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Dining & Shopping
      Princeton Mercer’s Shops, Restaurants Cater to Every Taste
 WHEN IT COMES TO DINING AND SHOPPING in the Princeton Mercer region, you’ll never want for options.
There is a tremendous variety of choices in what to eat, where to eat and whether to eat in or take out, while the shopping landscape offers anything from national chains to locally owned shops with specialized inventories.
In fact, there are more shops and restaurants than you might ever have the time — or budget — to try.
Princeton and Trenton provide the most shopping options, but Mercer County’s picturesque small towns have their spots, too.
In Princeton, the premier shopping venue
is Palmer Square, a collection of high-
end specialty shops, galleries, condos and restaurants on Nassau Street. Dandelion,
a local boutique jeweler, and Homestead Princeton, a local home décor store, sit alongside Urban Outfitters, Brooks Brothers and dozens of more stores.
The Princeton Shopping Center has been a community gathering spot for 60 years. It offers 40 local and national retailers and eateries along covered walkways with a courtyard, recreational area and venue for events and seasonal activities.
Quaker Bridge Mall, in Lawrenceville, is
a regional mall, attracting shoppers and diners from throughout Pennsylvania and central New Jersey with easy access to I-95, I-295 and other major roads. Among its more than 100 stores and restaurants are many traditional mall merchants, such as Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney and Lord & Taylor, and restaurants for every budget.
Hamilton Township, centrally located
near Trenton, offers a variety of shopping opportunities with big-box stores, chain retailers and supermarkets in several conveniently located shopping centers. Shop Hamilton represents many local merchants through its marketing efforts and public activities.
Two Princeton restaurants — Elements and Mistral — were named among
the 30 best in New Jersey in 2019 by New Jersey Magazine. Under the same management, both restaurants feature fresh, seasonal fare from area purveyors
and growers. Elements offers an intimate dining experience with only nine tables, all in view of the kitchen. Mistral has
a Mediterranean flair to its menu and specializes in small plates to share.
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room Restaurant in Princeton’s landmark Nassau Inn serves up local history with its traditional food and wide selection of craft beers. Happy hour takes place every weeknight with rotating drink specials.
PJ’s Pancake House is another Princeton mainstay, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a quaint spot on Nassau Street. One favorite is the pancake sampler — you choose the three flavors.
The Princetonian Diner, in business since 1966, serves homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner with its own pastries, seven days a week. Stop in for a diner adventure.
Nearby Lawrenceville touts its Restaurant Row with a variety of eateries, from bagel
shops to BYOB establishments. Indulge your sweet tooth at The Gingered Peach, which specializes in scrumptious pastries. Don’t leave without trying a sticky bun!
In Hamilton Township, treat yourself to
a dinner at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s. It’s the heir of a legendary, family-run seafood restaurant in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood and serves up American classics such as crab
cakes and lobster tails in an elegant atmosphere.
Other choices across the county include ethnic restaurants, long-time favorites and new finds. Palace of Asia Indian Grill in Kingston Township offers an extensive array of Indian cuisine in a pleasant setting; Eno Terra, also in Kingston, emphasizes fresh, local foods inspired
by Italy; and Marcello’s Coal-Fired Pizza in Bordentown offers more than pizza — you can also sample homemade pasta, seafood and creative cocktails.
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