Chelsea Market Picnic

October 8, 2011

When you visit Chelsea Market in New York City (note that I’m saying when, not if – as I cannot recommend visiting this city enough), be sure to arrive hungry. And bring your picnic rug. You’re going to need it.

Each nook and cranny of this fabulous factory-style building is filled with beautiful food, from Cheese to Seafood to Cupcakes (oh my!) When I visited Chelsea Market with my girlfriends in August, we just couldn’t get enough. And so we decided that the smart thing to do would be to buy it all and then have a picnic. I kid you not, we bought one of everything in the Market. Well that’s how it seemed, anyway…

We started off our day with Ice-Coffees from the Acai Shack, before catching the Subway to the uber stylish district, Chelsea.

I told you to arrive hungry, didn’t I?…Excellent.

Let the foodie journey begin!

Don’t mind if I do! … The aroma coming out of this cheese shop was surely illegal (in that it was delightfully intoxicating, not stinky). We sampled a little Goats Cheese and then picked up a hunk of Gouda here.

Amy’s Bread is famous in NYC, with a number of locations. We never actually tried anything from here, something else always seemed to pop up and trump it in the deliciousness factor.

It was great to see the Bakers at work though…

Here, at Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, we picked up a bottle of Chocolate Milk – how cute is that?

I was temped by Soup at Lobster Place – such a cute set-up.

We lusted after Elini’s Cupcakes

and bought a teeny tiny Red Velvet Cupcake to share – hey, stomach space was limited. We were all in the “one bite will suffice” frame of mind. And it did.

The market hall was gorgeous, with rich brick walls…

Oh, and this stunning table was in the hall outside a restaurant. I love rustic wooden dining tables…

When in the Fruit and Vegetable Shop, Vicki squeeled in delight, “look, Heidz, Carrot and Ginger Juice!!”…very few people would get so excited about Vegetable Juice. Clearly we’re Dietitians.

I was also incredibly giddy about these Green Almonds, how gorgeous are they?

Pickles! I’m so obsessed. We need more ‘free pickles with sandwiches’ here in Australia, I’m telling you.


We took our purchases to the nearby 14th Street Park, and ate our Market goodies in the New York City Summer sunshine.

Just three gals… and a whole bunch of food.

In all seriousness, despite appearances, we did not actually buy everything in the Market. Shocking, I know. There were loads more shops and goodies on offer. Although I prefer more ‘produce focussed’ Markets (like the ones I lived for while in Europe) and other Farmers-style Markets, I did (clearly) enjoy Chelsea Market. There are a lot of yummy and funky options, you’ll be sure to find something to please you. Just remember to arrive hungry!

A snippet of our delights: Salad, Gouda, Cupcake, Sushi and Red Bananas!

Some quality bagel action went down. Here we have a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

and a Plain Bagel, which we enjoyed with a mini tub of Cream Cheese. The plain bagel with cream cheese was one of my picnic favourites. So simple, yet pure perfection.

Cherries. Love.

Cheers. A Chelsea Market Chocolate Milk Cheers.

Heidi xo

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  • Martyna@WholesomeCook October 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Oh Heidi, once again your photos and words make me want to go back to NYC in summer too! Love it in winter, but picnics, movies in Bryant park, bike riding in Central Park, that's what I love the most.
    And yes, the pickles! They look like my fave, Dill Cucumbers (Eskal brand here are almost identical in taste, no vinegar).

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I can't WAIT to go to America!! … whenever that will be again. I'll be using your blog as my tour guide 😛 ….. craving a fresh bagel now!

  • Lizzy (good things) October 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Lovely post… I adore fresh produce markets! Thank you for sharing.

  • Michelle Chin October 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I was about to enter chelsea market as i was at the meatpacking district but decided not to for i was running out of time

  • Hannah October 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Beautiful, Heidi. I'm so glad your trip was everything you could have dreamed of an more in the food and friends stakes! 🙂

    P.S. Oh, OH how I miss proper pickles!

  • Heidi October 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Michele – they were the best! I'm having bagels tomorrow, woot woot!

    Lizzy – you're so welcome 🙂

    Michelle – what a shame! next time 😉

    Hannah – yessssss, me too! thanks, lovely.

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi October 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Martyna – oh thanks so much, lovely! Eskal brand, great – thanks for the tip! I so wanted to see a movie in Bryant park but tit was raining on the night we had planned. Shame! Just an excuse to come back though 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Winston October 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Ohhh Bagels, how New York!! I LOVE visiting local markets when I travel too. You learn so much about the culture from what they eat. Good stuff! =)

  • Blithely Unaware October 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    That market looks AMAZING

    I love those bananas that you bought, not that I even like bananas, but the colour looks so intriguing!

    Great photos Heidi.


  • Heidi October 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Winston – thanks 🙂 and yes, you're so right!

    Blithely Unaware – thanks, lovely. Yes the bananas were awesome! Although that may have just been because I was actually eating bananas…shocking and amazing! 😉

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef October 10, 2011 at 10:10 am

    What a great day! ps. I seem to be having trouble posting comment on you site for the last couple of weeks, hope you don't suddenly get a thousand of my failed attempts popping up 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I love going to local markets and buying a whole lot of food and sitting down to try it. And I know what you mean about the bagel and cream cheese-simple but delicious! 🙂

  • Ashley October 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Ooh, I remember walking around Chelsea by myself one afternoon, it was indeed so lovely! I was enamoured with the quirkiness of the building…and of course all the food!!!

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds October 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I loved Chelsea – staying there in 2004 was great because I was such a short distance to so many great eateries! I looooved the "free pickle with your sandwich" thing. So good.

  • msihua October 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What a fab post! So wish I could go to the States… *sigh*

  • Heidi October 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

    InTolerant Chef – oh dear, I wonder why?? Thanks for letting me know, lovely.

    Lorraine – I'm so in love with bagels and cream cheese now!

    Ashley – Yes, the building is divine!

    Julia – isn't it? I miss it. Need to buy some pickles…

    Msihua – I hope you get to go soon!

    Heidi xo