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I created this DIY Lower East Side Bakery Crawl as a Christmas gift.
My sister and husband live in NYC and share a ridiculously strong sweet tooth. Since they also share a toddler (with another on the way), bar and brewery crawls are out for them, but bakery crawls are oh-so-in.
They gave rave reviews for this route, so now I’m sharing it with you! My Lower East Side Bakery Crawl will take you to four bakeries, a candy shop, and even a free museum, all on a leisurely 1.4 mile / 30 minute walk through the neighborhood.
Each bakery has its own specialty and sweet and savory lovers will both be pleased eating cruffins (croissant / muffin hybrids), traditional knish (a Jewish staple), chocolate babka (an Israeli pastry), and what are arguably the best bagels in NYC.
Ready to go?
Lower East Side Bakery Crawl Route
1.4 miles. 30 minutes. Four bakeries and some extra sweet and unique stops along the way.
This Lower East Side Bakery crawl is the perfect addition to any Manhattan foodie itinerary, and this step-by-step guide and walking route make it easier than ever to eat your way through NYC!
Stop 1: Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery
137 E Houston St.
Best for: Knish
Yonah Schimmel’s Knish menu
Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery has been serving Jewish comfort food to politicians, celebs, and regular folk like me and you since 1910.
They’re most famous for their knish, baked dough wrapped around a sweet or savory filling like apples or potatoes, and are actually the last remaining knish bakery in Manhattan. So, try it here while you can, then walk down Houston St. to the next stop on our Lower East Side bakery crawl: Russ & Daughters.
Stop 2: Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St.
Best for: Bagels, lox, and cream cheese
Russ & Daughters menu
No trip to NYC is complete without bagels and lox, and Russ & Daughters serves up some of the best in the city. You’re stopping into their first location in the city, a staple of the Lower East Side since 1914!
Anthony Bourdain heaped it with praise saying “Russ & Daughters occupies that rare and tiny place on the mountaintop reserved for those who are not just the oldest and the last – but also the best.”
Ordering a bagel and smoked salmon is the move here, but if you want to get crazy you can also top it with caviar. Just be prepared that if you go at peak hours there can be a lengthy wait, but locals and tourists alike will assure you that it’s worth it!
Next up, we’re walking to Economy Candy.
Stop 3: Economy Candy
108 Rivington St.
Best for: Bulk candy and fun photos
Economy Candy is a floor-to-ceiling candy store serving New Yorkers will all their sweet needs since 1937.
Take a break from eating for a minute and have fun walking through the winding aisles, rediscovering your favorite candies from childhood and snapping a few colorful photos in this sticky sweet paradise. Then, it’s time to check out the more modern side of the NYC bakery scene…
Stop 4: Supermoon Bakehouse
120 Rivington St.
Best for: Croissants and cruffins
Supermoon Bakehouse menu
What’s a cruffin? Just the hottest new bakery trend from Supermoon Bakehouse, which combined two of our favorite breakfast foods (croissants and muffins) into one spectacularly flaky pastry.
They also serve up cronuts (a croissant / donut hybrid) and rainbow-colored croissants that have taken Instagram by storm so don’t come here unless your stomach and your camera roll are ready to eat!
Stop 5: Museum of Street Art (MOSA)
citizenM New York Bowery Hotel
Best for: Murals by local artists in a 20-story staircase
The Museum of Street Art is awesome and free, so it’s a great place to take a quick culture break before visiting the final bakery on your Lower East Side bakery crawl. This project is in the staircase of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel.
Go in and tell the front desk you’re visiting the museum and they’ll direct you to the elevators where you’ll go all the way up to the 20th floor. Then, walk down the stairs and enjoy murals from NYC street artists on every floor!
Stop 6: Michaeli Bakery
115A Division Street
Best for: Chocolate babka
Michaeli Bakery menu
LAST UP on your crawl is Michaeli Bakery. Featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Eater, and more, this Israeli bakery is a local gem best known for their babka, a flaky pastry bread made dark chocolate and Nutella.
They also serve up a vegan version alongside their vegan apple pie and donuts, and offer up a variety of tasty treats like savory burekas, cinnamon rolls, danishes, as well.
Honorable Mention: Melt Bakery
132 Orchard St.
Best for: Ice cream and cookie sandwiches
Melt Bakery menu
While Melt Bakery didn’t make it into our official Lower East Side bakery crawl, it still gets an honorable mention on our list. If you still somehow have room for more, stop by Melt to top off your adventure with a cookie ice cream sandwich.
They serve up a classic chocolate chip cookie sandwich and have fun twists like cinnamon, chocolate, and red velvet too. Grab one to eat on your way home and congratulate yourself on a bakery crawl well done!
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Then, check out more food, art, and cultural experiences in the city to round out your itinerary!
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