What’s Good in Downtown Westminster?

Do you like trying new restaurants? Shopping? Are you looking for an excuse to get off campus and get some fresh air?

Don’t fret! Downtown Westminster is full of a variety of stores, restaurants, and cafes. The best part is…they are all within walking distance of McDaniel!

Here are a few places you might like to try the next time you are in the mood for non-Glar food or just want to check out new stores:

Birdie’s Cafe

233 East Main Street
Mon-Tues 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wed-Fri 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Birdie’s is known for having a variety of coffee drinks and an assortment of teas, as well as brunch sandwiches and breakfast pastries. It is a nice place to go have a cup of coffee and work on a paper. When I was there, I stayed for over five hours and was able to write the majority of a research paper I was working on. It’s a little over a mile away from campus, but the walk is definitely worth it.

Harry’s Main Street Grille

65 West Main Street
Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

A short walk from campus, Harry’s offers a variety of appetizers and sandwiches for those who are looking for a full meal. They have burgers, hot dogs, paninis, as well as various soups and salads for a price within a college student’s budget. I have always been satisfied with the quality of the meals every time I have gone there. Check it out!

Johansson’s Dining House

4 West Main Street
Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Johansson’s offers a collection of seafood dishes and sandwiches, along with pizzas, salads, and a brunch selection on Sundays. Right in the heart of Downtown Westminster, it sits on the corner where the train tracks cross through Main Street. I have not had a chance to try Johansson’s yet, but it is definitely on my list of restaurants to visit.

CUP Tea Bar & Cafe

7 East Main Street
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

CUP is another breakfast cafe option in town recognized for its selection of tea drinks. No worries, they also have coffee and smoothies. It offers a variety of breakfast options, sandwiches, and salads, all made fresh daily. CUP also features live acoustic music on Saturdays from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.


13 John Street
Mon-Fri 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Eclecticity features a variety of products from works of art, books, and music. If you’re looking for some new reads, this store can introduce you to some local authors. They also sell used books if you’re on a budget. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something new.

The Hickory Stick

28 Liberty Street
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays)
Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Hickory Stick is a corner store gift shop in town. It features knick-knacks and gift items from various designers, such as Vera Bradley, Lindsay Phillips, and Chamilia, among others. All of the shelves in the store are full of merchandise, and each room is neatly organized by product or designer. The holidays are coming up, so if you’re looking for a gift for your mother, aunt, or girlfriend, stop in and look around.

So the next time you want something a little different, check out what’s downtown!