West Chester (Pennsylvania)

West Chester is a borough in Chester County in the Philadelphia Region of Pennsylvania. It is the county seat.

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No taxi services run steadily through downtown West Chester, but the downtown area is an easy walk from one end to another. Walking around downtown is nice because of the historic atmosphere and brick sidewalks with a mixture of shops, bars, restaurants, and local offices.


The entire town is rich with history. The cobblestone streets were put in the 1700s. The soldiers of the Revolutionary War walked through West Chester on those very cobblestones. Visitors along with residents marvel at the building where Abraham Lincoln started his journey towards the presidency. West Chester has more than 3,000 structures built before the colonial time which puts the entire downtown on the list of National Registered Historic Places. The town was home for the legendary African-American folk artist, Horace Pippin, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Samuel O. Barber (1910-1981) along with many other aspiring and proven artists.


There are so many exciting things to do in West Chester. With all of the restaurants, bars and shopping there is an activity for everyone.

West Chester University is a major attraction to the area. Many families visit the campus in hopes of sending their children to a highly accredited university. Because the school is located in the heart of the town it is mainly seen as a college town, which means the nightlife is always active and exciting. For those who enjoy golf there are more than five golf courses in West Chester.

Parking is free all weekend in the Parking Garages & Lots and on-street meters. And you never have to feed the meters after 5 pm everyday.

For those interested in the arts, downtown West Chester is home to more than 15 shops containing art gallery work.


West Chester is known for its quaint boutiques and trendy shops. Gay street is a central area for shopping. Malena's Vintage boutique, Plane Janea and Niche are just some of the fashionable shops located on Gay Street. The unique finds in Malena's Boutique range from 50's cocktail dresses to Gucci bags. This little store has everything a fashionista would want. Plain Jane sells any type of beauty product a girl could need. This affordable store has jeans and nice button-downs for men along with beautifully, colorful dresses for women. These are just a few of the shopping experiences West Chester has to offer.

One place that is frequented by the local kids during the summertime is the Brandywine River. There are plenty of rope swings and little spots to hang out. The rope swings aren't really a tourist spot, they are more like a hangout spot for residents of West Chester. The Brandywine River Park is also a popular place for companies and large groups to spend the day. There are also canoe and kayak tours during the spring and summer seasons.


Downtown West Chester is known for its bars and restaurants. The town offers a variety of over 25 restaurants. The restaurants range from coffee to sandwich shops to italian cuisine. Cosi, located at 113 W Market St, is a popular place for people who are looking for a filling salad and to make their own s'mores. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, located at 3 West Gay street, serve fresh beer, fresh food, and interesting culture. The laidback atmosphere only adds to the appeal of this self beer brewing restaurant. Another fantastic restaurant is the Lincoln Room. It is located in one of West Chester's most historic and famous structures. This classical establishment is known for its early morning tea and luncheon menu. These restaurants represent the pinnacle of fine dining. Some local favorites include:

Lorenzo's Steaks and Hoagies, 216 East Market Street , + 1 610 696-5660, . Local hoagie shop specializing in Philly cheese steaks. Offers appetizers, lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Menu includes cheesecakes, hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and fried chicken and seafood. Large portions. Quick service.

Country Bagel, 145 East Gay Street , 929 South High Street + 1 610 696-8890, +1 610 696-7440 . 2 locations, one downtown, other in Parkway Shopping Center just outside downtown. Local Bagel Shop with variety of breakfast options. Also offers lunch. Menu includes 25 varieties of fresh bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, pastries and muffins, and coffee.

Being a college town there are countless places to grab a slice of pizza. Many also offer Philly Cheese Steaks. 24 in total-America's Pie, Papa John’s, Dominos Pizza, Pizza Hut, Amore Pizza, Pizza University, Culinary, Peace of Pizza, Rigtown, Rigtown Uptown, Saucey, Nino’s Pats Pizzeria, New Haven Pizza, Chris's Pizza, Benny's Pizza, Sam's Pizza Island, Tommy's Pizzeria, Empire Pizzeria and Grill, Joey's Pizza, Carmines, Jumbo Pizza, Café Fiorello’s, Brother’s Pizza, The Bistro.


Being a college town, West Chester has many bars to offer its visitors and residents. Barnaby's of West Chester,Baxter's, and Landmark Americana are just a few that are filled to the max every friday and saturday night. The Note offers live entertainment and musical performances.

Baxter's 40 East Market Street +1 484 631-0241

DeStarr's Restaurant & Bar E 112 Gay St +1 610 692-4160

Iron Hill Brewery 3 West Gay Street +1 610 738-9600 www.ironhillbrewery.com

Jitters Sports Bar 146 West Gay St. +1 610 696-0427

Kildare's Irish Pub 18-22 West Gay Street +1 610 431-0770 www.kildarespub.com

Landmark Americana 158 W Gay St. +1 610 701-9900

Ryan's Pub 126 West Gay Street +1 610 344-3934 www.ryans-pub.com

Spence Café 29 East Gay Street +1 610 738-8844 www.spencecaferestaurant.com

The Spare Rib 135 East Gay Street +1 610 696-6350

Square Bar 250 East Chestnut St. +1 610 696-9825

Teca 38 East Gay Street +1 610 738-8244

Barnaby’s of West Chester 15 South High Street +1 610 696-1400 www.barnabyswestchester.com

The Note 142 E. Market Street +1 484 947-5713

Jake's Bar 549 N. Matlack Street +1 610 431-3900


There are many hotels in and around the West Chester Area. As the suburbs expand more and more hotels are being built.

The Brandywine Valley is home to many upscale bed and breakfasts.

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Routes through West Chester

King of Prussia Malvern  N  S  Chadds Ford Wilmington
Harrisburg Downingtown  W  E  Chadds Ford Chester

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