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A Culinary Tour of the Five College Area

Browsing for your forever home involves more than just considering flooring, it’s also about immersing yourself in a new environment. Whether you are a food enthusiast or not, Western Massachusetts restaurants cater to every palate. With a wide range of eateries ranging from cozy cafes to elegant fine dining establishments, you will not be disappointed by the high quality dishes. The Five College Area is full of hidden gems for everyone to enjoy. Join us on a culinary adventure as we explore new experiences and flavors....

Don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning? Look no further! A notable local option is Esselon Cafe and Coffee Roasting in Hadley, where the Smoked Salmon Benedict stands out as a delightful choice. Don’t miss out on their delicious coffee beans, perfect for brewing exceptional lattes. Another classic option is The Silver Spoon in Easthampton, known for its fantastic and exclusive meals that you can only find there. Their weekend specials, such as the Greek Homefry bowl, Lobster Benedict, and Red Velvet White Chocolate Waffle will undoubtedly have your mouth watering. 

Looking for the best coffee in the area? Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters can be your new go-to with their outstanding coffee beans, crafted drinks and convenient locations in Shelburne Falls, Hadley, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Greenfield, as well as two spots in Northampton. 

Some other fantastic breakfast and coffee options include: Cushman Market & Cafe in Amherst, The Black Sheep in Amherst, Amherst Coffee in Amherst, Egg & I Restaurant in South Hadley, The Dam Cafe in Holyoke, The Roost in Northampton, and Haymarket Cafe in Northampton. Each destination will give you a remarkable experience with their unique and tasty meals and of course, coffee. Whether you are a sweet or savory person, there are plenty of innovative morning dishes in the area to satisfy you!.

A traditional way to immerse yourself in the local roots is to devour a slice of pizza from Antonio’s located in Amherst, Easthampton, and Belchertown. A hot and delicious slice is waiting for you and you’ll never tire of their large selection of crafted toppings coming out of the oven right before your eyes. If you are looking for something beyond plain cheese, there are plenty of other options to satisfy your cravings such as their Avocado Quesadilla Pizza, Tortellini Pesto Pizza, and Steak Burrito Pizza. Carb lovers will also enjoy Pasta E Basta in Amherst, Johnny’s Tavern in Amherst, Mulino’s Restaurant in Northampton, Nini’s in Easthampton, Parthenon Restaurant in South Hadley, and Milano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Chicopee. 

In the mood for Mexican cuisine? Some fantastic restaurants include: Frontera Grill in Chicopee and Springfield, Bueno Y Sano in Amherst, Northampton and South Deerfield, Mission Cantina in Amherst and Easthampton, and Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar in Amherst. Some of these establishments even host special events like dance nights, mariachi bands, or even mechanical bulls!

Looking for a different culinary experience? IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen in South Hadley and Amherst, Arigato Sushi in Amherst, Master Chef in South Hadley, House of Teriyaki in Amherst, Osaka in Northampton, and Tobiko Sushi in Westfield are all excellent options.

During the process of considering a home in the Five College region it's important to fully indulge in the area by exploring the landscape - from beautiful mountains, rivers, and sunsets - to trying a new restaurant, strolling downtown, checking out the local plant store, and discovering all the charming locally-owned businesses. The key to truly making it your own is to embrace the local culture. We hope this offers you and your taste-buds a good place to start!

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