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Combine vibrant with quaint and you have Nolita. Imagine outdoor lounging at cafes during the day and plenty of late-night watering holes along narrow, picturesque streets with chic boutiques and galleries. Nolita is less commercial than much of Manhattan, has cobblestone streets, and is known for its historic brick and cast iron buildings. The name Nolita means that it is north of the Little Italy district, and it’s a great place for people who like to poke in and out of shops or stop and sip the coffee.

Stay in Nolita if:

  • You want to be in the heart of it all
  • You’re a hip, stylish trend-setter who loves small independent establishments
  • You want to see Old New York
  • You’re a foodie

Nolita Attractions

  • Storefront for Art and Architecture – Triangular exhibition space dedicated to intersection of art and architecture, innovation and creativity
  • Openhouse – You never know what is happening here; pop-up store fronts have featured food events, an indoor park, nail salons, fashion events, art, and more.
  • St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – Explore the only catacombs in Manhattan by candlelight
  • Elizabeth Street Garden – 1-acre community sculpture garden
  • International Center of Photography Museum – contemporary works
  • DeSalvio Playground – red, white and green modular playground (in honor of Italian flag)

Nolita Foodie Destinations

  • Pietro Nolita – It’s a pink Italian eatery
  • Milk and Cream Cereal Bar – Cereal infused ice cream complete with “treat yo’ self” neon sign
  • Cha Cha Matcha – It’s all about green tea.
  • The Butcher’s Daughter – Vegetarian and Vegan Eatery; sit indoors or out.
  • Estela – Living room ambiance with Mediterranean food
  • Emilio’s Ballato – Thoroughly old-school Italian.
  • Chef’s Club – Constant rotation of chefs from around the world.
  • Café Gitane – Pint-size French and Morrocan influenced cuisine is big on brunch.
  • Ruberoso Ristorante – Homemade pastas and a throw-back atmosphere
  • Taim – Fast casual dining on falafel and salads.
  • Mother’s Ruin – Rotating frozen spiked slushies along with snacks/small meals
  • Eileen’s Special Cheesecake – Individual cheesecake portions in many flavors.

Unique Shopping in Nolita

  • Bucketfeet – Hand-designed artwork for your feet (shoes)
  • Erica Weiner – Jewelry made from antiques with stories behind it all.
  • Roots – Canadian brand that built a following on comfy sweats.
  • Scotch and Soda – Amsterdam men’s clothier; preppy with an edge.
  • Vint and York – Vintage spectacles.
  • L’Appartement Sezanne – French boutique strewn with artistic pieces.
  • In God We Trust – Support local artists selling clothing, jewelry, accessories.
  • The Sock Hop – Dress up your feet in all sorts of socks for men and women.

Places to Stay

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