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To city folk, the north Jersey town (and NYC suburb) might have a reputation for attracting a lot of…let’s say, backwards hats and cargo shorts, but it’s also the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, and home to charming parks, walkable streets and possibly the best mozzarella we’ve ever had. Here’s proof.

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Gawk at Gorgeous Architecture

Whether you take the ferry or NJ transit, make sure to pause and admire the stunning interior of the 110-year-old Beaux Arts terminal, which features vaulted ceilings, dramatic chandeliers and stained-glass skylights. (What, you thought Grand Central was the only station that gets to be fancy?) And as you stroll around town, don’t be surprised to see blocks of brownstones that rival the cutest streets in the West Village.

1 Hudson Pl.

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Have a Great Cup of Coffee (for a Great Cause)

There’s a lot to love about Bwè Kafe: Japanese cold brew made with La Colombe-roasted beans; an airy, plant-filled space that makes you want to linger; and the fact that a portion of proceeds goes toward clean water and education programs in Haiti. It’s become a beloved neighborhood gathering place—particularly when it hosts the monthly open-mic night Hoboken Spoken.

1002 Washington St.; 201-683-0045 or bwekafe.com

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Soak Up Waterfront Views

Spoiler alert: The panoramas are just as incredible from the other side of the Hudson. Wind your way north from Pier A, past Little League games at Stevens Park and occasional concerts at Sinatra Amphitheater, and up to Elysian Park, which stands on the site of what many believe to be the first baseball game in history.

Go on a Food Crawl

Yes, the city may be known for its surfeit of sports bars (and Carlo’s Bakery of Cake Boss fame), but it’s home to plenty of damn good eats within its 1.25 square miles. For starters, no trip would be complete without a roast beef sandwich with fresh “mutz” from Fiore’s Deli. You’ll also find authentic Latin fare at La Isla and Zafra (a BYOB spot that’s happy to sangria-fy your wine), excellent brunch at Zack’s and La Bouche, and serious pizza at Dozzino and Grimaldi’s—yep, that Grimaldi’s.

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Window-Shop Around Washington Street

Another perk of such a densely packed area? A bustling thoroughfare with plenty of retail eye candy. A few of our faves are Little City Books (for your next read), Noellery (for minimalist jewelry), Hudson Paperie (for adorable stationery), Mint Market (for one-of-a-kind vintage finds) and Washington General Store (for luxe home goods).

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Join the Revelry at one of the (Many) Festivals

This little town really, really loves its fests: In the next two months alone, it’ll host the Fall Arts & Music Festival, the Hoboken Comedy Festival and the Harvest Festival (how very Pawnee). And you can bet your ciabatta we’ll be back in January for Mutzfest, a face-off of Hoboken’s local delis to see whose mozzarella reigns supreme.

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