For coffee there’s Starbucks, under the train platform, as well as Cait & Abby’s bakery. Dunkin Donuts, Hot Bagels Abroad and Grid Iron are other convenient spots along South Orange Avenue.
There’s a great new addition to the food scene on Irvington Avenue, Blue Plate Special. A cozy atmosphere and soul-satisfying food make it a popular destination. In the summer the Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 7:00 in the parking lot across from the South Orange train station.
For dessert there’s Cold Stone and Love & Yogurt.
Many more neighborhoods, named and unnamed, offer a wonderful mix of homes and community. You really can’t go wrong in South Orange!
Town services are excellent, keeping the streets maintained and cleared in all weather conditions. Many neighborhoods have active Neighborhood Watch groups.
- Marshall kindergarten and grades 1 and 2.
- South Mountain Annex kindergarten and 1st grade.
- South Mountain kindergarten, 2nd through 5th grade.
- South Orange Middle School 6th, 7th and 8th grades
(there is also a Maplewood Middle).
Note: many South Orange students attend schools in Maplewood, particularly Jefferson for grades 3 5.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is home to Giants of Jazz and Midtown Direct Rep. This small theatre opened in 2006 and attracts big name talent for live performances. Tucked between the train station and South Orange Avenue, it is also home to Clearview Cinemas’ five theatres.
South Orange Avenue, Valley Street and Irvington Avenue are lined with stores offering everything from antiques to clothing, day spas to shoemakers, dry cleaners to quick printing. A popular toy store, Sparkhouse, is located on Scotland Road, as is the town library.
The Mall at Short Hills and Livingston Mall are only 15 minutes away.