#locallyinspired: do you really know union square?

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Hi there! I’m Dulci Edge; a travel junkie and freelance art director. I take pretty pictures and write about my trips and travel at The Far & Near. I’ve called New York home for 11 years and I’m excited to take you for a spin in my hood, Union Square. It’s the perfect mix of old and new with some seriously delicious eats. Let’s go! @ladulcivida

No trip to Union Square is complete without a stop at the Greenmarket (@unsqgreenmarket); It’s been a neighborhood landmark since 1976. Rub elbows with New York City chefs stocking up on fresh produce and local farmers showcasing their wares. It’s my go-to for fresh flowers for my apartment, and apple cider (for cocktails!) from Red Jacket (@redjacketny).

ABC Kitchen (@abckitchen) is a perennial favorite with mismatched silverware, beautiful floral arrangements and some pretty outstanding food. I love the Scandinavian vibe of the dining room. Tip: The lunch prix-fixe is one of the best deals in Manhattan.

After lunch, head over to ABC Carpet & Home (@abccarpetandhome) for 6 floors of drool-worthy design finds. You’ll need plenty of time: with nearly 8 acres of ground to cover this massive warehouse is hostess-gift central with gems from Tom Dixon, Tata Harper and my fave, Astier de Villatte (@astierdevillatte).

Old Town Bar is a New York classic, serving suds since 1892. I love the 55 foot long antique mahogany and marble bar, tin ceilings, cozy wooden booths and crumbling tile floors. Oh, and the burger…I really love the burger.

For a midday pick-me-up, I like Toby’s Estate Coffee, @tobysestatecoffee. This location cohabitates with a pop-up version of the eponymous Strand Bookstore, (@strandbookstore), and the ever elegant Putnam & Putnam Flowers, (@putnamflowers), making it an Instagram Triple Threat. Add herringbone wooden floors and a decorative marble fireplace and you just broke the Internet.

Lower Fifth Avenue, aka The Gold Coast, is so Pinteresting it hurts. I love strolling through these streets, craning my neck to catch a glimpse inside these gorgeous brownstones. Here you’ll find some of the most charming architecture in New York City. It’s Pre-War paradise.

What do you get when you mix flamingo wallpaper and rosé on tap? Claudette. You’re welcome! Tip: @Claudette_NYCHappy Hour will have you saying “Yes Way Rosé” in a very real way.

@PippinVintage, is a teeny, jewel-box of a store selling heirloom worthy baubles at surprisingly affordable prices. Tucked away down a narrow alley is their home store, @PippinVintageHome, housed inside a gingerbread cottage in the middle of NYC. If the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe lost her lease, she’d move here.

Haven’s Kitchen (@havenskitchen) is a cooking school, coffee bar and gourmet pantry shop all housed in an adorable restored carriage house. The cooking classes are delightful, but I like their supper club series; guest chefs throw an intimate dinner party in the upstairs event space, complete with cocktails in the cozy parlor.

Analogue (@analoguenyc) feels like the kind of place Don Draper would spend a few hours; the vibe here is masculine meets clubby with low lighting, cognac leather banquets and most nights, live jazz. With a dozen cocktails and a hefty whiskey selection, it’s the perfect place for a neighborhood nightcap.