Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
One of the leading Shakesperian theaters in the U.S., this local gem celebrates its 52nd season with sparkling performances. 973-408- 5600; shakespearenj.org
Downtown’s world-class jazz restaurant and bar offers savory Asian fare and live music six nights a week. A Zagat’s favorite. Private parties available. 973-822-2899; shanghaijazz.com
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Historic building in the heart of Madison is home to exhibits of amazing crafts by 18th- and 19th-century New Jersey inhabitants. Guided tours available. 973-377-7358; metc.org
Stage A Read In: Bookstores
Short Stories Bookshop
23 Main Street
For a quiet corner and a good read, visit this charming bookstore and community hub that hosts readings, signings and book clubs, and fosters local writers and musicians. Private parties, too. 973-845-6086; shortstoriesnj.com
The Chatham Bookseller
8 Green Village
This quaint downtown shop, in business for 40-plus years, specializes in rare, out-of-print and first-edition books. They also carry jazz and classical CDs. Browsers welcome. 973-822-1361; chathambookseller.com
Indulge: Spas + Salons
79 Main Street
Flies & Honey
21 Central Avenue
LA LA LAND
36 Main Street
The Loft Salon
17 Waverly Place
Salvatore Minardi Salon
8 Park Avenue
Vincent Chiarell Salon
9 Central Avenue
Grab A Bite Or Savor A Meal
34 Main Street
Neighborhood cafe serves micro-roasted coffee, baked goods, light fare.
50 1/2 Main Street
Creative cuisine and catering. Breakfast, wraps, salads, sandwiches.
Bagel Chateau of Madison
45 Main Street
Gathering spot for breakfast, deli sandwiches, soup, salad.
6 Main Street
Customized Neapolitan pizza, paninis and sandwiches.
20 Waverly Place
Inventive pan-Asian eatery offers sushi, hibachi and ramen.
33 Main Street
Northern Italian fare is served in a cozy bistro in the heart of downtown.
Il Mondo Vecchio
72 Main Street
This candlelit restaurant is Zagat rated for upscale Italian fare.
41 Main Street
Eat in or take out classic French Thai cuisine with fresh veggies.
3 Central Avenue
Hip, relaxed, modern American cuisine and a full retail specialty shop.
Need A Sweet?
10 Waverly Place
Chocolate, candies and custom cookies await. Sugar Rush caters weddings and kids’ birthdays. 973-845-2390
39 Kings Road
Enjoy Italian pastries, cookies, cakes and breads, lovingly made by a family of bakers. 973-593-2066; babasbakerycafe.com
7 Waverly Place
Indulge in divine desserts like fun-flavored cupcakes, cookies, brownies and breads. 973-377-4422; crowleycupcakes.com
26 Main Street
Family-owned ice cream parlor serves frozen yogurt, cakes, milk-shakes, smoothies, gourmet coffee. 973-301-0303; mccoolsicecream.net