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Discover The Shopping And Dining Delights Of Belmar, NJ

Although Belmar, New Jersey, is well known for its top-rated beach and boardwalk, our town also has a diverse downtown business community that is not to be missed. Along Main Street and beyond, shop and dine local in the gift shops, retail stores, restaurants, and other establishments that are waiting to serve you in our friendly small town by the sea.

Where To Shop In Belmar, NJ

Go treasure hunting in Belmar’s specialty shops to find the perfect keepsake of your summer vacation, something new to wear, beach-themed home décor, or a souvenir for someone special.

The shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Belmar are hard-working, dedicated, and passionate about what they do. When you shop and dine local during your vacation in Belmar, you are supporting not only family-owned and woman-owned small businesses, but also the artisans, fishermen, growers, employees, and entrepreneurial spirits who contribute to the Belmar business community.

Below is a small sample of the fabulous finds that await! COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check with each business individually to confirm open/closed status and operating hours.

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Pictured above are a few of the year-round shops and businesses in Belmar, New Jersey (from left to right): Antoinette Rose Boutique, Midnight Candle Company, Center Square Thrift Shop, the Paperback Exchange, Sutra Brow and Lash Bar, Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing, Belmar Jewelers, Eastern Lines Surf Shop, Senor Juan Cigars, and Lofidelic Records.

Where To Eat in Belmar, NJ

You’ll find a wide selection of places to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner — and everything in between — in Belmar, New Jersey. Our town has it all, from cozy cafés and casual eateries, to gourmet sandwich shops, sweet shops, fine-dining restaurants, a Brazilian steak house, Mexican restaurants, and more.

Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, homemade ice cream, a romantic dinner for two, elegant afternoon tea, or happy hour bites, Belmar's dining scene has something to satisfy every appetite. Most of the restaurants in Belmar are open year-round, and many offer delivery service if you don't feel like going out. Some also are BYOB if you wish to bring a bottle of wine (or have one delivered) to enjoy at dinner. COVID-19 UPDATE: Many Belmar restaurants are currently operating with indoor and outdoor dining, delivery, curbside pickup, or takeout service. Please confirm individually with each restaurant if they are open, their menu, and hours of service.

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The kitchen in our Belmar vacation rental has a drawer full of menus and business cards from area restaurants. Pictured above (from left to right): Mr. Greek, 10th Ave Burrito, Comfi of Belmar, Klein's Seafood Restaurant, La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, Doughboys Wood-Fired Pizza, Stay Gold Café, Kotta Sushi, Main Street Donuts, Ragin Cajun, Jersey Shore BBQ, and Flames Brazilian Steakhouse.

More Fun Things To Do In Belmar, NJ

Main Street Belmar has a retro games arcade, yoga and wellness centers, massage therapy studios, and salons offering hair, nail, and eyebrow services. In addition to these local businesses, downtown Belmar and the beachfront are popular gathering spots for special events and festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Belmar Restaurant Tour – Held the second Sunday in March at nearly 40 restaurants, cafes, and casual eateries throughout town. Presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission.

  • Belmar Kite Festival – The Belmar Business Partnership presents the Belmar Kite Festival on May 3 and October 4, 2020. The event takes place on Belmar beach at 3rd Avenue. Read more.

  • Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade – Held the first Sunday in March along Main Street. Read more.

  • Country Line Dancing in Pyanoe Plaza It's time to boot-scoot boogie with the Belmar Business Partnership in Pyanoe Plaza, 9th Avenue and Main Street. Dates for 2020 will be announced in the spring. Read more.

  • 90.5 The Night Songwriters on the Beach – A free summer concert series on Belmar beach. Held every Thursday evening. Bring your beach chair and watch the sunset behind the band on the boardwalk. Presented by Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night. Read more.

  • Summer Concert Series – Free performances by local musicians on Friday evenings in Pyanoe Plaza (Main Street and 9th Avenue). Presented by the Belmar Business Partnership. Read more.

  • Belmar Boat Show – The first annual Belmar Boat Show was held April 13 and 14, 2019, at the Belmar Marina on Route 35. Free admission. Read more.

  • Belmar Cruise Nights – Classic and vintage car shows in downtown Belmar, presented by the Belmar Business Partnership. Read more.

  • Belmar San Gennaro Festival – Held the third weekend in September (two weekends after Labor Day), Main Street between 10th and 13th Avenues. Read more.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 2021 community events in Belmar are currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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