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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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Hyatt Regency Princeton $84
Hyatt Regency Princeton

Hyatt Regency Princeton

102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Princeton University. Palmer Stadium and Princeton University Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Nassau Inn $207
    Nassau Inn

    Nassau Inn

    Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection $212
      The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

      The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

      20 Bayard Ln, Princeton, NJ
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Blissful Spacious Home IN Heart OF Princeton $249
        Blissful Spacious Home IN Heart OF Princeton

        Blissful Spacious Home IN Heart OF Princeton

        Princeton, NJ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Princeton, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Princeton Cemetery and Princeton University. Princeton Public Library and Princeton United Methodist Church are also within 10 minutes.

          Cozy 1 BR Central Princeton Loft with Parking
          Cozy 1 BR Central Princeton Loft with Parking

          Cozy 1 BR Central Princeton Loft with Parking

          Princeton, NJ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Princeton, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Princeton Public Library and Princeton University. Princeton United Methodist Church and Princeton Cemetery are also within 10 minutes.

            Spacious 2 BR Central Princeton Home w/ Parking
            Spacious 2 BR Central Princeton Home w/ Parking

            Spacious 2 BR Central Princeton Home w/ Parking

            Princeton, NJ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Princeton, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Princeton Public Library and Princeton University. Princeton United Methodist Church and Princeton Cemetery are also within 10 minutes.

              Downtown Princeton Modern 2 BR Home w/Loft
              Downtown Princeton Modern 2 BR Home w/Loft

              Downtown Princeton Modern 2 BR Home w/Loft

              Princeton, NJ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Princeton, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Princeton United Methodist Church and Princeton University. Princeton Public Library and Princeton University Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

                New!perfect 2 Bedroom Home in Princeton
                New!perfect 2 Bedroom Home in Princeton

                New!perfect 2 Bedroom Home in Princeton

                Princeton, NJ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Princeton, this historic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princeton Public Library and Princeton University. Princeton United Methodist Church and Princeton Cemetery are also within 1 mi (2 km).