Just a short stroll from the shiny skyscrapers in New York’s Financial District you’ll find the South Street Seaport. It is pretty much the exact opposite of FiDi, with a boatload of restored 19th century buildings; from the East River’s Pier 17 you can get a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge and check out the historic ships.
The whole area suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and is now being renovated or completely rebuilt in some places.
While we were there (on a Saturday) there was the cutest little farmers market
After quite a bit of mooching, we made our way to the Paris Cafe, one of New York’s oldest pubs (1873) to try something from their delicious brunch menu. It was super relaxed inside and the cocktails were super strong. We could have stayed in there all day.
But Pier 16 and 17 were waiting for us to go and check them out – so we did. It was splendid.
It’s not something you’d expect to see in Manhattan, all those masts with skyscrapers looming down over them. Needing to warm ourselves up again, we headed to Ambrose Hall. I opted for the fantastic Godmother’s Coffee; a wonderful mix of Amaretto, Absolute Vanilla and coffee topped with whipped cream. It was super strong and delicious and exactly what I needed.
We had a little stroll around the shops; lee lee’s forest was my favourite, full of gorgeous clothing, jewellery and trinkets. I picked up a fabulous scarf, which kept my neck warm for the rest of our trip and pretty much everyday since we got back as well.
It was time for us to head back to mid-town and get ready for the theatre, but not before another quick look around to see if we had missed anything.
I would definitely recommend checking out this part of New York the next time you’re there. There are loads of bars and restaurants open late into the night and with the lights twinkling on the East River, I can think of worst ways to spend an evening.
You can find out more about South Street Seaport on their website