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What to Do in Pelham: How to Spend a Saturday in This Culture-Heavy Hub

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Photos by Dan Sagarin

From inspiring eats to artistic centers that will feed your soul, there’s a lot going on in Pelham, and it’s all worth a visit.

For the most part, Pelham’s reputation hinges on its short commute to Grand Central, its move-here-worthy public schools, and a fine-arts movie theater with a tradition of drawing big-name stars. But this town has more going on, from public art and cool coffee shops to classic slice joints and antiquing for a good cause.

10:45 a.m. Start in Pelham’s somewhat industrialized corner with a caffeine jolt at Caffé Ammi (109 Sixth St). Owned by espresso-machine and coffee importer Ammirati, Inc. next door, the Brooklyn-vibe coffee shop roasts single-origin and micro-batch coffees on site. Pair a perfectly pulled shot, cold brew, or seasonal lavender-honey latte with a pastry from NYC’s Balthazar Bakery.

11:30 a.m. It’s a short walk to the Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Ave). Inside, the gallery space showcases free exhibits from local and international artists across a multitude of disciplines. Don’t skip the small courtyard, where there’s typically something on display, like New York-based Korean artist Sui Park’s colorful installation of recycled industrial materials through March 20.

12:15 p.m. Drop a little cash at INSPO (144 Fifth Ave). Mother-daughter duo Janice Harding and Ginghi Clarke opened this chic boutique last year, offering a curated collection of party-ready dresses, jewelry, giftable home goods (vegan soy candles, anyone?), and original artwork, all at affordable prices.

1 p.m. At only 2.5 square miles, Pelham boasts five corner-slice joints. While residents have strong opinions about which is best, there’s no question that cash-only Pelham Pizza (113 Fifth Ave) is a favorite. The sausage slice was named among the nation’s 100 best slices by The Daily Meal in 2014, but we’re partial to the eggplant slice and chicken roll.

1:30 p.m. Indulge in something sweet at Flowerbake by Angela (136 Fifth Ave), where the cupcakes are made with organic flour and cage-free eggs and the white-washed space has pressed tin ceilings and a bold floral mural. Or stop by the bakery counter at DeCicco & Sons’ flagship location (43 Fifth Ave), to customize a filled-to-order cannoli.

2 p.m. Cross under the train tracks to hit Pelham’s antique stores. At tiny Timeless Treasures (200 Sparks Ave) sift through a neat jumble of jewelry, furniture, pottery, and porcelain.

3:15 p.m. Check out Wolfs Lane Park. Reopened in 2017 after a $647,000 redesign, the green space now features winding paths, bocce courts (you did bring your bocce balls, right?) and a sculpture garden with rotating exhibits from the Pelham Art Center.

Photo courtesy of the Picture House

4 p.m. Grab a ticket for whatever’s playing — and a bag of the county’s best movie-theater popcorn — at The Picture House (175 Wolfs Ln). Established in 1921, the theater was saved from demolition and transformed into a fine-arts theater in 2002, screening box-office hits, indie films, and documentaries in its two theaters.

7 p.m. Just down the block, Cantina Lobos (217 Wolfs Ln) brings a much-needed infusion of Mexican flavors — tequila cocktails, tacos, and chicken in 12-hour mole — and quirky-cool décor to Pelham’s dining scene. For a more formal, white-tablecloth-style dinner, head to La Fontanella (115 Wolfs Ln), where tuxedo-clad waiters serve generous plates of fresh pasta.