Whether you’re taking a day trip to Valley Forge National Park or just spending a few hours exploring, it’s likely that you’ll be looking for a bite to eat while visiting. Certainly the most obvious and convenient dining choices are located a few minutes down the road in King of Prussia. However, this little city in the Philadelphia suburbs is somewhat congested, and the huge amount of options could be overwhelming to an out-of-towner. Traveling just a few miles past the park will take you to some off-the-beaten path local gems. In addition to getting the best of local flavors, dining at local establishments is a great way to make sure your travel dollars support the local economy.
Within 10-15 minutes from Valley Forge:
- Vita Bella Pizzeria & Restaurant (Oaks)—In the mood for pizza, paninis, and pasta? Vita Bella has you covered with their authentic Italian food just minutes from Valley Forge!
- Gateway Café II (King of Prussia)—A cozy family-owned spot for delicious breakfast and lunch is hidden away in the sprawling buildings of King of Prussia.
- Towne Book Center & Café (Collegeville)—If you’re looking for great coffee (locally roasted) and a few simple food options, the Towne Book Center is the perfect spot! Situated in a bustling shopping center just off Route 422, you may be surprised to find this independently-owned store that has a commitment to “going local.”
- Our Deli (Paoli)—The simple, unassuming façade may be overlooked by out-of-towners, but locals know the commitment to quality that has kept this little delicatessen in business for more than 35 years.
- Gateway Shopping Center (Wayne)—This little strip mall is located a few miles down Route 252 and offers several local eateries: Sal’s Pizza, Kabab Café, and Taste of India.
Within 15-20 minutes from Valley Forge
- Taquería La Michoacana (Norristown) or Hacienda La Michoacana (Phoenixville)—With a significant Mexican population, Norristown is one of the best places around to find authentic Mexican cuisine. La Michoacana has a location in Norristown as well as a sister restaurant in Phoenixville.
- Station Bistro (Kimberton)—If you’re looking for a unique, off-the-beaten path restaurant serving up mostly organic food, this is the perfect little spot!
- Downtown Phoenixville—If you just can’t decide and prefer to wander, Phoenixville is the best area around to discover “just the right place.” It offers myriad options and has a distinctive local charm.
*There are a variety of prices, cuisines, and hours at the restaurants listed above, so be sure to check out the website for more specific information.