Lewisburg, Pa. – Home to Bucknell University and … what else? You may consider 6th and 7th street the extent of downtown Lewisburg’s promise (especially on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights), but there’s more; really. Let’s begin with Market Street. You’ve probably been to Bull Run and maybe to the Towne Tavern. Branch out!
Some of my favorite places to eat:
- Pronto! – This market street deli is a great place for sandwiches and soups – my favorite is the turkey and brie panini with cranberry relish. 232 Market Street – across from Sovereign Bank
- Cherry Alley Café – Cherry Alley is one of my favorite places in Lewisburg, let alone places to eat. The atmosphere is great and the food is delicious – it’s a great spot for a weekend morning brunch with some friends. 21 N 3rd St – across Market, around the corner from CVS
- Zelda’s – Another great café, conveniently located on 6th street. Good food, great milkshakes and I believe they also serve bubble tea. And, they’ve recently started having late-night hours … 103 S 6th
- Brasserie Louis – A nicer place; get your parents to take you here on Family Weekend. Might want to make a reservation now, though. My favorite thing about the Brasserie are the rolls they bring pre-dinner – fresh out of the oven and with some sweet herb-butter … delicious. 101 Market Street, close to the bridge
- Reba and Pancho’s – My favorite restaurant in Lewisburg, but it’s a little further away. Only about five away minutes by car, Reba and Pancho’s is a contemporary American Restaurant with a Mexican influence. They have a seasonal menu that is always amazing. 2006 Market Street, across Route 15
- Siam Café – Lewisburg has its very own Thai restaurant – it’s tiny inside, so I might suggest take-out. I love the pad thai, and the tom kha soup is delicious. 512 Market Street, across from Hufnagle Park
Market Street has some great shops – I’m sure Dwellings is already known to many of you, but what about:
- Wilson Ross – Vintage! You can find some great stuff at this second-hand shop, but you have to check pretty often. I found a formals dress there once! 404 Market Street
- The Mercantile – As the local Vera Bradley joint, many of you may find yourselves walking into The Mercantile for that wristlet upon realizing that wearing your BUID around your neck is sort of really embarrassing.
- Brushstrokes – If you’re into art and/or creating it, you can find anything and everything you need at Brushstrokes. They also have really cool vintage maps for less than $10. 340 Market Street, next to the bookstore
Most of all, I encourage some serious exploring of Market Street and the greater Lewisburg area – it’s not all cornfields, I promise. Go for a run around the golf course out past the mods (be warned, it’s hilly), or hang out in Hufnagle Park (the big patch of grass next to the creek). See movies at the Campus Theatre! Hit up the Mondragon Co-op Used Bookstore. There are so many cool spots and not enough space to list them, so find them yourselves. If you’re a first year, get comfortable! This is your home for the next four years, so get out there and make it your own. If you’re an upperclassman but still slightly clueless about life off campus, it’s not too late – find some weekend study spots. It’s nice to get off campus once in a while.