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Things to do in East Village

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in East Village. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite East Village attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in East Village to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in East Village.

  • Bar Veloce

    These appealingly sleek wine bars are like bits of modern Milan beamed wholesale into two distinctive Manhattan hoods. The glossy, warmly lit inter... More
  • Blind Barber

    The barber shop has a cocktail lounge, a kitchen, and even a bouncer. Pair a hot-and-cold-towel shave with a thin-crust pizza and a BlackJack (Jack... More
  • Death & Co.

    Inspired by the 1920's speakeasy motif, this New York bar is sequestered behind a large, wooden door. The interior provides the perfect chic atmosp... More
  • Dinosaur Hill

    Window displays packed full of furry stuffed animals, wooden play sets, and handmade clothes draw those young and young at heart into this East Vil... More
  • Mayahuel

    Named for the goddess of the agave plant, Mayahuel in the East Village offers a mix of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine and fine mescals and ... More
  • Ninth Street Espresso, East Village

    Ninth Street Espresso keeps it simple: they serve specialty coffee. Opened in 2001, this flagship location in Alphabet City is marked only by a bla... More
  • PDT

    Short for Please Don’t Tell, this East Village bar’s name reflects its speakeasy vibe. The bar is only accessible through the phone booth at the ba... More
  • Sunrise Mart

    Part supermarket and part community center for the ever-increasing Japanese population in the famously diverse East Village, Sunrise Market is a ve... More
  • The Stone

    Located in the East Village at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street and near a Mobil gas station, The Stone is all about music, pure and simple. A... More
  • Tompkins Square Park

    The East Village’s “backyard” is a humble patch of reclaimed swamp land where urban dwellers come to play chess, play with their kids, watch birds ... More

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