Lowell, MA has experienced an incredible revitalization in the recent decade. The home of the country’s first CVS, Market Basket, and even co-ed public school, Lowell is a unique city that was created in the 1800’s as a planned manufacturing city.
Once home to 40 mills, most have been re-purposed into interesting museums, art spaces, and local residences. Join us as we explore this historic town and learn more about its history, past and present, as well as enjoy a diversity of cuisine to represent Lowell as a melting pot of cultures.
The annual Lowell Folk Festival is a wonderful event that brings thousands every summer, but there’s so much more to see and do in Lowell than once a year.
Did you know that Jack Kerouac is from Lowell? His family came over in the 1870’s with other French Canadians. Since then, other diverse groups from Greece, Portugal, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Cambodia, Puerto Rico, and African countries have contributed to a surge in popularity that’s resulted in quite an interesting place close to Boston.
Lowell neighborhood attractions
Gormley’s (135 East Merrimack Street)This mom and pop coffee shop and diner has been in Lowell since 1951 and is practically an institution. Stop by to say hi to Craig and Joanne!.
What to order
Delicious muffins and yummy special cheesecake are out of this world! But everything there is delicious.
Vinaan Cafe (12 Cardinal O’Connell Parkway)Started by a recent UMass Lowell student from Vietnam, co-owner Sally really missed home and wanted to bring Vietnamese specialties to her adopted town.
What to order
Everything is really fresh here and uses high quality ingredients. We love their Vietnamese Coffee, desserts, and bubble teas.
Coffee and Cotton (Mill No. 5)The most relaxing coffee shop in town, Coffee and Cotton is open late most nights and serves up delicious food. Its name hails from the area’s manufacturing history.
What to order
We really enjoyed the kombucha as well as any of the handcrafted beverages paired with a yummy bowl or spinach pie.
Lowell, Massachusetts: Affiliate Discounts With Food Tour Purchase
Neighbors Offer Discounts Too:
Red Apple Farm at the Boston Public Market (100 Hanover Street, Boston)Mention Off The Beaten Path Food Tours to receive 10% off any item including their famous apple cider donuts.
Taza Chocolate Tours (561 Windsor Street, Somerville)Invites you to their “Intro to Stone Ground Chocolate” tour with $3 off the tour ticket using the code “BEATPATH” at check-out so ticket prices will now be $5 each. Enjoy!
Gracie’s Ice Cream (22 Union Square, Somerville)Mention food tour for a free upgrade to Fluff cone with the purchase of ice cream
Q’s Nuts (349 Highland Ave., Somerville)Show food tour tickets confirmation email to receive 10% off any purchase within six months of the food tour date; valid at Somerville store only.
Opa Greek Yeeros (378 Highland Ave., Somerville)Show same-day food tour tickets confirmation email to receive 20% off any purchase that day.
Bloc Cafe (11 Bow Street, Somerville)Mention food tour to receive a free coffee with the purchase of a bag of Intelligentsia coffee.
City Feed & Supply (672 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain)Show your food tour ticket confirmation email to receive a 10% discount on all purchases excluding wine and beer.