Palmer Square

Find myriad dining and shopping opportunities, along with a packed calendar of special events, in this small square in downtown Princeton.

There is no better place to enjoy the charms of downtown Princeton than in picturesque Palmer Square. Take a leisurely stroll through the square, browse its boutiques or enjoy a meal in one of its top-quality restaurants.

Admire Palmer Square’s Colonial Revival architecture. This appearance is no accident; the square was built in a style that would complement nearby Princeton University. Although it looks like it’s been here for centuries, the square was not completed until 1939.

Explore the dozens of shops around Palmer Square. Whether you’re looking for clothing, cosmetics or unique gifts, the upscale but varied selection of stores will offer plenty of options.

Purchase coffee or a snack in one of the cafés lining Palmer Square. For a sit-down meal, choose from a variety of restaurants. At a range of price points, the diverse eating options, including cuisines from around the world, make Palmer Square a great dining destination for all budgets and tastes.

Find Princeton University, one of the most prestigious schools in the world, directly across Nassau Street. Explore the stately, tree-filled campus on foot. Many of its brick and stone buildings have stood since the 18th century. In fact, its oldest building, Nassau Hall, was built in 1756 and served as the United States capitol in the summer of 1783.

For worry-free parking, take advantage of one of the two on-site garages where you can park for a fee. You may also find street parking throughout town. If you prefer to take public transportation, the Palmer Square bus stop is conveniently located near the square.

Check out Palmer Square’s calendar for current and upcoming events. The large space often hosts live music performances, parades, fitness classes and more. In December, come to see the Christmas tree and menorah lightings. Regardless of the season you visit, find something delightful and entertaining n Palmer Square.