Your Quick-Start Guide to Princeton, NJ

Princeton NJMost people look for information on places to live, such as Princeton, NJ, from real estate agencies and websites, and both are authoritative sources for real estate values, transactions, and market insight. But, what do you do when you get there?

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Where it’s at.

Princeton, New Jersey begins along Province Line Road, from Cherry Valley Road to the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and follows the waterway through Carnegie Lake and up Millstone River. The area is best known as the neighborhood of Princeton University, the Ivy League school and fourth-oldest college in the nation. For four months in 1783, from July to October, the Continental Congress met inside Nassau Hall, which served as the nation’s capital. The majestic stone building still stands on the Princeton campus.


Across from the McCarter Theatre Center, The Dinky Bar & Kitchen is a friendly, easygoing bar focused on craft beer, unique cocktails, and small-production wines patrons can pair with ingredient-driven, locally sourced snacks, small plates, and more. It’s part of the same community eatery as Agricola, the original farm-to-table restaurant on the other side of Nassau Street. There is a high concentration of eateries of all types along Nassau Street and in the neighborhood near the Princeton Public Library.

Jammin’ Crepes serves up award-winning farm-to-table twenty-layer hand-crafted crêpes, nestled between pillowy coatings of creamy mousse, chocolate ganache, and yes, please! Gluten-free eaters can still indulge here, as well as vegans, for breakfast and lunch fare. Up the road, Café Vienna is an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award Winner serving breakfast and gourmet omelets weekdays and a European brunch on the weekends.

If you really need to unwind, Triumph Brewing Company offers craft beers in a spacious bar and dining area, with live music on the weekends. For those who need a treat, Ruthie and Ron Bzwedka, winners of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, are back where it all started serving their delicious brand of baked goods at House of Cupcakes.

Need gas and more?

If you’re near Community Park South, Tamasi’s Shell of Princeton is a full-service auto repair shop and gas station on Bayard Lane (Route 206). Over on Nassau Street, you have a choice of Sunoco and Fowler’s Gulf, a gas station and auto maintenance and repair shop in business for more than forty years. There’s even a place to refuel vehicles that need a charge instead of gas at the Charge Point Charging Station.

Hardware and home repair

Even if you had the luxury to completely renovate before moving in, there’s always going to be something to fix . . . it’s a home! Smith’s Ace Hardware and Sherwin-Williams are both in the Princeton Shopping Center on N. Harrison St.

You can also head south on Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) for about six miles and find many of your big-box stores, including Lowe’s Home Improvement—as well as Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Target, and Wegmans—and The Home Depot, in the Nassau Park Pavilion.

At the end of the day . . . go relax

Take a tour. Princeton is so rich in history, you owe it to yourself to take the tour at least once. Start out with a simple, low-stress walking tour with a free map you can find here. Once you feel settled, make plans to check out the highly acclaimed Princeton Tour Company for guided weekend public walking tours and seasonal cemetery visits, ghost hunts, and trolley tours. You may be surprised who used to live in your neighborhood.

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