Follow your nose to the most distinct district of downtown New Haven. Wooster Street was the center of New Haven's Italian community prior to the construction of I-91 and I-95 that rip right through the heart of the street. Today, Wooster Street is host to New Haven's finest and most renowned Italian restaurants, with the famous Pepe's and Sally's pizzerie. A few blocks up is the famed Lucibello's Italian pastry shop where you can taste all your favorite Neapolitan sweets. Wooster Street is the best part of town to explore and get a great meal.
Although it is paired with the mega-chain Barnes and Noble, it does not take away from the breathtaking selection at this bookstore, the largest in Connecticut. You can take a book or periodical to the cafe, which serves Starbucks coffee and other delectable goodies. If you promised someone a souvenir Yale t-shirt or baby onesie, this is the best place in town to find insignia clothing and university paraphernalia. If you need stationery supplies, you can get those here, too.
Located right in Downtown New Haven, the Broadway Shopping District is home to over 50 different shops. From cute boutiques to jewelry stores and beauty products, the Broadway Shopping District is one of the most popular shopping areas in New Haven. When it's time to rest your feet, there are several restaurants and cafes in the area as well.
This store has a reputation for carrying the best hand-knotted Oriental rugs around, and has been proud of that reputation for 119 years, making it the oldest, continuously family-run Oriental carpet business in the country. It carries an impressive selection of new, antique and modern designs. It also offers restoration and cleaning services. Periodically, it hosts Turkish and Tibetan weavers, who demonstrate the weaving methods and artistry that go into the creation of their rugs.
idiom is one of New Haven's happening boutiques. The boutique stocks a wide array of women's clothing and accessory styles, from trendy and modern to classic and elegant. The store also stocks jewelry, bath and body products and all kinds of home decor products and fun gifts.
Many would be surprised to find that one of the premier independent bookstores in the country, albeit a small one compared to the sheer size of many others, is located in Madison, just a 15-minute drive from New Haven. R.J. Julia has been the most unique and appealing independent bookseller in the area since 1989, with a small cafe and coffee shop as well as a huge area dedicated to children's books. Stepping into R.J. Julia is like venturing into a Victorian home, filled with books and trinkets galore. One of the best reasons to show up here is to hear one of the numerous, noted authors promote their latest works, and there is a book event nearly every day. Plenty of big names are attracted to this bookstore which caters to young and old, and will do its best to ensure you can get what you need.
Owned by one of the leading fashion designer's in the city, there is much to be admired at the Neville Wisdom store. Designed and put together by the genius man, each piece of clothing found here boasts an impeccable finesse and style, that's been mastered over the years. Featuring chic and trendy clothes for men and women, there's very little here that won't light up your eyes in amazement. From dresses and tops, to skirts, coats and sweaters, no matter what you're looking for, this store will deliver. If none of the available options seem appealing, Neville can customize an outfit for you based on your designs and requirements.