Downtown New Haven

Welcome to Downtown New Haven, a place of connections, where awe-inspiring innovation meets the nation’s best pizza. Here, great ideas in music, art, dance and theater gather on the Green and on incredible stages in neighborhoods across the City. Our decidedly curious culture permeates from our residents and neighborhoods to just about everything, from museums that tout the past while connecting visitors to the future, to local eateries where a secret recipe coffee cake is as exalted as a perfectly prepared pasta.  

Downtown has everything because we’re up to try anything. It may be why we prefer our hamburgers without ketchup and why we spend as much time browsing our bookstores as we do our boutiques. 

According to a recent study conducted by the International Downtown Association (IDA), the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts, Downtown New Haven stands as a pillar of economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity, and resilience. Our downtown district is the economic engine of the city and a beacon of inclusion, on par with the most diverse cities in the country. Downtown New Haven offers a vibrant lifestyle, putting the “play” in “work, play, and stay.” Downtown New Haven’s identity is storied and smart, optimistic and innovative; and as resilient as our residents. 

There’s a lot to learn, taste, try, see, and do in New Haven. So, whether you’re crossing the Q Bridge, exiting 95, landing at Tweed or stepping off the train, we look forward to connecting you to what you’ve been missing, us.