If you feel like making an original discovery during your stay in New York City – and delight your taste buds while you’re at it – head for Chelsea Market! This former biscuit factory is now one of the most popular covered markets in the world. Here you can make culinary discoveries, find products from all over the world, and taste local, national and international specialities 😁
Chelsea Market: NYC's most famous urban food court
This large covered market opened in 2005 and now houses around 40 shops – the vast majority of which sell food products. Before it became an iconic culinary destination, this was the site of the National Biscuit Company (abbreviated to NABISCO), a biscuit factory established in the late 19th century.
The Chelsea Market shopping arcade still retains this industrial style, which gives it a typical charm. In this particularly lively mall, one can find the best fish in the city, the stalls of some of the most famous butchers in New York, but also a crazy diversity of fresh products (artisanal cheeses, cold meats – charcuterie – chocolates, fruits and vegetables, spices, honey, pastries, dairy products...).
On top of selling all these fresh products, Chelsea Market is also the perfect place to sit down for a meal and enjoy a delicious dish.
You will also find cafes and tea rooms perfect for a little break during a long day of sightseeing in New York ☕
Discover Chelsea Market and its neighbourhood
You want to discover Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District, this place full of history?
Good news! You can explore it all in depth – and make some great culinary discoveries at the same time – on a walking tour with a local guide. You'll start by exploring Chelsea Market, where you will have a meal and meet local producers, before taking a stroll along the famous High Line. Your guide will tell you all about the place’s history. The tour will conclude with a Belgian chocolate tasting at Hudson Yards 🍫
What are the best shops and stalls at Chelsea Market?
Now that’s a hard-to-answer question, because it is obviously a matter of taste! You can visit the official Chelsea Market website to find a complete list of all the shops and stores in the gallery. Even so, here are a few appetising examples.
For the peckish:
- Bar Suzette, New York's number one creperie, is where you'll find a wide variety of sweet and savoury crepes, but also macaroons and drinks to go with it all (hot chocolate, wine, beer...) 🥞
- Amy's Bread, one of the oldest shops in the market, is known as one of the best bakeries in New York. In addition to a wide range of breads, it offers delicious cakes, as well as sandwiches and salads.
- Black Seed Bagels, one of New York's most popular shops, offers a variety of seasonal bagels 🥯
For the thirsty:
- Day Drinks, a café that offers many different types of coffee and tea, often with a choice of caffeine levels.
- The Tippler, a typical New York cocktail bar, with a pleasant vintage decor and a wide choice of drinks 🍹
- Pulley Coffee Bar, a bar for coffee lovers, offering blends of coffee roasted on site.
For a meal:
- Daily Goods, an establishment where all the food and drinks served are designed by nutritionists and are therefore both delicious and very healthy. The menu is very original, and all the ingredients are organic.
- Friedmans, a restaurant that offers 100% homemade seasonal dishes at a very affordable price.
- Very Fresh Noodles, one of the best places in New York to enjoy authentic handmade Chinese noodles
- Creamline, a typical American fast food restaurant, known for its milkshakes, but also popular for its burgers, potato waffles, soups and ice cream 🍧
To find food products:
- Buon’Italia, a small mini-mart with a lot of imported Italian products – often of excellent quality
- Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, an artisanal butcher shop offering beef, pork, lamb and poultry cuts, as well as homemade charcuterie and snacks made with the very products they sell.
- Manhattan Fruit Market, a fruit and vegetable market specialising in varieties that are hard to find at other greengrocers.
- Saxelby Cheesemongers, a popular artisanal cheese shop in New York City, where you will find delicacies from more than 50 small producers in the region 🧀
In addition to all these food establishments, it is also possible to find other types of venues here:
- The Chelsea Music Hall,
- The ArtecHouse art gallery,
- The Artists & Fleas designer shop,
- Pearl River Mart, an Asian souvenir and food market,
- Imports From Marrakesh, a Moroccan craft shop...
Attend big events at Chelsea Market
More than just a covered food market, Chelsea Market is truly a popular gathering place, where one can also enjoy a variety of performances.
Art exhibitions, music concerts, dance performances... Many events are organised in these places throughout the year. You can find the complete agenda of the different shows on this page.
Chelsea Market Opening hours
The Chelsea Market opens its doors every day of the week:
- From 7am to 2am, Monday to Saturday,
- From 8am to 10pm on Sunday.
How to get to Chelsea Market?
The Chelsea Market is located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, just outside Chelsea, between 15th and 16th Streets.
Its exact address is: 75 9th Avenue, New York
You can reach it :
- By underground, on the A, C, E lines, getting off at the 14 St/8 Av station,
- By the M11 bus, getting off between the 15th and 16th Streets
Have you booked your activities in New York? 🌆
If you don't know yet what to do in New York, you'll be spoilt for choice! Between walks in the city, sensational activities such as a helicopter flight over New York, quieter outings to discover the museums of New York and the inevitable skyscrapers, you will find something to do for sure and have no time to get bored! Just remember to book beforehand to avoid disappointment 🙂
What to do around Chelsea Market?
You can of course take advantage of your visit to the Chelsea and Meatpacking neighbourhoods to make other beautiful discoveries.
The High Line
The most popular tourist site in the area is undoubtedly the High Line. This walkway – which is very popular with the locals – is a must-see during a trip to New York. It is actually a suspended park located on an old elevated railway. It runs north to south for almost a mile and you will enjoy breathtaking views of Manhattan as you walk along it.
The High Line also offers a wide range of activities, including art exhibitions, concerts and dance performances.
The High Line is open daily from 7am to 10pm. It may be closed in winter when the wooden floor becomes too slippery due to snow or ice.
Here is another food market in the Meatpacking District – much less popular and trendy, but arguably more authentic and, above all, much quieter.
The Gansevoort Farmers Market is just off one of the High Line entrances, on the corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street. If you wish to eat somewhere quieter than Chelsea Market, you will find a variety of popular eateries here 😋
The Whitney Museum of American Art
This art museum in the Meatpacking District was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a famous sculptor. The Whitney Museum of American Art used to be located on the Upper East Side, but has been located at the foot of the High Line since 2015.
The Whitney Museum is devoted entirely to American art. Paintings, sculptures, projections... the museum houses an astonishing collection of more than 21,000 works created between the 20th century and today, by more than 3,000 contemporary artists. In the large galleries between the 5th and 8th floors of the building, it is possible to admire all these artworks, but also to join the various terraces and enjoy beautiful views of the High Line and the entire Meatpacking District – you can even see the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is open every day except Tuesday, from 10:30am to 6pm (open at night until 10pm on Fridays).
We are coming to the end of this article! I hope you enjoyed it and that you now know how to best visit Chelsea Market when you visit New York 😊