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Ardmore, Montgomery County

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A Ziptrip to Ardmore

Experience some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife on the Main Line

As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery, while South Ardmore is in Delaware). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience. And with the town just 30 minutes outside Center City Philadelphia, it’s perfect for a quick day trip beyond the city’s limits.

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Getting to Ardmore

By car
Ardmore is a quick 30-minute drive from Center City. If you opt to drive, renting a Zipcar is a good option, with more than 350 vehicles and 115 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and a considerable presence in Center City. Once you get to Ardmore, there are more than 600 metered parking spots on the streets and in municipal lots around town. All parking is free on Sundays and after 5:30 p.m.

By train
As a transport hub, Ardmore is extremely easy to get to via either Amtrak or SEPTA trains, with a SEPTA trip from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia taking only 17 minutes. The 44 bus runs from Center City to Haverford Road and Montgomery Avenue and takes about 40 minutes.
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Ardmore Farmers’ Market

Ardmore, Montgomery County
ARdmore Farmers

20 vendors offering fresh produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and ready-to-eat meals

The Ardmore Farmers Market, located at the Suburban Square shopping center, features some 20 vendors selling everything from fresh produce, meats and seafood to baked goods and ready-to-eat meals. Don’t miss the Ardmore location of Philly foodie favorite Di Bruno Bros., which offers its stellar selections of meats and cheeses, and Saxbys, which boasts gourmet espresso beverages, premium loose leaf teas and the hottest, new cold drink on the market, Cold Brew Coffee.

Elsewhere, the Clover Market, held three weekends in the spring and two weekends in the fall, attracts shoppers to its tents of vintage goods and artisan wares — as well as food truck vendors who peddle tasty fare on-site.
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A la Maison Bistro

Ardmore, Montgomery County
A La Maison Bistro

A French bistro BYOB right on the Main Line

A la Maison Bistro specializes in French comfort food for the whole family. Think classically inspired dishes like beef burguignon and cassoulet maison served in an Old-World-Country-French-inspired atmosphere. Even better: It’s BYOB, so bring along some of your favorite French wine to pair with your steak frites.

Other eateries in town span the globe, from the Middle East (Hummus Grill) to Peru (Barbacoa). Even the pizza here is diverse, including the build-your-own pizza shop Snap and the healthy (with gluten-free and vegan options) Jules Thin Crust.
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Tired Hands Brewing Company

Ardmore, Montgomery County
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Innovative craft beer just down the Main Line

This Belgo-French cafe-brewery has won some serious awards, including second place in ratebeer.com’s ranking of the best new breweries on earth. What makes Tired Hands special? Flavorful yet simple beers with inventive names like “Perfectly Preserved Brain” and “Beautiful Crystalline Structure” brewed with local ingredients and materials.

Want more nightlife? The recently rehabbed Ardmore Music Hall offers a lively calendar of events that includes nationally lauded rock, folk and jazz musicians. On First Fridays, the Cricket Avenue Block Party sets the stage for live movement and music; stores and restaurants meanwhile adorn their walls with local artists’ works.
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