Newburyport is one of those towns that completely embodies the coastal New England feel. With plenty of ocean views, great restaurants, and lots of shopping, it is the perfect place to live or visit on the Northshore.
Though the area was settled in 1635, Newburyport became its own town separate from Newbury in 1764 and was primarily funded by shipbuilding, fishing, and overseas shipping. For a time, it was the smallest town in Massachusetts! Newburyport is less than an hour’s drive from Boston and accessible via the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail.
This gorgeous coastal community is full of hometown spirit, maritime history, independent shops, and beautiful views for everyone to enjoy.
GROCERIES AND SNACKS
This mall has every type of store you could need. For food, we recommend the Fish Market and Black Duck market and deli. The Tannery even has a dog treat bakery, Quinn’s Canine Cafe, so the whole family will be well fed!
Visit When Pigs Fly for all the best breads and pastries. It is in the perfect location in downtown Newburyport to grab some essentials for a picnic at the waterfront park.
Located inside the Tannery, this is the best stop for snacks, wine, and cheese. Even if you are not shopping for anything in particular, Joppa fine foods is a very cool place to take a look around and find fun products you may have never heard of!
Plum Island Light
The Newburyport harbor lighthouse, also known as Plum Island Light, is a beautiful sight to see. Visit their website for more information on history, directions, and tours!
If you are looking to take a stroll after lunch at one of Newburyport’s amazing restaurants, just head straight for the water! The harborwalk leads to a rail trail which you can follow all the way to the MBTA commuter rail.
If you are a fan of Mexican food, Agave is a great spot for lunch or dinner. They have over 120 tequila options and were voted the people’s choice for best Mexican restaurant in Northshore Massachusetts!
Sushi or steak? Why not both! For a sleek dining experience right near the water, head over to Black Cow.
Located directly on the waterfront, Tuscan Sea Grill is an absolutely beautiful spot for “coastal Italian scratch-made cuisine.” Order the mussels and watch the boats come and go with a beautiful cocktail!
Brine of Newburyport was awarded best restaurant honors in the 2022 Best of the Northshore awards, and it’s easy to see why! Incredible oysters, crudo, and a welcoming exposed brick interior make Brine the perfect choice for dinner in downtown Newburyport.
THINGS TO DO
There is no shortage of independent shops in downtown Newburyport. Unique gifts and accessories imported from the United Kingdom? Try Best of British! Looking for comfortable clothes or bath and body products? Head into Soak and Shoreline. There are shops for kid’s clothing, There is even Oldie’s Marketplace on the water, full of antiques and flea market finds! For a more comprehensive list of the shopping options in Newburyport, check out the official website.
If you plan to be in Newburyport in the summertime, you should schedule it around Yankee Homecoming. This celebration lasts for over a week, and is full of fun events for all ages! From art walks to lawn games and fireworks, this is a must-see event for summer in Newburyport. If you are looking to buy or sell in the Newburyport area, contact me today!