Chelsea is home to some of the best and most cutting edge art galleries, famous brand designers, gay bars, music clubs and nice restaurants on Manhattan. Are you into art and design this is the area for you. There are plenty of shops with fascinating interiors like Comme des Garcons, Balenciga, Moriomoto, Stella Mcartney, and the maritime inspired hotel Maritime and the new DREAM hotel next door with its round windows and stylish décor.
Most galleries are on the left side, toward the Hudson River which also have a perfect pedestrian and bicycle path that stretches long the river all the way up towards Harlem.
Chelsea is pretty easy to navigate. Stay on West 14th street and up to 25th street and then between 7th Avenue down to 10th Avenue. You can find most art galleries around the 10th and 11th Avenue and 21th – 24th street. Most clothing stores are around West 14th and 9th Avenue.
A small selection of places we recommend:
Futuristic and exciting interior and super-expensive designer clothes and handbags to die for!
542 West 22th Street
It’s always packed with New Yorkers. Best grilled chicken and waffles in town .
119 7th Avenue
It´s a paradise for lovers of food, wine, baked goods, flowers, shopping and chocolate in an old biscuit factory. Don´t miss the brownies at Fat Witch Bakery …… yummy. There are many other interesting small shops with unique things. Posman Books have a terrific selection of bestsellers, literature, biographies, histories, cookbooks and travel guides, as well as stationery and cards.
75 9th Avenue
First it was a regular church, then it was a decadent nightclub, and now it’s a small shopping mall. You’ll find everything from fashion to books, home decor and restaurants.
656 Avenue of the Americas
Matthew Marks Gallery
One of the finest art galleries in Chelsea. They also sell art books and posters.
523 West 24th Street
Mini burgers, tiny and delicious with crispy fries.
58-60 9th Avenue
For those who love art books. Printed Matter maintains a public reading room where over 15,000 titles by 6,000 international artists are available for viewing and purchase.
195 10th Avenue
The Frying Pan
If the weather permits, don´t miss this great place. The bar/restaurant, located on an old barn, is docked at pier 66 and one of New York´s coolest bars. Open between May and October. From here you get a nice view of everything that happens on Hudson river.
Pier 66 @ W 26th Street in the Hudson River Park.
The High Line
Don´t miss the raised train tracks that previously transported commodities like meat from all the slaughterhouses that were in the area. The High Line is today a wonderful promenade path. The High Line begins at The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking at Gansenvoort Street and goes all the way up to 30th Street.
The Kitchen is the center of video installations, music, dance, performance, film and literature.
512 West 19th Street
The interior consists of mirrors, dark wood, mustard yellow walls and art deco accessories. Their brunch is super trendy and a perfect stop when hunger takes over and your feet are tired.
160 8th Avenue