Chelsea Market in NYC

February 27, 2013

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Denied by a local beer bar and restaurant that apparently doesn’t serve between lunch and dinner, we found ourselves in the pouring rain with no other business out on 10th Avenue. I had completely forgotten about the Chelsea Market, looming over the border between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. We popped inside for a quick look and, being a Saturday, joined the masses already congregating inside.

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The Chelsea Market complex is huge, covering two city blocks. It’s definitely a hybrid – part indoor mall, part food court, part office complex – built within the old National Biscuit Company factory, which is over a hundred years old. I love it because it’s an excellent hangout for foodies.

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What can a hungry person find at the Chelsea Market? Pretty much anything. We didn’t spend too much time here because crowds kill our buzz, but on our quick tour we saw succulent lobsters, craft beer, delicious cakes and pastries, gourmet cheeses and a wonderful spice table, among many other yummy things.  And hey, if it’s good enough for the Food Network (who film shows like Iron Chef America here)…

Crowded at Christmas-time: Chelsea Market, NYC

Crowded at Christmas-time: Chelsea Market, NYC

designer cakes chelsea market Visit: Chelsea Market is open daily from 7 am until 9pm (8-8 on Sundays). Find it at 75 9th Ave between 15th and 16th streets. You can pick up the High Line here as well.

What’s your favourite NYC foodie haunt?

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  • Ali

    I don’t really like crowds either, but I do like markets. This looks like a good one!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I think it might have been this mobbed because it was a weekend…maybe more bearable on a nice weekday morning?

  • Krista

    Crowds kill my buzz too. :-) So glad you found a place to get out of the weather though! Looks like a whole lot of delicious things. :-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Yes, I cringe at crowds…this place is worth a look though either way…

  • Koren @ City Gal

    Love Chelsea Market! Where were those lobsters though? They look so good!

    • inspiringtravellers

      Hmm…not sure the name of the place but if you’re standing at the interior entrance of the craft beer place and looking out into the hall, they are straight ahead. Everyone was eating them! I was sorry I had already had lunch…

  • Randy (Mr. TWS)

    Sweeney and I love NYC but haven’t been to this market. Looks like a fun place to visit; perfect given your situation that day.

    • inspiringtravellers

      It definitely is! You should both check it out next time…

  • Clare at BabyAbroad

    Those cakes look amazing! I love a good food market. I’d better add this one onto our initiatory for later in the year :-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      I am always amazed at the things bakers can do with whipped fat and sugar =)

    • Clare at BabyAbroad

      or even our itinerary!

  • D.J. – The World of Deej

    Awesome…need to add this to the itinerary next time in New York. Reminds me of the Ferry Building in San Francisco, but maybe even a little better:)

    • inspiringtravellers

      I don’t think I went to the Ferry Building but I know of it…San Fran is an amazing foodie place!

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Always love popping in here! They have a fabulous crepe place, that does amazing savory or sweet crepes, depending on your mood! Also known for the occasional sample sales, which fashionistas can score good deals at;-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Mmmm – love crepes…

  • Jennifer

    I loved the Chelsea Market! My mom and I went after walking the High Line and those lobsters looked absolutely delicious. Lucky for us, it was a gorgeous spring day and the market wasn’t too crowded. I could have spent hours exploring all the goodies in there.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Oh what luck! =)

  • Aryn

    I love Chelsea market! I got some yummy gelato when I visited!

    • inspiringtravellers

      Oh yum! Sorry we missed that…

  • Natasha von Geldern

    I loved the Chelsea Market, the food and the atmosphere was cool with only regular lunchtime crowds. They’ve done a really lovely job with the space.

    • inspiringtravellers

      I agree – really cool place!

  • Agness

    Nice shots! If I were there, I would not resist the temptation of these cakes :):). Looks like a very nice and interesting market to explore.

    • inspiringtravellers

      They look almost too pretty to eat!

  • Emily in Chile

    My bagel from here and Blue Bottle Coffee from across the street were the perfect breakfast. If only I lived a little closer!

    • inspiringtravellers

      You had a great location then! =)

  • Mike

    I’ve never been to NYC though I will some day and I have a great love and appreciation for the city on the other coast. But, Chelsea Market is way up on the list of places I want to visit after years and years of watching the The Food Network. Your pictures are so real and amazing! Great post :)

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