6 Places to Eat and Explore in Haverford

From galleries to nature trails, here’s what to do on a visit to this artistic college town.

Known for its namesake college, Haverford is full of quaint shopping areas, great dining and other hidden gems. Whether exploring it for the first time or revisiting, here are your best bets.

9:30 a.m – Stroll through Haverford Reserve


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Start your day with an invigorating walk through Haverford Reserve’s walking trails. With over five miles of trails open from dawn until dusk, Haverford Reserve provides plenty of space to hike the wooded hills of the area.

9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford, (484) 380-2730.

11:00 a.m. – Indulge in early lunch at Green Engine Coffee Co.


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Green Engine Coffee Co. takes pride in its raw, sustainable ingredients used for its house-made menu items like paninis, salads, pastries, bagels, desserts and gelato. Be sure to grab coffee, tea, or a seasonal mocktail to complete your meal.

16 Haverford Station Road, Haverford.

12:15 p.m. – Browse Merritt Gallery


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Peruse the beautiful art on display at Merritt Gallery, which features myriad styles from abstract to landscape to photography to sculpture. If you find something you like, you can buy a piece to take home.

385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 645-9945.

1:30 p.m. – Shop in Haverford Square

Explore the many shops on offer, including stylish home accessories at Patricia Adams, and women’s fashion at boutiques Linda Golden, Menagerie, Hope Chest, and Ella’s Grove. Need a bite to refuel?

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379-385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 527-4800.

3:30 p.m. – Explore the Arboretum at Haverford College

The Arboretum at Haverford College boasts a Reptonian design that William Carvill established in 1834, featuring historic trees for visitors to admire. The arboretum’s 2.2-mile nature trail borders the campus.

370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 896-1000.

6 p.m. – Have dinner at White Dog Café

Admire the canine-themed décor of White Dog Café as you nosh on items from its delicious, farm-centric menu. Begin with a selection of local artisan cheeses for the table or make a selection from the raw bar, followed by a first course of Kennett Square Mushroom Soup. Then, peruse the market salads and entrées, where you’ll find items like mahi mahi, hanger steak and Idaho rainbow trout.

379 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 896-4556.

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