Close to 100 nearby restaurants offer just about every kind of cuisine imaginable. Hamburgers and pizza are both New Haven inventions. If you haven’t been to Louis’ Lunch or Wooster Street, run don’t walk!
The downtown scene has something for everyone from jazz and rock concerts to the latest movies at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas. Stylish lounges and neighborhood pubs offer a wide variety of entertainment, social engagement and libation.
Few cities of New Haven’s size can boast of having not one, but three major theaters. The Shubert, Yale Repertory Theater and Long Wharf Theatre continue to captivate audiences from miles around with imaginative revivals and captivating dramatic productions.
Yale University has been part of city life ever since the early 1700s. Yale puts a world of culture at your doorstep with interesting architecture as well as outstanding art museums, libraries, music, drama and sports — all just a short walk from Temple Square. Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College also add to New Haven’s cultural vibrancy.
New Haven, a city steeped in culture and tradition since 1638, is the first town in America laid out with a city plan. Based on a grid of nine squares, the central square was designed for the Green, which would serve as New Haven’s public common. To this day the Green is the center of activity, with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, city-sponsored jazz concerts and other events attracting thousands of visitors each year.
Two of America’s top rated hospitals are just blocks from Temple Square. Both Yale New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael are affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine and offer state-of-the-art technology and treatment. Many local Residents make Temple Square their home.