Main Streets & Villages
The perfect way to experience the region like a true local.

Part of Chester County’s undisputable appeal is its framework of quaint and welcoming neighborhoods. From destination-worthy downtowns with cobblestoned streets, picturesque storefronts, and full calendars of entertainment and events to countryside villages featuring small town charm and hidden gems, these towns showcase some of the true personality and spirit of the Brandywine Valley and are the perfect way to experience the region like a true local.

Must-Visit Main Streets
Kennett Square
Surrounded by farmland, this inviting neighborhood has a laid-back pace and a main drag lined with must-visit shops and eateries.
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West Chester
Historic architecture, buzz-worthy food and nightlife options, and some of the region’s best arts and culture can be found in this walkable downtown.
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A one-time steel town, this funky and eclectic area is now better known for its river views and artsy vibe.
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A Walk Back Through Time in West Chester

Some of the borough’s most beautiful and beloved buildings boast architectural charm and interesting past lives. Discover some of the most popular historical examples to create your own walking tour.

Countryside Villages

Pretzels aren’t just a Philly thing: In 1988, a stall in the Downingtown farmer's market was the first place where pretzels were sold by the founders of Auntie Anne's.

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Home of the Oxford Produce Auction, an open-to-the-public event that awards the highest bidder with super fresh produce and flowers from local Amish farms.

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A steel town on the brink of redevelopment, Coatesville’s Lincoln Highway and First Avenue are currently being reimagined as the “Coatesville Gateway” project.

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A small community known for its community art and it’s ever-growing King Street, home to buzz-generating restaurants and boutiques.

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Saint Peter's Village

Maintaining its charming façade of a 19th century industrial village, the small town is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The small village known for beautiful historic buildings and farm fresh dining is also home of Highland Orchards, a beloved pick-your-own orchard.

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Chadds Ford

Hometown of the Wyeth legacy, the Chadds Ford also hosted the production of M. Night Shyamalan’s hit film “The Village.”

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One of the county’s main shopping districts, the area’s Exton Mall, Exton Town Center, and Exton Square all offer popular retail and dining destinations.

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Two small, historic neighborhoods in Chester County horse country, the area is also host to the popular Willowdale Steeplechase event each spring.

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