Shopping and Dining

Shopping in Downtown Madison NJ

Madison’s quaint and charming historic downtown business district, which features 52 buildings on the New Jersey and national registers of historic places, is home to 16,000 residents and three colleges – Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Due to its manicured facades, inviting wide sidewalks, ample free parking and welcoming merchants, Madison is a wonderful place in which to live and to shop.

It is always rewarding to stroll along the rustic downtown sidewalk pavers and enjoy shopping and dining in Madison on any day of the year. Madison boosts a unique range of shopping opportunities: fashionable adult and children’s apparel boutiques; jewelry and gifts; hair, beauty and spa; home furnishings; computers and electronics; antiques; consignment; pharmacies; bookstores and much more.

Major retailers are located in the east-end business district, which begins just beyond historic downtown at the intersection of Prospect Street and Greenwood Avenue. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Stop & Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Whole Foods, Five Guys, Madison Honda, Jaguar, Karl’s Appliance, Staples and Starbucks are all a short distance from home, work or play.

A multicultural delight, Madison offers a deep assortment of some of the best restaurants in the area. Diners can chose from a wide selection of tastes whether it be Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean style, Indian, Mexican or classic American. Madison is also well stocked with wine shops, haute cuisine, delicatessens, gourmet coffee shops, diners and pizzerias.

Every year Madison hosts one of New Jersey’s premier food events, the Taste of Madison. All Taste proceeds help fund charitable causes, business development and civic improvements in Madison.

Art galleries, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, world-class jazz at Shanghai Jazz, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Playwrights Theatre are within our historic downtown. Our New Jersey Transit train station, which has been beautifully restored and offers easy access to New York City, is in the heart of town and it is just across from our historic borough hall, the Hartley Dodge Memorial building. New Jersey Transit bus service is also available along Route 124/Main Street.

Madison businesses owners and retail merchants, many who have been a big part of Madison’s progress and prosperity for generations, emphasize friendly service and always provide welcoming shopping and dining experiences.

Parking is free on our streets and in municipal shoppers’ lots. Bicycle racks are located at the train station and at many other places across town. At four square miles in size, Madison is made for walking to and from the business district for errands or just plain fun.

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Places to Eat in Madison NJ

Bagel Chateau Of Madison NJ

Firehouse Restaurant & Pizza

Gary’s Wine and Marketplace

Harvest Bistro

Healthy Italia – La Buona Cucina

McCool’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
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