sound interesting, you could start your day at one of our amazing coffee shops. We have three uniquely delicious options to choose from – Grooveground Coffeebar, Revolution Coffee Roasters, and Endgrain Coffee Outpost. For something heavier, hit ,The Tortilla Press, Sabrina’s Cafe, or Maria’s Bread Sandwiches for a delightful breakfast before continuing your adventure through town.
The next leg of this journey takes you through the many shops in town. We’ve counted at least 25 distinctly different stores open for your business! You can find clothing, gourmet foods, antiques, gifts, hand-crafted soaps, art, books, toys, music, and collector’s items among many other things. Haddon Ave. is bursting with opportunities to find just about anything you need or want. Or if you aren’t in the mood to shop, experience a yoga, meditation, or exercise class – Ohm Grown Yoga, Yogawood, Yoga Rebellion, Upcycle Fitness, The Pilates Soul Studio and Holistic Movement all have Saturday classes.
When it’s time for a snack, stop in Wild & Co for a superfood juice. They have the best drinks. If juice and smoothies aren’t your thing, grab a treat at Haddon Culinary, DiBartolo Bakery, Gelato Dolceria, The Candy Jar, or Dulce Artisanal Pastry for something special.
You can take your treat with you on the next leg of your adventure – a walk around Knight Park. We’ve talked about Knight Park before (here)– it has an easy paved loop trail through the flat park of ball fields, a playground, a pond and picnic areas. Listen to birds sing and kids play along your stroll. If you’re a history buff, you don’t want to miss the Collings-Knight House at the south east corner of the park. Built in 1820, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is significant as one of only two remaining local homes associated by direct bloodline with the area’s original settlers.
Your walk may have built up an appetite and now it’s time for lunch. There are so many options to choose from! Collingswood has over a dozen restaurants open for lunch on Saturday, you can pick from almost any cuisine – Chinese, American, Indian, Mexican, and more.
Now that we’ve bought all sorts of goodies and had plenty of good food, we can do something fun. Visit the Perkins Center for the Arts to view their gallery or maybe you’re taking their pottery class that starts on July 16th. For a more hands on option, stop by All Fired Up to paint some pre-made pottery. If visual arts aren’t your thing, maybe the vocal arts are? Even if you’re shy, Songbird Karaoke has private suites so you can belt it out with your friends and the rest of us won’t hear you. Perhaps you’d prefer to use your logic and solve your way out of Exit 4 Escape Rooms. Or maybe some quiet time at the Library or a treatment at The Garden Medical Spa would be nice after your busy morning. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to find something on the Avenue that will pique your interest.
This busy day isn’t over yet, it’s time to eat again and there are some outstanding dinner-only restaurants in town that we think you will like, especially if you like Italian food. We have a few upscale options if that is your fare of choice, or you can find French, American, or Thai and don’t forget that most of our more casual lunch recommendations are also open for dinner literally giving you a world of options right here in town.
We won’t be disappointed if you call it a day after all that action, but if you’re ready to party into the night, you absolutely can! Collingswood is a dry town but thankfully breweries don’t apply. Devil’s Creek Brewery has a tasting room right off Haddon Ave and you can find a rotating selection of delicious beers. If you still want to get your hands dirty, Say It With Clay has date night classes available the 2nd Saturday of the month, sign up online. Speaking of the 2nd Saturday of the month – there is live music and art all over town for Second Saturday! Take an evening stroll and enjoy all the musicians and perhaps find one more piece of art to buy. If you’re in town on any other Saturday, you might find something to enjoy at the Scottish Rite where you can find concerts, community theater, and private parties. If you’re still hungry after this full day and you’re looking for a late night snack, stop into one of our exceptional pizzerias.
There is so much to do in Collingswood, NJ! Did we forget anything? Where is your favorite spot in town? If you’re planning a day out on the town, stop into Hub:868 to let us know where you chose to go and how you liked it! We are grinding away the work week here M-F from 9am-5pm just getting ready for our next weekend adventure.