Where to Eat, Stay and Shop in Kennett Square
From top-notch noshing to grand gardens, here are the best ways to spend a day in the mushroom capital.
Kennett Square's Longwood Gardens. Photo by Flickr//Ron Cogswell.
Kennett Square is perhaps most famous for being the mushroom capital of the world, but it’s also a quaint suburb with more than fungi to offer. If you have a day, or a week, to spend in town, make sure to check out these quintessentially Kennett Square spots.
9 a.m. – Treat yourself at Talula’s Table
The bright awning that hangs over the entrance to Talula’s Table is as warm and inviting as the food inside. This gourmet market offers delectable cheeses, prepared meals, fresh breads, and an array of sumptuous pastries and baked goods. The menu changes daily, but is consistently satisfying. Stop by in the morning for quiches and scones accompanied by a comprehensive drink menu, which includes lavender tea and chai lattes, along with coffees. Sit outside and people watch or grab a seat inside and enjoy the chic atmosphere.
102 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-8255.
10 a.m. – Stroll through the renowned Longwood Gardens
With over 1,000 acres, Longwood Gardens never fails to awe visitors with its expansive beauty. Take a walk through the grounds and explore the beautifully cultivated plant life. Stop by the conservatory and experience exotic plants found in different climates around the world. Photograph the stunning Italian Water Garden and make sure to catch a show at the Main Fountain Garden, where a spectacular water show is choreographed to music. Pro tip: wear sneakers.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000.
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12 p.m. – Explore lunch options at The Market at Liberty Place
The Market is home to eight vendors in a wide-open space. Buddy’s Burgers offers some of the best burgers in town. Mary Pat’s Provisions makes excellent sandwiches and salads, including the Ratatouille Panini. Kaboburritos combines Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine for a meal that is as surprising as it is delicious.
148 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-3411.
1:30 p.m. – Shop around State Street
There’s no shortage of fun shops in the borough and State Street is conveniently home to many of htem. Visit Green Eyed Lady for fun, eclectic jewelry and clothes. Head into Thomas Macaluso Used and Rare Books to find the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life. If you like to shop in environmentally conscious stores, stop by State & Union, where items are curated with social and environmental responsibility in mind. If you’re visiting on a Friday, make sure to visit the Farmer’s Market for fresh vegetables, pastries, and produce. Don’t forget to head into The Mushroom Cap, the quirky mushroom-themed shop celebrating the mushroom farms of Kennett Square.
4:00 p.m. – Take a coffee break at Philter
Recover from your shopping with a warm or cold drink at Philter. This hip coffee shop offers many coffees and teas, cold juices and kombucha. If you need a snack, try the hummus plate or smoked salmon kale tacos.
111 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-7687.
5:30 p.m. — Peruse artisan wares at worKS
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind finds in Kennett Square, head to worKS, an artisan market open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Inside, find a collection of local vendors displaying their items in this reclaimed space. Among the finds are fine art photography, vintage clothing, hand-made leather bags, locally grown flowers and hand-made jewelry.
432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-8586.
7 p.m. — Dine at Sovana Bistro
This Kennett Square staple is a must for dinner. Menu highlights menu include a classic tuna tartar, artisanal cheese plate, pork cheek ravioli, and a wood roasted Painted Hill Farm filet. The seasonal menus, created by owner and chef Nick Farrell, take inspiration from European cuisine, but have a distinctly American edge.
696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, (610) 444-5600.
9 p.m. — Cool down at La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream
This small ice cream shop consistently has lines out the door. Eager customers wait to try fun flavors like avocado, toasted cinnamon, and corn ice cream. Top your cone with chili powder, if you dare. The two benches outside the shop spill over on summer nights, but the sweet, creamy ice cream is worth the crowd.
231 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2996.
10 p.m. — Settle in for the night Kennett House Bed and Breakfast
Whether just looking for a mini break or visiting from afar, this bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of Kennett Square, providing a comfortable place to rest your head. Antique furnishings transport guests back in time, while maintaining modern conveniences.
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