Lowell neighborhood Digital Guide

Recommendations from Off The Beaten Path Food Tours including our Official Tasting Spots. Trust us, they're worth a visit.

Two polaroids showing Lowell Mill No. 5 and Downtown Lowell.   

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

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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.


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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.


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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.

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Lowell Burger Company (143 Merrimack Street, Lowell)We haven’t found a more creative and interesting burger spot, with table service and white napkins to boot!

What to order

Their milkshakes are so inventive, and they pair incredibly with their yummy burgers​ which can be made gluten-free and also vegetarian.


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Pizza and Sub Stop (5 Merrimack St., Lowell)Sick of traditional pizza? Try their vegan fusion pizza which combines traditional Indian flavors with yummy flatbread.

What to order

Their special vegan fusion menu is out of this world and so creative!


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El Potro (124 Merrimack Street, Lowell)On Thursday nights, the mariachi band changes the atmosphere of the entire Merrimack Street, and it’s a joy to be sitting al fresco at El Potro. They have the most authentic and delicious Mexican food in the area which recipes handed down from generation to generation. Also check out the hand-carved furniture.

What to order

Any combination of meat and cheese and veggies, from tacos to enchiladas to pupusas.


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Galeria Cafe
(366 Merrimack Street, Lowell)
It’s not every day that you can find traditional Venezuelan food in the Boston area. Take our word for it, Galeria Cafe is top notch and a local favorite. Across from historic City Hall, there is also a rotating gallery space for local artists.

What to order

We love the arepas and delicious fresh juices.


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Purple Carrot Bread (107 Merrimack Street, Lowell)This homegrown spot has the most inventive comfort food, from soups to baked goods.

What to order

We love their ever-rotating flavors of bread pudding.

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Sweet Lydia’s (160 Merrimack Street)Started by a local resident named Lydia, their homemade marshmallows are out of this world and always handmade in small batches. From crazy flavors like strawberry shortcake to more traditional marshmallows, you’ll never find anything like these — originating in Lowell!

What to order

Crazy flavors of their marshmallows!


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Dow’s Soda Fountain/ Red & White Market (Mill No 5)It feels like the 1950’s are calling, and you’ll want to put on your poodle skirt and dance the twist around this market. Or you could grab a seat on one of their swivel stools and be transported back in time for a brief moment.

What to order

A frappe which can be made non-dairy as well.


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Mill City Cheesemongers (Mill No 5)With a broad selection of local to New England cheeses, you’ll find some really interesting and small batch cheeses here including a variety of women-owned cheeses. They even offer classes such as a Cheese and Tea pairings class.

What to order

Stand at the counter and try a variety of cheeses and try your luck on some pairings such as honey or ​chocolate.

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1981 Ramen Bar (129 Merrimack Street)For an incredible infusion of flavors, try the ramen here – it’s got a really rich broth and not greasy; the founders were born in 1981 which is the inspiration for the name. Tell them we sent you!

What to order

Loved the ramen but other items are delicious too like the steamed bao.


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Warp and Weft (197 Market Street)Throw a dollar bill on the ceiling using a quarter, and they will donate the keep to charity. Operated by a family team and musicians, this creative spot turns into an open mic night.

What to order

Try their seasonal offerings as the menu changes frequently to accommodate fresh and local ingredients. And stop by for a music show!

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Worthen House (141 Worthen Street)This bar has been in town since 1898. Imagine the secrets it would know if it could talk. Run by a wonderful mother-daughter team, this cafe is a must visit on any trip to Lowell or you could host your next event there.

What to order

Try a specialty drink under their tin ceiling and enjoy a cozy evening with friends.

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LUNA Theater (Mill No. 5)An independent artsy theater in Lowell, the seats are really comfortable and the line-up is tremendous. Go here to play video games as well, which are free near the popcorn and snacks stand.

What to order

Take in a movie with friends!


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Red Antler Apothecary (Mill No. 5)Have you ever been to an herbal pharmacy? Well, you have to be careful and really trust the purveyors. The owners of Red Antler are very knowledgeable and educated, and we trust them completely. From harvesting their own raw honey to designing custom vinegars, bitters, and oxymels, if you have any ailments at all you should run over to Red Antler for a private consultation.

What to order

Make a mental list of what ails you from seasonal allergies to migraines to insomnia and approach the counter at this friendly spot.

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.

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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.

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (2020 Mass. Ave., Cambridge)Invites you to ignite your culinary passion and use the special code OFFPATH15 for 15% off any single-day cooking class

Acupuncture Together (2464 Mass. Ave., Cambridge)Invites you to show your food tour ticket confirmation email for $5 off your first or follow-up treatment within seven days of the food tour ($30 first visit (regularly $35-55) or $15 follow-up (regularly $20-40))

​​Camberville Dog TreatsInvites you to use code “cdttour” for 15% off all natural dog treats made in Camberville on their website.

Rhode Island Red Food ToursOur friends at Rhode Island Red Food Tours invite you to try a food tour of Newport or Providence, RI and use code “RIMAFOODIES” for 10% off the booking fee. We’ve been on their food tours, and they’re wonderful too!

Humanity Style(125 Merrimack Street, Lowell)Show this guide for 10% off your entire first purchase!