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Downtown New Haven Shopping

Submitted by Brittney

Big Brands, Small Treasures

From boutique baubles to must-have fashion, Downtown New Haven offers world class shopping close to home at Apple, J. Crew, Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, Jack Wills, GANT and over 50 shops that offer fabulous brands like North Face, Coach, Longchamp, Waterford, Nike , Seven for All Mankind, Uggs and more!

Fabulous holiday entertainment and free parking on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday round out the experience to make holiday shopping in Downtown New Haven unique, easy and fun.


Visit the Broadway retail district for late night store hours until 9 pm and world class shopping including Apple, J. Crew, Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Jack Wills, and the GANT Campus Store.

Stroll over to the historic streets of Chapel to find one of a kind boutiques including Wave Gallery, idiom, Lisa Jones, Celtica and derek simpson…goldsmith, which offer late night hours every Thursday till 8 pm.

Looking for family fun? Visit the Audubon/Whitney district for family-friendly dining options including Moe’s Southwest Grill, Gourmet Heaven, Clarks and Katalina’s Bakery.

The Audubon, Broadway, and Chapel merchants invite you to value the holidays in Downtown New Haven this holiday season with special events and promotions.


Free Parking

Ample parking is always available in Downtown New Haven and this holiday season it is free with a receipt from a downtown store. Park in the convenient Chapel York Garage (150 York Street) or the Broadway Center Lot every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 pm to 9 pm and any time on Saturdays and Sundays.


$1,000 Thursdays

Visit downtown New Haven on Thursday nights in December for your chance to win a $1,000 New Haven shopping spree! No purchase necessary. Pick up your $1,000 shopping card at a participating stores between 5 pm and 8 pm. Travel to 10 shops and boutiques in the Audubon, Broadway and Chapel Districts to receive a special stamp. After completion return your card to Info New Haven at 1000 Chapel Street. One winner will be chosen each week for 4 weeks!

Free Pictures with Santa

Bring the children for FREE pictures with Santa at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Yale located in the Broadway District next to the new Apple store, from 5-8pm on Fridays and 2 -5 pm Saturday and Sundays. Guests will receive both a print and digital photograph as a holiday keepsake.

Gift with Purchase Program

Do your holiday shopping and dining in Downtown New Haven and save your receipts. Bring the receipts to INFONew Haven, 1000 Chapel Street between November 25, 2011 and January 15, 2012 and receive a voucher for a free beverage at participating restaurants or a pass to the Criterion Cinemas or BOTH. The more you spend Downtown, the more rewards you get.  It’s our way of saying thanks for supporting Downtown New Haven business. Some restrictions apply. Visit or call INFO New Haven at 203-773-9494 for complete rules and a list of participating restaurants.

Taste of New Haven Holiday Food and Shopping Tour – December 17th

Join Taste of New Haven on a pre Holidays food, drinks, shopping, culture and history tour of Downtown New Haven. While we stroll through shops offering tour members discounts and raffle prizes we will mix it up with tastes of the area’s best culinary delights.

The midday tour takes us along Chapel Street. Our food and drink stops include Sushi on Chapel for a trip to Japan, Oaxaca Kitchen Bar & Restaurant to spice up our Mexican appetite, Pacifico for some Nuevo Latino concoctions and Bangkok Garden Restaurant for Thai food.

The evening tour takes us to Downtown’s Broadway shopping district. Our food and drink stops include Blue State Coffee for a jump start, Box 63 where we’ll fire it up with various flavors at this firehouse-themed restaurant, Thali Too for a taste of India, Yorkside Pizza for a real Yalie snack and finish it all off with some homemade Ashley’s Ice Cream.

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Live Entertainment

Enjoy the sounds of live performances from local school musical ensembles every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Chapel and Broadway retail districts.

For more information on free parking, holiday events, stores and shopping hours please visit

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