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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“Classic. If you want to feel like Hemingway, head to the back bar and watch the boats on the dock sway. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Cute, pedestrian-only outdoor mall with a wide variety of unique shops, places to eat, and beautiful houses to view. Everything from gifts to Cape May apparel to housewares to ice cream to fancy boutiques to fudge shops to toy stores...”
  • 27 locals recommend
Spa
“Congress hall has a great history and their is alot of scenery shops food and drinks. Its so wonderful around the holidays with all the festivities going on. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Brick oven pizzas, amazing apps, local seafood specials and open daily year round. Can’t go wrong here!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good food all day, from morning pancakes to happy hour Bayberry Wings! A go to for your mimosa and Sundays are open mic!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Everything from vintage seltzer bottles to coffee tables to cutting boards is available at this fun-to-browse marketplace. Great for a rainy day, and the savory scones and donuts at the cafe next door are terrific.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Locals love this place - hidden gem. CASH ONLY. Small place - like a diner. My local contacts say they have great dinners (I have not tried). They are BYOB. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Only bar in Cape May where you can put your feet in the sand while you eat or have a drink with well done decor. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Arts & Entertainment
“Cape May’s only Victorian house museum which dates back to 1879. Designed by renowned architect Frank Furness, it has been fully restored and offers guided and self-guided tours. Non-flash photography is allowed, children are welcome. You can also book a combo ticket with a local trolley tour.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great Breakfast and Coffee. Try the Crab Benedict, if you love seafood. Local fresh eggs, great berries and yogurt.... Fire place for colder days . You can eat in a colonial tavern room, sunny glassed in porch or lovely umbrella-ed patio. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great place for evening cocktails and live music. Also a limited bar menu that is quite good.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pharmacy
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Happy hour on friday nights is wonderful. "5 for 5" offers 5 unique appetizers and a nice red and white wine- all for 5 each. Also, $1 oysters. Busy, small, charming bar area which is sometimes too crowded but worth the wait. The restaurant is also excellent.”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Upscale and great. There's also a small bar area that have great after dinner cocktails. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“I have wonderful memories of this place from my 20's. My friends and I spent many nights here and next door. Also, if you think you should wait a little bit before driving then walking along the boardwalk is a great way to make sure you are good to drive. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“You can rent paddleboards and kayaks though if its rough or windy you might try going to to one closer to the harbor/creek area. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Classic. If you want to feel like Hemingway, head to the back bar and watch the boats on the dock sway. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Spa
“Congress hall has a great history and their is alot of scenery shops food and drinks. Its so wonderful around the holidays with all the festivities going on. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Brick oven pizzas, amazing apps, local seafood specials and open daily year round. Can’t go wrong here!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food all day, from morning pancakes to happy hour Bayberry Wings! A go to for your mimosa and Sundays are open mic!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Locals love this place - hidden gem. CASH ONLY. Small place - like a diner. My local contacts say they have great dinners (I have not tried). They are BYOB. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Only bar in Cape May where you can put your feet in the sand while you eat or have a drink with well done decor. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Coffee. Try the Crab Benedict, if you love seafood. Local fresh eggs, great berries and yogurt.... Fire place for colder days . You can eat in a colonial tavern room, sunny glassed in porch or lovely umbrella-ed patio. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Happy hour on friday nights is wonderful. "5 for 5" offers 5 unique appetizers and a nice red and white wine- all for 5 each. Also, $1 oysters. Busy, small, charming bar area which is sometimes too crowded but worth the wait. The restaurant is also excellent.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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