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. There’s 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.
Six Underground Spots in New York City You Probably Never Knew About
There’s much more lying beneath New York City’s concrete streets. Experience the six-course tasting menu at Michelin-starred pastry chef Rory Macdonald's Dessert Bar, tour the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or see Old City Hall Station, NYC's first subway stop.
The Best Places for Solo Travel
Friendly locals, outdoor activities and loads of cultural attractions make these destinations great for exploring on a solo trip. Chat with patrons at the pub in Glasgow or at a diner in New York City, explore the colonial-era streets streets of Havana or relax at a desert resort in Arizona.
New York’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
Crisp whites, exceptional bubbly and a host of eclectic small producers await on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. Head to the east end of Long Island to drink Chardonnay at Wölffer Estate. In the Hudson Valley, hop on the Dutchess Wine Trail and do a tasting inside Millbrook Vineyards & Winery's 1940s barn.