Every summer we spend time in the Southampton, New York area and have for the past five-ish years. We love it there in July. The temperatures are really nice in Southampton this time of year, much cooler than it is in July in Arkansas. We’ve come to love a few places in Southampton that we repeat visit every year, but we also love to find new restaurants and places to explore every time we go. Here is my guide to Southampton, New York and all the places we like to eat and explore, as well as a few of my favorite spots to find a fun workout or a healthier treat.
My Guide To Southampton, New York
Cheese Shoppe Hamptons | This is hands down our favorite Southampton spot for coffee and breakfast. They have freshly baked goods and a long menu of breakfast wraps and sandwiches. Their avocado toast is one of the best I’ve ever had thanks to a bright lemony vinaigrette and fresh arugula they top it off with. We also love to stop here and pick up sandwiches and snacks on the way to the beach.
La Parmigiana | La Parm is our favorite Southampton spot for pizza and casual Italian. Their pizza and pasta dishes are incredible, but the portions are HUGE, so order accordingly. Our local friends turned us on to the practice of picking up a pizza from La Parm and heading to the beach for a sunset pizza picnic, and I highly recommend it.
Sant Ambroeus | This is another favorite Italian restaurant of ours, but it’s more upscale so we usually hit it for a date night or a nicer dinner with the girls. Their outdoor vine-covered patio is one of the lovliest outdoor spaces we’ve found in Southampton, so definitely request a table out there. You will need reservations for dinner. We also love to stop by Sant Ambroeus for an evening gelato.
Union Cantina | This is where we go for tacos and fresh Mexican food in Southampton. Their big porch is a perfect spot for dinner and drinks and to watch the colors of the sky change at sunset. Union also has a brand new burger bar which we didn’t have the opportunity to try this year, but I can’t imagine it would be anything but delicious.
LT Burger | Located just a couple towns over in Sag Harbor, LT Burger is our go-to casual spot for a good burger, fries and a milkshake. They always have specials as well as vegan and vegetarian options. The kids love it!
BuddhaBerry | This is another favorite Sag Harbor spot. BuddhaBerry serves up creative frozen yogurt flavors (think matcha and mexican chocolate) with vegan and gluten-free options. The array of toppings to choose from is huge and my kids basically think they’re in heaven when we visit here. They also have a coffee bar if that’s more your speed.
The Beacon | Also located in Sag Harbor, we first dined at The Beacon for the waterfront views and boat-gazing, but we keep going back because the food is amazing, too. They serve New American fare with an emphasis on local seafood, and the atmosphere feels like an upscale, bustling city bistro. If the weather is nice, definitely request an outdoor table so you can watch the sun set over the harbor.
Hamptons Hot Yoga | I’ve been hitting this little local hot yoga studio in Bridgehampton for a few years now and have had some of the most amazing teachers and classes here, so I was delighted to find that they recently opened a second location in Southampton. The Southampton studio is newly remodeled and gorgeous and the class schedule offers many different class styles and times and a wide array of instructors to try out.
SoulCycle WTML | Located in Water Mill which is just one town over from Southampton and fairly easy to get to, this SoulCycle location has become one of my go-to spots for morning movement when I’m visiting the area. The instructors in the Hamptons cycle through all the Hamptons locations in the summer as far as I can tell, but I haven’t had a bad one yet. Hampton Coffee is right across the street for a before or after class caffeine fix.
The Class by Taryn Toomey | This location in Bridgehampton is a little bit further of a drive from Southampton, but it’s really such a great workout. It’s hard to explain what The Class is, but think a blend of strength training using body weight (planks and bridges), cardio bursts (burpees and jumping jacks) and deep breathing intervals. I always leave The Class feeling both exhausted and exhilerated, and all the instructors play the best music. It’s truly an experience.
Shopping in Southampton | We love to hit up the shops on Main Street and Jobs Lane. It’s always worth popping your head in to look at the stacks of books in Southampton Books. My girls always want to check out Stevenson’s Toys and the Zoltar fortune telling machine out in front of the store (from the movie BIG with Tom Hanks). I love White’s Apothecary and Bluemercury for beauty products and makeup. There are pop-up shops galore that tend to change each summer, so it’s worth taking a stroll up and down the streets. If you need even more shopping after that, I recommend heading over to East Hampton and Sag Harbor and walking through the pop-up summer shops there as well.
Day Trip to Shelter Island | We did this for the first time this year and it was so much fun. We took the South Ferry from Sag Harbor (you ferry over in your car), then kayaked around Shelter Island with the nicest guys from Shelter Island Kayak Tours. Afterwards, we hit Sunset Beach for lunch and drinks. The vibe at Sunset Beach is a little retro and very European, and the fresh seafood was amazing. Highly recommend.
Day trip to Montauk | Montauk can be quite a drive from Southampton with the weekend summer traffic, but it’s always a lot of fun and totally worth it to check out the scene. Montauk’s surfer vibe reminds me more of So Cal than it does East Coast. It’s much more laid back and “come as you are off the beach” than Southampton and some of the other towns in the Hamptons. In years past we’ve played a family game of mini golf and grabbed a lobster roll at one of the many restaurants on the water. If I didn’t have kids with me, I’d for sure go by, grab a drink and dinner and check out the scene at The Surf Lodge.