Discovering Falmouth: Shopping, Eating and Atmosphere

by Halle Davis

Tucked away in the southwest corner of the cape, Falmouth is a cozy yet vibrant town full of unexpected shops, restaurants and attractions. We decided to treat ourselves to what Falmouth has to offer for a day of shopping, eating and checking things out.

First Stop: Maison Villatte

What’s more chic than French pastries and coffee for your morning meal? Stop into this Main Street hotspot and brave the line to grab some of the best pastries on the Cape (owner Boris Villatte also co-founded PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet). Start your day of shopping in Falmouth with a decadent but not heavy treat at Maison Villatte.


CQ recommends: To channel cool French girl vibes, try the pain au chocolat or a croissant with espresso! You’ll thank us later.

Next: Liberty House

The first shopping stop for the day is Liberty House, located on Palmer Avenue. There is a cluster of quirky little shops in this area; a little something for everyone (unless you don’t like shopping!)

Liberty House is named after a non-profit cooperative women’s store that operated in New York City in the 1960’s. The shop has an eclectic selection of clothing and accessories for women.

CQ recommends: Liberty House is a great option for light sundresses and fun accessories such as anchor print scarves and leather totes.

Next: Cape Chic Company

Right around the corner from Liberty House is Cape Chic Company, a coastal lifestyle boutique. The store is located in an idyllic space, complete with a magnificent post and beam ceiling. Inside Cape Chic Company you’ll find effortless yet comfortable pieces that maintain their elegance.


CQ recommends: Cape Chic Company has a great assortment of accessories: woven jute handbags with leather handles that are perfect for the beach or farmer’s market, a curated selection of summer scarves and funky jewelry!

Lunch: Pickle Jar Kitchen

After some time shopping along Palmer Ave, check out the collection of shops, restaurants and attractions on nearby Main Street. For lunch, we stopped at Pickle Jar Kitchen, a casual spot nestled in between some of Falmouth’s best shopping! We love the warm feel and inviting atmosphere created by wooden interiors and bright light.


CQ recommends: This place has the best of both worlds – breakfast and lunch. Whatever you end up ordering, make sure to snag some of the house-made pickle chips! You can’t go wrong here – everything is made naturally with care.

Next: Board Stiff

Full from lunch and determined to walk off some calories, we set back out to shop. The first shop we popped into on Main Street, Board Stiff, is a local favorite from Falmouth to Provincetown (literally). Board Stiff has kept skaters and surfers in the Falmouth area well equipped since 2006. With an impressive range of products from paddleboards to handbags, Board Stiff is the place to shop for a beachy, summer look.


CQ recommends: With lots of fun merchandise to pick from, we suggest Board Stiff as the ideal place to buy sunglasses. Their brands include everything from Maui Jim to Gucci. From sporty to high-end, they’ve got it!

Next: Puritan Cape Cod

Puritan Cape Cod is a notable shop on Main Street Falmouth for a few reasons. For starters, Puritan opened in Plymouth, Mass. in 1919. Currently, the business has grown to include four locations. Another reason to shop at Puritan is the scope of brands and merchandise. Get the perfect Cape Cod look with classics from Vince and Eileen Fisher or preppy nautical styles from Vineyard Vines and Sperry Top-Sider.


CQ recommends: Puritan Cape Cod is the go-to destination for upscale classics. From rain boots to their very own line called Chatham Chino Company, Puritan has a distinctly tasteful point of view.

Next: Green Eyed Daisy

For a bit funkier selection, head over to Green Eyed Daisy, a women’s clothing and accessory boutique founded in 2009 by a mother-daughter team. Because they opened in the middle of the recent recession, their price points stress the importance of choice. They have a little something for everyone, from $10 earrings to designer purses.
CQ recommends: Despite having pretty much everything anybody could want, we have concluded that Green Eyed Daisy has an amazing inventory of jewelry. From simple designs to something more elaborate, Green Eyed Daisy has it and at reasonable prices.

Next: Treasure Chest Gifts

To mix things up, we head to Treasure Chest Gifts. Not only do they have women’s apparel and accessories, but they have lovely options for men, wedding gifts and home decor. Treasure Chest offers the delightfully unexpected for shoppers, everything from handmade lighthouse doll house to funky cowboy boots.


CQ recommends: Our favorite picks from Treasure Chest GIfts were the assortment of light knits and leather crossbody handbags – the perfect look for a casual night out to a beach bonfire or outdoor bar!

Next: Maxwell & Co

Our last shopping stop for the day was certainly worth the wait. We walk over to Maxwell & Co to get a taste of European opulence before the day is over. Immediately you’re struck by the elegance and sheer volume of chic clothing.


CQ recommends: If you’re looking to be transported to a luxurious yacht in the Mediterranean Sea via your outfit, give Maxwell & Co. a try. Dig around and find designer pieces on sale or indulge in something truly special, you deserve it!

Last Stop: Osteria la Civetta
After a long day of shopping, it’s time for a glass of wine. So, we head to Osteria la Civetta  (The Little Owl) which offers an authentic taste of Italy, with handmade pasta paired with fresh and locally sourced produce, meat and seafood.
The owners of the Osteria believe that one of the greatest sources of joy is what happens around a dinner table, so they aim to make their patrons feel the same

CQ recommends: Cozy up to the small bar, order a bottle of wine and make some new friends, and tell them about all of your great local finds from the day!