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Things to do in West Haven

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Breathtaking selection of art from all across the globe spanning centuries. Best of all, admission is free! ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Nice restaurant/bar which gets extremely busy. They serve good pizza and have a nice beer selection. It really packs out on Friday and Saturday nights so can be a bit of a wait, though there are also a lot of alternate restaurants along this strip.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Yale Center for British Art at Yale University in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom”
  • 25 locals recommend
Theatre
“You just got to New Haven, so don't worry about heading to NYC to see a Broadway show. The Shubert Theater brings Broadway to downtown New Haven with a 1600 person capacity and incredible shows and musicals, all surrounded by breathtaking early 20th century architecture.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“If you are visiting New Haven you might already know that New Haven elevates pizza to the next level. Sally's is a cornerstone in New Haven's pizza lore. Every pie is hand made and baked in their famous coal fired ovens. The pizza is thin crusted, large, and slightly charred. If you are in the mood for something simple, go with the delicious plain mozzarella pie. For something a bit different, try their famous White Potato. Be aware of the wait. Especially on weekends, expect to wait an hour. But the pizza is worth it. Notable fans include Frank Sinatra, Al Gore, Kathleen Turner, Don Rickles, Jimmy Durante and Gary Trudeau.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Really nice up-market restaurant and bar. Movie theater across the road and down a block.”
  • 21 locals recommend
College Library
“See the beautiful architecture at the massive rare book library (one of the largest of its kind in the world). The old and rare books are stacked up to 6 stories high in an awe-inspiring glass covered tower. The exhibits themselves are also one of a kind with items such as an original Gutenberg Bible.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Very romantic cocktail bar with a speakeasy vibe. They also have high-brow bar food which is good, but limited.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Rudy's was relocated and revamped after 75 years of being the best dive bar in town. The new location is cleaner, has better interior design, and an expanded menu, but the fact that it is no longer a dive bar is also a disappointment to many. I don't go here for the service, the food, or the cocktails. I come here for the decent-to-good beer selection, a baseball game on the TV (note, this is NOT a sports bar and the TVs are not invasive) and the company. So this bar may not be the bar for you, but I'm recommending it for those special bar flies out there that don't want anything too fancy and enjoy other bar flies. Don't go on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights when they have karaoke/DJs.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sushi, but not the typical kind you would expect (got served insects here once, so be warned). I enjoy their end of the night "happy hour" deals.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“During your stay this is a must place to visit if you want the best in seafood and a view of the ocean. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“The best bread in New Haven! This great cafe/bookstore has been in New Haven for decades. It is in the ground floor of the British Art Museum which makes for a nice combination of activities on a rainy day. The British Art Museum is free also!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Main NH vegetarian restaurant. Nice atmosphere and staff, deserts great, mains v healthy but often pretty bland. G Zen in Branford (vege/vegan) is another option (and is really amazing), though it’s a 15 min drive and a sig. price hike from Claire’s”
  • 16 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Long Wharf Theatre (www.longwharf.org) is renowned for innovative and remarkable theatre. The Long Wharf from childhood to current, has never failed to deliver.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Electronics Store
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“Apple store offers all the computer gadgets as well as computer service in case you are having problems with your MacBook or drop your iPhone during the trip.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The best guacamole I’ve had outside of Mexico - and my favorite margaritas. Great brunch makes it a great place for a Sunday funday.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Nice restaurant/bar which gets extremely busy. They serve good pizza and have a nice beer selection. It really packs out on Friday and Saturday nights so can be a bit of a wait, though there are also a lot of alternate restaurants along this strip.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“If you are visiting New Haven you might already know that New Haven elevates pizza to the next level. Sally's is a cornerstone in New Haven's pizza lore. Every pie is hand made and baked in their famous coal fired ovens. The pizza is thin crusted, large, and slightly charred. If you are in the mood for something simple, go with the delicious plain mozzarella pie. For something a bit different, try their famous White Potato. Be aware of the wait. Especially on weekends, expect to wait an hour. But the pizza is worth it. Notable fans include Frank Sinatra, Al Gore, Kathleen Turner, Don Rickles, Jimmy Durante and Gary Trudeau.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Really nice up-market restaurant and bar. Movie theater across the road and down a block.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Rudy's was relocated and revamped after 75 years of being the best dive bar in town. The new location is cleaner, has better interior design, and an expanded menu, but the fact that it is no longer a dive bar is also a disappointment to many. I don't go here for the service, the food, or the cocktails. I come here for the decent-to-good beer selection, a baseball game on the TV (note, this is NOT a sports bar and the TVs are not invasive) and the company. So this bar may not be the bar for you, but I'm recommending it for those special bar flies out there that don't want anything too fancy and enjoy other bar flies. Don't go on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights when they have karaoke/DJs.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sushi, but not the typical kind you would expect (got served insects here once, so be warned). I enjoy their end of the night "happy hour" deals.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“During your stay this is a must place to visit if you want the best in seafood and a view of the ocean. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“The best bread in New Haven! This great cafe/bookstore has been in New Haven for decades. It is in the ground floor of the British Art Museum which makes for a nice combination of activities on a rainy day. The British Art Museum is free also!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“Main NH vegetarian restaurant. Nice atmosphere and staff, deserts great, mains v healthy but often pretty bland. G Zen in Branford (vege/vegan) is another option (and is really amazing), though it’s a 15 min drive and a sig. price hike from Claire’s”
  • 16 locals recommend

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