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Guidebook for Provincetown

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Guidebook for Provincetown

Food Scene
Good coffee and food, great people watching outside.
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Joe Coffee & Cafe
170 Commercial Street
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Good coffee and food, great people watching outside.
Long time favorite, great food, looooong vodka menu, the views of the harbor.
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The Mews Restaurant & Cafe
429 Commercial Street
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Long time favorite, great food, looooong vodka menu, the views of the harbor.
OMG the breakfast, but lunch and dinner are great too and reasonable for Ptown.
Liz's Cafe Anybody's Bar
31 Bradford Street
OMG the breakfast, but lunch and dinner are great too and reasonable for Ptown.
Worth every penny for an amazing dinner and unbeatable views of the harbor from the West End. Stop in for an afternoon cocktail and slip into an Adirondack chair and stare into the distance across the water.
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The Red Inn
15 Commercial Street
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Worth every penny for an amazing dinner and unbeatable views of the harbor from the West End. Stop in for an afternoon cocktail and slip into an Adirondack chair and stare into the distance across the water.
They have a great menu with something for everyone.
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Ross' Grill
237 Commercial Street
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They have a great menu with something for everyone.
YOU CAN BUY FRESH FISH HERE TO TAKE HOME. Its also a lovely restaurant (inside quasi-formal, outside more fish shacky). Great menu with fresh fish, but also serves other foods for non-fish eaters. Sushi also nice option here too.
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Mac's Fish House Provincetown
85 Shank Painter Road
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YOU CAN BUY FRESH FISH HERE TO TAKE HOME. Its also a lovely restaurant (inside quasi-formal, outside more fish shacky). Great menu with fresh fish, but also serves other foods for non-fish eaters. Sushi also nice option here too.
Best people watching while dining in town. Dog friendly too, you'll need to ask/wait for a seat next to the railing though.
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Bubala's By the Bay
183 Commercial Street
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Best people watching while dining in town. Dog friendly too, you'll need to ask/wait for a seat next to the railing though.
You want to go upstairs on fair weather days for a beautiful view of the harbor and working fishing pier and boats. The bar area up there is a scene too.
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Pepe's Wharf Restaurant
371 Commercial St
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You want to go upstairs on fair weather days for a beautiful view of the harbor and working fishing pier and boats. The bar area up there is a scene too.
Daytime pizza and a 1AM bar closing scene for boys looking for boys to do things together after the bars have closed. There's always pizza if all else fails. Expect a big crowd and line for pizza to match after bars close. Don't make the rookie mistake and wait in what appears to be a single outside line either. Go inside and get in one of the multiple short lines that form inside (be ready to hear the rookies complain you are cutting line - you are not).
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Spiritus Pizza
190 Commercial Street
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Daytime pizza and a 1AM bar closing scene for boys looking for boys to do things together after the bars have closed. There's always pizza if all else fails. Expect a big crowd and line for pizza to match after bars close. Don't make the rookie mistake and wait in what appears to be a single outside line either. Go inside and get in one of the multiple short lines that form inside (be ready to hear the rookies complain you are cutting line - you are not).
Relish Bakery & Sandwich Shop. The perfect place for a sandwich and such - especially to go if heading to the beach.
93 Commercial St
93 Commercial St
Relish Bakery & Sandwich Shop. The perfect place for a sandwich and such - especially to go if heading to the beach.
Drinks & Nightlife
Get there around 5PM and enjoy the fading sun off the deck with really great cocktails. You'll feel the energy of a happy crowd of people enjoying Ptown and each other.
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Boatslip Resort & Beach Club
161 Commercial Street
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Get there around 5PM and enjoy the fading sun off the deck with really great cocktails. You'll feel the energy of a happy crowd of people enjoying Ptown and each other.
The dance floor is jumping late night. There is a nice outdoor area as well. The Little Bar is typically local. The Macho Room upstairs is a men's space and a hook up spot for men. Did I stress men?
