Chelsea Market
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Home to hundreds of art galleries, beautiful brownstones, and one of New York’s newest and most popular attractions, Chelsea is one of the city’s jewels when it comes to neighborhood life. The contemporary art scene is an integral part of the neighborhood’s identity, with gallery openings almost every night of the week and countless exhibits to explore. As a longtime hub of gay culture in New York City, it’s also a diverse district with a vibrant nightlife scene. The opening of the High Line, an abandoned elevated train track transformed into a world-class pedestrian park, gave this neighborhood new life as a tourist destination. The High Line provides visitors with a tranquil, elevated space with incomparable views, providing an unparalleled way to experience the city.
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  • 14th St / 8th Ave • 5 min walk
  • 8th Ave • 6 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK6,401 contributions
Dec 2021
Chelsea Market is an enclosed modern food hall, located in an historic old warehouse inManhattan’s once abandoned but now popular neighbourhood of the Meatpacking District. It had its origins as a factory for the New York Biscuit Company, later known as Nabisco, and for decades, this was the factory where Oreo biscuits were produced. When the production of the biscuits moved elsewhere, the red-brick complex was developed into the market in the 1990s. The market occupies an entire New York City block, and its central passageway seems to go on and on and on. As you browse through its cavernous interiors, don't forget to look around and enjoy the building's historical charms, like the iconic fountain crafted using discarded drill bits and exposed pipe from the former Nabisco factory.

It’s definitely worth a visit. I think it is one of the best food halls in New York, but it’s not your average neighbourhood market. Whilst it is similar to the average market in that its vendor stalls line a maze of hallways, it veers towards the gourmet end of the food markets. I’ve always enjoyed my visits here. I do, however, think that some of the specialty and imported food items are over-priced, especially stuff from Europe.

You’ll get a wide array of produce, from olive oils, cheeses and exotic cooking supplies, to donuts, tacos, gelato and fresh breads, bagels and pastries. There are a myriad of outlets selling everything from Thai food, Israeli street food, clam chowder and the like. But its not entirely about food. In addition to its numerous dining options, Chelsea Market is home to some seriously cool and upmarket stores. You'll find everything from gifts, jewellery and flowers to home goods. Get a haircut, find the perfect bottle of wine. And if you are looking for unique souvenir to remember your New York trip, there are a number of outlets selling unique and handmade curios.

There’s a couple of things you should keep in mind. The main central walkway, which most people follow, gets seriously crowded. Be patient, and keep your belongings , phones, wallets and purses safe and out of sight. And also be advised that stuff for sale here is not particularly cheap!

To get to Chelsea Market, take the subway train to 8th Avenue or 18th Street. Both stations are only a few blocks east of the market. The High Line, Little Garden and the Hudson River are very close, and the West Village is just south.
Written February 2, 2022
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Tom J
London, UK1,437 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Plenty of food options and little shops dotted around the market.

Can be easily accessed from the high line just down the steps.

We visited at around 1pm and it was very busy so I would avoid going the at lunchtime if your not keen on crowds
Written July 22, 2022
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Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,727 contributions
Nov 2021
We just strolled through after lunch on a Sunday to get to know the place. They did. great job of repurposing this old factory and have deliberately conserved the old-factory look. Instead of making this look like a sterile modern mall, things are a little dark and many of the old fixtures remain. Food is a big theme, but there are lots of shops selling things like chocolate, ethnic groceries, gifts, clothes, one sells just hot sauces!, etc. There were LOTS of people of all ages on a Sunday in the early afternoon, many lining up to get lunch from their favorite stands. Whether you buy anything or not, this is a very DIFFERENT shopping center experience and I would recommend you check it out!
Written November 21, 2021
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vagabondginger
Alicante, Spain1,316 contributions
Oct 2021
Unfortunately with our visiting Little Island & walking the High Line up to Hudson Yards we just did not have the time needed to truly absorb the Chelsea Market plus we had just had a big breakfast before starting out that day. Just walking thru as a foodie I know I could have truly appreciated this place with more time and I will put it on my radar to do a food grazing the next time I am in the city. It is a huge food hall and marketplace and it does draw millions of visitors annually, not only tourists but local foodies as well. So if you can spare the time and have the empty stomach by all means do it right. Or shop to give great gifts.
Written October 30, 2021
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK17,752 contributions
Feb 2020
I have been to Chelsea market on a couple of visits to NYC and it is always a busy place to visit. The Chelsea Market complex fills an entire city block bounded by 9th and 10th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets. The Market was constructed in the 1890's and was originally the site of the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory complex where the famous Oreo Cookie was invented and produced. Today it is a food hall, boutique mall and office space. In 2018, Google parent company Alphabet Inc. bought Chelsea Market for more than $2.4 billion which is one of the most expensive NY real estate transactions for a single building. As well as some well known brands there are also some smaller traders and also a artists & flea market that sells jewellery and second hand vinyl records. There is even an internal water feature and the Market is always lavishly decorated for the likes of Halloween and Christmas. Well worth a visit.
Written February 19, 2020
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Alice
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Jul 2022 • Friends
Yesterday we went to the famous "Chelsea Market" in Manhattan, New York.
We arrived there by walking on the high line.
The building was really cool.
There were not a lot of windows but there were lights to illuminate the place.
I found the design really well done because there were a lot of particular and artistic things.
There were a lot of shops, even though everything was so expensive.
It's a beautiful place to visit as a tourist, even if It was crowded.
Written July 5, 2022
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,570 contributions
Sep 2022
So many unique places are suffering vacancies but this place is full of adventure in a beautifully restored building. The location couldn't be better right next to the Hi Line and it was an easy and pleasant walk to it from our hotel at Washington Square. I would come here often if I was local and recommend it on your list of sights. Tip: the history as a Nabisco factory makes it even more fun!
Written October 7, 2022
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Ccari01
New Jersey1,739 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
It is always a pleasure to visit Chelsea Market . The shops and the food reflect the very essence of New York City-exciting,diverse,eclectic.I was impressed by the charming seating set up along the front and the back of the market. We had Maine lobster rolls for lunch in a private outdoor booth.We had our favorite gelato for dessert inside the market. Majority of the people wore masks and were social distancing.
Written August 25, 2021
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Marta
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Jul 2022
Chelsea Market is located in Manhattan near the High Line. It is a very cool place where you can go with your friends or your family. You can find lots of restaurants and pubs where you could eat at every hour, but one problem is that sometimes the shops and pubs could be very expensive. I think it’s a beautiful place where you can spent your time.
Written July 5, 2022
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Stan Tecza
Connecticut5,353 contributions
Nov 2022 • Business
Lots of choices. I gravitated towards Halavah at Seed & Mill. Bought four 1/4 pound sized packages for $8 each plus sesame 1/4 pound for free but can see coming back and buying 1/2 pound for $12. Lots of stuff in market m, chocolates, meats, pastries, noodles, hot sauce, dumplings and more.
Written November 27, 2022
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