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Things to do in Lancaster

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Farmers Market
“Just a block and a half from me, famed historic market offering fresh produce, prepared foods, fresh flowers, coffee, tea, souvenirs, etc. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fancy yourself some theater? The gorgeous, historic Fulton Theater is a 5 minute drive and has amazing shows all year round”
  • 39 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“They have a roof top that features several "food trucks". If the weather is nice, it's a golden spot. It's also a great spot to catch some night life.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
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“Great local creperie- something different with lots of unique and delicious crepes!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“I’m not a huge fan of this place but other people are. New place made to look old, but no way it should be called a “Pub”. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“LUCA combines the culinary traditions of Italy rooted in the heritage of Lancaster County. Homemade pasta....need I say more? ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
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“Enjoy Passenger coffee while people watching in this industrial style busy cafe. Located on a major street in the city, many people stop here and get a quick bite to eat.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Elegant décor. Lively vibe, but not excessively noisy. Great for people-watching. Gayest of the unofficial gay bars, (which includes pretty much all of Lancaster's nicer bars, apart from the official one of course). Live music upstairs at Crazy Shirley’s some nights. Open til 2 am without fail 364 nights a year.”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Dating back to the early 1900's speakeasy times, this is one of my most favorite restaurants in Lancaster city. Tucked away in a quaint alley, it's charm & great food make it a very special dining experience! 5 min Uber ride or 17 min walk, (6) blocks if you cut through the cemetery) ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“LBC is a great place to sample some local craft beer and enjoy locally-sourced pub grub. The burger is a favorite.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Look, you probably think it's weird to get Indian food in Lancaster PA, but you won't be sorry you did.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A 10 minute walk from the property, great menu selection, outdoor seating, and local beer! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“A great place for some light hiking, running, letting the kids run around. There are playgrounds, hiking trails, tennis courts, a golf course, and the lovely historic Rockford Plantation home. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our favorite place to get breakfast, it's just so comfortable and tasty. Quality ingredients in a vibe that that still feels like an old school arts town hangout.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is actually just a really good quality "regular bar", but I include it here because one of the managers, Steve Wood, is a world-class, award winning mixologist. Consequently, the on-menu cocktails are way above average, and you have maybe a 50-50 chance of being served by someone who will create and personalize vs just following recipes. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“Some of the best food around, and for great prices! Cafe-style and casual. Their vegan power bowl is incredible, and their daily specials are worth checking out. Great breakfast and lunch spot. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Irish Pub
“They have a roof top that features several "food trucks". If the weather is nice, it's a golden spot. It's also a great spot to catch some night life.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
“Great local creperie- something different with lots of unique and delicious crepes!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“I’m not a huge fan of this place but other people are. New place made to look old, but no way it should be called a “Pub”. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“LUCA combines the culinary traditions of Italy rooted in the heritage of Lancaster County. Homemade pasta....need I say more? ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Elegant décor. Lively vibe, but not excessively noisy. Great for people-watching. Gayest of the unofficial gay bars, (which includes pretty much all of Lancaster's nicer bars, apart from the official one of course). Live music upstairs at Crazy Shirley’s some nights. Open til 2 am without fail 364 nights a year.”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Dating back to the early 1900's speakeasy times, this is one of my most favorite restaurants in Lancaster city. Tucked away in a quaint alley, it's charm & great food make it a very special dining experience! 5 min Uber ride or 17 min walk, (6) blocks if you cut through the cemetery) ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“LBC is a great place to sample some local craft beer and enjoy locally-sourced pub grub. The burger is a favorite.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Look, you probably think it's weird to get Indian food in Lancaster PA, but you won't be sorry you did.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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