Best Souvenirs—and Places to Get Them

An Amish quilt uses color to enliven a strict pattern.

Like any tourist area, Lancaster County has more than its share of souvenir stores and kitschy things to bring back home. Here’s how to be an expert in local souvenirs. (Hint: some of the very best souvenirs are edible!)

An Amish Quilt

If you can afford it. If not, you can find smaller fabric art items such as aprons and hot pads. Try Country Lane Quilts in Leola, Witmer’s Quilt Shop in New Holland, Bird-in-Hand Antique Market, Amish Village Store in Ronks, Dutchland Qulit Patch in Intercourse, Amish Farm and House Gift Shop in Lancaster, Fisher’s Handmade Quilts in Bird-in-Hand.

Downtown Lancaster

Shop Lancaster’s boutique, thrift, artisanal foodie and art shops for one-of-a-kind items. Try Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom on King Street, or J.A. Sharp Custom Jewelers, or Building Character, or the Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft.

Farmers’ Markets

The ubiquitous Lancaster County markets are among the best places to shop for souvenirs, such as honey, preserves, pastries, candles, handmade goods such as alpaca scarves, brooms, pottery or Amish straw hats.

Strasburg Country Store and Candy Kitchen

This is a great place to stop for an old-fashioned ice cream cone—and to pick up some fudge to take home.

1 W Main St, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-0766

The Antique Shops in Columbia

This river town is home to Burning Bridge Antique Market, Columbia Rivertowne Antique Center and many smaller antique shops.

Columbia, PA 17512

The Best of Tourist Traps

There are plenty of local “tourist traps” that have great gift shops, such as Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, Country Road-Stand in Ronks, and Plain & Fancy Farm Village of Shops in Bird-in-Hand.

— Diana Abreu