The Meatpacking District counts as one of New York’s hippest districts. While it started off as a very industrial area with many factories, designers, artists and corporate headquarters have now taken over the district. Many of the old buildings have been transformed into fancy bars, popular nightclubs, stylish shops and trendy restaurants. That being said, you can be sure there are plenty of things to do in the Meatpacking District – whether it is seeing the district’s best attractions, eating at some great restaurants or visiting amazing rooftop bars.

How to Get to the Meatpacking District

In order to explore all things to do in the Meatpacking District, be sure you know how to get there! The nicest way is to walk the High Line along the Hudson river all the way to its Southern end. Should you be further away and planning on taking the subway, simply take lines A or E from wherever you are to ’14 Street / 8 Av’ and you’ll be just a few steps away from the Meatpacking District!

Walking through the Meatpacking District

Walking through the Meatpacking District you will instantaneously notice its unique appearance. What stands out most are the comparatively low industrial buildings made of clinker brick. Every once in a while you’ll stumble upon cobbled streets. Did you know that the Meatpacking District has highest concentration of cobbled streets you will find in New York? Now you do! You will definitely notice a strong contrast to other parts of the city, such as Midtown Manhattan or Lower Manhattan.

Things to Do in the Meatpacking District New York

Our Top 5 Things to Do in the Meatpacking District

Top 5 Sights

  • High Line Park: High Line Park is one of our favorite parks in New York! It’s the most unique park the city has to offer. Why? Because it’s an elevated park, built atop former railroad tracks. The entire park stretches over 1.45 miles, starting from Chelsea leading all the way to the Meatpacking District. While walking, stunning views of the city and the Hudson River are guaranteed. You can even see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty from the same spot. What you’ll see along the way is a lot of greenery, street art, seating areas and a couple of vendors.
    (Address: 91 Gansevoort St| Subway AC , E to 14 Street / 8 Ave)
  • Chelsea Market: Chelsea Market is one of the best spots to combine shopping and food. This market hall used to be a former Nabisco factory. Now, the space is filled with more than 50 shops. You could possibly spend a few hours browsing through the many little stores here. Visiting Chelsea Market is definitely one of the best things to do in the Meatpacking District.
    (Address: 75 9th Ave| Subway AC , E to 14 Street / 8 Ave)
  • Gansevoort Market: A great alternative to Chelsea Market is Gansevoort Market, which we only discovered recently! It is generally not as crowded as Chelsea Market and hosts about 27 shops, including a bakery, a beer hall, a waffle shop and a cheese counter. It is smaller and feels a little more local than Chelsea Market, as you won’t see as many tourists in here.
    (Address: 353 W 14th St| Subway AC , E to 14 Street / 8 Ave)
  • Whitney Museum: Located at the foot of High Line Park you will find Whitney Museum. The museum displays various collections of contemporary art, including masterpieces from artists like Andy Warhol and Edward Hopper. What makes this museum even more special is the outdoor exhibit space that comes with a spectacular view of the Hudson river and the Meatpacking District itself.
    (Address: 99 Gansevoort St| Subway AC , E to 14 Street / 8 Ave)
  • Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge: Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge is located on top of the popular Gansevoort Hotel. It offers a fabulous 360 degree view, which you don’t get at too many viewing platforms. When we visited, we fell in love with the taste of their drinks. The combination of spectacular views and delicious cocktails helped the Plunge be one of the 34 best rooftop bars in New York and therefore needed to be included in the best things to do in the Meatpacking District New York.
    (Address: 18 9th Ave| Subway AC , E to 14 Street / 8 Ave)

 

Attractions in the Meatpacking District

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Restaurants in the Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District is known for Chelsea and Gansevoort Market, but you’ll also discover that it offers a large variety of restaurants. One of our favorite Meatpacking District restaurants is Dos Toros!

