New York is known for its cosmopolitan and multicultural soul, which is also reflected in the enormous gastronomic variety it offers. Chelsea Market is one of the most famous food markets in the city, and on a trip to New York, it should be among your top visits.
It is a Nabisco old cookie factory turned into a beautiful market, where the old industrial style of the building has been preserved with high ceilings and exposed brick walls that, in my opinion, give the whole a genuine look that you won't find in another city in the world.
Strolling through Chelsea Market is a pleasure, not only because of its beautiful decor but also because here you can buy delicacies from around the world and order something to snack at their fast food stalls (noodles, sushi, tacos, pasta or seafood, the specialty of the market), in their wine shops or bakeries.
At the same time, Chelsea Market is a piece of American culinary history. Did you know that Oreo cookies were invented here? If you look at the walls you will see that they are full of references to these delicious cookies.
1. Discover its delicious food stands
Founded by Sicilians, the secret of Filaga Pizzeria is in the dough. The classic Margherita is joined by the Diavola, the San Gennaro, the Bufalina or the Vegan. All of them are delicious.
This is a butcher shop where you can also eat. Two highly recommended dishes at Dickson's Farmstand are brussels sprouts with bacon and roast chicken with potatoes.
If you like seafood, you'll love this restaurant where the specialty is oysters, steamed lobster, and sushi rolls. Check out Lobster Place to treat yourself after a morning of sightseeing.
It's no exaggeration to say that the bread at Amy's Bread is some of the best in town and I think you'll agree with me when you try it. The raisin and fennel one is my favorite although they sell other yummy products like sandwiches, salads, cakes, cookies, or muffins.
Doughnut heaven is in New York and it's called Doughnuttery. They come in many flavors and with different toppings. Try the cinnamon sugar, lemon pop, coco loco, or bam berry ones, they are delicious with coffee!
L'Arte del Gelato
Whether it's summer or winter, ice cream for dessert is always a good idea, especially if it's homemade and served at L'Arte del Gelato. The cinnamon and stracciatella ice creams are to die for.
Chelsea Wine Vault
In this super cool wine bar, you can taste different wines and toast to your trip to New York; go for a drink at Chelsea Wine Vault when your strength begins to flag.
2. Browse the best stores in Chelsea Market
In addition to satiate your appetite, take a walk around Chelsea Market to find other kinds of very cool stores. Here are some of them:
A charming bookstore that in addition to books sells original postcards and souvenirs of New York. Stop by Posman Books when you visit Chelsea Market and you're sure to find something to take home.
Bowery Kitchen Supplies
Whether you're a chef in the making or just want to browse through the most curious kitchen gadgets, you're sure to find it here because they sell all kinds of appliances.
Chelsea Market Baskets
If you have a foodie friend back home, they'll be thrilled if you bring them a tasty souvenir from New York from Chelsea Market Baskets. They have a collection of irresistible city-made delicacies.
Artists & Fleas
The market Artists & Fleas brings together young designers, artisans, local artists and collectors. Here you can find jewelry, clothing, accessories, paintings, and much more. It is located next to the 10th Avenue entrance.
3. Party at Chelsea Market
One of the spaces I like the most in Chelsea Market is Chelsea Music Hall, in the basement of the market. A place where you can enjoy the New York night with good music, delicious cocktails, and a fashionable ambiance.
Although it is not an excessively large space, this club hosts parties of all kinds, as well as private events and live music concerts of emerging bands. Although there is not a dress code to get in, I recommend that you check the official website of the Chelsea Music Hall to take a look at the calendar and see what kind of party or event is held each day just so you don't come underdressed.
4. Discover its surroundings: the Meatpacking District
Before its resurrection as a trendy neighborhood, Meatpacking District was an industrial area full of slaughterhouses and packing plants that supplied meat to the city by train, hence its name.
What I like about New York is that it is a city in constant reinvention, it has it in its DNA. That's why a group of artists, writers, and entrepreneurs saw the enormous potential of this neighborhood and joined forces to revive and recover it. Today, everything from West 14th Street to Gansevoort Street is worth seeing.
Right now you'll find new fashion boutiques, art, nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, while you can still see the more industrial side that once reigned in the area: the trolley rails, in the twisted iron and hooks that make up the structure of the buildings.
Enjoy the best art and luxury shopping in the Meatpacking District
- Contemporary art galleries: both renowned and emerging painters and sculptors exhibit their works to the delight of the New York public. In their spaces, we can even enjoy film screenings, concerts, and readings.
- Museums: the Whitney Museum, a space specializing in 20th-century American art that since its opening in 2015 has become the treasure of the neighborhood.
- Fashion shops: walking through the Meatpacking District we can see the stores of young talents or established brands such as Christian Louboutin (59 Horatio St.), Alexander McQueen (419 West 14th St.), Carlos Miele (408 West 14th St.), Charles Nolan (30 Gansevoort St.) or Jean Shop (435 West 14th St.).
- Decoration stores: You can always find a boutique that catches your eye in the Meatpacking District, which is also the case when it comes to decoration and furniture. One of the most interesting stores in the area is Hudson Furniture Inc (419 West 14th St.) as they sell handmade items crafted with great attention to detail.
- Electronics: It's been a decade since the popular Apple Store (401 West 14th St.) took the place of what was once the largest butcher shop in the Big Apple, where you used to be able to buy the best meat in Manhattan.
5. Take the opportunity to discover the High Line Park and Hudson Yards, Manhattan's newest attractions
Next to Chelsea Market is also the High Line, an elevated park that runs between Manhattan's skyscrapers without losing sight of the Hudson River. Sounds good, doesn't it? You should definitely check it out: of all the parks in New York, this is one of the most original and less known to tourists.
The route stretches for about 1.5 miles, so you can walk it leisurely in a couple of hours and you'll get to Hudson Yards, New York's trendy neighborhood.
So what's so interesting about Hudson Yards? In addition to the most spectacular skyscrapers being built recently in the city, you'll be able to shop at a luxury shopping mall, admire the new The Vessel and climb one of the world's tallest observation decks (with a glass floor!): The Edge.
6. Where is Chelsea Market and how to get there?
Chelsea Market is located in the Meatpacking District next to High Line Park, an urban park built on former elevated railroad tracks, which crosses the west side of Manhattan. If you want to go straight to Chelsea Market, here's the address: 75 9th Ave, NY 10011.
The closest metro stops are 14th Street and 8th Avenue (lines A, C, E, L).
Chelsea Market Hours
This market is open Monday through Saturday from 7AM to 10PM and on Sunday from 8AM to 9PM.
Did you know?
Chelsea Market not only houses a food market, bookstores, greengrocers, a club, clothing stores, or art, as on the upper floors of the building are located the offices of Youtube and Google but you can not access them except with accreditation.
Its employees use the elevators in this old 1890's building to go up and down. I bet Mondays at work are not as bad in an office as cool as this!