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)…

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Crowded at Christmas-time: Chelsea Market, NYC

cakes chelsea markets Chelsea Market in NYC 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?

26 comments

  1. Comment by Ali

    Ali Reply February 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

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

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

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

  2. Comment by Krista

    Krista Reply February 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

    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. :-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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

  3. Comment by Koren @ City Gal

    Koren @ City Gal Reply February 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      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…

  4. Comment by Randy (Mr. TWS)

    Randy (Mr. TWS) Reply February 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    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.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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

  5. Comment by Clare at BabyAbroad

    Clare at BabyAbroad Reply February 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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

    • Comment by Clare at BabyAbroad

      Clare at BabyAbroad February 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      or even our itinerary!

  6. Comment by D.J. - The World of Deej

    D.J. - The World of Deej Reply February 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    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:)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

  7. Comment by Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Jess @UsedYorkCity Reply February 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    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;-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Mmmm – love crepes…

  8. Comment by Jennifer

    Jennifer Reply February 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    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.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Oh what luck! =)

  9. Comment by Aryn

    Aryn Reply March 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

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

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Oh yum! Sorry we missed that…

  10. Comment by Natasha von Geldern

    Natasha von Geldern Reply March 5, 2013 at 1:35 am

    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.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I agree – really cool place!

  11. Comment by Agness

    Agness Reply March 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

    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.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      They look almost too pretty to eat!

  12. Comment by Emily in Chile

    Emily in Chile Reply March 10, 2013 at 4:03 am

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

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers March 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      You had a great location then! =)

  13. Comment by Mike

    Mike Reply August 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    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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