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About the Washington Street Mall


The picturesque Washington Street Mall, located in Cape May, New Jersey, includes over 75 establishments in the heart of America's original seaside resort. A variety of unique boutiques, shops, fine dining restaurants, bars, quick eats, activities, and services are located along a three block stretch of Washington Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic, as well as adjoining portions of Ocean Street, Decatur Street, Jackson Street, Perry Street, Carpenters Lane, and Lyle Lane. The Mall serves as Cape May's town square, and features numerous benches, luscious gardens, shady trees, historical markers, gas lamps, bistro-style string lights, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, and more. Attracting not only visitors to Cape May, the Mall also attracts visitors to other Jersey Shore towns as well those from up and down the East Coast.


The Washington Street Mall in June 1972.

Dedicated June 24th, 1971, the Mall was a construction project of the City of Cape May's Urban Renewal Program, which took place from 1965 to 1971. The purpose of the program was to turn the heart of Cape May into a charming showplace complete with a revitalized downtown area to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists while also improving quality of life for residents as well.

With its famous shopping, delicious cuisine, and so much more, plan your visit to the Mall today!

Management of the Mall

In 2008, in conjunction with a major renovation of the Mall, the City of Cape May created the Washington Street Mall Business Improvement District. A special assessment is imposed on properties within the District for the purposes of promoting the economic and general welfare of the District and the City. Funds are used for holiday decorations, landscaping, marketing, and other uses.


The Washington Street Mall Management Company, Inc. is a nonprofit Corporation created to receive and allocate the funds and manage the Mall. Its Board of Directors meets regularly.

Meeting dates and minutes: 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024

Washington Street Mall Management Company, Inc.

PO Box 2338

Cape May, NJ 08204

Have a question about the Mall? Please see our Map & FAQ page as most questions can be answered there. Still cannot find an answer? Feel free to email us at

Marketing services are handled by George Swoyer/Swoyer Services, who can be contacted at








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