Are you a fan of the hit NBC show, “The Office?” Then you won’t want to miss this Scranton “The Office” self-guided tour, where you can visit iconic locations like Poor Richard’s Pub, the Steamtown Mall, and Cooper’s Seafood. An easy day trip from Philadelphia or NYC!ffice Scranton
I don’t know about y’all, but I have a serious addition to watching The Office over and over again. If you’ve never seen it, please, stop reading this and GO WATCH IT. Feel free to skip the episode entitled “Scott’s Tots” unless you can handle a major dose of awkward.
Hey Superfan! Need The Office gifts and merchandise? We’ve got a list of our favorites, from Dunder Mifflin shirts and mugs to the sparkly Prison Mike throw pillows you didn’t know you needed.
Because Angie and I are such big Dunderheads, we always hoped to visit Scranton, the Paris of northeastern Pennsylvania, to immerse ourselves in the world of Michael, Jim, Pam and Dwight. While in New York to speak at TBEX and our epic Niagara Falls adventure, we did what any superfan would do. We rented a car, bought a mustard-colored shirt and took The Jet Sisters show on the road to The Electric City!
Obviously, there were many, many quotes uttered. You don’t just watch a show 700 times and NOT memorize just about every line.
Where is Scranton?
Scranton is a small city in Northeastern Pennsylvania (aka NEPA for locals). It’s just over 2 hours from both Philadelphia and New York City, making it an easy day trip from either location. It’s a small town of fewer than 100,000 people, making it Pennsylvania’s 6th largest city, and it’s full of small-town charm.
Was “The Office” Filmed in Scranton?
Most of The Office filming locations, including the office and the park, were filmed in Los Angeles. The show was just set in Scranton. However, they did a very good job at replicating small-town Pennsylvania and included many real-life businesses that you can visit on your own Scranton Office tour.
One of my favorite parts of The Office is how even though it’s filmed mostly in Los Angeles, they weave in so many tiny details that make it oh-so Lackawanna County. We found lots of these little Easter eggs just from our mini road trip to Scranton.
For example in “The Merger,” Dwight and Michael rap about Scranton’s reputation as the Electric City, and we never really gave any thought to the history. But electric lights were introduced in 1880 at Dickson Locomotive Works and a few years later, electric streetcars were operating all over town. The “Electric City” nickname stuck all these years later, and you can still see the bright Electric City neon sign downtown. What a reputation to uphold, and so funny that Dwight and Michael get to rap about it.
Does Dunder Mifflin Scranton Actually Exist?
Dunder Mifflin Scranton is a completely fictional company. However, the Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company is housed in a building that fans will recognize as the iconic Dunder Mifflin tower, though the owners of the family business are quick to confirm that “we’re not the colorful oddballs of The Office”.
5 “The Office” Locations You Can Actually Visit in Scranton
Of course, we knew before we visited that most of the actual filming locations are in L.A., including the office park and just about everything else, but we’ve compiled a list of real locations you can find in Scranton. So if you’re in Philadelphia or NYC or the surrounding area, take an extra day to swing by and pay homage to Michael and Stanley, Jim, Dwight, Creed, Andy and Kelly… for your business paper needs. Check out the following locations for The Office in Scranton.
Poor Richard’s Pub
125 Beech St, Scranton, PA 18505
Before you stand in the parking lot looking confused like we did, Poor Richard’s Pub doesn’t look the same way as it does in the show. The scenes were filmed at Pickwick’s Pub in California, but the real pub is located inside a bowling alley. It’s worth a quick visit to snap a photo.
Don’t pull a “Roy” and destroy the place though – that really irritates the staff.
701 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18509
How amazing is it that you can grab lunch in the same place Holly and Michael argued about Meredith’s ethics?! We don’t often see Cooper’s Seafood in the show, but the writers name-drop it a ton.
The real restaurant is a popular spot in town with a heavily seafood-focused menu and quirky decor. There’s a gift shop inside with tons of “The Office” merchandise. Even if you don’t eat here, it’s a good place to stop in and buy souvenirs, like Dundies, employee IDs and Dunder Mifflin swag (stuff we all get).
If you’re a super fan, visiting Scranton is a unique way to squeeze a little more life out of your obsession with The Office. One thing to note: there aren’t just tons of places to buy merch – honestly, we were lucky to find anything decent outside of Cooper’s gift shop. So if you are going, get your gear BEFOREHAND so you are prepared for anything. Like a “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure” or even a visit to Lake Scranton.
Feel free to shout, “I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY” or “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID” while wearing a Michael Scott badge. Go ahead, let it all out. The Office Scranton
The Steamtown Mall
300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
The Steamtown Mall (now called the Marketplace at Steamtown) does exist, but you won’t find Victoria’s Secret or Jitterz (replaced by a candy store) inside. In fact, there are no major brand-name stores in the mall.
Sadly, it’s a relatively dead spot with a few shops but not a whole lot going on. BUT you will find the Scranton sign (from the opening of the show), and that alone makes it worth a visit.
There was no one around so we were able to act as ridiculous as we wanted without feeling too silly.
Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe
1040 S Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18505
Not to be confused with Pizza by Alfredo (a hot circle of garbage), this cafe is a must-do lunch spot for ‘The Office” fans. The Office Scranton
If you recall the episode “Launch Party,” Michael messes up a party by ordering from the wrong place, Pizza by Alfredo, which Kevin says “is like eating a circle of hot garbage. Michael ends up taking the delivery boy hostage and eventually the employees order from the good pizza place, Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe.
