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Things to do in Harlem

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Harlem. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Harlem 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 Harlem 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 Harlem.

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  • Atmos

    The whitewashed walls of Atmos in Harlem are lined with cubbyholes filled with an extensive selection of running, skate, basketball, and casual sne... More
  • Carol's Daughter

    Founded by Brooklyn native Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter sells a full range of natural beauty products, including skin care, hair care, and bath goo... More
  • Fort Tryon Park

    Surrounding the city’s Cloisters museum, a reconstructed monestary that is home to nearly 5,000 medieval treasures, Fort Tryon Park overlooks the H... More
  • Fort Washington Park

    North of Harlem and on the western edge of Washington Heights, Fort Washington Park extends from West 155th Street to West 179 Street. Once home to... More
  • High Bridge Park

    Taking its namesake from the city's oldest standing bridge, this park is wedged between Amsterdam Avenue and the East River. Known for its landmark... More
  • Maysles Cinema

    If you are a fan of documentaries, the Maysles Cinema more than delivers. Founded by Albert Maysles, who with his late brother made non-fiction fil... More
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  • New York Conservatory Garden

    p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } In Central Park is the New York Conservatory Garden - six acres of tranquility and order. The gardens are divided in... More
  • Studio Museum in Harlem

    Opened in 1968 in a rented loft at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street, the Studio Museum in Harlem has long been showcasing the works of artists of Afri... More
  • Swindler Cove

    Overlooking a bend of the Harlem River in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood area, Swindler Cove Park is a relatively new five-acre park. Once an illegal dum... More
  • Swing

    Opened in 2009, Swing, A Concept Shop, is the creation of native New Yorker, designer, and globetrotter Helena Greene. The first to bring designer... More

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