Where to Make Friends + Meet New People in Hoboken

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HobokenGirl.com gets so many questions about things around town, so sometimes it’s necessary to write about them on the blog — since more than one person most likely has the same question. We always make an effort to respond to each and every one of you – but sometimes we miss one or two. Apologies if that is so!

That being said, it’s fun to help in any way, since we dedicate a lot of time to learning/exploring Hoboken {and Jersey City}, so your Qs about Hoboken are welcome. One popular question we often get is where to make friends and meet new people in and around town. Now, the Mile Square is chock-full of places to mix and mingle, and we’ve rounded up the best ways to do so locally. Keep reading to find out where to make friends and meet new people in Hoboken.   

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Mingling in Hoboken 

Hoboken can be a scary place when you don’t know many people at first — many people have mini-networks from college and high school in and around NJ that are hard to break into. Or, perhaps you’ve had a big group of friends and they’ve slowly migrated out of Hoboken to the burbs. Luckily, with the plethora of fun activities and exciting events, there are a ton of ways to meet some new friends.

Where to Meet and Mingle

Now on to the important bit — where to meet and mingle with locals. Check out where and how below:

1. Join a Fitness Class

  • If you enjoy running, you’ll always catch joggers running along the piers. It’s a good area to be around people with similar interests.
  • Local Barre also has some great core fitness classes, Jane Do has trampoline classes + dance classes, and Work it Out has some fun spinning and other high-intensity workouts — tons of ladies at these spots!
  • Elysianettes is a great running club that meets and runs together, and Hoboken’s very own Bum Pilates hosts a run club {be sure to check their Instagram account for weekly info}. Perfect way to make some new friends!
  • Editor’s Note: Yoga is great, but you have to be very quiet, aka it’s hard to chat it up during class. Most likely classes where it’s okay to laugh and talk are a better way to make a good friend connection. But you never know — so of course, had to list it, as we have a few HG Team members who have met their very best friends at local yoga spots.

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2. Join Hoboken Lean In or WE of Hudson County a circle of professional women from Hoboken and the surrounding area. They support the improvement of women in the workplace and would be a great group to get involved in.

3. Get a Mani/Pedi. Team HG has met some very nice strangers in the pedi chairs at a nail salon {or by the drying area}. Just make sure they are not trying to majorly relax and recharge, lolz because #beenthere.

4. Find a bar you like and park it there, SOLO. You never know who you’ll meet.

5. Get a Dog. It’s a ton of work…so may not be for the best {you may want to ‘borrow’ a friends’ dog}, but talking a walk with a four-legged friend is a totally fun and a great way to strike up a convo with other dog parents in the area.

6. Come to Hoboken Girl Socials! We have socials for ladies {and sometimes gents — hello Wellness Crawl} throughout the year — and it’s a great way to meet girlfriends. Some people come with friends, others come solo — and either way, it’s lots of fun. Check our Instagram account to stay up to speed on upcoming events.

7. Join a Meetup Group for an interest of yours. There are a lot of groups on Meetup.com such as photography, blogging, fashion, makeup artistry, etc. The world is your oyster, depending on your interest.

8. Take a class you wouldn’t normally take. Maybe it’s cooking, maybe it’s sewing, maybe it’s wine tasting, maybe it’s meditation — the sky is the limit. Here’s a list of 10 fun classes you *must* try in Hoboken and a list of food + drink-making classes in the area.

9. Go to Jersey CityLet’s face it: the world is bigger than the little bubble of Hoboken. And considering half our readership is there, we

10. Read our Events Guide posts to stay up-to-date. Every week, we post a round-up of the best of Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond events going on every weekend and during the week — some of which are great for making new friends. We also have a podcast called Tea on the Hudson that shares local news and different hidden gems/places to check out — you never know who you may meet locally.

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11. Zog Sports. If you have any athletic ability, it’s the perfect outlet. If you don’t, it’s the perfect way to make new friends. Beyond Zog, check out other local intramural clubs that can be found locally here.

12. Hoboken Ski Club. Snow bunnies, this one is for you, as the Hoboken Ski Club is a great way to meet local skiers and snowboarders who love to have fun on the slopes.

13. Check out Hoboken Girl Helps. Our charity-focused group shares volunteer opportunities for events, fundraisers, and non-profits in Hudson County. Volunteering is always a positive way to get engaged in the community and make a difference. Click here to stay up-to-date on local volunteering opportunities.

14. Join our Hoboken and Jersey City Facebook Insiders’ GroupOur insiders’ group is a great place to connect online with other locals and an excellent resource for local news, happenings, and more. We have almost 6,000 members and counting!


Regardless of how you try to make new friends, take advantage of every opportunity and follow up with people you meet {if you like them}. It can be so easy to get into a rut {or routine} of feeling like you don’t have many friends in the area and just come home and watch TV + order takeout. Say hi to your neighbors, strike up a convo with a dog’s owner, chat with your local restaurant waitress…you never know where you’ll make a new connection.

Hope that helps. Hoboken residents weigh in — how did you meet new people when you first moved to town?

Have a question for us? Email hello@hobokengirl.com and we’ll try to answer ASAP 🙂

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.