A Guide to Hoboken, New Jersey’s Hip Present and Trendy Past

The town that gave us Frank Sinatra is packed with cool restaurants, bars, shops and more.

Hoboken, a small city on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey, one of the state’s closest cities to the island of Manhattan, is not your parents’ Hoboken. Once known only as the birthplace of baseball and crooner Frank Sinatra, Hoboken has become a party town, rich in bars and clubs and high-rise apartment buildings that are becoming increasingly popular with 20- and 30-somethings who work in Manhattan and are looking for (slightly) more affordable housing.

An easy ride from Manhattan via train, bus or ferry, Hoboken packs a world’s worth of cuisines into its streets. Feast on artisanal pizzas, fresh oysters and freshly baked treats.

Where to Eat in Hoboken

At Choc O Pain, enjoy savory and sweet snacks and what the bakery is most proud of, their artisanal breads, created by using European bread-baking methods, using only four items for their crisp and addictive loaves and buns.

American dishes, simply categorized by "small plates, large plates and salad plates” are what you will find at City Bistro, along with a hefty beer menu.

At Tutta Pesca, the fish-lover in you will enjoy the raw bar, excellent steamers and other seafood choices including pan-seared or broiled wild salmon, mahi-mahi and swordfish.

Where to Shop in Hoboken

Cute boutiques abound with plenty of feminine clothing and accessories, colorful home goods and novel giftables. 

Washington General Store

Stop in at the Washington General Store, a handsome, brick-walled shop selling utilitarian home goods and gifts cleverly displayed in handsome pieces of living room furniture.

At Revival Vintage, shop for rare and vintage clothing guaranteed to be in pristine condition.

For women and their feminine tots, visit All Things Bell and have fun paying dress-up in their chic women and children’s clothing selection, in addition to accessories and jewelry.

Store window of All Things Bell

Where to Find a Cocktail in Hoboken

From divey sports bars to upscale lounges, Hoboken caters to your cocktail needs. Check out these distinctive watering holes. 

The Brass Rail quenches hankerings for elaborate cocktails that are served in an early 1900s landmarked building.

Girl behind the bar

Cooper’s Union is an intimate, casual neighborhood favorite with a small patio and shuffleboard playing area.

Bin 14 chef/owner Anthony Pino

For wine lovers, the place to go is Bin 14, with a rotating wine list and a knowledgeable team helping navigate choices.

Hoboken pride runs deep: Frank Sinatra’s hometown, diverse cultural roots, art galleries.

Frank Sinatra

What to Do in Hoboken

At the Hoboken Historical Museum, there are always fascinating rotating exhibits. Visitors to Hoboken, specifically because they are superfans of Ol' Blue Eyes, can ask for the walking-tour maps of Frank Sinatra’s Hoboken that the museum provides.

Hob’art Gallery is an artist cooperative, a gallery and an exhibition space.

And, finally, if you are a baseball fan, the site of the first recorded baseball game is commemorated on a plaque at the intersection of 11th and Washington Street.