For this post, I thought I would try something new and plan a fun day in New Haven starting from breakfast until well past dinner time.
Wake up and get your morning coffee and pastry at Blue State (84 Wall St or 276 York St). They not only have good coffee but also excellent hot chocolate and pastries. Get a scone or an almond croissant; both are delicious. Next make your way to the Yale University Art Gallery (corner of York St and Chapel St) to see a huge collection of ancient art and modern art including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Kandinsky for free!
Go to Breathing Room (817 Chapel St) to do some yoga. The instructors are extremely friendly and welcoming; a class is taught every day at 12:30pm. After you’ve worked up an appetite, reward yourself by having the salad (there’s only one and it comes with pears, greens, gorgonzola, and candied walnuts) and the mashed potato and bacon pizza at Bar (254 Crown St) or a tasty sandwich from Skappo Merkato (51 Orange St). I especially like the Parma sandwich here; you can also pick up some olive oil and Italian pasta to take home. Next cut through Yale’s campus to get to the Peabody Museum (170 Whitney Ave), which is one of the oldest and largest natural history museums in America. Try to walk through the Rare Book Library (121 Wall St), which looks uber cool on the inside. As you walk through campus, try to guess which buildings are actually old and which ones are simply made to look that way. Yale has made this game quite hard. The Peabody Museum houses many dinosaur fossils as well as exhibits on Egyptian civilization and live animals and demonstrations in the Discovery Room. Thursday afternoons from September to June are free!
For dinner, go to either Barcelona Wine Bar or Chao Wine Bar. Barcelona serves very good tapas, almost everything on the menu is tasty but I especially like their cauliflower and steak paillard; they also have a happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays. Chao serves really good Taiwanese dishes; I like their pork chop over rice and their market style noodles. After dinner, catch a show at the Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel St, students can get discounted tickets by calling 203.432.1234) or the Yale Cabaret or the Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Drive, students can buy tickets in specific sections for $20). Both the Yale Rep and Yale Cabaret are usually put on by Yale School of Drama students; many of whom eventually become movie stars. All three of these places put on fantastic shows. Finally, end your night with a drink at Firehouse 12 (45 Crown St) or Crown 116 (116 Crown St). Firehouse 12 makes great cocktails and is the only place I’ve ever been where the doorman was reading a book. Crown 116 also makes good cocktails and you can often join a cocktail class here and learn how to make your favorite drink.
That’s all for the day and hope you had fun!
Featured Image by Lauren Manning