Things to Do Near the Bergenline Avenue Light Rail Stop

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The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail connects the communities of Hudson County, from the bottom of Bayonne to the top of North Bergen. With 23 stops between six towns, it’s an easy and efficient way to travel the NJ coastline and explore what each of these unique towns has to offer. In this article, we explore just one of those stops and all the best places to check out near the station. Keep reading to discover the best things to do near the Bergenline Avenue Light Rail stop.

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About the Stop

The Bergenline Avenue stop in Union City is the second to last stop on the northbound Light Rail track. Ride the train to this stop to explore the bustling city center and an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. 

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Food 

La Pola {400 Palisade Avenue, West New York}

la pola cuban sandwich

Distance from Light Rail: An 8-minute walk from the station

Named the best Cuban sandwich in the country, the food at La Pola is hard to beat. This neighborhood spot is casual and homey, with a dozen or so tables in a small space on Palisade Avenue in West New York. Go here for classic Cuban food and drinks that will give you a taste of Hudson County’s Cuban culture.

Merge Cafe {4605 Park Avenue, Union City}

Distance from Light Rail: A 9-minute walk from the station

Merge Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant in Union City specializing in New American cuisine. It’s a perfect spot for brunch or dinner — they cook just about anything on their menu in the wood-burning stove. Come for dinner to try pizza, burgers, pasta, or hearty mains like steak and short ribs. Or stop by in the morning for wood oven-baked eggs, avocado toast, buttermilk pancakes, or empanadas. They strive to source their food from local farmers, so everything tastes fresh.  

Meggie’s Ice Cream {4543 Bergenline Avenue, Union City}

meggie's ice cream

Distance from Light Rail: A 2-minute walk from the station

A small hole in the wall ice cream shop squeezed between the busy shops on Bergenline Avenue, Meggie’s Ice Cream is a gem on a hot summer day in Union City. This counter-service spot doesn’t have tables, chairs, or even a space to walk inside. Walk up the sidewalk to the window and order from the ever-changing list of homemade ice cream. This spot is open year-round and serves unique flavors like pumpkin pie and Guatemalan ripple. 

Hudson Bread {5601-5711 Tonnele Avenue, North Bergen}

Distance from Light Rail: A 19-minute walk from the station {alternatively, you can take the Light Rail to the Tonnelle Avenue stop and in North Bergen and walk eight minutes to Hudson Bread}

Although a bit of a hike from the Bergenline Avenue stop, for some of the freshest bread in Hudson County, check out the Hudson Bread wholesale bakery and cafe off Tonnele Avenue in North Bergen. Owner Mariusz Kolodziej learned the art of bread making from his father in Poland, and decided to bring the family trade to New York City. Shortly after opening in 1994, Hudson Bread became the sole supplier of baked goods to many New York City restaurants and hotels. With a quick expansion and growing demand, Kolodziej moved the business over to the Jersey side of the Hudson River in 2003. Stop by for a variety of bread and sandwiches — trust us, its worth the walk.

iSpresso {4701 Park Avenue, Union City}

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{Photo credit: @ispressoatpark}

Distance from Light Rail: An 8-minute walk from the station

iSpresso sits on a quiet corner of Union City, on Park and 47th Street. The black building is painted with giant white letters that spell out the cafe’s name, iSpresso. Inside, there’s a mix of tables and counter seating, making this a great spot for solo time with a book or catching up with friends. One wall has rows of tiny chairs hung up, which sometimes hold art pieces created by local artists. Go here for a specialty coffee drink accompanied by small pastries and sandwiches.

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Things to Do

Weehawken Water Tower {4050 Park Avenue, Weehawken}

Distance from Light Rail: A 14-minute walk from the station

Just west of the Weehawken waterfront looms the Weehawken Water Tower on Park Avenue. It was built in 1883 as part of the Hackensack Water Company Complex and stands 175 feet tall. The tower used to house a massive water tank, which held 150,000 gallons of drinking water. While no longer in use, the tower still remains and is a good reminder of the town’s architectural history. In 1980, the entire water complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2006 the base of the tower was transformed into a small park. The interior is periodically open for tours, poetry readings, and plays.

Wine + Design {4700 Park Avenue, Weehawken}

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{Photo credit: @wndweehawken}

Distance from Light Rail: An 8-minute walk from the station

Wine + Design in Weehawken is a great spot for a fun evening with friends or family. They offer a range of private and public paint and sip parties for all ages — no prior painting experience required. Each class is two hours and is a fun, relaxed way to create your own work of art while sipping wine with friends. 

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Nadine is a Jersey transplant, originally from the Boston area. True to her New England roots, she loves exploring outdoor activities like running, biking, and hiking, while enjoying the beautiful Hudson River and Palisade Cliff views. She works at a technology startup in Manhattan, but loves coming home to the calm of North Hudson County, where she lives with her boyfriend. From restaurants to fitness studios, she enjoys staying up to date on all the new openings in the area, and sharing her research with the Hoboken Girl community.


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