Best of Ocean City, New Jersey
Updated: Apr 20
Ocean City may be a small island but it is packed with things to do. Of course, the beach is the main attraction, but Asbury Street and the boardwalk offer great restaurants and cute shops for everyone in the family to enjoy. If you are visiting Ocean City for the first time, below is a list of the best things the town has to offer.
Best Food in Ocean City
My order - blueberry pancakes with a large glass of orange juice
Photo taken from Uncle Bill's Instagram
Best lunch: Crunchik'n
My order - spicy tuna rice bowl with mango bubble tea
Best dinner: Randazzo's Pizza
My order - shrimp and crabmeat aurora
Best pizza: Prep's Pizza
My order - a plain slice of pizza and a slice of mushroom pizza
Best donuts: Nauti Donuts
My order - the "Nauti Dozen"
Photo taken from Nauti Donuts website
**Honorable mention to Dot's Pastry Shop - my mom's favorite donut shop at the shore**
Best coffee: Ocean City Coffee Company
My order - Frozen salted caramel coffee with whipped cream
Best frozen custard: Kohr Brothers (DUH!)
My order - orange and vanilla twist with rainbow jimmies in a regular cone
Best fish: Capt'n Chucky's
My order - wasabi crab dip
Best Fudge: The Original Fudge Kitchen
My order - walnut vanilla fudge
Best Sticky Buns: Mallons Sticky Buns
My order - a dozen raison and walnut sticky buns
Best Stores in Ocean City
Best surf shop: 7th Street Surf Shop
Favorite piece of clothing - Ice Cream Seagull Tee Light Blue. Buy it here.
Photo taken from 7th Street Surf Shop website
Best store for the whole family: Heritage
Pro Tip - Heritage offers the best surf lessons for beginners. For more advanced surfers, the Heritage website also keeps you up to date with the surf forecast and wave cam at all times. Check it out here.
Best beach toy shop: Hoys
Hoys is the greatest one stop beach store I have ever seen. It has everything including large floats to take into the ocean, beach chairs, sunscreen, clothing, home decor, and accessories. It is a fun trip for the whole family.
Best store unique to Ocean City: Dry Island
Favorite piece of clothing - Blind Tiger Hoodie. Buy it here.
It is important to note that my sweatshirt is not shown on the website anymore. As a default, my sister's sweatshirt is now my favorite, which is shown on the right.
Best store for girly clothes: Island Gypsy
The best time to go into Island Gypsy is at the end of the season because almost all of the clothing goes on sale.
Best local art store: Peace of Wood
Peace of Wood sells work from local artists and offers daily paint sessions for people of all ages. The store offers the best vibes on the island and often has Jam sessions featuring live music. The following picture was taken from their website.
Best "Others" of Ocean City
Best Nail Salon: Sunray Nails and Spa
As I looked through my camera roll, I notice that I only take pictures of my fresh manicure with ice cream cones. Below is a collage of my favorite nail colors from Sunray Nails and Spa next to some of my prettiest Kohr Bros cones.
Best roller coaster: GaleForce Roller Coaster at Playland's Castaway Cove
The following video taken from Playland's website.
Best park: Corson's Inlet State Park
Corson's Inlet State Park is a great getaway from the busy guarded beaches in Ocean City. It is a nice change of scenery but I would not recommend going there for a casual swim because there are not life guards on duty.