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A-House
6 Masonic Place
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The dance floor is jumping late night. There is a nice outdoor area as well. The Little Bar is typically local. The Macho Room upstairs is a men's space and a hook up spot for men. Did I stress men?
Hip and trendy - be seen crowd. Really nice outdoor lounge/bar area. Scene starts around 9PM or later-ish.
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Shipwreck Lounge
10 Carver Street
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Hip and trendy - be seen crowd. Really nice outdoor lounge/bar area. Scene starts around 9PM or later-ish.
Enter through the Aquarium Mall food court and find an etertaining deck with a bar and adjacent oyster bar. Tent area and open air area with tables and umbrellas too. Belly up to the side of the deck with cocktails, seafood, or food from the food court. Kids welcome here to dine at a picic table, but it can be boysterous. Families lean toward the lower non-deck area with kids.
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Aqua Bar
207 Commercial Street
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Enter through the Aquarium Mall food court and find an etertaining deck with a bar and adjacent oyster bar. Tent area and open air area with tables and umbrellas too. Belly up to the side of the deck with cocktails, seafood, or food from the food court. Kids welcome here to dine at a picic table, but it can be boysterous. Families lean toward the lower non-deck area with kids.
They've got a leather bar, video bar, and dance club with drag entertainment cabaret and piano bar all in one place. Plus a chill daytime pool and OK restaurant and streetside bar. Fun place at night to meet whatever you fancy.
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The Crown & Anchor
247 Commercial Street
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They've got a leather bar, video bar, and dance club with drag entertainment cabaret and piano bar all in one place. Plus a chill daytime pool and OK restaurant and streetside bar. Fun place at night to meet whatever you fancy.
Because a mudslide or other frosty beverage never hurt anyone on a hot summer day. It's a smaller bar, but there is a scene there - at night too. A fun drinking crowd. Oh there is a Thai restaurant connected inside called Johnny Thai Bistro, if you get hungry.
Monkey Bar
149 Commercial Street
Because a mudslide or other frosty beverage never hurt anyone on a hot summer day. It's a smaller bar, but there is a scene there - at night too. A fun drinking crowd. Oh there is a Thai restaurant connected inside called Johnny Thai Bistro, if you get hungry.
Parks & Nature
Gorgeous, one of the best beaches in the US.
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Race Point Beach
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Gorgeous, one of the best beaches in the US.
Isolated beach. Take hourly water taxi to and from Long Point. Enjoy the beach at the very very tippety tip top of Cape Cod.
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Long Point Beach
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Isolated beach. Take hourly water taxi to and from Long Point. Enjoy the beach at the very very tippety tip top of Cape Cod.
Nice beach with a services and a food pavilion
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Herring Cove Beach
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Nice beach with a services and a food pavilion
Nice part of the Provincelands Bike Trails. Shady and forested.
Beech Forest
Nice part of the Provincelands Bike Trails. Shady and forested.
Absolutely stunning dune, ocean and town views and a great ride on the paved Provincelands Dune Bike trails. Hills can be strenuous. Always bring water with you.
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Bike Trails Cape Cod National Seashore
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Absolutely stunning dune, ocean and town views and a great ride on the paved Provincelands Dune Bike trails. Hills can be strenuous. Always bring water with you.
Town harbor beaches are lovely and less crowded than the ocean beaches. The harbor beaches are easy to miss as most are accessible via launch ramps and are nothing but a path. The closest harbor beach to the condo (one we enjoy very much) is just a short walk down the hill from our condo (2 blocks to Commercial St). You can access it via the ramp at the end of Atlantic Avenue where it intersects at Commercial St or at low tide go down Good Templar Place and walk across the deck at Flyers Boat Rentals. We like the end nearest to Flyers best.
