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    Locals Love Lancaster City

    Nestled in the center of beautiful Pennsylvania farmland, Lancaster City has become a thriving destination for foodies, art lovers, and history buffs alike. If you’re lucky enough to call Lancaster City home, you know that over the past decade, the city has grown into an exciting urban experience, yet is small enough to build a community of friends and get to know your neighbors. As you explore this article, we hope you fall in love with all the small city charm that Lancaster City has to offer and consider making it your home too.

     

    This special article is sponsored by Willow Valley Communities as they celebrate bringing their award-winning approach to 55+ living to Lancaster City. In fall 2025, Mosaic will offer residents a culturally-rich, walkable lifestyle in the heart of Lancaster City—with everything in the following sections right outside their door.

    One thing that Lancaster does really well is the combination of a good cup of coffee and a delicious pastry. With so many cafés and bakeries, you are only a few blocks away from finding a morning pick-me-up if you live or travel into the city. One of the best parts of living in Lancaster is its walkability and what better way to enjoy the sights than with a cup of coffee in your hand? Coffee connoisseurs will be delighted by the craft experience at Passenger on their way to or from Lancaster Central Market; New Holland Coffee and Prince Street Café are perfect for a coffee date or business meeting; and Butter and Bean, located in the new Southern Market, and Square One Coffee Roasters are great stops if you’re more on the southern or northern parts of town— just to name a few.

     

    Basically, if you are the type of person who runs on caffeine, Lancaster has you covered.

     


     

    Aura
    44 North Queen Street

     

    Bistro Barbaret
    26 East King Street

     

    Blade & Spade
    401 West Walnut Street

     

    Butter and Bean
    (Located inside Southern Market)
    106 South Queen Street

     

    Cafe di Vetro
    400 North Prince Street

     

    Cafe One Eight
    18 West Orange Street

     

    Chestnut Hill Café
    532 West Chestnut Street

     

    Copper Cup
    922 Columbia Avenue

     

    Butter and Bean

     

    Endo Café
    237 North Prince Street

     

    La Dolce Vita
    9 North Duke Street

     

    La Petite Pâtisserie
    621 Harrisburg Avenue

     

    Lancaster County Coffee
    747 East Ross Street & Lancaster Central Market

     

    Mean Cup
    398 Harrisburg Avenue & Lancaster Central Market

     

    New Holland Coffee Co.
    29 East King Street

     

    Passenger
    7 West King Street

     

    Prince Street Café
    15 North Prince Street

     

    Scratch Bakes
    11 West Chestnut Street

     

    Square One
    145 North Duke Street

     

    Wish You Well Bakery
    47 North Queen Street

    Left: Square One | Center: Bistro Barbaret | Right: Prince Street Cafe

    In a city known for its art scene, there are endless opportunities for you to enjoy your favorites and discover a new art form you may enjoy. We’re highlighting just four of the many places that should be added to your downtown bucket list.

     


     

    Cast of Cinderella, captured by Kinectiv

    1. See a show at the Fulton Theatre

     

    Built in 1852 and recently expanded to encompass an entire block on Prince Street, the Fulton Theatre is a local landmark and a hub for creativity and artistry. With shows on the main stage along with family programming and a studio series, you are sure to find something to delight the whole family.

    2. Go on an art gallery walk

     

    Home to 20+ diverse art galleries throughout the city, Lancaster is the perfect place to take a walk and lose track of time on a Saturday afternoon, as you browse the galleries that anchor the community. Most of them also stay open late to host special events on First Fridays.

    Photo: Bill / Tellus360

    3. Listen to a live band at Tellus360

     

    A city hub for food, drinks, live performances, and community, Tellus360 is a unique space to take in a show. Listen to a live band in The Temple or join your friends on their amazing Green Roof.

    4. Attend a show or exhibit at
    The Ware Center–Millersville University

     

    The Ware Center has been bringing cultural experiences to Lancaster City as a part of Millersville University since 2011. Stay up to date on their calendar of performing arts events and stop in for artist talks on First Fridays.

    We believe in the importance of giving back to your community. Lancaster has an incredible network of nonprofits who are working to improve the lives of everyone who call the city home. We encourage you to find a place where you can lend a hand, a skill, or a passion to make Lancaster even better. Here are just a few places with volunteer opportunities in the city for you to consider.

     


     

    1. Lancaster Public Library

     

    Mission: The Lancaster Public Library inspires, empowers, and strengthens our community by connecting people with information, ideas, and enriching experiences.

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Circulation support or social media ambassadors

    2. Lancaster Food Hub

     

    Mission: Rooted in faith & compassion, Lancaster Food Hub provides services that honor the dignity of all by striving to meet basic human needs.

