West Village ou Little Bohemia
West Village was founded in 1916. Nicknamed Little Bohemia because of the bohemian way of life of its inhabitants, West Village is a charming district where you can discover many artists' houses, shops and other businesses.
This district with a laid back and relaxing atmosphere is also unique! Indeed, West Village does not respect the Hippodamian plan unlike other neighborhoods in New York City (= type of organization where streets are straight and intersect to form a right angle). Finding your way around this neighborhood is therefore quite difficult. So, if you want to find your way more easily, you will need a map. Otherwise, wandering West Village aimlessly is ideal for randomly discovering all the gems of this neighborhood. Up to you…
A relaxed, but dynamic neighborhood
Throughout your walk in West Village, you will appreciate the wide streets lined with trees, but also small alleys made of cobblestones. A neighborhood with a village facade, West Village is nonetheless dynamic and trendy. It is always busy (especially on weekends) and here a lot of people like to relax in one of the bars.
What to do in this neighborhood? Its main tourist attractions
West Village is a photogenic neighborhood. During your walk, do not hesitate to photograph this charming place and its small alleys in which it is pleasant to get lost.
Stroll along the Hudson River Park
As the name suggests, this park stretches along the banks of the Hudson River. It crosses different districts of Manhattan including that of West Village. Throughout your walk, you will be able to admire a very beautiful view, take advantage of it!
Stroll through the streets of the neighborhood
Among those essential, there are Bleecker Street, one of the main arteries of West Village bordered by many shops. Here, all fashion addicts will be delighted! Then walk up towards Christopher Street to Sheridan Park. Continue to Grove Street before joining Hudson Street or Waverly Place. You will then arrive in the neighboring district of West Village: Greenwich Village. Once you arrive, do not hesitate to visit it too. He has some nice surprises in store for you (all his information is here).
Where to eat in this "village"? The best restaurants in the area
During your visit to West Village, why not try “Far West” cuisine? To do this, I will meet you at restaurant Cowgirl which offers Texan cuisine. You can taste Tex Mex / South American dishes; enough to travel! On the menu ? The famous "Guacamole and Chips", the "Southern Caesar Salad" or the "Buffalo Chicken Sandwich". Something to feast on and taste new flavors! The address of this restaurant is: 519 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.
Another interesting restaurant in West Village: The spotted pig (314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014), a typical establishment of this neighborhood serving English and Italian cuisine. There too, you can travel and taste dishes from elsewhere. And if there's a wait, stop anyway. You will be given a map so that you can visit the neighborhood while you wait and as soon as a table becomes available, a member of staff will call you. Judicious, right?
And for a snack break, go to Magnolia Bakery where delicious cupcakes await you! You will have the choice between classics (chocolate, lemon, vanilla…) and more original ones like carrot. You will therefore have a choice and in addition, they are soft! Other cakes are of course available: cookies, brownies… The address of this shop is: West 11th Street, 401 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014. And if you are a fan of the Sex and the City series, this shop Magnolia Bakery probably tells you something, doesn't it? A few meters away, you will also find the residence of Carrie Bradshaw in the series (66 Perry Street). Go check it out !
Where is West Village located?
West Village is east of the Hudson River, west of Greenwich Village, north of Hudson Square and south of Chelsea. Here is a map to get a more precise idea of its location:
If you want to experience a different side of New York, visiting West Village is definitely on your list of activities! During your walk, you can discover a small village atmosphere and soak up its relaxed and trendy atmosphere at the same time. Very good discovery of West Village and don't forget your camera, because this district of New York is very photogenic!
And to visit other districts of the Big Apple during your trip to New York, here is:
- Lower East Side
- Midtown et ses incontournables (Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal…)