Bodega, 980 Post Road: Small-size plates and fun vibe makes this a teen fave.
Panera, 1063 Post Road: A pure and simple sandwich haven.
Post Corner Pizza, 847 Post Road: Famously delicious “pie” and great salads.
Darien Sport Shop, 1127 Post Road: Upscale selection of apparel and jewelry for all ages.
Burger Shakes and Fries, 800 Post Road: Enough said.
The Sugar Bowl, 1033 Post Road: Old school diner. Decorated to the nines for every holiday.
Darien Ice Rink, 55 Old Kings Highway North: A fun spot in winter or great place to cool off in summer. Enjoy “free skate” times or skating and hockey lessons.
Robeks (883 Post Road) and Swizzles (1029 Post Road): Great “walk to town” ice cream and yogurt destinations.
Wishlist, 1101 Post Road: A favorite trendy clothing store and hangout spot of teens (and tweens).
Station Eats, 19 South Avenue or Chicken Joe’s, 151 Elm: Both score high points for “build your own” burgers, chicken fingers or sandwiches.
Art and Soul, 80 Main Street: A teen girls’ paradise where they can bead their own bracelets or necklaces, make pottery or work on a variety of “fused glass” projects. Mugs, wind-chimes, picture frames, bowls, votives, plates and crosses are popular items.
The Outback Teen Center, 71 Main Street: Fun parties, but teens especially love the “recording studio.”
She La La, 120 Main Street: Fun, trendy and affordable accessories and clothing.
Togs, 66 Elm Street: More apparel and jewelry, with a higher price point.
Tony’s Deli and Zumbach’s Coffee, 77 and 78 Pine Street: “Where the high schoolers hang out—anytime,” according to one source. Word has it, the “Mississippi” breakfast sandwich and iced coffees are the most popular menu items.
Gelatissimo, 26 Forest Street: Teens love the Nutella crepes, mint chocolate chip or chocolate chip gelato. If they go for fruity flavors, raspberry and strawberry are tops.
Burtis: Favorite mani/pedi spot.
Caryn Forbes: Affordable trendy clothes, jewelry and accessories with an edge.
Downunder Kayaking, 157 Rowayton Avenue: You can rent kayaks or paddleboards, although paddleboarding is what most teens prefer. Their hour-long Sup Yoga classes, where you can do yoga while on the boards in the water, are a huge hit. The SurfSet, a surfboard simulator, is pure fun!
Rowayton Pizza and 101 ice cream, 98 and 101 Rowayton Avenue: This famous pizza and ice cream place are across the street from each other and go hand in hand. A classic.
Bayley Beach, 11 Pine Point Road: “The” hangout place for teens, particularly by the basketball court.
Rowayton Market, 157 Rowayton Avenue: Great for granola and homemade pies, candy and a soda, or a quick sandwich and chips.
Farmers Market, Pinkney Park: Teens love this market that runs every Friday from 11-5, from June 1st until around Thanksgiving. Don’t miss the fruit smoothie and pickle vendors, or the lobster roll truck.