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Food packing and clothing drive

    3. Crispus Attucks Community Center

     

    Mission: Crispus Attucks Community Center empowers youth and families to reach their full potential.

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Bi-monthly food bank

    4. SACA

     

    Mission: SACA uplifts and restores marginalized communities through human, economic, and social services, while supporting cultural identities.

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Bilingual (Spanish) program assistance

    5. Water Street Mission

     

    Mission: Water Street Mission meets people where they are and provides the tools to get them where the want to go.

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Dining hall food service

    The diverse food scene in Lancaster City makes picking a restaurant a delightfully hard decision. You can truly taste all the flavors of the world in a four block radius. The local restaurant owners who pour their heart and soul into their dishes are a huge part of what makes the food scene so unique.

     

    We’ve picked a couple of our favorites for every meal just to get you started. Keep an eye out for Lancaster City Restaurant Week to try even more delicious local fare.

     


     

    Breakfast

    Commonwealth Kitchen & Café
    420 South Pearl Street

    We Recommend: Pork Belly & Grits
    Local Tip: BYOB and they’ll serve up the mixers for a breakfast cocktail

     

    Rachel’s Creperie
    201 West Walnut Street

    We Recommend: The Oyler
    Local Tip: Check out their most current specials and pair your crepe with a smoothie.

     

    Sunday Brunch

    Max’s Eatery
    38 West King Street

    We Recommend: Chicken and Waffles
    Local Tip: Come with extra room for a milkshake (Make it boozy, if you’d like!)

     

    Annie Bailey’s
    28-30 West King Street

    We Recommend: The Full Irish (a classic)
    Local Tip: Don’t miss brunch on the weekend and make a reservation

     

    Lunch

    Yuzu Asian Cuisine
    12 McGovern Avenue

    We Recommend: The Lancaster Special Roll
    Local Tip: Try their lunch special Tuesdays through Fridays from 11–3pm

     

    Blazin’ J’s
    15 East King Street

    We Recommend: J’s Way Chicken Sandwich
    Local Tip: Come hungry enough to add a milkshake to your order

    Left: Rachel's | Center: Annie Bailey's | Right: Blazin' J's

     

    Dinner

    Quips Pub
    457 New Holland Pike

    We Recommend: Fish and chips (dine in on Tuesdays for $4 off)
    Local Tip: Enjoy the spring air on their outdoor patio

     

    Norbu
    38 North Christian Street

    We Recommend: The Thali Box and the Cauliflower Pakoras (shown)

    Local Tip: Try the lunch buffet on Thursdays

     

    Cocktails

    Shot and Bottle
    2 North Queen Street

    We Recommend: Lanc Old Fashioned
    Local Tip: Take a bottle or two to go from their bottle shop

     

    The Exchange
    25 South Queen Street

    We Recommend: Mood Swing
    Local Tip: Book an outside table for the best view of Lancaster City

     

    Takeout

    Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen
    351 North Mulberry Street

    We Recommend: Spicy Pepper Beef (if you like lots of spice!)
    Local Tip: Add an order of Buss-Up-Shut

     

    Himalayan Curry & Grill
    22 East Orange Street

    We Recommend: Chicken Tikka Masala
    Local Tip: If you’re getting a lunch order, try their lunch box

    Left: Norbu | Center: Shot and Bottle | Right: Himalayan Curry & Grill

    Once you start exploring Lancaster, you’ll discover we love gathering together and celebrating our dynamic city. Lancaster City boasts exciting events throughout the year that will help you get and stay connected—we’ve collected just a few for you to keep your eye on. Find more details on these events and many more throughout the year on Fig’s online event calendar: figlancaster.com/events.

     


     

    2022 Lancaster City Events

     

     

    First Fridays: Monthly

     

    Lancaster City Spring Restaurant Week: April 2022

     

    Red Rose Run: June 4, 2022

     

    VegFest: June 4–5, 2022

     

    Celebrate Lancaster: June 24, 2022

     

    Lancaster City Indie Retail Week: July 2022

     

    Lancaster Craft Beer Festival: Fall 2022

     

    Long’s Park Art Festival: Labor Day Weekend 2022

     

    Lancaster City Fall Restaurant Week: September 2022

     

    Mayor’s Tree Lighting: November 25, 2022

     

    Lancaster Shops Late: December 8, 2022

     


     

    Mosaic Preview Events:

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022

     

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

     

    And more to come!

     

     

     

     

     

    THIS SPECIAL FEATURE WAS SPONSORED BY WILLOW VALLEY COMMUNITIES.