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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.


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Lodging Near Palmer Square

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Nassau Inn $179
Nassau Inn

Nassau Inn

Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 158 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Princeton, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palmer Square and Princeton University. Princeton Public Library and Nassau Hall are also within 5 minutes.

    Hyatt Place Princeton $112
    Hyatt Place Princeton

    Hyatt Place Princeton

    3565 US Highway 1, Princeton
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 694 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Princeton, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Princeton University. Palmer Stadium and McCarter Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      The Peacock Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member $250
      The Peacock Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

      The Peacock Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

      20 Bayard Ln, Princeton
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 12 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Princeton, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morven Museum & Garden and Princeton University. Palmer Square and Nassau Hall are also within 10 minutes.

        Beautiful Home in The Heart of Princeton W/parking :)
        Beautiful Home in The Heart of Princeton W/parking :)

        Beautiful Home in The Heart of Princeton W/parking :)

        , Princeton
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 3 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Princeton, this property is within walking distance of Princeton University Art Museum and Princeton University. Also nearby are Nassau Hall and Princeton United Methodist Church.

          Holiday Inn Princeton $72
          Holiday Inn Princeton

          Holiday Inn Princeton

          100 Independence Way, Princeton
             
            3.8
            of 5, from 340 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Princeton, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Herrontown Woods Arboretum, Princeton University, and University Square Shopping Center. Palmer Stadium and Princeton University Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Courtyard by Marriott Princeton $95
            Courtyard by Marriott Princeton

            Courtyard by Marriott Princeton

            3815 Route 1 at Mapleton Road, Princeton
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 351 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Princeton, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Palmer Stadium and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Princeton University. Princeton University Stadium and University Square Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hyatt Regency Princeton $119
              Hyatt Regency Princeton

              Hyatt Regency Princeton

              102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 669 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Princeton, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Princeton University. Palmer Stadium and McCarter Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village $118
                The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

                The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

                201 Village Blvd, Princeton
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 683 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the suburbs, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Princeton University, Princeton University Stadium, and McCarter Theatre. Palmer Square and Drumthwacket are also within 6 mi (10 km).