In between all the fun things you’ll be doing when visiting Manchester, Vermont, you’re sure to work up an appetite.
The town, despite being modest in size, has a lot of restaurants to choose from. So let’s get right to it. Here are some solid options on where to eat, my picks for the best restaurants in Manchester VT.
Up For Breakfast
You won’t want to sleep in knowing that Up for Breakfast is waiting for you. With its yellow walls and colorful tiffany lamps, this tiny little breakfast nook tucked above an antique shop is absolutely adorable—and absolutely delicious. Weekends will be busy, but it’s worth the wait for fresh coffee, fluffy pancakes, and rich local specialties.
The Little Rooster Cafe
Another awesome breakfast choice is the Little Rooster Cafe, located on Main Street in Manchester. Good coffee, lots of varied breakfast options: you definitely can’t go wrong here for breakfast or for brunch/lunch.
Traditional comfort food in a historic building—sounds quintessentially Vermont, doesn’t it? This is what you’ll find at Ye Olde Tavern, a restaurant that is housed in a 1790s inn. There are hearty dishes on the menu such as Cheddar & Ale Onion Soup, Roast Tom Turkey, and Venison. And every meal is served with signature cranberry fritters and Vermont maple butter.
Depot Street Burgers
If you’re looking for the best burger in Manchester, Vermont, I think you’ll find it here. And the fries are pretty great, too! Depot Street Burgers is delish, with their fresh-ground, smashed-burger style. Definitely what you’re looking for when you crave a burger, and good for lunch or dinner.
Located right in downtown Manchester, this bright and sunny spot is ideal for lunch paired with a delicious glass of wine. Some great options for vegetarians here.
For ‘cheap eats’ in Manchester, VT, you can’t go wrong with Hound Dogs, a roving hot-dog cart that serves up delicious dogs, burgers, fries, and Philly cheesesteaks. The prices are right and the food is tasty. You’ll usually find the Hound Dogs cart in the lot next to Shaw’s grocery store off Route 7A.
If you’re craving something different, Thai Basil is a tasty choice along Main Street in Manchester. They do a great job on traditional Thai favorites like Pad Thai and (my personal fave) Massaman Curry, but there are also some signature Chef’s Creations worth trying. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Manchester, Vermont, and I try not to miss when I visit.
Charlie’s Coffee House
In need of a quick latte? I am right there with you. While you can certainly head to Manchester’s Starbucks (which, by the way, has a super friendly staff), if you’d prefer to support a local coffee shop, Charlie’s is the place to go. I recommend their maple latte (a must when visiting Vermont). They’ve also got lots of pastries and other prepared foods, great for dining in or grabbing a picnic lunch to go.
The Copper Grouse
Located at the Taconic Hotel this awesome restaurant has a fantastic cozy vibe. It will draw you in on a cold winter night and leave you extremely satisfied with craft cocktails and terrific dinner dishes.
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Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she writes alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband, son, and cats, & drinking a maple latte.