In real-life Scranton, this classic Italian eatery offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas. We ate there and think Kevin was onto something. No hot garbage here!
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply
215 Vine St, Scranton, PA 18501
Unfortunately, Scranton Business Park and Dunder Mifflin don’t exist in real life, though many think the Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company is the office for The Office. There is a little reminder at the very top of the tower – so look closely! The Office Scranton
We popped into Pennsylvania Paper & Supply in our Dwight gear and the employees were so friendly! They have signed photos from the cast and a real Dwight bobblehead from Rainn Wilson himself. And the company gives out free posters to all fans of the show.
Continue Your Scranton Office Tour
We only had a day for our tour of the Electric City, so we weren’t able to get to all locations mentioned in the show. Here are some additional places you can visit on your self-guided Office tour.
- Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
- Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Electric City Trolley Museum
- The University of Scranton
- Scranton Letter Mural
- Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub
- Dwight Schrute Mural at On&On
- Backyard Ale House
- The Bog
- Lake Wallenpaupack (a short drive away)
You can see a map with all of these locations (and more) on the Visit NEPA “The Office” Self-Guided Tour Map.
Is a Scranton “The Office’ Self-Guided Tour Worth It?
If we’re being honest, our favorite way to see Scranton is from the comfort of our couch, remote in hand. We’re glad we took this road trip, but would we do it again? Only if the original cast had some sort of epic reunion. Now that would be worth it.
Where to Stay in Scranton, Pennsylvania
If you’re heading into the Electric City to do some rapping of your own, or perhaps shopping at the Steamtown Mall, check out these hotels in the heart of the area.
- Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton
- Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
- Fairfield Inn Scranton
Explore more Scranton hotel options here, or top Scranton vacation rentals here.
32 thoughts on “A Self-Guided Scranton ‘The Office’ Tour”
THIS IS AWESOME! Kicking myself for driving past the Scranton exit last summer and not stopping! Love the gift shop souvies at Cooper’s!!!!
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We love the office so much that it’s the only show we have binge watched multiple times. It’s one of the major things that brings us closer together. She watched it without him at first until he kept hearing the humor in it until we both restarted the show back to season 1 and enjoyed it several times over!
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If you go to Pawnee and don’t invite me, IT’S OVER.
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Well is one of my favourites series so I would love to be there with you.
Too funny! My son has watched the whole series a couple of times, so I feel like a Dunderhead by contact high.
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Thanks for the post! I was in town to visit family in Wilkes-Barre and stopped by several of the sites since I had extra time. The folks at Penn Paper said an a cappella group from Chicago stopped there the previous day and sang the Office theme song for the staff.
Those Penn Paper folks were SO sweet! What a fun place that must be to work with all the fans stopping in. Thanks for your comment!
Just wondering if the poster you mentioned from the Penn Paper folks is for their company or Dunder Mifflin? Thank you. Your post made me laugh out loud remembering lines from the show!
I can’t put my hands on it right this minute, but I believe it was Penn Paper but with Dunder Mifflin overtones. Worth a stop in, either way!
Fantastic post.Ne’er knew this, thank you for letting me know.
I live close to the office building where it was filmed, glad to see I am not the only one who binge watches the show. Hope netflix keeps the show
If they don’t, I seriously might cancel Netflix! It’s basically my subscription to the Office and little else, ha!
This is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen! I’m a diehard Office fan and this is EPIC!
I am so, so, so glad to hear it!
I’m actually driving through scranton in a couple of days! I’m headed to NYC from San Francisco. Your blog is awesome! Is it really ok to stop by the Penn Paper Company? I dont want to intrude…many thanks!
You absolutely can! They were super sweet to us and seemed really tickled to have fans visiting.
The article has a lot of useful information. Thank you
This is awesome! I am taking my daughter and her friend to NYC to see a show and we will swing through Scranton on the way home.
Do you know if you can get into the bowling alley at any business hour to see the Poor Richard’s sign?
Yes, the bowling alley is called South Side Bowl and it is open 24/7. As soon as you go inside, the sign to poor Richard’s will be on your immediate right and its outside of the entrance, so you can view it even if they are closed.
This is so strange to me. I was born and raised in Scranton. We have nothing exciting here. But we get so many tourists coming through for The Office stuff and they get disappointed when they realize we dont have anything. At least you guys knew it wasnt real. I’ve had tourists ask me where the real Dunder Mifflin is, and I had to be the one to break the news to them. I’m surprised you didnt get a photo of the road sign, though. There IS a Dunder Mifflin street and people love holding up traffic to snap a photo of it ???? lol. Idk maybe its because I live here or whatever but I don’t see the fascination with coming here.
It’s about “The Office”.
Great article!! Thank you!!!
I used your post to guide my road trip to Scranton on March 24, 2020. Everything was closed because of the Covid-19 closures. But, it was still great to be there.
Thank you so much for your guide through Scranton
Thanks for the helpful info. I’m actually on a college visit for my son, about 30 minutes from Scranton and used your great info with addresses to make my own tour. Unfortunately didn’t find the original Scranton sign, but was told by locals they had to remove it from the entrance to Scranton due to all the attention it got, causing traffic/accidents.
I’m so happy it was helpful! Makes it all worthwhile!