For the first feature in our new series called City Guides (NYC edition), we are stopping in one of my all-time favorite places, the West Village. Nothing gets me more excited than spending a beautiful, chilly Saturday wandering the cobblestone streets, taking pictures of brownstones, and getting coffee at my favorite spots in Greenwich. Usually I will chuck on my comfiest pair of loafers and a sweater, and spend all day wandering and discovering new places in this perfectly quiet, rustic area. You don’t even feel like you’re in busy, overwhelming New York City.
Without further ado, here are my favorite spots to hit every time I take a trip to the West Village.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters 30 West 8TH Street New York, New York 10011
First stop is Stumptown Coffee Roasters on West 8th and Macdougal Street. They brew their classic Stumptown Coffee Roast (which is perfectly spicy, strong, and yummy) while you can enjoy their wonderful coffee shop atmosphere. There are tons of plants, brown chairs and tables, and even outdoor seating if you want to enjoy the fall weather that’s brimming in the air.
Gay Street & Waverly Place New York, New York 10014
Next, if you love brownstones and ivy-covered townhouses as much as I do, you will fall in love with Gay Street and Waverly Place. I know this isn’t a café or store, but there’s seriously nothing better than wandering around Greenwich and admiring the beautiful apartments that line the streets. You can find the cutest nooks just by taking the wrong turn down a street. If you’re a blogger and looking for the perfect, cozy backdrop for your photos, I definitely recommend this little nook in Gay Street.
Three Lives & Company 154 West 10th Street New York, New York 10014
Tucked away on West 10th and Waverly is the Three Lives & Company bookstore. Not only is the outside inviting, but once you step into this charming little store, you feel immediately at peace. The smell of books wafts through the air and the creaky floors make you feel like you just stepped into an amazing attic filled with forgotten novels. They have an amazing selection, and the employees are always eager to help if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. Locals frequently stop here with their dogs, to which the workers feed treats and talk to the owners like they’re longtime friends. This little bookstore makes me feel immediately at home, which is why I always have to stop here!
Greenwich Village Market 14th Street and West of Broadway New York, New York 10003
If you love fresh produce or just markets in general, you will love the Greenwich Village market, open every Saturday from 8-3. There are tons of veggies, breads, and flowers that line this small market on 11th Street between Bleecker and Hudson. Even if you don’t go to buy the produce, it is so peaceful to just walk through the market and admire all the colorful food and bouquets.
Le Labo 296 West 4th Street New York, New York 10014
Last but definitely not least, I am a deep admirer of apothecary and anything candles. That is why when I’m in the West Village, I love to visit the Le Labo location on Bank Street. They are known for their earthy scents and signature Santal 33 fragrance. I am a huge fan of not only their products but their gorgeous industrial vibes as well. Again, even if you don’t want to go to buy anything, I love stopping in just to admire their interior.
Also, if you’re looking for nice places to grab a bite to eat, I’d recommend The Butchers Daughter or Bluestone Lane. They both have delicious avocado toast and relaxing interiors. I hope this all helped you when planning your next trip to the West Village!
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