West Village

West Village Travel Guide

Tucked away on W. 12th Street, between University Street and Fifth Avenue, is this French-inspired café that has been serving up the neighborhood’s creamiest café au laits for years.

The New York flagship features an extensive collection of cameras, film, and accessories.

With occupiers, hipsters, yuppies, NYU-loafers Washington Square Park—an iconic downtown landmark with its own “Arc de Triomphe”—is a mosaic of Village characters.

New York’s best bagel: an impossible award given the excess of this mouth-watering bread product throughout the five boroughs. But Murray’s comes pretty close—and its collection of freshly made, handcrafted poppy-, sesame seed-, onion-, and garlic- bagels have wowed Villagers for over a decade.

Since 1963, this three-screen cinema has showcased a canon of cult classics—not to mention an eclectic mix of edgier flicks. Want to re-watch Mulholland Drive on the big screen? You may be in luck.

“Numquam jactate” is the motto of this men’s shoe store, located in New York City’s West Village. The phrase means “never boast,” and it epitomizes Leffot’s commitment to providing its customers with stylish footwear that is never ostentatious.

Formerly of Bergen Street in Brooklyn, this little boutique in the West Village is the creation of former interior designer, Kerrilyn Pamer.

Evoking the comforting atmosphere of a home kitchen, this West Village bakery contains a fireplace, bright blue tiled tables, and glass jars filled with freshly baked cookies.

Head to the back of this cozy Nolita boutique and you’ll spot German designer Nina Freudenberger creating eclectic interiors for stylish Manhattanites. The shop’s vibe—streamlined Scandinavian chalet meets European hunting lodge—was inspired by Freudenberger’s memories from Denmark and Bavaria.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham called this "one of the greatest bookstores on the face of the Earth" for its friendly atmosphere and well-read personnel (staff favorites are displayed up front, along with noteworthy new books).

Visible courtesy of the large front windows, the gleaming silver pipes and machinery of this Hudson Square chocolate shop are proverbially hard at work, and you get the sense that the mesmerized onlookers wouldn’t be at all surprised if an Oompa Loompa stepped into view.

Nope, this isn’t about J.Crew (the casual clothing store) branching out into brandy and fine old Scotch.

Named after the original New York International Airport, Idlewild Bookstore was opened by David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer, in 2008.

A nondescript brown door leads to the speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, Little Branch, in the West Village. The glow from candles softly light the warm-colored walls and tin-wrapped bar, adding to the hushed atmosphere. Even the live jazz coming from the upright piano is on-beat with the scene.