New York City

Sunny Mornings in Greenwich Village

March 16, 2016

My favorite way to explore cities is to walk around rather than taking cabs or the subway. This is especially true of New York City, where I’ve spent a decent chunk of my life but it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve felt comfortable with the different neighborhoods and navigating the streets myself (somewhat embarrassing considering that I’m 22…).

So on Sunday morning a few weeks ago before I had to take the train back up to Connecticut, my dad and I decided to head over to Greenwich Village for brunch and coffee. We got breakfast at Joseph Leonard, which has the most amazing food and I can’t wait to share my pictures with y’all, and then my dad gave me a personalized tour of spots in the village that I would think were cool. Think Electric Ladies Studio (where  Jimi Hendrix used to record) and the location of the original Ray’s pizza shop (although it’s a nail salon now, if I remember correctly).

We had the most incredible weather during the weekend, although dad thought it was way too cold while I was happy that the temperatures were finally pushing above 30 degrees!

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New York City is always gorgeous, but I couldn’t get over how quiet and peaceful the streets were that morning. Apparently the city that never sleeps actually does like to sleep in on Sundays! At some points it was just my dad and me walking down the street, which was nice since we could have a conversation without having to worry about other people around us… Mostly dad just talked about growing up in the city and how basically everything’s changed since the ’70s.

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We ended up in a cute coffee shop that’s very hipster and very popular–Chalait.

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I ordered a white peony tea (I’m really on a tea kick right now!) and dad went for a classic latté. We nabbed stools overlooking the street and chatted while people watching and figuring out travel plans for later that day. Chalait would definitely be the kind of café where I could see myself sipping tea and blogging, all while feeling very cool haha. Do you guys have a café where you like to hang out?

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We popped back out for a little more exploring, aka I wanted to go see Washington Square Park because I’d never been before, and we looked around this eclectic book shop that was definitely every book lover’s dream because the shelves just seemed to go on forever.

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So basically, if you couldn’t tell already, that morning was my ideal Sunday if I have to be up before noon! You can’t beat sunshine in New York City!

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  • Every thing really looks amazing

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Greenwich Village is one of my favorite parts of the city! Plus we had such gorgeous weather all weekend!

  • merel

    Wow, gorgeous pictures. Loved reading this post!

    x Merel

    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Thank you so much!! I love writing about my travels!

  • Wow such a fabulous place. I would love to go there one day. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • I always love exploring the neighborhoods of NYC for new brunch spots and take pictures!

  • Blaire Bingham

    These shots are stunning, and the sky is so blue! Sounds like the perfect morning!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • It was such an amazing morning! Blue skies and a delicious breakfast is really all I need on Sunday mornings!

  • I feel the same way about places that I have lived and even traveled to as an adult. It is such a different experience and I feel like I am so much more willing to see so many more places. Such a cute coffee shop that you found, and I really love finding such a cute cafe!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • I totally agree with everything that you’ve said!! I feel like you can’t truly understand or get to know a city until you walk the streets and take in everything around you. As much as I love Uber, it’s just definitely not the same!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Such a beautiful post! NYC has my heart for sure. So glad you got to walk around Greenwich village with your dad. It’s one of my fave neighborhoods and I agree: It’s amazing how quiet it can be!

    Happy Wednesday, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • I was actually shocked that we were some of the only people out of bed! Granted it was pretty early, but that’s always my favorite time to get out of the house!

  • Biana Perez

    Absolutely agree that walking around a city is the best way to see it!! Greenwich village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Me too! I have friends who live in the village and I’m always so jealous when I visit them!

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    such beautiful photos!
    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

  • Looks gorgeous! I just found out we are going to a wedding in Connecticut next summer, so my husband and I are going to spend a few days in New York while we are on the east coast! I can’t wait!

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

    • Connecticut is absolutely gorgeous in the summer so you’ll have an amazing time at the wedding! And you should definitely spend a few days in the city because it’s so close!

  • What a lovely way to spend a day! Your pics are gorgeous. I am dying to visit New York again and explore beautiful neighborhoods like this.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • I love going into the city for the weekend because I live so close now! New York is definitely one of the greatest cities in the world!

  • I totally agree–walking is the best way to see things! I don’t blame you for being nervous about exploring for so long. It’s so easy to get lost! These photos are really beautiful.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

    • And I have the worst sense of direction, so I always like to explore with other people so that I don’t get totally lost!

