At Heart: Relaxation and Romantic Vibes

At Heart: Relaxation and Romantic Vibes



Whether you’re shutting out your schedules for a special day or exploring Yale University in New Haven together for the first time, relaxation and romantic vibes are ahead.



Set the tone with a blissful morning start at Katalina’s Bakery, serving up the art of enjoyment with scratch-made scones, homemade pop tarts, and vegan cupcakes to pair with sips of fresh-roasted Stumptown coffee. For a touch of French romance, the chefs at  Choupette Crêperie & Café will prepare beautifully crafted, authentic French crêpes as you sip a café crème or espresso. Surprise your senses with a selection of savory or sweet tempting toppings and fillings.



After breakfast, take a couple’s stroll to The Shops at Yale to find special gifts for one another among 30 unique boutiques, specialty stores, and national retailers. Is your love a lover of classic styles? Check out Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, lululemon and Warby Parker.  Are you fans of fashion or artisanal goods? Explore the rich variety on display at Walker Loden Ltd., Katahdin Furniture, MINIPNG, dwell, Lou Lou Boutique, Paper Source, Uni-Home Life or Soap-edi.



You’re sure to love wandering hand-in-hand through the famed Yale Art Gallery, where admission is always free. Spend some meaningful time together in the rarified atmosphere of thousands of works of magnificent art spanning ancient times to classic and modern masterpieces.



Looking for an intimate lunch date? You’ll find a charming dining array among The Shops at Yale. Linger at the Union League Cafe for fine French cuisine. Swing into the vibrant atmosphere at Pacifico for extraordinary Neuvo-Latino dish or traditional tapa. Head to South Bay for Mediterranean and Latin inspired cuisine. Share some spirited contemporary Italian creations at stylish Villa Lulu.



Up next, try a couples’ spa experience for the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate together. At Ripple Float and Wellness Center, couples are treated to tandem massages, float, and sauna sessions. Or chose to experience a relaxing massage, facial, or other treatments together.



Wrap up a memento of your new memories with the gift of a perfect souvenir for one other from The Shops at Yale. Surprise your mate with a little something from Any Occasion Creation Florist, J. Press, Raggs, idiom, More Amour, Derek Simpson Goldsmith, or Gilden’s Jewelers.



Take a break and savor a couple’s wine tasting experience at  Harvest Restaurant & Wine Bar. Hide away for a while at the legendary Old Heidelberg, a lower level Chapel Street gem steeped in Old World influence where they’re serving up inspired cocktails and heavy pours of German beer.



To make the most of your romantic retreat, plan a dining experience you won’t forget. With an amazing array of 35 dining options at The Shops at Yale, you’re sure to find something you’ll both love, from classic American fare to cuisine that cruises the globe. Enjoy gourmet meals in elegant settings at Strega and Zinc New Haven; or keep it casual with Tomatillo Taco Joint,  Shake Shack or Pokemoto.



As the cherry on top, step out for a sweet dessert at Loose Leaf Boba Company, Common Grounds, Cookie39 or Donut Crazy; or find a cozy spot for two at Maison B Café to enjoy a special treat.



Share a special night together enjoying New Haven’s vibrant entertainment scene and performances filling The Shops at Yale venues. Check for show-stopping options that may be underway at Yale Repertory Theatre, Shubert Theatre, or Yale University Theater.  Or wind down your day with a romantic moonlit walk around the Yale campus or a stroll along the picturesque streets of New Haven.


Insider tip: Visiting on the weekend? Free parking is available behind the Payne-Whitney Gym at Yale University’s Lot 78, located at 78 Ashmun Street; and at the parking lot at 433 Temple Street, behind Hot Pot, New Haven’s newest Chinese restaurant.