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Shopping and Dining

Shopping and Dining

By Karen Meyer

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 and ample free parking, Madison is a wonderful place in which to live and to shop.

It is a welcoming comfort to stroll the rustic downtown sidewalk pavers and to enjoy shopping and dining in our town on any day of the year. Madison boasts a unique range of shopping opportunities, such as fashionable adult and children’s apparel boutiques, jewelry, hair & beauty, home furnishings, electronics, antiques, consignment, an independent pharmacy, a community bookstore and much more.

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

A multicultural delight, Madison offers an assortment of some of the best restaurants in the area. Diners can chose from a selection of tastes whether it be Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican or the classic diner. 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 to help fund charitable causes, business development and civic improvements in Madison.

Madison business owners and retail merchants, many who have been a big part of Madison’s 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, commuting or just plain fun.

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If you Love Madison, Shop Madison...

Karen Meyer has been the Executive Director for the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce since 2009. Karen was born and raised in Madison.

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