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Bars and Rooftop Bars in the Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District bars are one of the fanciest in New York. As described, many buildings have been transformed into nightlife hubs, which means you’ll have plenty of bars to choose from. The district’s vicinity to Midtown Manhattan also makes it a perfect area to enjoy one of the many rooftop bars.

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Shopping in the Meatpacking District

Shopping in the Meatpacking District New York is known by many due to its appearance in the famous show Sex and the City. You will find luxury brands like Diane von Fürstenberg (874 Washington St), Hugo Boss (401 W 14th St), Levi’s (414 W 14th St), Asics (420 W 14th St / currently closed for reconstruction) and Tory Burch (38-40 Little W 12th St) – all located conveniently close to Chelsea Market and Gansevoort Market. As you may imagine, these are shops for those who seriously like to splurge on shopping! You will, however, also find cute little shops inside of Chelsea Market. Our favorite one is Artists & Fleas. There you can find a great selection of jewelry, maps, bags, clothing and other cool items – at affordable prices!

Hotels in the Meatpacking District

If you are looking for a hotel that is close to Midtown or you’re interested in being close to a wild nightlife, then you should go for a hotel in the Meatpacking District. Especially the Gansevoort Hotel is very popular among travelers.

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Nearby Neighborhoods

Once you are done exploring the Meatpacking District, it’s time to head to nearby neighborhoods like Chelsea or Greenwich Village. Each neighborhood has its unique corners. Chelsea is most known for its art scene. You will find a number of beautiful galleries and also cute little stores to shop at. Greenwich Village is a rather residential area and home to many celebrities. So don’t be surprised if you run into Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or any other famous people you can think of!

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Hip & Trendy

You’re walking through the streets as you spot bearded men in flannel shirts in the distance. They are wearing sunglasses with thick black frames. The women next to them are wearing small, black hats that cover their autumn color hair, falling onto their leather jackets and ponchos. The group is drinking from Mason jars and eating sweet potato fries topped with truffle mayo served on wooden boards. What do you do?

  • You are using the front camera of your smartphone to ensure your mustache is twisted properly - or - your pastel colored clutch that you just snagged from a fancy pop-up store is hanging off your shoulder. You're happily walking toward the crowd.

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  • You're curious about these people. You decide to observe them from a closer distance, as you wanted to head that way anyway.

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  • You're not really in the mood for a circus, so you decide to turn around and go somewhere else.

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Food & Drink

You’re enjoying your day in New York. When your stomach starts rumbling, you decide to…

  • ... get a quick snack to satisfy your hunger

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  • ... look for a top restaurant nearby to sit down and eat, because what could possibly make the day better than a great meal?

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  • ... ignore it! Time is too precious to spend at restaurants.

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Family

You’re strolling through a park and observe a family having a picnic. Immediately, the sight makes you..

  • ... smile, because spending quality family time is the best thing in the world!

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  • ... think that you could really use a cold beer and a hot dog right now.

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  • ... laugh, because (thank God)- you're by yourself and don't need to take care of anybody. Instead you're free to do whatever you want!

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Attractions in New York

Tourists

For you, meeting fellow tourists in the most amazing places in the world is like…

  • ... a bonfire at camp: the perfect opportunity to learn incredible stories.

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  • ... a night at a wild party followed by a nasty hangover. You can't have one without the other.

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  • ... a large glas of expired milk: simply the worst!

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Shopping

We say shopping, you say…

  • ... Michael Kors meets Sex and the City

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  • ... drop a new item into the online cart and click "Order Now".

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  • ... *facepalm*

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Nightlife

You and nightlife, that’s like…

  • ... the cast of the Jersey Shore out first pumping.

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  • ... Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the Golden Havana Bar.

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  • ... two bears hibernating in their cave for the winter

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Art & Culture

Back in 2015, one of Picasso’s art pieces was auctioned for a record breaking $200 million. What’s your first thought?

  • A masterpiece like this belongs into a museum, so everybody can enjoy it.

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  • I would sell my last shirt to own one of Picasso's works.

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  • Who would have thought that Pokemon could paint!

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