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How to Have a $50 Day in Jersey City Heights

by Via Rutkowski
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Jersey City Heights is home to some of the best hidden gems in town. The cozy neighborhood blocks, green spaces, coffee shops, and fantastic eateries all contribute to the excitement of one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. $50 can go pretty quickly when exploring, eating, and entertaining on any given day, but we love a challenge. That’s why we created a budget-friendly itinerary to help readers make the most of all that Jersey City has to offer. Read on to learn how to have a $50 day in Jersey City Heights.

The challenge: Eat at least 2 meals and enjoy at least 1 activity for $50 or less in Jersey City (tip + tax will be extra). We spent the day on foot to avoid transportation costs.

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Activity 1: $10

riverview park yoga

Every weekend, Meraki Yoga hosts seasonal (and affordable) outdoor yoga classes in two Jersey City Heights locations. We stopped by the 9AM Sunday class located at 498 Palisade Avenue at Riverview Fisk Park. Meraki Yoga creates an accessible space for all which is why the studio provides these outdoor classes on a sliding scale basis. This allows access to the beauty of yoga for all with the option to attend for free or for a $10 suggested donation. Donations are returned back into the community through non-profit efforts. Register for class online here.

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Activity 2: Free

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Just in time, after yoga class ends at 10AM the Riverview Farmers Market is all set up and bustling with locals. Walk just a few steps from yoga to stroll through the farmers’ market with dozens of local vendors and food trucks. Though we didn’t make any purchases here, the variety of options is unmatched and filled with local favorites such as Choc O Pain, Jersey Pickle, and Rudo Plants + Home, to name a few. The Riverview Farmers Market is open every Sunday rain or shine from 10AM to 2PM and will remain open through November 24th this year.

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Breakfast: $12

lil dove

After a trip through the farmers market and working up an appetite at yoga, walk about seven minutes to Lil’ Dove Cafe at 589 Palisade Avenue. You can’t miss its colorful decor and inviting ambiance. We opted for one of the most popular menu items: The Classic Egg Sandwich which is typically made up of two eggs and cheese on a brioche bun. We decided to spice things up a bit and add bacon for an additional $1.50 and put it on an everything bagel for an additional $0.50 making the sandwich total $9. On the order was also an iced americano with cream for $3. After finishing a filling meal, Lil’ Dove is a great place to sit and mingle. The store even has a gift-shop-style section full of colorful home goods and gifts.

Activity 3: $8

sure things

After finishing breakfast, walk a quick two minutes to Sure Things at 561 Palisade Avenue. It was a fun surprise to pass by this welcoming shop filled with vintage objects, used books, pottery, wall art, and even some handmade items. We met one of the owners, John, who was so kind and welcoming and showed us around the store. After browsing and sifting through the many treasures, it was hard to pass on the store’s unique collection of vintage matchbooks. Priced at $3 a piece or 2 for $5, we grabbed three vintage matchbooks for a total of $8.

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Late Lunch/Early Dinner: $17

central bistro

Next, walk eight minutes through the cozy neighborhood streets to Central Bistro located at 403 Central Avenue. This neighborhood eatery is open seven days a week and has extensive brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with a little something for everyone. Since we filled up on a big breakfast, a light lunch/early dinner was in order. Of course, trying Caesar salads around town is an activity within itself, so tasting this one was a real treat. With a generous portion priced at $12 and stacked high with homemade croutons and grated parmesan, this salad was a 10 out of 10. On top of that, we tried the fresh squeezed lemonade for $5 making the total for the day $47 which is $3 under budget.

Stay tuned for the next part of our $50 day series.

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