Spending the day shopping in North Essex is a real treat. The downtown districts of Montclair, Caldwell, West Caldwell and Verona are always bustling with shoppers. These pedestrian-friendly areas are brimming with charming boutique shops and quaint eateries, with convenient parking within close walking distance. The communities of Cedar Grove, Fairfield and West Caldwell are home to shopping strips, featuring an assortment of retailers and professional services.
Within 10 miles of the area, shoppers reach several regional malls, including Livingston Mall, The Mall at Short Hills and Willowbrook Mall. Willowbrook is lined with 200 boutique shops, anchored by nationally known department stores Sears, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord & Taylor. The mall also meets the needs of hungry shoppers with a stocked food court and three full-service restaurants.
A tasty lunch or dinner is the perfect complement to a day of shopping. North Essex is brimming with an eclectic blend of dining establishments—from casual eateries, charming coffeehouses and bistros to elegant restaurants ideal for a romantic night out. The downtown areas are packed with great places to eat, as are the outlying areas. No matter what you’re craving, one of the numerous North Essex restaurants is ready to serve.
American classics are served up with a range of spirits at the Cloverleaf Tavern, a long-standing restaurant in Caldwell, while delicious traditional Italian cuisine is enjoyed at the Rome Italian Tavern in Cedar Grove and the award-winning Gencarelli’s Cucina in Montclair—which also offers an impressive dessert menu. Prime steaks, fresh seafood and gourmet dishes line the menu at Rare, The Steakhouse in Cedar Grove and the Merchant House Tavern in Fairfield. A mix of live entertainment and an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads and coffees is discovered at the Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro in Caldwell. Diners on the go have a choice of various fast-food restaurants as well, including Good Earth Potato in West Caldwell, which offers a healthy selection of salads; soups; and, of course, stuffed potatoes.