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Foodies and restaurant aficionados from around the world have come to recognize the Ironbound as a top dining destination. There are more than 170 restaurants in the district, where visitors can explore the cuisines of Portugal, Spain and Brazil. You’ll find old world charm, fine dining, value eateries, barbecue, tapas, cafes, bakeries and lounges. Things heat up in Ironbound once the sun sets. Dancing happens all night long. The Ironbound also offers a unique shopping experience. There are hundreds of International shoppes offering clothing, jewelry, and shoes from Europe and Brazil. It’s an opportunity to discover cool items that are not available at a local mall. Explore the intricate filigree work of Portuguese jewelry, pick up a bottle of vintage port, explore the many markets, find hand rolled cigars, or stock up on sports memorabilia. Take time to explore Riverfront Park, with its vibrant orange boardwalk and phenomenal views of the Passaic River. Summertime, you’ll find outdoor yoga, movies under the stars, concerts and boat tours. Game time happens just over the border at Red Bull Arena, where the New York Red Bulls strive to win the latest MLS soccer showdown. Looking to explore more? Take our self guided tour: A Taste of the Ironbound