Left Hand Coffee — If you love a good Nutella Mocha, I highly suggest you stop by Left Hand Coffee. They make a specialty Nutella mocha and latte, the perfect combination of jolt and delight. We stick to the morning routine even on vacation. Up early, out for coffee and a walk. With all the snacking and eating, most mornings I was in desperate need of a green juice. Left hand also had a great selection of fresh clean juices.
Happy Bowl / Tucked away at the the very end of the main street in town, this little shop shares a wall with the local Deli/Market and both are definitely hidden gems that wouldn’t make any Eater or Thirllist list, but local faves. Happy Bowl has a long list of smoothies and Acai Bowls to choose from, make sure to check them out.
Joni’s / Breakfast wrap, baked goods. The breakfast wrap and bread I got there was actually pretty good and fairly priced for being in the Hampton.
TT’s / A sceney Mexican spot is how I am going to describe this restaurant. Might be a solid spot to stop in an get some drinks and apps, but I wouldn’t make a meal of this place. The food was ehhh.
Best Pizza / We stopped at Best twice. It’s a great casual spot to grab a slice of NY style pizza without it being to stuffy or expensive.
Lunch / Famous for it’s adorable sign and lobster roll. Make sure you get there at 11 when they open to avoid long wait times. The lobster roll was good, but my favorite is still Pearl Oyster Bar in NYC. The buffalo calamari was also surprisingly good.
We stayed at the Breakers Motel, which is right before you enter the town of Montauk. The property was adorable, however the rooms were small. It was perfect for a weekend getaway, but any longer than 3 nights I think it would have been challenging. If you decide to book at the Breakers Motel, I would recommend requesting a secluded room away from the pool, parking lot or street. The room had a mini fridge, stove, kettle, plates and utensils, which was an added benefit since I love to be able to refrigerate fresh fruits to snack on. The motel also provided beach chairs and towels for the beach. The beach is a stones throw away. The beach is clean and quiet and you don’t have to worry about permits or parking which is ALWAYS a pain when in the Hamptons. One bummer was that the pool was not heated so on chilly days where the beach wasn’t an option, either was the pool. They do have picnic tables out front on your personal porch which were perfect for coffee and cards in the morning as well as reading and drink before dinner.
The town of Montauk is very small, so we ventured to a few other towns throughout our time there. Below is a list of places to shop or see.
Nellies’s of Amagansett / Nellie by far has the best selection of vintage and antique items. Her shop has a variety of items ranging from large furniture pieces to mini plates and lampshades. Some of her items are reasonably priced, but others are on the high end so make sure to browse (upstairs & downstairs).
Montauk Light House / You can drive to “The end of the world” in Montauk where the light house is located at the edge of the the island. If you want to walk around the lighthouse, parking is free, but if you want to tour the lighthouse that is an additional cost. We did a quick drive by because we didn’t feel like paying to go up to the light house as it was under construction at the time.
Amagansett Square / Lots of cute shops and little restaurants tucked in this tiny garden in the middle of town.
Gurney’s Resort / Check out Gurney’s Resort for a rotating list of local happenings and events. If you aren’t able to afford the $900 rate per night you can still enjoy the property while grabbing a bite to eat!
The Surf Lodge / Another steep nightly rate, but a fun place to check out. It is well decorated and there is definitely a vibe.