Crompton Approved!

Crompton Approved Worcester Dining, Shopping, and Leisure Venues!


Visiting the area? Want to know what Worcester has to offer? Look no further! Here are some hot spots, specially approved by yours truly, Crompton! From bars and bakeries to sightseeing and shopping, this list includes locations with character and quality. For more information on visiting the city, check out Destination Worcester.



Photo from Worcester Mag, bartender at the Dive Bar

Photo from Worcester Mag, bartender at the Dive Bar

Armsby Abbey

144 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 795-1012

If you enjoy beer on tap from all over the world, or a sophisticated seasonal cocktail, come to Armsby Abbey. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable on all different types of drinks! You will drink well at Armsby Abbey.


Dive Bar                

34 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 752-5802

Enjoy great live music and good beer? The Dive Bar is perfect for you. Great place to chill out with some dim lighting, or enjoy some fresh air on their heated patio during the winter months!



124 Millbury Street

Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 753-4030

A great old bar, Nick’s gives you a pub feel. Perfect for all different ages, Nick’s is a laid back bar with a great drink selection.          



49 Suffolk Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 752-9439

If you enjoy some drinks with a fantastic meatball sandwich, Vincent’s is perfect. If you do not like meatballs, you will still love Vincent’s. Jukebox and all, this bar gives you a retro vibe you will not forget.





Photo from Worcester Scene, lunch time at Corner Grille

Photo from Worcester Scene, lunch time at Corner Grille

BirchTree Bread Company

138 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(774) 243-6944

Since BirchTree opened in Crompton Place in 2014 it has added so much to our neighborhood! They are quaint bakery with fresh breads, great sandwiches, local beer and sweet treats. Even if you’re just looking for a good cup of coffee, BirchTree is the perfect spot to catch up with an old friend. There really is no place as cozy in the city!


82 Winter Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 797-1011

Worcester’s first authentic Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant featuring over 40 different tapas, imported meats and cheeses and signature Paella, and an array of Spanish wine. Bocado even has salsa dancing on Thursday nights!



117 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 756-5432

The Boynton’s lively lounge area is a great place to meet old friends or make new ones. With 51 beers on tap, including 3 cask ales, you'll have plenty of choices to quench your thirst along with a hearty menu, and even gluten free options!


Coney Island Lunch

158 Southbridge Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 753-4362

Famous for their hot dogs, Coney Island Lunch is a historical eatery which was founded in 1918 by George Tsagarelis. Now, George’s family carries on his tradition of quality food with classic decor. This landmark lunch spot is known for the 60 foot neon hot dog sign which was added in 1940 - it’s difficult to miss!


Corner Grille                

806 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-8884

Innovative pizza pie's, sandwiches and salads, this hidden Worcester Gem guarantees a great meal. "Food that tastes good" is owner Raena Heppenstall's philosophy and she has been providing it since 1998 at the Corner Grille. Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) to this establishment while enjoying this delicious food.


Dead Horse Hill                     

281 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(774) 420-7107

deadhorse hill is a restaurant and cafe on Worcester's Main Street. It takes its name from a steep incline on Stafford Street where early settlers' horses would collapse trying to scale the hill. Later, in the early 1900s, automobiles tested their might in a one mile race to the summit.


One Eleven Chophouse                

111 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-4111

World-class steakhouse serving a variety of hand-selected certified prime-grade steaks. Perfect for a date night or a celebratory dinner.


Smokestack Urban BBQ                

139 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 363-1111

This BBQ restaurant offers a variety of choices for any BBQ fanatic. They also cater and are a great choice for any party.


The People’s Kitchen        

1 Exchange Place

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 459-9090

At The People’s Kitchen, they take great care of their food. You can be assured that they are serving the best food that they can find. This is a great place to go on a date, formal dinner, or to take your parents over parents weekend (college students).


The Queens Cups                

238 Millbury Avenue

Millbury, MA 01527

(508) 459-9600

Cupcakes made from scratch with flavors that change daily, The Queens Cups uses unsalted sweet cream butter, real cream cheese, fudge, cookies and all the other best sweet treats in life to bring you the freshest, tastiest cupcakes you can ever dream of having



89 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 754-4842

Via specializes in Italian comfort food. They bring recipes together from different parts of Italy and serve it in a creative and sophisticated way.


Weintraubs’s Jewish Delicatessen                

126 Water Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 756-7870

From pastrami to homemade pickles, Weintraub’s offers a variety of foods that are fresh and taste great. They have been in business since the 1930’s and there’s a reason for that!



141 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 907-2482

A locally owned and operated frozen yogurt shop with the goal to provide a healthy sweet dessert to their customers in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Wooberry offers all-natural, kosher, gluten-free yogurt and over thirty-five fun toppings.


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Photo from Living Earth

Photo from Living Earth

Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Market                

408 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01609


Family owned for decades, Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace is the place to go for the finest International imported foods and wines. There is such a variety of foods, from spices and herbs to marinated meats and kabobs, that there is nothing quite like this place.


