“I love the mix of vintage boutiques and close proximity to the outlets. I have plenty shopping options.”
“A town with all of the perks of a big city. Shopping, sports and the best Mexican food I've had in the area!”
Nicknamed the “Heart of the Commonwealth” for its location near the geographic center of Massachusetts, Worcester is New England’s second-most-populous city after Boston. A culturally diverse population defines this city, reflected in the world of unique experiences it affords residents and visitors alike.
Balancing a laid-back, suburban feel with big-city energy and amenities, Worcester enjoys everything from a thriving local arts scene to world-class culinary experiences and retail options ranging from the familiar to the found-nowhere-else. Enjoy everything there is to offer in the heart of historic New England.
Shopping in the area.
While a number of local hubs and nearby communities offer major shopping centers and outlets nearby, including Lincoln Plaza, the Worcester Fair, the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, Auburn Mall, and Northborough Crossing, it’s the local thrift shops and vintage scene that stands out.
The always-popular Crompton Collective features several antique shops and vintage vendors, while popular thrift stores like Grime, Blue Collar Vintage, and Modern Muse Consignment Shop are always great locations for uncovering hidden treasures.
Bars and restaurants nearby.
From breweries and barbecues serving traditional American fare to an extensive ethnic cuisine scene, dining out in Worcester can be as diverse as it is memorable. For starters, try hometown favorites like the Wormtown Brewery, Wonder Bar Restaurant, Smokestack Urban Barbecue, and a number of iconic, lunch car–style diners.
Those with more adventurous palates will be rewarded by the city’s world-class culinary options, a reflection of Worcester’s highly diverse population. Everything from modern Japanese at Baba Sushi and Afghani delights at Pomir Grill to Mexican, Middle Eastern, Ghanian, Brazilian, Italian, and so much more are on the table.
Community service opportunities.
A number of worthy causes and volunteering opportunities exist around the area, including the nonprofit African Community Education organization, which addresses educational needs of the city’s African refugee and immigrant students. Plus, the Worcester Community Action Council is the local designated community action agency and represents more than 20 education and social service programs.