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One Way to Spend the Perfect Day in Bronxville

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Photos by Doug Schneider

This one-square-mile village has lots to offer, from boutique shopping to affordable dining, and more than a few spots for nightlife.

Bronxville’s reputation for stellar schools and multimillion-dollar mansions precedes it, but you don’t need a six-figure income to enjoy a Saturday here. Despite its diminutive stature, this one-square-mile village has lots to offer, from boutique shopping to affordable dining.

9 a.m. Just off the Bronx River Parkway, the Bronxville Farmers’ Market (Stone Pl) brings together local vendors from May through November. Arrive early to scoop up crusty loaves from Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit bakery, bottles of Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, produce from Stone & Thistle Farm, and bloomy-rind cheeses from Bronxville’s own Dobbs & Bishop.

10 a.m. Breakfast is completely without pretense at Pondfield Café (3 Pondfield Rd W; 914.337.5521) a tiny, 32-seat, cash-only luncheonette serving golden stacks of pancakes and fluffy omelets.

11 a.m. Head north off Pondfield Road West to access a segment of the Bronx River Pathway, which wends a one-mile loop around picture-perfect Bronxville Lake.

Noon. Get a late-morning caffeine fix at Slave to the Grind (58 Pondfield Rd; 914.961.7777). The indie coffeehouse is beloved for its house brew, flavored coffees (think coconut cream, snickerdoodle, and toasted almond), and homey baked goods.

12:30 p.m. There’s a lot of great shopping along Pondfield Road, but don’t miss harry: A Rothmans Project (60 Pondfield Rd; 914.779.1797). A small concept store from the iconic menswear retailer, harry carries cool pieces from lesser-known brands alongside recognizable names like J Brand and Noah Waxman. Down the block, Toney Toni and the Gang (70 Pondfield Rd; 914.793.0737) has a knack for finding dresses, jackets, and accessories that are chic and timeless.

1:30 p.m. Pop into Candy Rox (66 Pondfield Rd; 914.779.6750) and fill a cellophane bag with colorful gummies, chocolate candies, novelty sweets, and retro candy bars.

2 p.m. A village institution, Lange’s of Bronxville (94 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.3354) is the place to grab a sandwich, with more than 50 options to choose from, like a classic Italian combo or roast beef with pepper jack and basil mayo on rye.

3 p.m. Browse the bookshelves for bestsellers and kid-friendly reads at independent Womrath Bookshop (76 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.0199), in business for more than 80 years. Then, stop by The Silk Road NY (101 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.2177), where owner Susan Piper scours the globe — Thailand, Peru, South Africa, and the US — to curate an eclectic mix of home-décor pieces.

4 p.m. Break from retail therapy at the Bronxville Public Library (201 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.7680). Home to more than just books, it displays a collection of Currier and Ives lithographs, plus pieces from the Bronxville-based Lawrence Park artists colony.

5 p.m. Grab a drink at Beer Noggin (102 Kraft Ave; 914.337.7400). The shop stocks more than 200 craft bottles and cans, with 12 rotating draft lines showcasing a variety of brewing styles.

6 p.m. Keep things casual with thin-crust grilled pizza and craft beer at 2X Burger & Beer Blast winner Coals (131 Parkway Rd; 914.337.1901).