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Harbor LIFE: Provincetown

Commercial Street, Provincetown

Commercial Street, Provincetown. Photo by HBarrison

On and away from the water, Provincetown is home to some “eclectic and interesting” people, says McKinsey. Wandering up and down Commercial Street is the best way to see them, as well as an eclectic and interesting mix of businesses.

The Governor Bradford Restaurant at the corner of Commercial and Standish looks like a basic bar. Unlike most basic bars, it features drag karaoke seven nights a week.

Heading east on Commercial Street (turning right from the pier), the Lobster Pot Restaurant spotlights bouillabaisses and stews, including Sopa Do Mar, Shellfish Algarve and P-town Paella (clams, mussels, Italian chicken sausage, chicken and Sardinian cous cous, in a saffron tomato creamy broth).

Interesting shops this side of town include How Bazaar (framed insects), Pürl (yarn and fibers), Mad As A Hatter (hats), Utilities (kitchen and bath items) and Chameleon (women’s vintage clothing).

The eclectic Strangers & Saints has one of the street’s best signs: “Come One, Come All—Loot, Pillage, Plunder, Play—Dine & Drink.” Other restaurants in this neighborhood include Ciro & Sal’s, a much-loved Italian restaurant, and the Wired Puppy, a coffee and tea spot where people hang out for the drinks and the Wi-Fi.

If you head west (left) from MacMillan Pier on Commercial, one of the first places you spot is the Paws & Whiskers Dog Bakery. For humans, one of the highlights at the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery is the Portuguese soup (carrots, cabbage, squash, potatoes, beans, ham and linguica).

Puzzle Me This sells brain teasers, puzzles (nature scenes, New Yorker covers and “The Golden Girls”) and special topic board games (“Harry Potter” Trivial Pursuit, “Game of Thrones” Monopoly and “Star Wars” Risk). Down an alley across from Puzzle Me This is The Donut Experiment with made-to-order donuts.

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