Who Says You Can’t Have It All?
When you think of New Haven, retail therapy might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But believe it or not: among the city’s plentiful perks is one of the most wonderful (and walkable) shopping scenes in the Northeast. Disclaimer: for those seeking a standard shopping mall experience, this city is not for you. With an eclectic mix of mainstream and local shops to explore, the Elm City offers boundless finds for any budget. And the best part? Parking is optional. In fact, some of the city’s finest shopping districts are best discovered on foot.
As with most activities in New Haven, the shopping scene is steeped in history. Exhibit A: Del Monico Hatter. Where else can you find a century-old hat store still in operation? Likewise, Kebabian’s Rugs is another Elm Street staple that’s welcomed rug enthusiasts and window shoppers alike since 1882. In addition to hats and home accessories, New Haven is the birthplace of several top-shelf clothing brands, including Ann Taylor, GANT and high-end bridal supplier Modern Trousseau, which operates its flagship store on historic Chapel Street. In addition to big-brand names, New Haven has provided a retail platform for solo clothing designers like Neville Wisdom to curate and distribute his collections worldwide.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your wallet and start wandering our retail destinations.
Bringing over 50+ Connecticut vendors to New Haven year-round, City Seed is responsible for operating the regionally acclaimed Wooster Square Market, as well as a three-season market at Edgewood Park; two summer markets in Downtown and Fair Haven; and an Indoor Winter Market. Shoppers can indulge on delicious gourmet bites like small-batch yogurt and French pastries while perusing local bounty provided by Connecticut farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers and specialty food producers. With the start of every season comes a new selection of sights and smells to explore, so what are you waiting for?