- Why We Recommend It: urban amenities, cityscape views, good eats, picturesque downtown, great shopping
- Where to Stay: W Hoboken (from $369/night); Hoboken Brownstone (from $446/night, sleeps 6); Artsy Getaway (from $179/night, sleeps 2)
With rapid access to downtown and midtown Manhattan (less than 10 minutes on the PATH train), many New Yorkers already consider Hoboken the “sixth borough” of NYC, and the city's cosmopolitan nature has certainly rubbed off here. But Frank Sinatra’s hometown also holds onto its own unique identity and history, and is brimming with charming architecture, shops, eateries, and parks blessed with stunning views of Manhattan’s twinkling skyline. One of our favorite (and free!) things to do, though: Take a walk down Hudson Street past some of the town’s sparkliest West Village-like brownstones, many of which are worthy of a double take.
Dubbed the Mile Square City, thanks to its small footprint at about one square mile, you’ll find crowd pleasers like an Artichoke Basile’s and a Shake Shack in Hoboken, but you should focus your time at the delish Karma Kafe for well-priced and top-quality Indian grub, Barbès for French with a Moroccan twist, Apulia for wood burning oven pies and Italian, and Elysian Cafe for the dreamy ambiance. Hoboken is also home to many noteworthy small businesses, like the recently opened Unjumbold, a home and lifestyle store which features products from women, LGBTQ and black-owned companies; Little City Books, an independent book shop that encourages you to bring your pup inside; Galatea, a shop dedicated to lingerie and loungewear; and Washington General Store, which carries a large variety of gifts suited for any personality.