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Flower District & West 25th Street

Flower District occupies a small block of West 28th St between 7th Ave and Avenue of Americas. The area might be small, but once you’re there you feel like you’ve entered a colorful, lush garden – palm trees and exotic plants together with  roses, tulips and lillies are lined up along the pavement; and there are even more beautiful plants to be admired once you walk into any of the floral stores.  Whenever I’m in the area, I love walking through the Flower District, it’s just so lovely and relaxing (and it smells nice too!) :

Palm trees in the concrete jungle 🙂

Walking just three streets down from the Flower District, towards 23rd Street will take you to West 25th Street – which is one of my favourite, random NYC finds. As you can probably tell from my previous posts, I love antique and vintage stores – and W 25th street is full of them! In fact, this is where the Antiques Garage – a big vintage street market, takes place every weekend (I was told the place will be relocated as of next month but I don’t know where to). One of my favourite shops is Flea Market on 120 West 25th Street – it’s really is fun for browsing – I like the mix of old books, crystal decanters, 1960s hats and vintage jewellery, but don’t expect actual antiques  😉

This is what I bought there today..a cute pocket watch necklece from the 50s/60s…it was only $19! This is how it looks from the back:

Another nice shop is This’n’That Jewelry and Collectables, right next to Flea Market  on 124 West 25th. Walking around the store feels a bit like entering your grandmas closet..most of the vintage items are on the back – try not to be freaked out by some of them, like this mink scarf, with little furry legs dangling off it!

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NYC – Vintage shopping, chocolate galore and more!

One of my favourite parts of Manhattan is Soho and the East Village – perhaps because the architecture and the relaxed atmosphere remind me a bit of England, but mainly because I love the hip, artistic feel the area has to it. I could spend a whole day browsing through racks of beautiful vintage clothes on Spring  & Prince St., stuffing my face with chocolate goodies and delicious Japanease food at St. Marks Place, and visiting art galleries.

Spring St. and Prince St. are definitely my favourite hang-out spots in Soho (I also like the quiet Elizabeth St. for its art galleries and unique vintage shops). They are full of lovely, privately owned stores with a very European feel; there are cute, tiny cafes on almost every corner and street stands with the most amazing jewellery, paintings and other random and wonderful things such as these camomile and lavender-filled, hand-embroided pillows (I saw these on Prince St., somewhere between Broadway and West Broadway):

Most jewellery stands are scattered around Prince St. (especially the area between Broadway and Sullivan St.) and Spring Street (Sullivan – Broadway and the Elizabeth St. area) but you can get slightly cheaper deals at the corner of Spring St. and Broadway and along Broadway:

As you walk up Elizabeth St. towards the East Village, there’s an antique stand at the corner of Houston and Elizabeth St. (they usually open around 1-2PM). The jewellery isn’t as pretty as what you can find on Price and Spring St. but they sell one-off, mainly vintage pieces so if you’re lucky ou can find something truely unique 🙂

Soho  is also famous for its vintage stores – you can find literally everything from aligator-skin purses and couture cocktail dresses to flaunts and cowboy boots! It’s a bit like walking around a gallery, except you get to try on the artwork!

Another thing I love about this area, perhaps even more than the vintage stores and the jewellery, are bakeries and chocolate ateliers (I LOVE food, especially if it’s chocolate-covered ;). This is one of my favourite shops – the owner had a genius idea of combining a jewellery store with  chocolate atelier – what more can a girl want?

Chocolates are $2 a piece – they are so rich and tasty, you will want to eat them all!

Another place where I regularly grab my dose of chocolate is this small, hole-in-the-wall bakery  on  the corner of Spring St. and Broadway, called Baked By Melissa. They sell delicious minature stuffed cupcakes – they look really cute:

Choclate mint, peanut butter jelly (mmm) and cinnamon cupcakes. The photo doesn’t really show it, but they are very tiny!

There’s also a place called Bond St Chocolate on 63 E 4th St. in the East Village, where you can buy novelty chocolates, such as these chocolate Buddahs and the Virgin Mary ($10 each):