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.
The New Haven Food Truck Festival and Dragon Boat Regatta celebrate their annual event each June with family-friendly events, savory food and musical entertainment. What sets this food truck festival apart from others is the Dragon Boat Regatta and its unique waterfront location on Long Wharf Pier.
As explained by John Pescatore
, a two-time Olympian in rowing, of the Canal Dock Boat Corporation, a dragon boat is a 40-foot canoe with 20 paddlers, a drummer to maintain the cadence, and a sweep or steers-person. The paddlers sit side-by-side in rows of two to propel the boat for recreation, fitness, or competition.
What’s in it for me? Well, Dragon Boating is super fun, high spirited, and a great team-building experience! It’s easy to learn, extremely safe, and an activity where men and women can paddle and/or compete side by side towards the same goal. Regardless how old, young, big or little: once a paddler is in stroke, he or she is contributing to his team.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2019 festival! At that time we will provide vendor information, boat race times (dependent on the tides) and more.
The 2018 event featured more than 50 food trucks and with approximately 12,000 attendees.
The New Haven Museum should be your first stop for a comprehensive offering of all things New Haven. From our extensive lists of “firsts” including the first planned city in America, rubber boots, tape measure, corkscrew, lollipop, hamburger sandwich, Frisbee and the now very quaint sounding telephone book. You’ll learn about the Amistad affair that changed the course of history, Eli Whitney, Nathan Hale and much more.
New Haven is a city meant for walking tours, ranging from a short stroll on the town green to a long afternoon’s worth of ambling through early American history. The compact city center makes the logistics simple. Almost everything you need is within a few strides. The Grove Street Cemetery, the Amistad Memorial and the New Haven Green (including the three famous churches – First Church of Christ, Trinity Church on the Green and United Church on the Green) are just a few steps apart.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney, Ave., New Haven. Permanent exhibitions include the New Haven Gallery with the Eli Whitney Cotton Gin; The Amistad Gallery with Nathaniel Joselyn’s Cinque Portrait; The Ingersoll Room, The Maritime Gallery with additional temporary exhibitions. $4 adult, $3 senior, $2 student, free for children under 12; free first Sunday of the month 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m. 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org
Trinity Church on the Green (1752), Corner of Chapel and Temple Sts., New Haven. Current building on the New Haven Green is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival in America. The Trinity Choir of Men and Boys the sixth oldest in the United States. Open for prayer and meditation weekdays. Check website for hours. Sunday services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. Evensong twice per month. 203-624-3101, trinitynewhaven.org
For more information on historic sites in New Haven, go to visitnewhaven.com
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 Studios in 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