About New Haven
Founded in 1638, New Haven, Connecticut is rich in history of innovation and artistry. Known as the Elm City, thanks to a mention by author Charles Dickens, New Haven combines the urban sophistication of nearby New York City and Boston, with the charm of traditional New England. The city is best explored on foot and easily navigated through a network of pedestrian-friendly streets.
New Haven's culinary roots include its global reputation as the birthplace of America’s first hamburger sandwich and the first American pizza. Visitors from all over the world stop at Louis Lunch for a taste of a true hamburger sandwich or head into Historic Wooster Square, where lines form every night outside Frank Pepe’s for a slice of what many claim is the best pizza in the United States. Locals know that dining at home means enjoying the opportunity to travel the world without needing your passport. From the creative Spanish cuisine of Ibiza to the hyper local offerings at local favorites Miya’s Sushi and Caseus Bistro, visitors enjoy big-city dining in a friendly, familial atmosphere. We guarantee you’ll never hunger for variety in the Elm City’s restaurants.
Nearly every street in Downtown New Haven offers the opportunity to experience world and local art, the city’s deep-rooted history and one-of-a-kind performances. The recently expanded Yale University Art Gallery houses a diverse collection of more than 185,000 works, while the Yale Center for the British Art features the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom. ArtSpace, the contemporary gallery spotlighting the work of both regional and local artists anchors the Historic 9th Square District.
New Haven’s theatre scene is unmatched thanks to the Shubert Theatre, home of many Rodgers and Hammerstein world premieres,the Tony-award-winning Long Wharf and Yale Repertory Theaters, and home-grown theater companies like A Broken Umbrella Theater.
Downtown New Haven features more than 100 specialty boutique with independent retailers paired alongside well-known neighbors for a unique and comprehensive shopping experience. The largest Barnes & Noble Bookstore between New York City and Boston, Apple, Urban Outfitters, Gant, and J.Crew mix with smaller regional retailer along Broadway and Elm Streets. Chapel Street is home to many high-end boutiques like WAVE gallery, idiom, and Derek Simpson Goldsmith, as well as national retailers like Ann Taylor. Audubon and Whitney Avenue are home to several arts organizations including Creative Arts Workshop, Neighborhood Music School and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, as well as multiple art galleries, home furnishing stores and one-of-a-kind music stores.