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!
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:
If you fuel with bread products and coffee:
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!).
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).
If you prefer to—or also—get your energy through physical exercise and 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.
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:
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!