  • How cute is that coffee shop? So many beautiful pics of the city, glad you got to enjoy a peaceful side of NYC <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Chalait was so cute! I’d seen pictures of their coffee on instragam and I just knew that we had to stop by even if just for a few minutes!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Great photos! Amazing post! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day!
    much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Thank you so much! New York is too gorgeous not to take pictures of haha!

  • Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt Trend

    Lovely photos.

    XOXO, Rachel

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  • Nina

    Sounds like you really enjoyed in Greenwich Village. The coffee shop looks so chic.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

    • Greenwich Village is definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan!! And Chalait was too cute!

  • Riya

    AAAAH I LOVE NEW YORK! You are so beautiful by the way!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! It was over a year ago and I am finally back into blogging!

    http://eatandtraveltheworldwithfashion.blogspot.com/

    • Awww you’re so sweet!! I love exploring the streets of New York as well!

  • Violette

    The pictures are so beautiful with a blue sky! Chalait is my coffee shop goal!! haha

    http://violettedaily.com

    • I loved how cute Chalait was! I really need to find a coffee shop other than Starbucks near me!

  • Rachel

    The sky looks so incredibly blue! I hope that the weather is as nice during my next visit to New York City!

    • I hope that you have an amazing time!! Do you have any plans yet for your trip?

  • Seriously how fun is this post!!! This is so fun just adventuring through the city! I love it!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

    • Writing this post was almost as fun as actually exploring Greenwich Village!! Thanks!

  • So gorgeous! I wish I was spending my day walking around Greenwich Village today…or any day.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

    • I do too! I’m excited for my trip down to Washington DC this weekend but I feel like I’ve been cooped up in this train all day!

  • I can’t believe it’s got so warm in New York already. How nice of your Dad to show you soon cool spots

    • It’s been absolutely gorgeous lately! It’s supposed to snow next week, so fingers crossed that doesn’t actually happen!

  • So pretty! The city can really be so beautiful sometimes! And I love your photos!

    xo Lauren
    http://www.earthtostyle.com/

    • I feel the same way! It’s surprisingly easy to find beauty all around even in such an urban city!

  • Ah so jealous! Would love to go to New York, maybe one day! The photos looks amazing x

    http://www.poppylowdon.co.uk

    • I hope that you can visit someday!! I love how many different things there are to do in the city!

  • I love Greenwich Village, so pretty!

    Xo Lauren
    http://www.auburnrobes.com

    • Greenwich Village is definitely one of my favorite parts of Manhattan!

  • What a pretty place! I would love to visit! =)Love your photos! =)

    – Cielo

    Mermaid in Heels

    • Thank you! New York can be incredibly gorgeous on a sunny spring morning!

  • Love this! NYC is so much fun. I’ve only recently started to take advantage of living within a train ride of the City. Sad, I know. And I’ve started to walk around a lot more once I’m there. It’s great to discover new parts of the City, and cozy places. Glad you had a good time. That coffee place looks too cute!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

    • Chalait was almost too cute to be true! I have a lot of family and friends in the city so I find myself going in a few times every month to take advantage of all of the shows, museums, and restaurants!

  • So lovely! What a great way to spend a morning!

    Mallory // http://perhapsbananas.org

    • We had such an amazing just walking around the village together! A very casual Sunday!

  • Seriously want to visit Chalait! Love me a good, Insta-worthy coffeeshop 😛

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

    • Chalait was so adorable!! The coffee and the shop itself are both very instagramable!

  • It’s been quite a few years since I visited New York but loved every minute of it. Greenwich Village was one of my favourite spots to walk around! #wanderlust
    Eileen
    5feetofstyle.com

    • I love just walking around and exploring the streets of New York! So many little coffee shops and restaurants to discover!

  • Beautiful photos and I totally agree that walking is the best way to see a city.
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

    • Thank you! And walking is definitely my favorite way of getting to know a city!

  • Zorica
  • I’m so excited to go to New York next month!
    That coffee place is so cool, I can see why it’s popular

    Xx
    Kali
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    • I hope that you have an amazing trip!!

  • Oh how beautiful, I really want to visit x

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

    • The village is definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan! It’s gorgeous and there are so many restaurants and coffee shops to check out!

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