Shopping, restaurants, culture and history. Downtown Princeton has plenty to do.
Shopping and dining
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 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, jewelers, bookstores, and gift stores.
Off campus, there are many options for shopping, including retailers in the Princeton Shopping Center and Quakerbridge Mall. Nearby on Route 1, Nassau Park Pavilion and Mercer Mall are home to grocery stores, restaurants and many big box retailers.
Restaurants, coffee houses and bars
Downtown Princeton is known for its diverse and attractive restaurants, cafes, bistros, and bars appealing to every taste and every budget. Options range from Thai, Mexican, and Italian to organic and traditional. PJ’s Pancake House and Hoagie Haven are long-time favorites of students and residents, and there are numerous spots for coffee and snack breaks.
Be sure to take a look at Princeton Online for a comprehensive list of restaurants in Princeton and the surrounding localities. You'll find reviews, menus and prices.