Downtown Manhattan tour

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On this tour we will visit some of the most fashionable areas of New York, such as Soho or Greenwich Village, as well as the well-known Chinatown and Little Italy. In this area of ​​New York the skyscrapers give way to much lower constructions with a lot of charm.

We started in Madison Square Park

We started the route going to the first skyscraper in New York, and for me one of the most beautiful of them all. Flatiron Building, named for its iron form, was built in 1902 and is located on Broadway with Fifth Avenue and 23th. In the park that we are right next to, Madison Square Park, is my Shake Shack favorite, where we can taste one of the best hamburgers in New York.

Let's go to Union Square

If we continue down Broadway, at the height of the 14th you will find Union Square, a beautiful square in which all kinds of activities are held throughout the year, it is even easy to find at any time of day on the side of it a varied group of people playing chess. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, this square becomes a busy market of fruits and vegetables, except at Christmas where a Christmas market is held, which is probably the most famous and crowded in New York. From Union Square we left Fourth Avenue, and went down Bowery Street to Canal Street. To the right of Union Square we have intentionally left the Meatpacking and Greenwich Village district, very fashionable these days and which we will visit in the afternoon.

Union Square
Union Square

We visited Chinatown and Little Italy

When we get to Canal Street, we are in the middle of Chinatown, with its souvenir shops, fishmongers and fruit shops with a very exotic genre. When you get to Canal Street, back on this street towards Broadway, we will turn into Mulberry street, which is where Little Italy and its hose mouths with the Italian flag are. In the background we will get a nice view of the Empire State Building.

Before going up Mulberry street, you should go down this street to go to Columbus Park and see people doing Taichi, playing Mah-jongg ... If you want to buy trinkets, souvenirs and things of imitation (watches, handbags ,. ..) Chinatown is the best place to do it, and do not forget to haggle.

If you want to go to Apple Soho Store, to see and try all kinds of Apple items: iPhone, iPads and all the rest of the Apple range, you must turn on Mulberry street on the left on Broome street and Broadway is past a couple of streets on Prince street. They allow you to read your email and there is Wifi connection for free. During the road to Apple Soho Store, you can make a delicious stop in Rice to riches, in Spring street, with many varieties of rice with milk.

Entrance to Little Italy
Entrance to Little Italy

Knowing the Village

Then we headed towards Greenwich Village. If you like basketball, do not forget to visit Court & Spark, three streets up, which is where a famous Nike ad was filmed and you can enjoy street basketball of very high level. It is located at the junction of West 4th street and Sixth Avenue, right next to the subway entrance. Previously we will pass through Washington Square Park, which will remind you of many movies, like everything in New York on the other hand, and that is where Fifth Avenue begins and where we will always find a great university environment, because in the vicinity and around the square you will find the University of New York.

Dine at Bleecker Street

From here, go to Bleeker street, where there are lots of cafes, restaurants, clothing stores and still survive some CDs and vinyls at a good price, as the legendary Generation Records, on Thompson Street, close to Washington Square Park. Here you are Magnolia Bakery, a confectionery where the girls of "Sex in New York" sweeten their sorrows by taking their well-known Banana Pudding or their cupcakes, all of them irresistible. Also nearby is West Village, where are the stages where the Friends series was filmed.

The most advisable is Finish our visit to Greenwich Village at the end of the afternoon, to be able to dine in the area since it has a lot of atmosphere. I recommend going up to Houston street West for dinner at Arturo's Pizza, open at 4, at John's of Bleecker Street, on Bleecker street, Kesté Pizza & Vino on the same street, go to Minetta Tavern to try what, for many, is the best hamburger in New York, although you have to be willing to pay $ 32 for a hamburger, or go to Cafe Wha? (115 Macdougal St with Minetta Lane), the latter on Wednesdays or Sundays from the 9, which do not charge you entrance but force you to order 2 drinks (a 25-30 $ a hamburger with two drinks). The Wha coffee is a place where you can have a drink with very good live rock music, highly recommended.

Downtown Manhattan video

So that you can open your mouth, here is a video where we show you some of the main points of interest of our route through Downtown Manhattan:

Downtown Manhattan walk map

Sites of interest and nearby routes