Food52 Holiday Market

Where Else to Shop & Fuel Up Around Union Square

December 11, 2015

If efficiency is the name of your shopping game, we hear you. You want to visit our Holiday Market, make a few more stops around the neighborhood, and consider your holiday shopping complete. Same!

Fuel up, shop, fuel, shop. Photo by Lauren Kolm

Here are our tips (with a Google map at the end) for preparing for the big shop—and then checking off every person on your list, in one neighborhood:

Before you shop, fuel up. Photo by Bobbi Lin

If you fuel with bread products and coffee:

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Maison Kayser Flatiron: One of their baguettes might just be on my holiday wish list. And their croissants are some of the best (sorry, everyone else on this list!).

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“And across the street from Books of Wonder is Paper Presentation, where you can get all the glorious paper products you need to present your gifts as beautifully as possible! ”
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Le Pain Quotidien: Sit with a latte, sipped from a bowl, and draft up a plan for your big day.

The City Bakery: City Bakery is making Amanda and Merrill's cookies that you can find on our cookie truck (and, pssst, also by the register at the Pop-Up). You can also head to their bakery for even more cooookies.

Breads Bakery: Their spinach burekas and muesli rolls are the ideal sustenance when you're not looking for something too sweet (but they have really good sweet things—ehem, chocolate babkba—too).

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If you prefer to—or also—get your energy through physical exercise and juice:

SoulCycle Union Square: The Food52 team went to SoulCycle the week before the Holiday Market opened to get our juices flowing. Speaking of juice...

Juice Generation: Whether you're a green-juicer or more of a creamy almond milk kind of person, this spot has you covered. You could go before or after SoulCycle—or a pastry.

More: If you're seeking a quiet spot in your day, here are our suggestions.

Fuel up with antipasto at Maialino. Photo by Emiko Davies

If you want a full meal:

Maialino: This Italian restaurant has breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If they let us stay all day, we would.

More: A standout at Maialino: the olive oil cake.

Casa Mono: This tapas bar and restaurant is a good pit stop for a light lunch—or a midday drink.


For stuff for your kitchen and surroundings:

Eataly: Gift the nicest vinegars, oils, pastas, salumi, and other imports from Italy.

L.A. Burdick Chocolates: If chocolate is what you're looking to gift, this itty bitty chocolate store has options that feel special and different. (And grab a latte and pastry for yourself while you're there—two birds!)

Union Square Greenmarket: Going to a holiday party? Pick up a nice sampling of apples and pears to gift to the host. And maybe grab some for yourself, too. (Are you sensing a theme here?)

Whisk: This kitchenware store is tiny, but boy, does it have nearly everything you're looking for, from beautiful copper pots to sturdy spatulas.

Fishs Eddy: Ranging from kitschy to classic flatware, dinnerware, serveware, and more (knick knacks!), there's always something that makes me smile at this store.

For stuff for everywhere else:

Did you know we have jewelry and bags at the Pop-Up, in addition to kitchen things? Photo by Alyssa Ringler
Photo by Alyssa Ringler
Photo by Alyssa Ringler

Design Within Reach: Modern clocks, blankets, and other accessories are good gift options for the one who has everything (and their furniture is swoony, too—you'll see some of it at our Holiday Market).

Union Square Holiday Market: Do you like knick knacks? Us too! Here's a whole market full of 'em.

Strand Book Store: Books! All of them. That is all.

Aesop University Place: All of Aesop's stores—which sell plant-based skin, beauty, and hair products—are impeccably designed and smell heavenly, like a flower bed meeting a forest.

The Food52 Holiday Market is located at 41 Union Square West (at 17th Street) and is open through December 20th. Click here for more information on our pop-up hours and programs!

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Bevi December 11, 2015
frecklywench December 11, 2015
And across the street from Books of Wonder is Paper Presentation, where you can get all the glorious paper products you need to present your gifts as beautifully as possible!
amysarah December 11, 2015
Books of Wonder should be on your holiday shopping list in that area (W18th, near Union Sq.) Longtime great children's bookstore. Keep walking past B&N - support our few remaining independents!
Caroline L. December 11, 2015
such a great shop! going in there always makes me feel like a little kid.