For tourists and local foodies alike, the forty-odd ethic and artisanal eateries and shops dazzle the eyes, tweak the nose, and seduce the palate. You can also find some non-food shops happily coexisting at the Chelsea Market: barber, bookshop, boutiques, newsstand – but the focus is definitely eating. So get ready to see mouth-watering images.
Chelsea Market: one of the top tourist destinations in the city
A Visual Storytelling by Lucas Compan
Before it became the New York icon that it currently is, the Chelsea Market was actually a factory for the National Biscuit Company, also known as Nabisco.
Even in its early days, this building brought about one of America’s most beloved treats: it's where the Oreo Cookie was invented. That’s right, even before its food court and foodie-mecca days, the soon to be Chelsea Market was already breaking into the culinary world.
Occupying a full city block bounded by Ninth and Tenth Avenues, and 15th and 16th Streets, in the hyper-hip Meatpacking District – The High Line passes through the building – Chelsea Market helped revitalize the entire neighborhood.
Exploring this subterranean bazaar you'll discover food, drink, and accessories from virtually every corner of the world. It's all here: breads, crepes, sushi, fresh produce, spices, teas, coffees, tacos, meats, seafood, pastries, herbs, cheeses, gourmet and health foods, wines, and spirits – for all kinds of living souls.
The atmosphere and the environment is outstanding. The decor is post-industrial. Shop-lined tunnels, with stripped-down brick and pipes, giant factory fans, sanded steel doors, corrugated ceilings, stone benches, salvaged architectural artifacts, works of arts, and possibly the biggest attraction, a deep well fed by a gushing overhead drainpipe that changes colors all the time – spreading sense of humor, stimulating smiles.
So when you visit the Chelsea Market, don't just bring a big appetite. Bring your sense of adventure and contemplation as well.