NYC GUIDE 3: What to do and eat in Greenwich Village, East Village and West Village


NYC GUIDE: What to do and eat in Greenwich Village, East Village and West Village

Following on from our shopping in SoHo and NoLita, we explored one of the most exciting neighbourhoods of New York City – Greenwich Village.

The area is a constant hub of activity and during the pride parade it came alive with people dancing in celebration.

What to do in Greenwich Village:
  • Bleecker St is a famous strip along Greenwich Village filled with music stores and great eats. My boyfriend visited Village Music World and picked up a bunch of discounted vintage vinyls.
  • Comedy night: The Village Underground Comedy Cellar is the perfect group night out. My friends and I went on ‘new joke’ night and some of the comedians clearly weren’t prepared but it was still an evening of laughs. Tracey Morgan even made a surprise comedic appearance. Tip: reserve your seats online a few days beforehand because you won’t be guaranteed a seat if you just rock up.
  • Bars and pubs: There are so many bars and pubs in the area. After the comedy cellar, we went to The 13th Step Bar which has an array of drink deals, including beer and a shot for $7 (is that even legal?!).
  •  Washington Square Park is a public park with large green spaces, gardens and a beautiful arch and water fountain. It’s the perfect spot to get some rest after shopping in SoHo.
  •  Sidenote: To hydrate yourself on exploration around The Village, pick up a lemonade at Sweets by Chloe. It’s the best lemonade I’ve ever had!

Where to eat: 

West Village – Jack’s Wife Frieda

This is a lovely brunch spot with good coffee and mint lemonade (the perfect refreshment on a summer’s day in New York). The bright communal décor and lively energy made me want to stay all day.

East Village – Café Standard

This beautiful restaurant oozed New York, with its wooden bar and traditional yet modern décor. I ordered an omelette and it was seriously the fluffiest best omelette I’ve ever had! I would highly recommend coming here for a meal or just a drink.

Also, if you’re in East Village, you must visit the Strand Bookstore. The Strand is a huge store filled on the inside and outside with new and second-hand books, gifts and more books. If you’re a book lover, you’ll be able to spend hours in here. 

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Nat xx

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NYC Guide 3: Where to eat and shop in SoHo and NoLita


 The SoHo and NoLita areas are a shopping addict’s and architecture lover’s dream.

The cobble stone streets are lined with cast-iron buildings that house major designer brands to smaller boutiques. Seeing little signs for brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel hanging off these metal buildings caught me off guard but added to the eclectic vibes of this vibrant neighbourhood. 

The first time I went to New York I didn’t explore much of the SoHo area, how I managed to neglect that will always be a mystery to me. 

Where to shop in Soho:
  • Broadway is a great place to start with all the popular stores on this street, including Bloomingdales, H&M, Zara and Topshop. I spent way too much time and money in the Aritzia store.
  • The more high-end stores are on Mercer St and Greene St. I visited the new minimal Anine Bing store and somehow refrained myself from buying one of the gorgeous blazers.
  • I also bought a couple of gorgeous work-out sets at the Outdoor Voices store on Center St. 

Where to shop and eat in NoLita:
  • We came back to NoLita one evening and had dinner at Pietro NoLita. The pink façade of the restaurant has drawn in many just for the insta shot. While I was part of that many who took a photo out the front, we also decided to eat at the healthy Italian restaurant. Who knew healthy pasta would taste so good?! I would highly recommend taking an insta shot, but also eating at Pietro NoLita.

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Nat xx

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