Welcome to Central/Downtown Greenwich
Greenwich’s vibrant downtown sits at the heart of this quaint, coastal community. Because of its multitude of high-end shops and upscale restaurants, Greenwich’s residents will find themselves returning to this bustling thoroughfare time and time again. The rich history of the downtown area can be seen in the charming historic architecture and brick buildings lining its walkable streets.
Springing from humble roots, Greenwich Avenue was not always the bustling town center it is today. It was not until the mid-1800s, when the railroad line from New York City to New Haven was complete, that the area began to grow. Wealthy businesspeople from New York City came to the area and, seeing potential in this picturesque community, decided to build their vacation homes in what is now Central Greenwich.
In the decades to follow, many from New York City would set up second homes and sprawling country estates in the area, using it as an escape from the grind of city life. Today, Downtown Greenwich has changed exponentially, with numerous luxury mansions and upscale shopping boutiques lining its once-empty streets. However, despite its popularity, it remains a peaceful haven outside New York City.
What to Love
- The numerous world-class shops and upscale eateries
- The walkability of this vibrant downtown
- The area’s small-town charm and big-city access
Those living in Downtown Greenwich enjoy the perfect blend of big-city access without sacrificing the charm of a small town. Even with its many shops, restaurants, and venues, Central Greenwich has retained its peaceful feel. Much of Downtown Greenwich is highly walkable, meaning those living in the area do not need a car to access world-class shopping and fine dining.
Central Greenwich boasts numerous things to do. This quaint community truly has something for everyone. In addition to the vibrant, upscale shopping district, there are plenty of natural spaces for outdoor recreation. Sprawling green spaces can be found just outside the bustling downtown, allowing residents to relax and unwind.
Living in this quiet neighborhood does not mean giving up access to the city. For over 100 years, Downtown Greenwich has served as a respite from city life without sacrificing its central location close to first-rate metropolitan amenities. Downtown Greenwich is just over an hour from New York City and Hartford, allowing locals to commute to the city for work or play and come home to their quiet bungalow in Central Greenwich at night.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Greenwich is home to a stunning array of high-end shops and dining institutions. Everything from famous luxury brands and quaint locally-owned shops can be found along the streets of Central Greenwich. World-renowned names like Tiffany & Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue can be found on Greenwich Avenue. Lesser-known gems like Richards and Manfredi Jewels elevate Downtown Greenwich’s shopping experience for locals.
Downtown Greenwich is also home to a rich assortment of restaurants. Everything from Omaske Sushi and exquisite globally-inspired cuisine can be found along Greenwich Avenue. Many restaurants serve fresh farm-to-table dishes using a range of locally-sourced ingredients. Stunning waterfront dining and views of the marina can be found at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor, an upscale hotel.
Things to Do
This vibrant community boasts a vast selection of things to do. The area hosts numerous local festivals that residents look forward to year after year. These include a nationally recognized car show, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and the Greenwich Food and Wine Festival. The Greenwich International Film Festival hosts year-round events showcasing the visual arts community in Greenwich and worldwide.
The Bruce Museum highlights world-class art, science, and natural history. Each year their exhibits change, so residents can frequently visit this community-based museum and discover new gems. Take a ride to the Arch Street Dock to take a “Cruise to Nowhere”, a guided tour around the Long Island Sound, or stop at either Great Captian Island or Island Beach.
Greenwich is home to an award-winning public school system that is comprised of 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one large high school. The area also has an array of top-rated private institutions for parents to choose from.