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Embrace Trenton

Couldn’t come up with a NEW Year’s Resolution?  Princeton Insider has one for you.  Make it the year of NEW - commit to trying something NEW to do/see/read/eat every month.  Need ideas? Let’s start with this: Embrace Trenton. Our historic State Capital is a mere 9 miles south of Princeton but when were YOU last there?  To meet a train, most likely.  Here are a few reasons why Trenton is now on your NEW to do list.

The Arts – with artists like William Kasso and Doyle Hancock doing there thing and Artworks, Trenton’s Visual Arts Center, producing worthy shows and workshops, Trenton has a lot going on – think of it as Lower East Side of Mercer County.

Add Passages Theatre Company in the mix and let your mind be blown away by inspiring and thought provoking performances and events.  Passages is home to The Mill Hill Playhouse and the Trenton Film Society - where upcoming events include Solo Flights Festival  which are three weekends of nonstop solo shows and White Guy on the Bus - a new play that takes a no-holds-barred look at hidden and not-so-hidden racism within us all. Passages is a hidden gem in Trenton and gladly holds it’s own with the formidable McCarter up the road.


Museums in Trenton have something for everyone - if you are a history lover, visit  Old Barracks Museum.  It dates back to 1758 and is a must see for American history buffs and for kids who like cannons!  With kids in mind, the NJ State Museum is always in play with great exhibits, the impressive Planetarium, and weekend storytimes.  Last, but not least, is The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie -  an Italianate villa located in Cadwalader Park.  Located on the second floor of the Museum is a permanent collection of fine and decorative arts,  and cultural and industrial artifacts, nearly all of which were manufactured in Trenton. Ellarslie




You will not find big box stores or shoping malls in Trenton.  You will find an ecclectic mix of local stores with local fare and local flair!

Classics Used and Rare Books -  a rare bookshop that has it’s community at heart, hosts weekly Scrabble games, and entertains some of the most interesting people in Trenton.

Wednesdays on Warren (WOW)( Seasonal) -  features lunchtime outdoor concerts, sidewalk art shows, and jazz-serenaded restaurant seatings. The event takes place along South Warren Street, which is reminiscent of Soho with its eclectic blend of retail and recreational offerings.

Capital City Market is a summer-long weekly farmer's market and crafts fair located at the center of downtown Trenton. Each Market features an outdoor concert, food, and a festival atmosphere. In the summer of 2005, over 26,000 people patronized the market.

Trenton Farmers Market - Open all year and operating since the early 1900’s, the market is a staple for Trenton and surrounding communities. 



When people think of eating in Trenton, they think of Chambersburg and traditional Italian fare.  Fast forward to 2016 and it’s all about World Cuisine  – South American, Vietnamese, Mexican, Portuguese, West Indian.

The Princeton Insider knows several Trenton Insiders who recommended the following:

Chencha y Chole Authentic Mexican Kitchen, 865 S Broad St, Trenton, NJ
M-F 9 AM - 10 PM; Sa - Su 9:30 AM - 10 PM
(609) 394-7700   Google Maps

Phô Tan Vietnamese Cuisine, 729 Brunswick Ave, Trenton, NJ
Open 7 Days: Su-TH 9AM-8PM; Fr-Sa, 9AM-9PM
(609) 656-7725   Website   

1911 Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 11 West Front Street, Trenton, NJ
Regular hours: M-W 11 AM - 9 PM; Th - F, 11 AM - 1:30 AM; Sa 3 PM - 1:30 AM; extended hours during NFL season
(609) 695-1911   Website    Google Maps

128 West State Café, 128 West State St, Trenton, NJ
M-F 7 AM - 4 PM
(609) 392-5900   Website    Google Maps

Settimo Cielo, 17 East Front St, Trenton, NJ
Open M-Th, 11:30AM - 9PM, F 11:30AM - 10PM. Closed Weekends.
(609) 656-8877   Website    Google Maps

A full directory of where to eat in Trenton can be found at Hidden Trenton - a great resource guide for finding all the right stuff in our Capital City.

Here’s the take away from this post – expand your world, don't be predictable, check out Princeton Online’s EVENTS calendar -  and choose something to do that’s NEW.



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