NYC: How to Have the Perfect Day in Chelsea

Things to do in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Includes restaurants, food, bars, the High Line and art so you have the best trip to New York.

Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan. It’s not a cheap neighborhood with residences easily in the millions. But it’s an awesome place to visit with art museums, shopping, restaurants and the Highline.

It’s easy to spend a day in this neighborhood. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Chelsea.

Start at Doughnut Plant

Doughnut and coffee from Doughnut Plant

So many delicious options and their coffee is not bad either. They’ve got a rotating menu and seasonal flavors. Square doughnuts are what they’ve known for but they also have traditional round cake or yeast doughnuts.

It’s right next to the Chelsea Hotel which is currently under renovation. Grab your food to go and take it to the Highline.

Fun Fact: My husband subletted a room in the Chelsea Hotel when he first moved to the city. There is artwork from Andy Warhol and other artists who lived there all over the walls in the stairwells and hallways.

 

Walk on the Highline

The Highline - an elevated public park in Chelsea

The Highline is an incredible park NYC has created out of old elevated train tracks, running about 22 blocks North-South. No dogs or bikes are allowed so you can easily walk end to end. It’s also a great place to people watch so grab a bench to eat your doughnut.

 

Lunch at Chelsea Market

The Chelsea Market

There are so many options for whatever you’re craving. I like the Tuck Shop for their Australian meat pies and sausage rolls (my husband approves). If you want the real Chelsea Market experience, get a whole lobster at Lobster Place or skip the mess and get a lobster roll. Los Tacos No. 1 is another popular choice but prepare for a line.

If you can’t find seating in the market, head back up to the Highline for some al fresco dining.

Chelsea Market also has some great shopping – craft stalls, food shops, and Anthropologie. so poke around for a bit.

 

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum

This modern art museum used to be located on the Upper East Side but has recently relocated down in Chelsea. The museum has multiple floors with rotating exhibits plus a great outdoor terrace and cafes.

Andy Warhol at the Whitney Museum

Get a massive drink at Sugar Factory

Bartender at Sugar Factory

I discovered Sugar Factory in Las Vegas when it was at the Paris with perfect views of the Bellagio Fountains. Sadly, the location closed. However you can still get their massive smoking drinks at other locations including this one right by the Whitney.

Share a drink with a friend and don’t forget to Instagram and Boomerang the heck out of your sugary cocktail.

 

Dinner at Cookshop

You really can’t go wrong with restaurants in this area. They’ve got plenty of celebrity chef-owned restaurants. But I like Cookshop.

 

See Sleep No More

Our good friend @leslieodomjr joined us for a little role-play this week during a performance of #SleepNoMore

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If you haven’t jumped on the Sleep No More trend, you have to check it out. Set in an old hotel, it’s the story of Macbeth but performed with audience members walking throughout the building. This means that everyone gets a different show. Some audience members have one-on-ones with cast mates, while others witness a rave.

The best part is you’ll get a mask so everyone in the audience is anonymous. Even if you go with a group, break off and share your experience at the end.

 

Drinks and burlesque show at Bathtub Gin

If you like speakeasies, cocktails, burlesque or any combination, check out Bathtub Gin. With delicious cocktails, you’re sure to have a good time.

 

Interested in other parts of Manhattan? Check out my guides on Midtown, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side.

Things to do in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Includes restaurants, food, bars, the High Line and art so you have the best trip to New York. Things to do in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Includes restaurants, food, bars, the High Line and art so you have the best trip to New York.

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