People stroll past the shops and restaurants on Main Street...

People stroll past the shops and restaurants on Main Street in Sag Harbor, April 2018. Credit: Daniel Brennan

Spend a few hours or a whole day shopping along Long Island's main streets, where you’ll find local specialty retailers alongside well-known brands.


Shoppers in the walkable downtown stretch of Huntington.

Shoppers in the walkable downtown stretch of Huntington. Credit: Veronique Louis

COLD SPRING HARBOR Main Street features cute shops, specialty stores and restaurants. Visit the whaling museum and fish hatchery, both popular with kids.

GLEN COVE In the North Shore’s only city, School Street restaurants and cafes cater to sidewalk diners.

GREAT NECK Middle Neck Road sparkles with jewelry stores, gift shops, spas and salons.

HUNTINGTON The shopping district at Main Street and New York Avenue is packed with boutiques, shops, pizzerias, restaurants and night spots, ice cream stops and The Paramount entertainment venue.

MANHASSET Plandome Road is known for small shops, service businesses and a coffee shop. Americana Manhasset on Northern Boulevard is an open-air shopping center with high-end designer and name-brand shops and eateries.

NORTHPORT The working harborfront community’s Main Street brims with clothing boutiques, specialty shops, confectioners, restaurants, pubs and the John W. Engeman Theater.

OYSTER BAY Browse gift shops and antiques stores, stop by Billy Joel’s motorcycle shop 20th Century Cycles on Audrey Avenue, walk along the waterfront or grab a bite from a variety of shops, restaurants and a brewery.

PORT JEFFERSON Window-gazing takes you to Main Street, Broadway and Harbor Square Mall. Take in a show at Theatre Three and have a meal at one of the cozy eateries.

PORT WASHINGTON Main Street stretches almost a mile, from Port Washington Boulevard to the bay and includes restaurants, gift shops and clothing stores.

ROSLYN Tour historic districts, view ducks at Gerry Pond Park, browse boutiques and take an after-dinner stroll along Main Street.

STONY BROOK The Stony Brook Village Center, built to resemble a New England village, is a destination for apparel, cheese and pastry shops, beauty services and restaurants.


BABYLON A trek downtown includes sweet shops, gift, surf and apparel shops, a children’s boutique and kitchen goods store.

BAY SHORE There is a walkable strip of restaurants, pubs, cafes and specialty gift shops.

BELLPORT For a taste of Americana, visit South Country Road, where shops and restaurants occupy early 20th century buildings. Other retailers at Bellport Outlets.

CEDARHURST Many Central Avenue stores specialize in kosher foods, from seafood to pizza to ice cream.

FARMINGDALE Main Street features numerous restaurants and night spots plus specialty stores devoted to gourmet chocolate, running, cycling and tobacco.

FREEPORT The Nautical Mile’s brick walkway along Woodcleft Canal takes you past maritime shops, sea-to-table restaurants and the local fishing fleet.

GARDEN CITY Cafes with sidewalk seating, boutiques, gift shops and bakeries line Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street.

LONG BEACH Scope out surfboards, summer apparel and ethnic restaurants along Park Avenue, then stroll the famous boardwalk.

PATCHOGUE The downtown, known for bathing suit and children’s clothing retailers, is anchored by the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE Shop for shoes and Irish imports, and dine at the many ethnic restaurants in the compact downtown between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway and along North Park Avenue.

SAYVILLE Gift shopping is a tradition on Sayville’s main streets — also home to purveyors of chocolates, cheeses, olive oil and comic books.

WESTBURY Walk along Post Avenue for a variety restaurants and independent shops. There’s plenty of shopping on Old Country Road, too.


GREENPORT The working maritime village features arts and crafts galleries and clothing boutiques, as well as nautical suppliers, where Front and Main streets meet by the deep-water harbor. Visit the antique carousel in Mitchell Park.

MATTITUCK On Love Lane, pick up a snack or browse for cheeses and chocolates for pairing with flights of wine at a nearby vineyard.

RIVERHEAD East of Tanger Outlets, Main Street is a busy downtown and home to the restored Suffolk Theater and the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center. In nearby Wading River, The Shoppes at East Wind has specialty stores including wine, jewelry and cheese & spice market.


AMAGANSETT Traveling east, you’ll find Amagansett Square with its upscale food.

EAST HAMPTON After perusing art galleries and trendy clothiers on Main Street and Newtown Lane, picnic in Herrick Park or visit one of the historic sites.

MONTAUK Seafood restaurants and summery shops abound on Montauk Highway. Don’t forget to visit the lighthouse.

SAG HARBOR Noted for its walkable village brimming with small shops, restaurants and nostalgic variety store.

SOUTHAMPTON Chic Main Street offers a few national brands amid the independent retailers and gourmet food shops and restaurants.

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