10 Things To Do And See In New York's Nolita

Photo of Julia Goicochea
9 February 2017

A relatively quiet area, Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood hosts a number of not-so-hidden gems. Home to locally beloved coffee shops, happy hours, and more, there’s plenty to see and do just above Broome Street. For snackers, shoppers, and curiosity-seekers, here are 10 of our favorite Nolita destinations.

La Colombe | © Alejandro De La Cruz/Flickr

La Colombe

Coffee Shop, American, $$$
A favorite amongst locals, La Colombe’s high-quality coffee and tasty pastries are sure to satisfy your snacking needs. Caffeine cravers flock to this café for its popular espresso-based beverages, accommodating non-dairy options, and friendly, knowledgeable baristas. A wifi-free zone, the shop’s intimate space is ideal for catching up with friends or enjoying your coffee solo with a book in hand.

McNally Jackson

Bookstore, Library
Explore literary offerings from across the globe at McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore offering a carefully curated selection of books, magazines, and more. Arranging its inventory by the author’s geographic background, this innovative shop encourages readers to broaden their minds through exposure to foreign, refreshing ideas. In addition to its creative literature collection, the store also boasts hard-to-find indie magazines and a superb wifi-free café.

Oro Bakery and Bar

Bakery, Bar, French, $$$
Storefront for Art & Architecture
Storefront for Art & Architecture | © Lauren Manning/Flickr
A welcome deviation from the buttoned-up wine bars typically found in the city, the relaxed approach of Oro Bakery and Bar is evident in its playful menu of snacks and desserts. Pair a selection from the bar’s extensive wine list with unexpected dishes, such as blueberry polenta cake, ice cream sandwiches, and ham and gruyère croissants. Also serving organic coffee beverages, Oro is sure to please early risers and night owls alike.

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Art Gallery
Rice To Riches
Rice To Riches | © Steve Isaacs/Flickr
Explore innovative installations at contemporary art venue Storefront for Art and Architecture. Hosting an array of events, exhibitions, and more, the gallery invites patrons to examine the fascinating ‘intersection of architecture, art, and design.’ Both entertaining as well as educating, this creative institution is a worthy destination for curious minds.

Rice To Riches

Dessert Shop, Dessert, $$$
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Rice To Riches, a unique downtown spot specializing in flavored rice pudding. The unexpected snack comes in a number of exciting flavors, such as cheesecake, hazelnut, and coconut varieties. With its non-traditional desserts and playful environment, you’re sure to be sweet on Rice To Riches.


Music Venue
Openhouse is a multi-purpose venue hosting a slew of exciting temporary installations. Past pop-ups have included an elaborate indoor park, luxury nail bar, and a grilled cheese cook-off between popular local restaurants. With a reputation for delightful collaborations and refreshing entertainment, Openhouse consistently delivers unique and memorable experiences.

Eight Turn Crêpe

For a grab-and-go snack that’s sure to satisfy, try a sweet or savory concoction from Japanese eatery Eight Turn Crêpe. Served in an easy-to-eat cone shape, the delicate rice flour crêpes are filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients, such as green tea gelato with house-made chocolate or savory lox and chicken breast. Offering everything from scrambled eggs to blueberry cheesecake crêpes, Eight Turn Crêpe transforms your favorite familiar dishes into something delightfully new.

Eight Turn Crêpe, 55 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 334 3408

Sweet & Vicious

Bar, American, $$$
Young professionals flock to this neighborhood hotspot hoping to secure an in-demand seat on the bar’s welcoming outdoor patio. Known mostly for its popular frozen margarita, Sweet & Vicious also offers picturesque details — drinks served in mason jars, graffiti-adorned walls — as well as crowd-pleasing playlists of 90s hip-hop and R&B. Especially busy during the warmer months, this rowdy bar is a great place for socializing.


Pizzeria, Restaurant, Fast Food
Proving a great slice can be found outside of Little Italy, L’asso attracts a devoted following of pie-loving locals. With its thoughtful gluten-free options, generous daily specials, and non-traditional toppings, including pistachios, pear, and Brussels sprouts to name a few, this gourmet pizza shop is well worth the trip past Broome Street.

In God We Trust

Shop, Store
Support local artists by shopping limited-edition collections at New York-based clothing store In God We Trust. Catering to both men and women, this alternative shop sells locally made clothing, jewelry, and accessories all fitting its quirky ‘homespun aesthetic.’ Whether you’re looking for elevated basics, customizable jewelry, or conversation pieces, you can trust in this independent boutique to deliver.

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