Provincetown Harbor
Town harbor beaches are lovely and less crowded than the ocean beaches. The harbor beaches are easy to miss as most are accessible via launch ramps and are nothing but a path. The closest harbor beach to the condo (one we enjoy very much) is just a short walk down the hill from our condo (2 blocks to Commercial St). You can access it via the ramp at the end of Atlantic Avenue where it intersects at Commercial St or at low tide go down Good Templar Place and walk across the deck at Flyers Boat Rentals. We like the end nearest to Flyers best.
Cute little beach off the boat ramp at the West End lot, nice view to Long Point. At low tide lots of beach on both sides of the ramp, but as tide comes in the beach only remains on the right side of the boat ramp.
Dog Beach
55 Commercial St
Cute little beach off the boat ramp at the West End lot, nice view to Long Point. At low tide lots of beach on both sides of the ramp, but as tide comes in the beach only remains on the right side of the boat ramp.
A very nice harbor beach next to a free to the public pool a the Provincetown Inn (no charge for chairs and towels but food and drinks can only be purchased from the establishment). Enter the beach at the path between Delft Haven (7 Commercial) and the Provincetown Inn (1 Commercia). You can also enter via the Provincetown Inn itself and come out through the pool area. Many people spend part of the day at the beach and the other at the pool. It is very popular at the pool and can get crowded in peak season, so get there early if you want a lounge chair.
7 Commercial St
7 Commercial St
A very nice harbor beach next to a free to the public pool a the Provincetown Inn (no charge for chairs and towels but food and drinks can only be purchased from the establishment). Enter the beach at the path between Delft Haven (7 Commercial) and the Provincetown Inn (1 Commercia). You can also enter via the Provincetown Inn itself and come out through the pool area. Many people spend part of the day at the beach and the other at the pool. It is very popular at the pool and can get crowded in peak season, so get there early if you want a lounge chair.
Shopping
Tasteful gifts for the home, art, and clothing.
Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Vineyard.
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Truro Vineyards
11 Shore Road
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Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Vineyard.
You name it, you will find it on Commercial Street. The people watching is what you really want to do, watch the parade of all typed shop and eat and walk up and down Commercial Street. Enjoy the many street performances too.
Commercial Street
You name it, you will find it on Commercial Street. The people watching is what you really want to do, watch the parade of all typed shop and eat and walk up and down Commercial Street. Enjoy the many street performances too.
Looking for a tasteful gift or a small artistic piece from local artists, this shop just expanded in its new location. Enjoy.
Arcadia
131 Commercial St
Looking for a tasteful gift or a small artistic piece from local artists, this shop just expanded in its new location. Enjoy.
Home, whimsical garden objects, small artistic pieces. Very typicla of Ptown Cape decor
Roots For Home & Garden
193 Commercial St
Home, whimsical garden objects, small artistic pieces. Very typicla of Ptown Cape decor
Gorgeous homegoods and furniture. Tasteful art as well.
Shor Home Furnishings & Interior Design
240 Commercial St
Gorgeous homegoods and furniture. Tasteful art as well.
Sightseeing
Bring or rent a bike for a really enjoyable ride on the paved trails through the dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore Park.
Province Lands Bike Trail
Bring or rent a bike for a really enjoyable ride on the paved trails through the dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore Park.
Walk to the top of this iconic Ptown site. It is strenous trek up the stairs so make sure you are feeling up to it and hydrated. Worth the walk for the 360 view of Ptown and Cape Cod.
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Pilgrim Monument
1 High Pole Hill Road
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Walk to the top of this iconic Ptown site. It is strenous trek up the stairs so make sure you are feeling up to it and hydrated. Worth the walk for the 360 view of Ptown and Cape Cod.
Essentials
The only major market in town, also has a large pharmacy.
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Stop & Shop
56 Shank Painter Road
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The only major market in town, also has a large pharmacy.
Getting Around
Small airport
Provincetown Municipal Airport
Small airport
One of the 2 fast ferry companies serving Ptown to Boston and back (in season). Only 90 minutes.
Boston Harbor Cruises Info
24 MacMillan Pier
One of the 2 fast ferry companies serving Ptown to Boston and back (in season). Only 90 minutes.