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How to Explore New York City's Chelsea Market

Where to find the coolest goods and the best bites

Chelsea Market—a block long and a block wide—features more than 35 food vendors and is considered one of the greatest indoor food halls around. The historic building, with stripped-down brick architecture, houses options for fresh produce, meats, cheeses and more. Dining options are plentiful and there's something to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Here are our favorite things to do in Chelsea Market—and to eat.

Chelsea Market Lobster roll
The Lobster Place's lobster rolls are some of the best cheap eats in Manhattan. (©Krystal Nina Laigo/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Seafood fans should stop by Cull & Pistol oyster bar for raw oysters, shellfish and clams. Lobster-lovers can find sanctuary both here—order Connecticut and Maine style lobster rolls, whole lobster, as well as lobster ramen—and at the neighboring Lobster Place seafood market that offers fresh lobster meat, live lobsters and frozen lobster tails.

Try fresh, traditional tacos made with hand-pressed to order tortillas at Los Tacos No. 1 and the Mexican/Japanese fusion tacos at Takumi Taco. Cambodian gourmet sandwiches can be procured at Num Pang. If pasta is your preferred carb-vehicle of choice, head to Giovanni Rana and try a pasta tasting menu where you can sample three, four or five pastas in one sitting. Very Fresh Noodles offers just that—very fresh noodles—served hand-pulled in soups and bowls. Those craving dishes from Down Under should swing by the Tuck Shop for some savory pies and lamingtons (sponge cake with strawberry jam center, covered in chocolate and rolled in coconut).

Chelsea Market Doughnuttery goods (©Garrett Ziegler/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Sweets-seekers must visit Chelsea Creamline for shakes (in flavors like chocolate fudge, Catskill honey, cookies & cream, strawberry and more), Doughnuttery for fancifully-flavored doughnuts (Green Tea Buzz, House of Cardamom, Rosemary Road, among others) and Li-Lac Chocolates for locally made gourmet chocolates. Amy's Bread and Sarabeth's offer fresh breads, pastries and other baked goods. 

In addition to food, Chelsea Market has several wine, decor and service shops. Pick up a bottle of fine or rare wine and spirits at Chelsea Wine Vault. Stop by Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a wine bar and restaurant that offers wines from all over the world. Chelsea Market Baskets is the perfect spot to pick up or order a gift basket for special occasions or simply because it's fun to give gift baskets to people in your life. 

For Moroccan decor, stop at Imports From Marrakesh for handcrafted carpeting, tile and other exotic home and garden accessories. Support a local independent bookstore chain by shopping at Posman Books—in addition to new and notable reads, you'll also find toys, games and greeting cards here. There's even an Anthropologie at Chelsea Market to pick up womenswear and accessories.

A neighborhood hot spot, Chelsea Market is popular with locals and visitors alike, attracting about six million visitors a year. 

Spice and Tease in Chelsea Market NYC
Locals and visitors alike peruse spices at Spices and Tease. (©Mack Male/Flickr, Creative Commons)