Every week we'll be asking you to come with us to some of our favorite small towns and cities—and we'll show you the places, secret spots, and nooks we love.
Today: If you're visiting New Haven, you likely won't have papers to write or exams to study for—and that means you can take advantage of all the charming places, Gothic-style buildings, and cheese.
For the sake of being honest with myself—and for fear that my college friends will call my fib in the comments—I must admit that I spent 90% of my four years in New Haven in the library.
But, if I could go back and do it again, I'd spend less time poring over Spenser and more time on a picnic blanket with a pizza; I'd spend less time running awkwardly between classes, my 50-pound backpack flopping up and down behind me, and more time scurrying to the top of East Rock to catch views of the city at sunset; and I'd spend less money on espresso and more on eating out.
Lucky for you, if you're visiting New Haven, you likely won't have pressing paper deadlines or looming exams, and that means you can take advantage of all the charming streets, Gothic-style buildings, and ways to eat cheese. These are the New Haven coffee shops, restaurants, parks, and markets—mostly within walking/biking distance of Yale's campus—that I miss the most and that I hope you visit. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below!
If you need caffeine, a muffin, and/or a good book:
Chaider from Blue State Coffee and Cheese Truck grilled cheese with tomato soup (photos courtesty of Rebecca Levinsky via Instagram)
If you need a quick, cheap bite to eat, or groceries:
Extra icing on my "Claire's cake," please! (Photo couresty of Elizabeth Eats)
If you're willing to wait in line or spend a little money:
The Pantry's blueberry pancakes; Beinecke Rare Books Library
If/when you need a drink:
If you brought your walking shoes and need some fresh air:
View of Hamden, CT from East Rock Park (image courtesy of chrissam42 via Flickr)
Lighthouse Point Park (image courest of versageek via Flickr)
What are your favorite spots in New Haven? Share with us in the comments below!