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Eating Guide: Downtown Lancaster, PA

Most people picture farmlands and horse and buggies when they think about Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  

Did you know downtown Lancaster has recently been dubbed “Little Brooklyn” due to all the restaurants, attractions and nightlife it offers? The food scene in Downtown Lancaster, PA might be one of the best parts about the city! There are so many restaurants and cuisines downtown that the list may seem endless.

We’ve rounded up a list of what restaurants to try for your visit to downtown Lancaster. We love to support local businesses, so note that the list does not include any chains.


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Café One Eight

You know those cozy bakeries that make you want to wrap up in a cozy blanket and sit down with a hot cup of coffee and good book?! Well that’s Café One Eight!  I love to meet up with friends here for coffee or a quick bite of food and relax in their beautiful, welcoming space. I recommend any of the seasonal coffees and teas!


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Shot and Bottle

It doesn’t get more “downtown Lancaster” than brunch at Shot and Bottle! Situated in the center of Penn Square, the heart of downtown, you can soak up all the historic charm the city offers while dining on a delicious brunch! And maybe sipping on one of their signature lunch cocktails.

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Conway Social Club

A true secret gem in Lancaster County! Why is it a secret, you might ask? Because it’s a speakeasy! Located above Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub, you enter Conway Social Club by knocking three times on the door from the street. After walking up the staircase, you will be greeted with the dim, intimate ambiance inside. The curtains are pulled back and smaller dining areas make for a cozy dining experience. If you love a good craft cocktail, this is the place for you! The best cocktails in Lancaster. The cocktails are robust and uniquely presented. The Yellow Canary cocktail even comes in a glass bird-shaped glass. Delicious and so cool!



Last but certainly not least is Luca. Make sure you make reservations because this place books up FAST – because it’s THAT good! Luca combines traditional Italian fare while paying homage to Lancaster County. It sources the freshest local greens and veggies. Everything on the menu is divine, but you need to make sure you order at least one of the wood-burned pizzas and handmade pastas.

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Mary Sue Wolf

Mary Sue Wolf, real estate agent in the Lancaster and Lititz PA area. Mary Sue is a long time resident and knows the Lancaster area very well. #lancasterbestkeptsecrets are the insider tips to local dining, things to do and local information. #wolfdenrealtor

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