Princeton, home to the prestigious Princeton University, is a municipality with a population of approximately 30,000 in Mercer County, central New Jersey.

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Halo Pub/Halo Fete

Halo Pub is an ice cream shop designed to look like an old-fashioned pub and specializing in locally made ice cream using milk from nearby Halo Farm. Soft serve is known as "draught ice cream" and hard ice cream is referred to as "Ye Olde Hard Stuff". The hard ice cream flavors are divided into categories including: "the simple but elegant," "the liquors and liqueurs," "the heath bars," and even the "We'll never make," (Tutti Frutti and Bubble Gum). Halo Pub also has an excellent coffee selection, including the most-reasonably priced espresso drinks in town. Halo Fete, Halo Pub's next-door neighbor, serves gourmet ice cream cakes and pastries.

Princeton Battlefield

A healthy walk from the center of town along Mercer Road through a prosperous residential neighborhood. Site of an engagement in the Revoutionary War as Continental troops followed up their victory at Trenton by pursuing the retreating enemy. A memorial on the field incorporates imposing columns from the mansion of Richard Stockton, an area resident who signed the Declaration of Independence before renouncing the Revolutionary cause. Every other year the Battle of Princeton, the second George Washington ever won, is re-created at the site complete with firing cannons, men on horseback and charging troops. Dress warmly.

Albert Einstein's house

At his request there is no marker but it is the small, white, ordinary home located across Mercer Road from a small park. You can see it best on foot as Mercer is busy and there is nowhere to pull over. From Nassau Street, bear left onto Mercer. Walk past elegant row houses and a large church and continue past the campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary. At the bottom of the hill on the left side of the road, small homes front onto the road directly above the sidewalk. The second one you encounter was Einstein's.

SEE   —  112 Mercer Road

Twist — Yogurt Without Limits

This popular self-serve frozen yogurt lounge in the heart of Princeton is a favorite of college students, locals, and visitors alike. They have a wide selection of delicious live & active culture frozen yogurt with an incredible array of fresh toppings (some healthy, some just fun) in a homey, comfortable atmosphere. Create your own snack or dessert, then kick back and relax for a while... they have games, books, TV, free wi-fi and super comfy seating areas.


One of the most well known shops especially for its upscale clothing. Although a bit on the pricey side, you will without a doubt find everything, and more than what you’re looking for. Zoe carries anything from designer men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories, shoes, bags, and jewelry. The store also hosts many events during the summer months, that draw’s in thousands of locals from all over New Jersey.

Small World Coffee

and 254 Nassau St., +1 609-921-8011 A coffee shop that is buzzing most mornings with large crowds coming to get their caffeine fix. The Nassau Street location features slow brew by-the-cup, made to order coffee using a melitta-style cone. The Witherspoon street location has live music most Saturdays and displays work by local artists.

Teresa’s Café

A simple Italian inspired atmosphere located in Princeton’s Palmer Square. All seasonal pasta dishes, sandwiches, and pizza are made with fresh local ingredients, all at a reasonable price range for both families and for that special someone.


Catering for all occasions, Olives is a wonderful deli style shop consisting of fresh, homemade deli foods, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Quick foods for on-the-go ranging from 5-15 dollars, Olives provides affordable yet exquisite food.

Nassau Inn

A full service hotel featuring 203 elegant guestrooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the historic Yankee Doodle Tap Room- where Einstein himself sipped on a brew and then carved his name into one of the booths.

SLEEP   —  +1 609-921-7500 —  10 Palmer Square

Main Street Bistro and Bar

Named one of America's "Great Great Neighborhood Restaurants" by Bon Apetit magazine, this restaurant features a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the eclectic entre selection, Main Street features desserts, beer and wine.

McCarter Theater

Located on the campus of Princeton University, this Tony-award winning theater showcases several productions before they arrive on Broadway. Additionally, many famous musical and dance troupes perform at McCarter each year.

Fruity Yogurt

This adorable yogurt shop is located right in the heart of downtown Princeton. They make a variety of different flavors of yogurt which you prepare for yourself and even add on your own toppings. They also sell bubble tea.

The Bent Spoon

Features artisan ice-cream with a gelato-like texture and European-style hot chocolate. Ice cream and sorbet flavors range from dark chocolate habenero to olive oil or avocado. A little bit expensive though.

Triumph Brewing Company

This is the only spot in town that brews their own beer as they have a large unique selection of beers to choose from. Not to mention they have a great, hip, atmosphere that offers live bands every weekend.

DRINK   —  +1 609-924-7855 —  138 Nassau St

Princeton Garden Theater

Movie theater on Nassau Street that shows a great interest in independent movies as well as popular flicks. Showing only two movies at a time, this theater provides a quaint, relaxing atmosphere.

Thomas Sweet

Ice cream and chocolates. One of the most popular menu items is a blend-in, your choice of ice cream mixed with candies, fruit, or nuts. They also offer a number of low-fat and fat-free flavors.

EAT   —  +1 609 683-8720 —  179 Nassau St

Conte's Pizza

Often said to be Princeton's finest pizzeria. Others find the pizza to be dry and dull, but if you're looking for pizza and a beer this is the place. One of the few with a liquor license.

PJ's Pancake House

Expect long lines out the door for this small restaurant if coming for a weekend brunch. Also loved by the locals for sentimental reasons, if not for the food.

EAT   —  +1 609-924-1353 —  154 Nassau St

Labyrinth Books

Open only a few years, this book store has become rapidy popular, selling new, used and academic books. Great prices and even better selections.

Erdman Center

The Princeton Theological Seminary lets out rooms to individuals (usually for conferences at the university or seminary) for $80 a night.

SLEEP   —  20 Library Place

Hyatt Regency Princeton

Newly renovated, close to the train station and Route 1. Complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions and business centers.

Tortuga’s Mexican Village

A very authentic Mexican restaurant. BYOB, cash only, great tasting food, and just a little walk from the center of town.

EAT   —  +1 609 924-5143 —  41 Leigh Ave

Princeton Record Exchange

One of the best record stores in the country, featuring a large selection of CDs and DVD's $4.99 and under.

Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center

Provides comfortable accommodations as well as 64 technologically advanced meeting rooms.

Greene Street Consignment Shop

Trendy consignment shop with vintage clothing, located right on Nassau Street.

Tico's Eatery & Juice Bar

Offers good sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, and quesadillas.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

The Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, 609-921-7500,

DRINK   —  Map

Iano’s Rosticceria

A Pizzeria in downtown Princeton.

Massimo's Café

A pizzeria in downtown Princeton.

Red Onion

Fantastic sandwiches.

EAT   —  +1 609 924-6667 —  20 Nassau St

Ivy Garden

Good Chinese food.

EAT   —  +1 609 921-2388 —  238 Nassau St

La Mezzaluna

Italian cuisine.

About Princeton

Princeton — currently a community of 14,239 residents — is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. Home to one of the top universities in the nation, Princeton is a town filled with college students, beautiful scenery, and historical features. The University's Nassau Hall served as the Capitol of the United States for a single summer in the late eighteenth century. Princeton counts among its former residents Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann.

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