New Haven

Center Church on the Green

New Haven is a city in Connecticut, and is perhaps best known as the home of Yale University. With a downtown population density of 6,000 people per square kilometer, downtown New Haven has a particularly residential character. As a result, numerous shops, cafes and top-rated restaurants have proliferated. Ethnic restaurants include Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Eritrean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Mexican, Thai, Indian and Malaysian cuisines, among many others. According to the Hartford Courant, New Haven has more pedestrian activity than any place between New York City and Boston, and also has a burgeoning nightlife scene.

The area is a center for bicycling and hiking, with nearby East Rock Park, West Rock State Park, and Sleeping Giant State Park. Together, they provide many miles of hiking trails and summits with expansive views over hundreds of square miles. Bicyclists enjoy cruising along the beautiful shoreline, or along the Farmington Canal Trail, a former canal and railroad that has recently been converted for recreational use.

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The Bicentennial Memorial Rotunda for men of Yale who died in World War I

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Harkness Tower, part of the Yale University campus in downtown New Haven


East Rock


Downtown New Haven

When visiting, pick up a copy of the Downtown Guide at a local shop or restaurant. It will provide you with up-to-date information on the hundreds of restaurants downtown, as well as shopping opportunities. New Haven abounds with hundreds of retailers, ranging from pricey local boutique to art galleries to national chains such as Ann Taylor.


White clam apizza from Pepe's

New Haven has many famous pizza parlors and is often credited with having introduced pizza to the United States, although New Havenites themselves often contend that New Haven-style apizza is a separate food from pizza altogether. The pizza has a thin, bitter crust, offset by high quality ingredients, making for one of the world's best pizza experiences. The most famous apizza locations are Pepe's and Sally's, which are over 80 years old and usually have lines going around the block. Modern Apizzaa more recent arrival (1934), further from the city centerhas nonetheless usurped these establishments as the local favorite in recent years. For a real New England New Haven experience, order the white clam bake pizzathe simple toppings of garlic, olive oil, and New England clams against the backdrop of the bitter, oven-scorched crust make for a delight to the senses.

While it is a bit sacrilegious to pass through New Haven without trying the pizza, the small city has an astonishing wealth of fine dining establishmentseasily rivaling the dining scene of any of New York's outer boroughs. The blocks just south of Yale University along Chapel, Crown, and George Streets are home to the majority of the city's best restaurants. Often-cited top restaurants in town include the Union League Cafe, Ibiza, Heirloom, and Zinc, but there are fantastic options around every corner in this part of town to try.

Wooster Square


East Rock


The fancifully neo-Gothic Osborne Memorial Laboratories of Yale University

Crown and Chapel Streets run through downtown New Haven and are packed with hundreds of restaurants, cafés, wine bars, lounges and the like. New Haven is the primary entertainment destination for the 800,000 people who live in the immediate area. When driving, watch pedestrians since the crowds can be thick, especially on weekends.


Stay safe

As with nearby New York City, New Haven's crime rate has gone down considerably since the early 1990s, and it is now considered to be a safe city, at least in the downtown area. Today, there is very little risk involved with traveling to New Haven's tourist attractions as streets bustle with crowds generated by hundreds of restaurants, cinemas, theaters, cafes and stores. Luxury apartments and million-dollar condominiums have proliferated, adding a large population base to formerly industrial or commercial zones. In such areas, the downtown area is generally safe at night, but like other cities, late night travel through certain city neighborhoods outside the downtown, without someone who knows the area, is not recommended. When visiting, exercise the same precautions you would use in any large city.

It is not recommended to venture outside the Metro North stop at Union Station at night. Taxis wait near the doorway, and it would be wise to take advantage of them if you must arrive in New Haven during the evening. The surrounding area is poorly lit and the surrounding area has seen a variety of violent and non-violent crime.


New Haven Free Public Library

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Routes through New Haven

New York City Stamford  SW  NE  New London Boston
New York City Bridgeport  SW  N/NE  Wallingford/Old Saybrook Springfield/Providence
New York City Bridgeport  SW  N  Wallingford Springfield
Hartford North Haven  N  S  Merges into
Providence East Haven  N  S  West Haven New York City
Providence East Haven  N  S  West Haven New York City
Hartford Hamden  N  S  Orange New York City
Stamford West Haven  SW  NE  END
Stamford West Haven  W  E  Branford New London

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