New Haven has experienced—and continues to enjoy—a renaissance. Within an easy stroll from the New Haven Green are more than 100 distinctive restaurants, offering something for every palate. The city abounds with theaters, museums, and shopping destinations to satisfy all interests and tastes. The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Free Concerts on the Green, the New Haven Jazz Festival, and the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament are but a few of the major events and festivals that regularly bring thousands of visitors to the city.
Following are some of the highlights of New Haven's dynamic dining, arts, and shopping opportunities. For a complete list of events, shops, and restaurants, visit Info New Haven.
From upscale restaurants that serve dishes in trendy dining rooms to moderately priced ethnic establishments offering fare from around the world, new restaurants continue to emerge all over the community. New Haven's eclectic cuisine offerings include Chinese, Cuban, Eritrean, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Nuevo Latino, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
But that's not to say the old favorites are gone. Indeed, the venerable Louis' Lunch-self-proclaimed home of America's first hamburger-and Frank Pepe's Pizzeria, which claims to have served the first-and many argue the best-American pizza, still draw crowds.
With world-class theaters, museums, galleries, and music venues, New Haven offers a seemingly endless “things to do” list.
The Shubert, Long Wharf, and Yale Repertory Theaters are renowned for groundbreaking-and often career-making-performances. And a collection of smaller theaters and troupes, including Elm Shakespeare and Yale Cabaret, offer both traditional and cutting-edge performances throughout the year.
Yale contributes to New Haven's cultural diversity with the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and Peabody Museum of Natural History, among others. The city's Knights of Columbus Museum is a great place to learn about the history of religious art. From the trendy Artspace, which features contemporary art, to the Freedom Schooner Amistad on Long Wharf Pier, the city is abundant with cultural opportunities.
Power shoppers, bargain hunters, browsers, and window shoppers will all feel right at home in New Haven. Arts and crafts, specialty foods, distinctive jewelry, music, clothing, shoes, and fine wines and spirits are but a few of the wares sold by the city's unique collection of retailers.
New Haven's main shopping areas-including the Broadway District, the Chapel Street Historic District, and the Audubon Arts & Retail District-have been reborn in recent years. You'll find national stores like the Barnes & Noble Yale Bookstore-the largest bookstore between Boston and New York-the only Urban Outfitters in Connecticut, and J. Crew alongside boutiques such as Villarina's, Wish List, and Sogno Boutique of Dreams.