What’s the easiest, and possibly cheapest, way to travel around the world? Put on your walking shoes and tour the four street food districts in New Haven. A full loop is 5.4 miles, but chances are you’ll be full before you finish. You’ll travel from Downtown New Haven with its historic green, admire the “Yale Whale” (Ingall’s Ice Rink designed by Eero Saarinen) at the Sachem District, then head over to the Cedar District (near the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital) with its long history of food carts. Finally, or firstly if you arrived by car, you can be wowed by Food Truck Paradise at Long Wharf located off of I-95 at exit 46. Check out our map for the district locations.
Whatever your route, you will be tempted with cuisine from around the world:
- Coffee & Tea
- Ice Cream
- Latino/Spanish/Puerto Rican/Columbian/Cuban
- Middle Eastern
- Thai/Southeast Asian/Vietnamese
Featured dishes include Chicken Lo Mein; steak and cheese sandwiches, beef, chicken and veggie tacos, pizza, ribs, empañadas, cashew nut chicken, falafels, General Tso’s chicken, Caesar’s salad, lamb curry, coffee, tea, cupcakes, ice cream…you get the picture.
Street food has long been a staple in New Haven, especially by the Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital and along the shore. These hot spots have been around since the ‘80s. Going back to 2010, the Medical District was getting rave reviews for its international cuisine, including this article from the New York Times. And the accolades haven’t stopped. Carts located near Yale, Albertus Magnus College and Gateway Community College offer satisfying meals that fit in a college student’s budget while not sacrificing taste. Read what one Yale student had to say about the Sachem Street offerings in the Yale Alumni Magazine.
Although less famous than the “picture” saying, a taste is worth a thousand words.
Tip: If taking the train, hop off at the State Street Station (served by Shore Line East, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line and Metro-North) and you’ll be steps away from the Downtown District.
Tip: When driving into the Elm City, visit www.parknewhaven.com for information and specials.
Greater New Haven continues to raise the cultural bar with memorable exhibits, events and performances. Annual events include the two-week extravaganza of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, country fairs, craft festivals, summer concert series and City-wide Open Studiosin October.
Visual art lovers will enjoy strolling through our many galleries and museums, including the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Smaller galleries throughout the region showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by local artists.
Theater-goers can catch both traditional and progressive shows at the Shubert, Yale Repertory and Long Wharf theaters in New Haven.
Yale Center for British Art
, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. The Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, which reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. Free and open to the public. Offers exhibitions and programs, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m. 203-432-2800, 877-BRIT-ART, britishart.yale.edu
Yale University Art Gallery
, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings, 200,000 objects, range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. Free and open to the public. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. (September-June); Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Handicapped accessible. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. From dinosaurs to diamonds, meteorites to mummies, the Peabody engages visitors of all ages with a wide range of exhibits and programs. Annual festivals, Discovery Room, Museum Store. $13 adults, $9 seniors, $6 ages 3-18 and college students. Under age 3 free. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 203-432-5050, peabody.yale.edu
Felice Varini’s “Square with four circles”,
1 Temple St. New Haven. A 110 foot-tall, anamorphic wall mural by internationally-acclaimed artist, Felice Varini. This artwork remains the only large scale outdoor piece in North America by this important artist. It was commissioned by Site Projects | New Haven in 2010. Free. siteprojects.org/felice-varini-square-with-four-circles-new-haven-2010
Swoon’s “Katherine G.”
, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. An expressive, full-length wheat-paste portrait by famous street artist, Swoon. Part of a three-piece wheat paste mural series commissioned by Site Projects | New Haven in 2014. Free. siteprojects.org/swoon-in-new-haven-2014#
For more information on the Arts in New Haven, visit infonewhaven.com