New York is known for its cosmopolitan and multicultural soul, which is also reflected in the enormous gastronomic variety it offers for all tastes. Chelsea Market is one of the most famous food markets in the city that you can't miss.
It is the old cookie factory of the company Nabisco converted 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, have given the whole a lot of personality.
Strolling through Chelsea Market is a pleasure, not only for its beautiful decor but because here you will find some of the best things to buy in New York: designer souvenirs, 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 little piece of the culinary history of the U.S. 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. If you come here is because you are looking for the best places to eat in New York.
1. Discover its delicious food stands
Founded by Sicilians, the secret of Filaga Pizzeria 's pizza is in the dough. The classic Margherita is joined by the Diavola, the San Gennaro, the Bufalina or the Vegan. They are all 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 for a treat after a morning of sightseeing.
It's no exaggeration to say that Amy's Bread is one of the best in town and when you try it you'll understand. The raisin and fennel is my favorite, although they sell other delicious products such as sandwiches, salads, cakes, cookies and muffins.
The donut paradise is in New York and is 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, you always want a good ice cream for dessert, especially if it's homemade and served at L'Arte del Gelato. The cannella and Stracciatella are to die for.
Chelsea Wine Vault
In this super cool wine bar you can taste different wines and toast your trip to New York, go for a drink at Chelsea Wine Vault when your strength starts to waver.
2. Browse the best stores in Chelsea Market
In addition to satisfying your appetite, I suggest you take a walk around Chelsea Market to check out some other 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 potential chef or just want to browse through the most curious kitchen utensils, you're sure to find it here because they sell all kinds of gadgets.
Chelsea Market Baskets
If you have a foodie friend, they'll be thrilled if you bring them back from New York a tasty souvenir from Chelsea Market Baskets. They have a collection of delicacies made in the city that you'll love.
Artists & Fleas
Artists & Fleas Market 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 in 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 lots of atmosphere.
Although it is not an excessively large space, this club hosts parties of all kinds, private events and live music concerts of emerging bands. Although there is not a very defined dress-code, I recommend that you check the official website of Chelsea Music Hall to check the calendar and what kind of party or event is held each day so you do not get caught by surprise.
4. Discover its surroundings: the Meatpacking District
Before its resurrection as a trendy neighborhood, the Meatpacking District was an industrial area full of slaughterhouses and packing plants that supplied meat to the city by train. That is precisely where it gets its name, which in English means "Meatpacking District".
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 Gansvoort Street is worth seeing.
Right now you will 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 rails of the wagons, in the twisted iron and hooks that make up the structure of the buildings.
Enjoy the best art and luxury stores in Meatpacking District
- Contemporary art galleries: both renowned and emerging painters and sculptors exhibit their works to the delight of the New York public. In its spaces we can even enjoy film screenings, concerts and readings.
- Museums: the Whitney Museum, a space specializing in twentieth-century American art that since its opening in 2015 has become the treasure of the neighborhood.
- Fashion stores: 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.) or Charles Nolan (30 Gansevoort St.) or Jean Shop (435 West 14th St.).
- Decoration stores: There is always a boutique that catches the eye in the Meatpacking District, also when it comes to decoration and furniture. One of the most interesting stores is Hudson Furniture Inc. (419 West 14th St.) because they are handmade and pay great attention to detail.
- Electronics: It has 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 could buy the best steaks 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 the skyscrapers of Manhattan without losing sight of the Hudson River. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, I recommend you to visit it because of all the parks in New York, this is one of the most original and less known to tourists.
The route is about 2.5 kilometers long, so you can easily walk it in a couple of hours and you will reach Hudson Yards, the trendiest neighborhood in New York.
And what's so interesting about Hudson Yards? In addition to the most spectacular skyscrapers that are recently being built in the city, you will be able to go shopping in a luxury mall, you can admire the new sculpture The Vessel and you can climb one of the highest observation decks in the world (with a glass floor!): The Edge.
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 visit Chelsea Market you have to go to this address: 75 9th Ave, NY 10011.
The nearest subways 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 Sunday from 8AM to 9PM.
Did you know?
Chelsea Market not only houses a gastronomic 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. More than one would like to be able to take a lunch break in a place like this, right?