• Kate Ivers

How to Shop Safely on Cape Cod This Summer

Shopping isn’t just a fun way to spend a cloudy day, but an essential part of the Cape’s tourism industry. In the wake of COVID-19, local shops, restaurants, and business owners need our support more than ever. And there are ways to shop safely while helping our local economy: open-air shopping spaces. If you want to shop in-person, choosing outdoor, open-air destinations is the safest measure to take during the pandemic. We've compiled a list of four open-air retail locations on the Cape that we recommend you visit.

1. Mashpee Commons - Mashpee, MA

Mashpee Commons is a New England-style shopping area with over 50 stores and over 20 dining and entertainment destinations. The award-winning mixed-use neighborhood also features a movie theater, supermarket, 77 apartments, and CapeSpace, a shared workspace environment.

Our top selections here are the steak tips at Bobby Byrnes, dog treats at Hot Diggity, some cool “locals” gear at MOCEAN, and of course, facials at SeaSalt Spa. Also, be sure to check out Cape Camo, which opened its first retail location here. Also, if you're worried about grocery shopping in-person, fresh produce and food delivery from Rory's is available to most Cape Cod zip codes. If calling in your order, please call within 48-hours notice before your desired delivery time. Our team at Down the Cape Concierge can also deliver groceries to your home. Email us at atyourservice@downthecapeconcierge.com for more information!

Upcoming things to do: Mashpee Commons hosts a range of events and activities that are fun and safe for you and loved ones. Proper sanitation, mask-wearing, and guided social distancing are concrete in the shopping center’s COVID protocols.

2. Main Street - Hyannis, MA

Known as the “Hub of the Cape,” Hyannis Main Street offers pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and crosswalks. The strip also houses 40 restaurants and cafes featuring a broad range of cuisines, 150 locally-owned shops, and a walkway to the sea of Hyannis Harbor.

Our recommendations on Main Street are the burgers at KKatie’s Burger Bar, local art from Red Fish Blue Fish, fish tacos at The Black Cat, music and records at Spinnakers, and an all-you-can-eat special at Brazilian Grill. Here is a list of open stores and restaurants with their protocols (and promotions!), and a list of takeout and delivery options on Main Street.

3. Main Street - Chatham, MA

Chatham is one of the walkable towns on Cape Cod. It’s also one of the most charming, combining a classic “Main Street” ambiance with a modern flair. Chatham’s downtown area is an upscale shopping destination with boutique clothing, award-winning inns, and a variety of dining options.

Our recommendations are sandwiches at Chatham Cookware, craft beers at the Squire, sweets at Chatham Candy Manor, and cute gifts from Fisherman’s Daughter. Here is a list of open restaurants and their updated policies and hours.

4. Commercial Street - Provincetown, MA

Commercial Street is a bustling yet quaint shopping, dining, and entertainment district at the very tip of the Cape. Adorable bed and breakfasts, art galleries, and boutique shops are scattered throughout this historical fishing district.

Our top things to do are the Pilgrim Monument (you can even climb it!), and eating oysters at Mac’s Fish House, and getting a massage at Crowne Pointe Spa. Also, check out our ultimate P-town pub crawl to safely enjoy Commercial Street with your loved ones.

Be On the Cape This Summer

In bleak times, it’s comforting to know we still have the places that make life fun. You can have peace of mind when you visit the Cape knowing that the surrounding community takes COVID-19 precautions seriously. And, when you come here, you’re contributing to our local economy.

We can find the perfect rental if you’re looking to visit any of these sweet locations, Call us at (857) 222-9043 to learn more.

If you go to any of these places (or take us up on any of our recommendations), let us know by tagging @downthecapetravelguide on Instagram and Facebook.