While some may just think “Capitol of Pennsylvania” or “Gateway to Hershey Park” when they think of Harrisburg, most locals and residents alike will be quick to point out the rich diversity of Harrisburg and its surrounding areas.
With a population of nearly 50,000, Harrisburg is a bustling metropolis with many great neighborhoods and suburbs to boot. We decided to take a closer look at three popular parts of the city (especially the food) for you to explore next time you want to play tourist without the car or plane rides!
Midtown Harrisburg was once a bit of an overlooked neighborhood in the city but in recent years, has been creating some artistic and trendy buzz. Their Midtown Scholar Bookstore will have book lovers’ nerding out over their vast selection, including a generous children’s section. If checking out some art is your kind of jam, the Susquehanna Art Museum has both temporary and permanent exhibits with a modern flare.
Want to have a craft beer and take in some comedy at the theatre? Zeroday Brewing Company is a fantastic choice with a great selection of beers for the connoisseur and those just looking for a nice cold one. After Zeroday, check out Harrisburg Improv Theatre for some laughs or, sign up for one of their classes so you can find your funny bone.
One of the most historic neighborhoods of Harrisburg also has some of the best restaurants. Old Uptown has several landmarks of the city including Alvaro Bread and Pastry Shop which many residents say has the best pastries in the entire city. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Alvaro is a family-owned Italian café that even those on a low-carb diet will go nuts for.
When lunch hour hits and you are craving a delicious sub sandwich or Philly cheese steak, head on over to Jackson House on North 6th Street. In a state where nearly every other shop boasts “the best” Philly cheese steak, Jackson House lovers are quick to say that they are the real deal. Be warned, they get busy. But, are worth the wait.
While Shipoke is an excellent neighborhood of Harrisburg that consists mostly of residential streets, they have some best kept foodie secrets, too. Take Los Tres Cubanos for example. With a cocktail list that’s in the top 5 for Harrisburg, Los Tres Cubanos is famous for their traditional Cuban sandwich and their many pork dishes. Try the pulled pork shoulder plate and you won’t be disappointed.
Also nearby you will find Passage of India. A superb family friendly casual dining spot perfect for hose Indian dish cravings like chicken and lamb biryani as well as traditional Pakistani dishes you may not be a fan of (yet) like chicken jalfrezi. Passage of India also has a popular lunch buffet and boasts a terrific view of the Susquehanna River.
While this is just a glimpse to keep your stomach content for a bit, we also have an honorable mention for those of you who love your coffee and Frappuccino’s: head on over to the Anna Rose Bakery and Coffee Shop in Downtown Harrisburg for a fantastic latte and a unique breakfast treat like their pineapple bar.
Happy eating and exploring Harrisburg!