West Chester

39.9607° N, 75.6055° W
A thriving college town and county seat located at the intersection of several major highways, West Chester is a hub of cultural activity that seeks to preserve the past while embracing the future. With more than 50 restaurants within the walking-town borough itself and plenty of parks throughout, you’ll never run out of places to eat and play.


West Chester

A bustling, walkable town with incredible restaurants and great shopping


Welcome to West Chester

West Chester, the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, is a historic community with modern appeal. Numerous restaurants, educational facilities, public spaces, and homes blend classical architecture with modern walkability and new construction with community-oriented amenities.


With 50+ restaurants, and an exact number that’s always changing as food trends sweep through, West Chester is a foodie haven. Locally sourced products meet foreign imports in the kitchens about town, leading to continuous evolutions and explorations of culinary creation. Those looking for more traditional fare have more than a fair number of choices.


The town’s history, leading back to 1762, remains vibrantly maintained while modern amenities continue leaning into the future. Remnants of the creation and destruction that litters our nation’s 200+ years of history, from old mills and factories to battlefields and memorials, can be found throughout West Chester, with farms and ranches maintaining the agrarian lifestyle that have contributed to the area’s continuing prosperity.



What to Love

  • Amazing restaurants
  • Plentiful events
  • Lots of shops
  • Walkable Downtown



Local Lifestyle

West Chester is the kind of town where there’s always something to do and always somewhere to go. It’s the type of place where you can step out your front door and find your way to whatever you might need, from urban convenience to agrarian peace and quiet. With a history stretching back to before the founding of our nation based on the promise of continued progress and innovation, new trends mesh with proven methods to create a truly unique fusion of the past and the future.


An agrarian center and trading hub of the western suburbs of Philadelphia from its beginning, West Chester has long been a foodie’s paradise and destination for culinary exploration. In 2022 alone, there are reportedly 59 restaurants within the 1.8 square miles of the borough itself. Walking through town, it’s easy to get a slice of downtown Philly, a milkshake made with local dairy products, then settle in for a Michelin rated fine dining experience.


With so many restaurants in town, it’s little surprise that boutiques, pop-ups, local legends, national names, and other shopping opportunities can be found around every corner. With a dedication to uplifting local shop owners, artisans, and suppliers, the West Chester Business Improvement District works diligently to ensure a safe and family friendly environment for downtown shopping needs. This commitment to community engagement and improvement has led to multiple festivals, bazaars, and events that contributed to making West Chester one of 2021’s 100 best places to live in America.



Things to Do

With so many shops, restaurants, events, historic sites, art galleries, and natural spaces, it’s easy to find something to do in West Chester. Every spring brings in new life and color sweeping through the area, with great swaths of colony forsythia all changing from verdant green to sunny yellow in a single evening. The nature spaces like Goshen Park, Marshall Square Park, and Everhart Park allow ready access to this spectacle of color. For the musically inclined, West Chester University holds their Jazz Festival at the end of March to showcase students, local talent, and GRAMMY winning musicians for a weekend-long expedition.


Celebrating the agrarian history and verdant diversity of the region, gallery walks and spring festivals herald in the summer-long Gay Street Open Air Market. Experience automobile free shopping and eating all through West Chester’s downtown district as Gay Street is blocked off in European tradition. The music festivals continue through the summer months as well, with the historically named Turks Head Music Festival showcasing the blend of past and future so central to the town’s unique character.


Autumn brings cooler temperatures, colors famous the world over thanks to artist Andrew Wyeth, and of course food festivals. The Chester County Restaurant Festival is the highlight of any foodie’s season, with a week dedicated to all things delicious. Once the weather starts to turn, head to the Chili Cook-off for several warm bowls of local creation, or submit your recipe as the best!


As winter looms and colder temperatures settle in, West Chester celebrates in classic style. Combining traditional winter celebrations with modern technology, the Festival of Lights and Old Fashioned Christmas decks the streets with seasonal splendor. The Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, the marquee event of the season, brings glit and glam along with small town charm as restaurants and vendors feature special seasonal offerings, and carolers wander bringing cheer and song through the streets.




West Chester is served by the West Chester Area School District, which is known for its high educational standards. West Chester also includes West Chester University, a public university initially founded as an institute for teacher preparation.

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