Dining and Shopping


New Haven is a city of variety, especially when it comes to good food! Dining options include Japanese, Creole, Mexican, Italian, Greek, American, French, Peruvian, Thai, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, and more. New Haven also is known for its particular style of pizza—known as “apizza.” You’ll want to try Frank Pepe’s and Sally’s, which have a long-standing rivalry. Apizza is so popular Bill Rankin, FAS Assistant Professor of History, has mapped out many of the local favorites. Not in the mood for pizza? Newer eateries such as Tarry Lodge and farm-to-table Harvest abound and accompany long-standing classics like Louis’ Lunch, which claims to have invented the hamburger. Looking for an old-fashioned Yale experience? Try Mory’s, which hosts weekly concerts by the Whiffenpoofs and other Yale acapella groups. And if you need a place to do work outside the office, there are plenty of cafesBe sure to take advantage of New Haven Restaurant Week to sample something new. Check out a full list of New Haven’s ever-changing dining options here


New Haven is full of shops that range from local boutiques to global retailers. A stroll around the downtown area offers one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing, accessories, art, and more. Visit The Shops at Yale for a full list of New Haven’s retailers, and stay up to date by signing up for their email list, which features information about events, sales, and more. Need to stock up on back-to-school outfits? The Clinton Crossing Premium OutletsTanger Outlets, and Westbrook Outlets are all just a short trip away. If you prefer goods with a little more history, check out the CT Antiques Trail

The heritage of Italian immigrants is vibrantly alive in restaurants representing all levels of formality and many regional specialties.” Read More
– Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Author of Ten Restaurants that Changed America (2016)