Living Earth                

232 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 753-1896

The Living Earth is a local family owned business dedicated to providing healthy shopping choices, and expert knowledge. It is one of the few grocery stores in Worcester with foods and specialty items that are all natural, organic, and environmentally conscious.



Photo from Seed to Stem

Photo from Seed to Stem


Alexis Grace                

7 Harrison Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-4700

Alexis Grace is a retail consignment store that “seeks out clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories that are fun, funky, classy, sexy and demure.”


Birch Alley                    

19 Harrison Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 753-1434

Birch Alley offers shoppers “small findings and eclectic furnishings.”


Button Tree Kids                

1102 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 926-8710

Button Tree Kids is a “children’s clothing, toy & gift boutique.” The store offers a variety of games, educational toys, stuffed animals, books, apparel, and more for infants through pre-teens.


C.C. Lowell                

258 Park Avenue

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 757-7713

C.C. Lowell is the “largest and oldest art supplies and creative materials store in central New England.” The store offers various art supplies, framing options, and creative services for any art challenge.


Classic Toy Shop                

198 Park Avenue

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 755-3629

Classic Toy Shop runs their store by the motto “play is the work of children, and good toys are the tools!” The toys featured in their store both entertain children and challenge them as they grow and develop.


Fuzzy Pants Pet Stop

2 Seward Street                

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 770-0055

Fuzzy Pants Pet Stop offers dietary food, treats and supplies for all of your fuzzy companions. Their day spa offers bathing, grooming, massage, socialization, doggie "tattoos" and more. With over 18 years of combined grooming experience, Nikki and Tara are delighted for the opportunity to care for and pamper your pet


Habitat for Humanity Restore                    

11 Distributor Road, Gold Star Boulevard

Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 439-7655

ReStore is a retail outlet that sells quality, gently-used and surplus construction, home improvement materials, and home furnishings for a fraction of regular retail prices. Proceeds from these sales support Habitat's home build projects.


Seed to Stem

174 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 890-0933

Seed to Stem celebrates the beauty and perfection of the natural world, boasting unusual botanicals, terrariums, natural objects, curiosities, home accessories, antiquities and more. The owners hope that by connecting people with nature, they can help them further connect with their own selves, and back to their roots.


The Purple Rose                

140 Main Street

Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8882

The Purple Rose provides “an eclectic mix of quality and distinctive home furnishings, décor and gifts.” The store is housed in a two-story colonial house, and sells unique products from many different vendors.    


The Silver Buffalo Gallery                

23 Coburn Road

Berlin, MA 01503

(978) 838-2680

The Silver Buffalo Gallery sells handcrafted Native American jewelry and art from a collection of award winning local and Native American artists. In addition to being the premiere location for Native American art, the gallery also hosts several trunk shows each year featuring various artists.


Trunk & Disorderly                

122 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01603

(508) 459-1049

Trunk & Disorderly is a consignment shop consisting of unique and one of a kind apparel. Their clothing ranges from vintage Victorian era through the ‘90s, discounted newer labels, and handcrafted jewelry and art by local designers.



Tower Hill Gardens

Tower Hill Gardens


Broad Brook Meadow Conservation            

414 Massasoit Road

Worcester, MA 01604                    

(508) 753-6087

It’s a place you can explore hundreds of acres of woods, fields, streams, and marsh. Interpretive signs and kiosks will guide you along the many trails. Look for 80 different species of butterflies, prowl for owls, or learn to snowshoe. Enjoy the water garden, our demonstration rain garden, accessible trail, and interpretive exhibits in the conservation center that include a large 3-D model of the entire sanctuary and a wall-to-ceiling map of the Blackstone River watershed.


Elm Park                

284 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 799-1190                    

Elm Park is famous for its historic bridges reconstructed in 1985. Facilities include a playground, tennis courts, basketball, and winter skating. There are numerous picnic areas and hiking trails. Elm Park is the most sought after park in Worcester for exchanging wedding vows with its over 60 acres of land.


Hanover Theater of the Performing Arts                

2 Southbridge Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 571-7469

The original structure, known as the Franklin Square Theatre, was built in 1904. Later it became known as the Grand Theatre and was owned by Pauline L. Taylor. At that time, the theatre extended to the line of the former Norwich & Worcester rail line, which is approximately the front edge of the present balcony. It is a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the weekend time.


Tower Hill                

11 French Drive

Boylston, MA 01505

(508) 869-6111

New England's year-round botanic garden paradise on 132 acres in Boylston, MA. Tower hill hopes to engage you in their life-long passion for growing plants for their ornamental, economic, and ecologic value. At Tower Hill, you will find one of the finest collections of woody and herbaceous plants, both native and exotic, hardy and non-hardy. And after touring, take time to relax at Twigs Café.


Worcester Art Museum                

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 799-4406

Worcester Art Museum's collection represents over five thousand years of art history and ranges from objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to a fine modern collection. Strengths include a comprehensive collection of European paintings, a fine American collection including the renowned Freake portraits, the best collection of Paul Revere silver in the world, and an exceptional works on paper collection.


List complied by: Clark University, Consultancy Capstone students for Crompton Collective with guidance from Amy Chase.