Welcome to the neighborhood(s), Aaron Rodgers! As you settle into your new $9.5 million contemporary mansion on the Montclair-Cedar Grove border, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you explore everything the area has to offer so you’re not in the dark.
From music and art to food and drink, here’s your playbook for enjoying Montclair and Cedar Grove:
Even though it’s a 4,000-square-foot mansion on nearly two acres of land, made of walls of windows, has a media room, wine cellar and a three-car garage with a charging station, your new home does not have a swimming pool. If you want to swim a few laps or layout and work on your tan, Bradford Bath & Tennis Club in Cedar Grove is popular with residents from both towns. You might feel at home at the Montclair Beach Club, which also has a two-town identity (Clifton/Montclair). Or, you could join your town(s) pool: Cedar Grove or Montclair Township.
Art & Culture
You’ll be happy to learn that Montclair is a great town for music fans. You can catch a concert at The Wellmont Theater or Outpost in the Burbs, enjoy the annual Montclair Jazz Festival, see live music at Just Jake’s, Tierney’s Tavern and Pineapple Express and even sharpen your guitar playing skills by taking an adult music class at School of Rock Montclair.
Montclair has a vibrant arts and culture scene. Explore the impressive collection of American and Native American art at Montclair Art Museum or visit one of the many galleries showcasing local artists, such as Studio Montclair or at one of the many Bravitas Group properties. And of course, you’ll want to catch a movie at The Clairidge.
We know how much you love Jeopardy, so you’ll be happy to know several local establishments host weekly trivia nights: Pineapple Express in Montclair hosts Thursday Trivia Night, Montclair Brewery hosts Taproom Trivia on Wednesdays and The Grasshopper in Cedar Grove hosts Tuesday Trivia.
Food & Drink
Coffee & Tea
If you’re looking for a hot cup of tea or coffee, Montclair and Cedar Grove have plenty of options. They don’t sell Ayahuasca, but you can get a great British cuppa at The Tea Store. If you’re in the mood for coffee, Local Coffee, Paper Plane Coffee Co., Java Love, Red Eye Cafe and The Corner are all fantastic choices in Montclair! Cedar Beans in Cedar Grove is an excellent spot for a cup of Joe and great live music.
If you have a penchant for pastries, a craving for croissants or a weakness for warm, freshly baked goods, Montclair has just the treat for you. The Little Daisy Bake Shop offers delicious peanut- and nut-free treats, the Basque cheesecake at Vesta is life-changing, The Pie Store has fantastic sweet and savory pies, Montclair Bread Company is the place for donuts and Le French Dad Boulangerie has croissants that are c’est magnifique.
Montclair offers a wide variety of restaurants that offer a diverse range of flavors and cuisines. There are too many to include, but here are some restaurants that should be at the top of your “must-try” list: If you can get a reservation, pastaRAMEN blends Italian and Japanese in a hip and modern way; Faubourg is a gorgeous French brasserie; Raymond’s is a long time Montclair establishment on Church Street known for its French toast; Meet Me at Madison’s is a lovely family-owned Latin-fusion spot that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner; Samba offers a delicious gluten-free taste of Brazil; In the mood for steak? Check out The Maddox; We recommend the BBQ at Pineapple Express; There are many pizza options in town, but we’re partial to Brick + Dough and Porta.
Looking for a place to unwind with a drink? Check out some of the best bars in town. Faubourg, Halcyon, Porta, Pharmacie Bar, or DeNovo are all great spots to grab a fantastic cocktail. If beer is more your style, head to Egan & Sons or Tierney’s Tavern for a perfectly poured pint. And definitely try some locally brewed beer at Montclair Brewery.
As you can see, Montclair and Cedar Grove have a lot going on. We hope this playbook helps you settle into your new home and explore all the amazing things these towns have to offer.