The Main Line

The Main Line is known everywhere for its huge mansions and great high-end shopping. But dig a little further and you’ll find hidden treats and overlooked gems everywhere along Lancaster Avenue and its side streets.

Photo © R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Insider Tips

SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale line runs from Center City along the entire Main Line.

These areas don’t have much street parking; you’re more likely to find a lot. Where there is street parking, it’s metered, so bring plenty of quarters.

Check out the quaint side streets off Lancaster Ave. They are quiet and offer a green, natural feel, along with some impressive real estate to admire.


On a Budget


Hope’s Country
Fresh Cookies $
1125 W. Lancaster Ave.,
Rosemont
hopescookies.com
610.527.4488
You can order Hope’s Cookies online, but nothing beats grabbing an ice cream cookie sandwich from the shop.

 


Penny-Wise Thrift Shop $
57 E. Lancaster Ave.,
Ardmore
Yelp.com
610.642.7239
Take your time browsing to find the great hidden deals on household knick-knacks. Credit cards are accepted and the store is open every day but Sunday.

 


The Head Nut $
2408 Haverford Rd.,
Ardmore
theheadnut.com
610.642.3066
This specialty shop sells spices, nuts and snacks. Each purchase is weighed, so you can buy just the quantity you need.

 

Study Spots


Firinji $
54 E. Lancaster Ave.,
Ardmore
firinji.com
610.658.6246
Grab a fresh flatbread and coffee at this cozy local favorite. Free Wi-Fi and friendly staff makes for a great study session.

 

Outside Itch


Human Zoom Bikes
and Boards $$$
47 W. Lancaster Ave.,
Ardmore
humanzoom.com
610.649.9839
Family-owned and one of the largest shops on the Main Line, this a great place to rent a bike, join a group ride or find everything you need for rollerblading.

 


Bryn Mawr Farmer’s Market $
Lancaster Ave. & Morris Ave.,
Bryn Mawr
brynmawrfarmersmarket.
blogspot.com
Open Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., rain or shine, this market includes fresh and local vegetables, fruits, eggs, bread, meat, poultry, honey and even coffee beans—everything you need to make meals on campus feel like home.

 


Narberth Park (free)
N. Wynnewood Ave.
A great recreation spot for any athletic enthusiast, this park comes complete with a basketball court, baseball diamond and tennis courts. There’s plenty of free parking and the park stays pretty quiet during the day.

 

Arts & Culture

Bryn Mawr Film Institute $$
824 W. Lancaster Ave.
brynmawrfilm.org
610.527.9898
This huge theater is constantly playing new selections. See a telecast foreign ballet or opera, enjoy an oldie or watch the latest blockbuster.

 


The Mud Room $-$$
11 Station Ave., Ardmore
mudroompottery.com
610.896.3887
Access your inner kid. Choose a piece of pottery, grab some paints and go! Then come back later that week to pick up a glazed piece of art.

 


Merritt Gallery $$
385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford
merrittgallery.com
610.645.9945
This is the place for fine art across a wide range of prices. Whatever your needs, they are likely to have it.

 

Seriously


Ardmore Farmers Market $$
120 Coulter Ave.,
Ardmore
suburbansquare.com
610.896.7560
Where can you find fresh fruit, tasty sushi and made-from-scratch scones all at the same place? This market will keep you coming back for more.

 


The Cheese Company $
217 Haverford Ave.,
Narberth
thecheeseco.com
610.667.3663
You’ll find more than cheese here —delicious rolls, tasty sandwiches and, of course, free samples to help you choose the finest cheese.

 


Bryn Mawr Hospital
Thrift Shop $$

804 County Line Rd.,
Bryn Mawr
mainlinehealth.org
610.525.4888
Find a great variety of furniture, clothes and accessories. Look for half-off tags and walk away with a great deal! Credit cards accepted.

 

Don’t Miss

 


Tiffin Indian Cuisine $$
847 Lancaster Ave.,
Bryn Mawr
tiffin.com
610.525.0800

 


Campus Corner $
829 E. Lancaster Ave.,
Villanova
campuscornerpizza.com
610.527.3606

 


Yapple Yogurt $
50 E. Wynnewood Rd.,
Wynnewood
yappleyogurt.com
610.645.0500

 


Sushi Land $$
861 W. Lancaster Ave.
sushiland.us
610.527.5427