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High Line Coffee: 5 Caffeine Stops on the NYC Rail Trail

Walking the High Line in New York City is by far my favorite activity in Manhattan. Situated on an abandoned elevated railroad tracks with views over the Hudson river, the High Line was given new life about 15 years ago when it opened as a public park thanks to the hard work of the Friends of the High Line. Extending from the Meatpacking district at Washington and Gansevoort Street all the way to 34th Street and 11th Avenue, the High Line is a fantastic commuter route. Every time I visit New York, I stay somewhere along the High Line, grab a coffee, and enjoy a relaxing walk to my office near Chelsea Market. Here are five suggestions for places to get your High Line coffee on before a walk on NYC’s favorite greenway and elevated rail line.

Views during a walk on the High Line in New York City

Pro-tip: If you are looking for more comprehensive advice on visiting New York City, check out this great post from Eternal Arrival.

High Line Coffee NYC Recommendation #1 - Murray's Bagels

Highline coffee recommendation: Murray's salt bagel and coffee in Chelsea, NYC
It is nearly impossible to get authentic New York bagels anywhere else in the world. For this reason, I eat bagels for breakfast nearly every morning when I visit NYC. Murray's Bagels is my go to bagel place near the High Line. Located on 8th Avenue near 23rd Street in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Murray's is just a few blocks from the 24th Street entrance to the High Line. Pick up a salt bagel with butter (my personal favorite) and a cup of drip coffee and you're on your way to a perfect morning.

High Line Coffee NYC Recommendation #2 - Think Coffee

High Line Coffee recommendation: Think Coffee and doughnut in New York City near the High Line
Think Coffee on West 30th Street in New York is situated conveniently across the street from the 30th street entrance to the High Line. Pick up a cappuccino and a decadent doughnut to fuel your hike on the High Line.

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High Line Coffee NYC Recommendation #3 - Underline Coffee

High Line coffee recommendation: Latte from Underline Coffee in Manhattan
Underline Coffee on 20th Street in Chelsea is conveniently located under the High Line and across the street from the stairs leading up to the trail. Treat yourself to a well-crafted latte or perhaps a little cold brew if the weather is nice and get walking.

High Line Coffee NYC Recommendation #4 - Woodstock General, A General Store in Manhattan

High Line Coffee: Latte at Woodstock General in Manhattan
Woodstock General at 10th Ave and 22nd Street in Manhattan is a rather unorthodox choice for a list of coffee places near the High Line. Primarily a 'general store', Woodstock General also sells coffee. I simply loved the old-fashioned country decor. I felt a bit like a lumberjack getting ready to chop down trees as I lined up to order my coffee.

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Have you ever played the rainbow game? Before embarking on a walk, divide it up into 7 time segments. For each segment, only take photos of predominantly one color: Roy G. Biv. Create a collage for each color and then merge them into an animated GIF. Voila! A work of art. Check out my results from the rainbow game in New York City.

High Line Coffee: Log stools at Woodstock General in New York City
Woodstock General happens to be located across the street from some really cool street art above the Empire Diner and is worth the trek for this reason alone. Get your coffee and head to the 23rd Street street entrance to the High Line for your morning walk.
Highline Coffee: Street Art above the Empire Diner in New York City

High Line Coffee NYC Recommendation #5 - Best Bagel and Coffee

High Line coffee recommendation: Pumpernickel Bagel from Best Bagel and Coffee in New York City
Best Bagel and Coffee is another great spot to go for both coffee and breakfast. Located at the far end of the High Line in the bustling area around Madison Square Garden, it's worth a stop for a drip coffee and pumpernickel bagel with cream cheese. You may even consider picking up a dozen bagels on your final day in Manhattan. Put the bagels in Ziploc bags and pop them in the freezer when you get home so the trip to NYC lives on. I bring home bagels every time I visit New York.

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Looking for places to visit in NYC outside of Manhattan? Why not spend a day in Brooklyn? Whether you visit Coney Island, Park Slope, or Williamsburg, Brooklyn has got great energy.

Walking the High Line with your Coffee

Car art exhibit on the High Line park in New York City

Now that you are fed and caffeinated, it's time to get walking on the High Line. How long does it take to walk the High Line? A brisk walk from one end of the High Line to the other takes about 30-45 minutes. I love the sense of being above the madness when hiking the High Line. There are no traffic lights to stop you and the sounds of busy daily life and Manhattan seem to fade away. The High Line greenway is planted with lovely wildflowers and other low maintenance plants. There are art exhibits dotted from one end of the High Line to the other. I love this exhibit (or is it an exhibit???): Beyond this point you may encounter nude sunbathers. Everyone I saw on the High Line was fully clothed despite the warnings to the contrary.
Art Exhibit on the High Line in New York City - Beyond this Point You May Encounter Nude Sunbathers
You may even spot a bird or two while walking on the High Line.
Bird on the High Line Trail in Manhattan
Here are a few shots that I posted to Instagram during my walk on the High Line. I really believe that the High Line is the best walking trail in New York City.
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A High Line Coffee Map

For a High Line map and the different coffee shops I've referenced in this post, click the image below.
Highline Coffee NYC Map

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: High Line Coffee: 5 Caffeine Stops on the NYC Rail Trail
High Line Coffee: 5 Caffeine Stops on the NYC Rail Trail
Check out ideas for places to grab a High Line coffee (and maybe a bagel!) before a morning walk on New York City’s iconic elevated greenway and rail trail. Walk the High Line in NYC with a quality cup of caffeine in your hand.
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