I’ve now been to Nantucket five times and every time I leave I truly cannot wait to go back. I feel similarly about Nantucket to Paris…it has a little magic that charms you every time; leaving you wanting more. This island off the coast of Massachusetts isn’t accessible by car so you’ll need to fly onto it or ferry onto it.
The spots included in today’s post are the ones I always look forward to going back to.
Where to Eat on Nantucket
My #1 destination always and forever. If you’re downtown you won’t miss this place because of the line snaking down the block. Their creamy ice cream and freshly baked (and insanely delicious) waffle cones are addictive. I highly recommend the cookies & cream, chocolate chip cookie dough or peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. And the best rainbow sprinkles ever!
This is a newer spot on the island right on the main street and it offers up lots of healthier fare like avocado toast and smoothie bowls. They also have a great takeaway for coffee and juices.
I absolutely wouldn’t recommend this place for a party of more than two unless you’d like to go into a small debt because the prices are so high and the portions are so small. That being said, for a party of two – the dishes are perfect for sharing and everything is delicious. Don’t miss the half chicken.
This is a coffee shop that Carly and I came to love as it is a short drive from the house she rents and they have great, great coffee and a beautiful, airy space with an outdoor patio spot, too.
There’s nothing special about this casual joint when it comes to the bones of the place but man, are their sandwiches delicious. Don’t miss the Portuguese bread. The herbed bread is a close second runner up for me. Enjoy your order outside on one of many picnic tables or take it to go and eat it on the beach.
Everything I ate at Bar Yoshi was delicious. They serve Japanese-Asian inspired seafood including ceviche and sushi but don’t miss out on their dumplings and even the sweet potato fries, too.
This place has grown on me since I first went in 2016. I love the waterfront setting and their lobster roll is so good. Bonus? The fries are delicious!
This diner is famous for their doughnuts and for good reason. So inexpensive, so fresh and so delicious. The chocolate is my favorite but the coconut is a close second!
This is one of my favorite dining spots on the island. The tacos, salads and lobster rolls are all so good. It’s expensive for what it is but delicious none the less. They also have a small outpost at Cisco Brewers.
Divine breakfast pastries and breakfast sandwiches have a line out the door at this spot but fear not – it is worth the wait! I highly recommend their Cruffins in a variety of flavors and the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on fresh sourdough bread.
This upscale place is right on the beach and boasts beautiful views of the sunset. A more upscale menu but the views make it worthwhile.
This Nantucket institution is great for a drink and my next time to Nantucket I want to check out their food, too!
If you want to listen to some live music and do some dancing at a divey spot – this is a great option right in town. And for more of a scene – take a quick cab over to The Chicken Box – an island destination for dancing and late night antics.
This is another stellar sandwich shop on island and right in the heart of town. The breads here are amazing and I highly recommend the Sicilian Tuna and the Italian sandwiches at this delightful spot.
Be sure to wander the town and explore all of its nooks and crannies and the waterfront areas. There’s so much to see.
What To Do on Nantucket
Rent a bike
Biking almost seems like the main mode of transportation on Nantucket and I can understand why. It’s a beautiful way to see the island and there are plenty of spots to rent from in town. I recommend Cooks Cycles (the day’s rental will set you back $29).
If you’re in the market – good for you! But if you’re like me, you’re just dreaming. But it sure is fun to wander the various neighborhoods and see people’s front yards and beautiful landscaping and driveways!
There’s loads of boat companies that offer a variety of sailing options to get you out on the water and get the ocean breeze in your hair.
Spend the afternoon at Cisco
This brewery serving up cocktails and locally made beers offers has a variety of food trucks for you to feast at. It is such a fun and happening scene and perfect for all ages to enjoy.
Explore ‘Sconset at Golden Hour
I wrote more about this neighborhood here and definitely think it is a must-see.
Hit the Beach
My favorite beaches include Surfside: Pristine sand, not that crowded and readily accessible bathrooms and the cutest Surf Shack serving up lunch, deliciously tart lemonade and ice cream and Steps Beach. Descend from a hilltop down the steps onto a beautiful and lively beach. The homes surrounding this beach are some of my favorite to wander by and dream about.
Where to Shop on Nantucket
A few favorite stores in town? Milly & Grace, Erica Wilson, Nomad, Hill House, Nantucket Looms, SkinnyDip, J.McLaughlin, Beautycounter, Parchment, Peter Beaton and Mitchell’s Book Corner are all worth wandering into.
What to Wear on Nantucket
Getting ready to pack up for a trip to Nantucket? If going in peak season (aka: summer) you’ll want necessities like a sun hat and SPF but you’ll also want breezy linen dresses, evening attire for dining out, swimsuits and plenty of good button downs and shirts and knit tanks.
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