You probably know by now that I love to explore new places. I try to go to at least two new places every week. Sometimes I go to a neighborhood and other times I will go to a restaurant or coffee shop. This week I went to Chelsea, a neighborhood that is located between 14th Street and 34th Street, west of 6th Avenue. I visited a few spots that locals love to go to. Chelsea is not my favorite neighborhood, because it is very busy, but there some great places you should definitely visit when you are in New York.
This is definitely in the touristy category, but you cannot really leave New York without paying a visit to Chelsea Market. The building was originally a cookie factory where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, look for the Oreo mural in the middle of the market. Right now Chelsea Market is a very lively place, where you can find something for everyone. Los Tacos No.1 is an awesome taco place; they serve one of the best tacos in New York City. The Doughnuttery is another great place in Chelsea Market. Here, you can get donut holes in every flavor. They have classic flavors, but also a few more adventurous ones. And then there is Artist and Fleas, where artists can sell their creations like on a flea market. You can find some great jewelry, soaps and clothes.
If you do not want to eat in Chelsea Market, because it is always busy, you should take a 3-minute-walk to Gansevoort Market. That is a smaller, but more open space than Chelsea Market, where you can find some nice food vendors. They sell pretty high quality food that is mostly produced locally and the prices are very reasonable, which is sometimes hard to find in New York. You can go here for pizza, Asian dishes, macaroons, crepes and other things. The space looks very industrial, which I really like, and you are not likely to find many tourists here.
The High Line
One of the things I was most excited about to see before I went to New York, was The High Line. The High Line is an old railroad that is converted into a beautiful public park. In a lot of places, you can still see parts of the railroad, which I think is really cool. The park begins on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, which is below of 14th Street, and ends on 34 Street, but there are a few places in the middle where you can enter the park. The view from The High Line is amazing and you will find both tourists and locals enjoying it. The park has not been open very long actually; first part was opened in 2009 and in 2014 the entire park was open to the public.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Next to Chelsea Market on 15th Street under The High Line you can find a cute coffee shop called Blue Bottle Coffee. They serve very good coffee. If you are in the area and want to get a simple cup of coffee, this is the place you should go. There is a Starbucks two blocks away, but it is always crowded with tourists, at Blue Bottle Coffee you will only see locals. They have a little area behind the counter where you can study or work. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you do not feel like you are so close to dozens of tourists.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is one of the most famous pizza restaurants in New York City. The have a few locations throughout the city, but here on 17th Street and 10th Avenue was the first location opened in 2008. Since then they have gotten a lot of publicity and have grown a lot. Their pizzas are amazing and it is totally worth it to skip the one-dollar pizza for a slice at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza that costs a little more.
There are more places in Chelsea I want to tell you about, but then this post would be way too long, so I am splitting my guide of Chelsea, Manhattan into two parts. The second part will be up next, so you can look forward to that. The spots I have mentioned in this post are all located close together, in the southwest part of Chelsea.
See you soon!