6 Reasons to Love Life in Midtown Harrisburg

by: Kelly Leighton
June 11, 2014

When I moved from downtown Harrisburg to midtown Harrisburg six months ago, I was a little wary. I loved (and still love) my new apartment, but I lived downtown for majority of my nearly-six years in the city. I work downtown and go to the East Shore YMCA almost every day, so living downtown was hugely convenient. Granted, I moved less than a mile away, but it was still an adjustment.


However, I am happy to say I love living in midtown even more than I liked living downtown. Sure, it’s quieter, but I can’t tell you the last time I went bar hopping until the wee hours of the morning.

Midtown Cinema – I wrote about Midtown Cinema a while back here, and I still love it. I don’t get there as much as I’d like, but I love the old-school feel of the cinema, and I am so happy they get independent films there. It’s also reasonably priced, costing just $8 a ticket for an evening show. I hope to catch Chef while it’s still showing!

Shady McGrady’s – Firstly, they have a great happy hour and it’s seven days a week from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with half-priced drafts. Their selection of available drinks is impressive and oft-changing. Plus, they have free freshly-popped popcorn to munch on. And if you’re like me, you could always go for a snack.

Midtown Scholar – I don’t have a Kindle or the like, so I read my books the old-fashioned way, and prefer it. I love the smell of old books, and I love wandering up and down the aisles and seeing what they have to offer. Additionally, you can catch live performances there as well.

Riverfront Park – I know this is technically cheating, because I was just as close when I lived downtown, but this is still so easily accessible from Midtown. I’ve created countless running loops that incorporate this stretch by the river. I feel like I know each and every step of it.

Broad Street Market – I love being able to walk a few blocks to the market and load up on fresh vegetables and fruit. With more than 40 vendors, you have plenty of options and can even stay for lunch.

Although I am not a coffee drinker, I have to give a shout out to Little Amps. I know plenty of people who rave about their coffee, and their location on Green Street always has a crowd.

After six months in Midtown, I can’t imagine living anywhere else in this city.

4 thoughts on “6 Reasons to Love Life in Midtown Harrisburg

  1. Liz on said:

    I’m surprised Shady’s didn’t make #1!! 🙂

  2. kelly on said:

    I should have noted- they are not in any order!

  3. Jen M on said:

    Don’t forget Alvaro’s Bakery for amazingly delicious authentic Italian food (I love their stuffed meatballs). They also have delicious pastries perfect for a weekend brunch. It’s just a block or two up from Little Amps.

    • kelly on said:

      Great call- they do have amazing bread. I sometimes run by there and am always so tempted by the delicious smells!

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