Downtown Princeton is a destination for dining, shopping, events, and the arts, and a cultural base for students and residents.
Nassau Street and Palmer Square
At the heart of downtown Princeton is Palmer Square, a mix of offices, residential space, shops, bars, and restaurants The square is anchored by the historic Nassau Inn and faces the University and Nassau Street—the main commercial street in downtown Princeton and the boundary between the campus and town.
Along Nassau Street and on the side streets that intersect it, you’ll find high-end clothing stores such as Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Barbour; jewelers; bookstores; and gift stores.
Eat and drink
There’s no shortage of restaurants and pubs to visit, from the Alchemist & Barrister, Winberie’s, and Triumph Brewing Company to PJ’s Pancake House and Hoagie Haven, long-time favorites of students and residents. There are numerous spots for coffee and snack breaks, like Small World Coffee and Panera Bread.
Movies and theater
You can see the latest movies and documentaries at the Princeton Garden Theater, which offers discounts to students (bring your student ID).
On the west side of campus near the train station, McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts is one of the nation’s leading theaters and most active cultural centers in the nation, offering more than 200 performances of theater, dance, music, and special events each year.