What to Do in New York City’s West Village

Wander this neighbourhood on foot and discover unique gifts, small restaurants and clubs, and historic sites

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Along the tree-lined streets of New York City’s West Village, you’ll find charming independent shops, first-class dining spots and historical landmarks.

Shop for sweets at The Meadow

For local and imported chocolate bars and fresh-cut flowers, head to the beautifully curated The Meadow. If cocktails are to your taste, you’ll love the array of bitters. Theres a wall lined with Himalayan salt blocks of all shapes and sizes. 

Eat at The Little Owl 

At Grove and Bedford streets, you’ll find Monica’s apartment from hit sitcom, Friends. The show’s Central Perk coffee shop was fictional, but The Little Owl restaurant located here serves Mediterranean fare and moreish gravy meatball sliders.

Have dessert at Buvette Gastrothèque

Buvette Gastrothèque is a neighbourhood French bistro where the waiters, in their starched aprons and bow ties, will deliver the perfect croque monsieur, chocolate mousse or café latte to your table. Visit off-peak for a seat at this no-reservations hot spot.

Visit the Stonewall National Monument

The Stonewall National Monument is dedicated to LGBTQ rights and history and comprises Christopher Park, the Gay Liberation sculpture and the historic Stonewall Inn where the city’s 1969 protest for gay civil rights began.

Buy paper goods at Greenwich Letterpress

Pop into Greenwich Letterpress, a delightful, family-run stationery store, and you’ll find a wide selection of quirky greeting cards, original New York-themed posters and key chains as well as pins and gift wrap.

Go underground at Smalls Jazz Club

For a live jazz show that plays on into the early hours, head to Smalls Jazz Club. Opened in 1994, this landmark basement venue has a casual, local vibe and is furnished with mismatched chairs and benches set up just inches from the stage.  

Getting there: WestJet flies to LaGuardia 48 times a week from Toronto and to JFK six times a week from Calgary.

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