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Nolita, meaning North of Little Italy, is a total gem of a neighborhood. Stemming from NYC's original Italian roots, the now buzzy neighborhood is a must-see on any hip tourist list. David Bowie, John Mayer, and Martin Scorsese have called the area between Houston, Bowery, Broome and Lafayette Streets their home. Using our guide, you can spend a whole day wandering the district like an in-the-know local.
A GARDEN STROLL
The spot of the NYFW Lela Rose Bridal presentation, Elizabeth Street Garden is a true gem. With an unlimited supply of charm and repose, you can steal a moment or two amid sculptures and greenery in busy New York City. It is open to the public weekdays from 12-5 pm and weekends from 10-5 pm.
Elizabeth Street Garden, Entrance via Elizabeth Street
The Best Breakfast
For scrumptious breakfast food, visit Egg Shop, also on Elizabeth Street. Arrive early in the morning to secure a table, as this restaurant is super teeny! The cruisers, a breakfast bowl menu option, are divine, but you can't go wrong with anything on the breakfast menu. Buttermilk biscuits? Yes please.
Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street
[Photo via @heydavina]
No visit to Nolita is complete without a browse through some gorgeous, boutique shops. Erica Weiner Jewelry is a particular standout. Sourcing stunning, vintage gems and creating a line of in-house collection pieces, there is something sparkly for everyone. Go on, swoon.
Erica Weiner Jewelry, 173 Elizabeth Street
[Photo via @heydavina]
Midday Pick Me Up
My friends think I'm crazy. But I absolutely adore Rice to Richesin Nolita, a funky rice pudding shop on Spring Street. Lena Dunham ate here in a Girls episode, and seriously, it's one of the weirdest places you'll ever go in your life. The little signs that adorn every inch of the walls are reason alone the stop in. Try the Oreo flavor. If loving rice pudding is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Rice to Riches, 37 Spring Street
After Dinner Dessert
You can't say you've been to Nolita without a bite from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Skip the cupcakes and opt for a slice of their Brooklyn Blackout cake, perhaps with a few forks to share. The chocolate cake is decadent, moist and everything you want after a long day of exploring.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop, 30 Prince Street
Late Night Cocktails
Rintintin and Sel Rrose run a close race as the best late night cocktail spots in Nolita. Both provide ample ambiance, delicious drinks, and vibes worthy of making our list. Sip a night cap and celebrate the fantastic day you just had in New York City's trendiest hood.
Rintintin, 14 Spring Street
Sel Rrose, 1 Delancey Street
[Photo via @rintintin_nyc]