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Things to do in Lower East Side

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

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  • 105 Riv

    105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down the street. Expect 105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but a... More
  • Blue & Cream

    An airy, minimalist window-lined store that started as a Hamptons staple, it carries designers for men (Rag & Bone, Rogues Gallery) and women (Zac ... More
  • Bowery Electric

    Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders s... More
  • Doughnut Plant, New York

    Mark Isreal has been turning out what can only be described as craft doughnuts from this trendy, Lower East Side locale since 1994, but the basic r... More
  • Ekovaruhuset, House of Organic

    This pocket-size Swedish outpost is the source for international labels like Veja, which makes organic canvas sneakers with Amazonian-rubber soles. More
  • Eldridge Street Synagogue

    Meticulously restored over the last 20 years, this beloved Moorish Revival landmark on the Lower East Side spans three centuries of New York City a... More
  • Fig

    A 19th-century cabinet of curiosities, with European antiques and packable objets for the home, like a French nutcracker or a Syrian chess set. More
  • Freemans Sporting Club

    Although it opened in 2004, walking into this custom tailor/barber/apothecary is like stepping into a 19th-century gentlemen's stockist. Started by... More
  • John Derian Company

    Whimsy and beauty are openly celebrated at this irresistible home boutique. John Derien's entrancing East Village shop is packed floor to ceiling w... More
  • John Varvatos

    Music and fashion merge in John Varvatos’ menswear shop at 315 Bowery, the former home of the Lower East Side's legendary CBGB live music club. The... More
  • Laboratorio del Gelato

    As grandson of one of ice cream giant Carvel’s first shop managers, you might say the frozen treat is in owner Jon Snyder’s blood. Throw in an epip... More
  • Milk & Honey, Lower East Side

    Installed at 134 Eldridge Street, near the boundary of Chinatown, a plain gray door with “134” and “M&H” in small stickers is the only indicator pa... More
  • New Museum

    This striking home for downtown's contemporary art hub—led by savvy director Lisa Phillips—made a splashy debut in December 2007, thanks to its ext... More

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