Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I figured I’d share my holiday favorites here in the city. There are so many fun things to do and great places to shop in New York around the holidays. This list is one part Holiday Bucket List for me and one part travel guide for you!
Let’s start with Shopping!
1. Capwell + Co. Pop-Up Shop — Capwell + Co. is typically only sold online, but they’ve opened up a pop-up store in New York City for the holidays! It’s in a great location… Greenwich Village right near the West Village. All of their jewelry is under $100 and they even have a special where you can get 25% off your purchase if you check-in on Foursquare or Facebook. The shop is open through the end of the year so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area.
2. Bash & Bow — Such a cute little boutique for gifts, stationery, cards, candles, etc! Hallie & I discovered this hidden gem on 21st street between 2nd Avenue & 3rd Avenue a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to go back and check out their holiday merchandise.
3. Nolita — On Mott St. and Elizabeth St. between Price & Houston, you can find some of the best shops in the city. And without the crowds! It’s such a quaint little neighborhood, and thankfully not too far from where I live.
Otte Nolita, diptyque, Clare Vivier, Tory Burch, Calypso, Rebecca Taylor, Dolce Vita, Rag & Bone, and more. Head to Cafe Gitane for the Avocado Toast or Tacombi for some tacos & corn esquites when you’re finished shopping! Neither will disappoint, trust.
And now for activities…
1. Ice Skating in Bryant Park & Rockefeller Center – I’ve actually never done either. Weird, right? Maybe it’s because I suck at ice skating. It would really suck if I break a limb while trying to complete this list, no? Plus, you can snap a pic of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree while you’re there. I was reading an article about the tree the other day and it was so interesting to read more about where it came from!
2. Dream Dry. No, this isn’t necessarily a holiday-specific thing, but getting a little bit of extra pampering always feels more justified around the holidays. Plus, it’s the perfect way to kick off any party or event! 🙂
3. Another year-round favorite of mine… If you live in an area without SoulCycle, highly highly highly recommend that you take a class when you come to town. Swear that they don’t pay me to say this. Instead, I pay them a hefty chunk of my paycheck each week. Well worth it though! I’d go out on a limb and call the classes life changing, especially when they’re with Parker, Marvin, or Madison. They’re the best!
And lastly, everyone’s favorite … The FOOD!
1. City Bakery — Some of the best hot chocolate in the city! So, so good.
2. Rolf’s — I’ve never been here, but have been meaning to go for a year now. The best part is that they keep these crazy lights up year round! (Check out some photos here!)
3. Liquiteria. More specifically, the Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie. If you’re a pumpkin fanatic like myself, it’s a game changer. To cut down on sugar, I get mine without peaches and without coconut sugar. Write that down. 🙂
4. Luke’s Lobster — Luke’s just released their Winter Menu and I can’t wait to get my hands on that Lobster Mac & Cheese or the Lobster Grilled Cheese. Drool over the menu here!
5. Zucker’s — This bakery is in my neighborhood (East Village), but I’ve yet to go. They have a Thanksgivvikuh menu that’s full of fall greatness that I’m dying to try. Sweet Potato Donuts, Cranberry Turkey Donuts, and the like..
6. Pumpkin Pinkberry. This one is for all of you not in New York, too! Go get the pumpkin froyo at Pinkberry. It’s gooooood!
7. Organic Avenue. I’m a biiiig Organic Avenue fan. Can’t get enough of their juices, but they just released 3 holiday flavors that are the best little treats! Have you gathered that I’m a sucker for seasonal selections yet??
8. Baked By Melissa — I’m totally a Sprinkles & Georgetown Cupcake girl, but the fall/winter mini’s at Baked By Melissa are phenom. Plus, you can have all three for under 150 cals. Hallie & I did some research and each cupcake is under 50! (If you missed my pumpkin cupcake quest last fall, read more on that here.)
Will you be in the city for the holidays at all? Any holiday must-do’s that you do every year where you live? Anything in New York that I’m missing? Let me know! 🙂