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Cafe D’Avignon x New York Public Library



Today, you’re going to a bakery that takes as much enjoyment from making pastries, as it does in eating them. The original bakery started in 2000 in Queens (aka Pain D’Avignon) has been serving many eateries around the city for nearly 20 years. This isn’t the first cafe—the spot has locations at the Essex Street Market, DeKalb Market, and the Plaza Hotel, but it’s the newest, at the Moxy Hotel. They serve Stumptown coffee with the notion that offering extraordinary coffee and matching pastries under one roof is what sets them apart. And, after a sip of a latte, and a bite of a crispy, fresh, hot croissant, you’ll probably agree.

Anyone who has watched SATC knows that this historic building is where Big left Carrie at the altar—but, this majestic building captures the hearts of many. Named one of the world’s greatest libraries, with its Beaux-Arts architecture style, the flagship New York Public Library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Explore the halls at your own will, or take a tour at 11 am or 2 pm daily, except Sundays (2 pm only). One of our favorite places to visit though, is the Rose Reading Room, a huge hall reserved for silence. There are not many places in Midtown NYC you’ll find that.

Midtown West
Coffee, Small Bites, Books
Fresh, Historic

Cafe D'Avignon

485 7th Avenue, Ground Floor, Manhattan

idk tip: Ask what items were made fresh in-house that day to get something fresh out of the oven.

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Credit: Cafe D'Avignon

New York Public Library

476 5th Avenue, Manhattan 

idk tip: Standing guard since 1911, the Library’s marble lions acquired their nicknames, Patience and Fortitude, in the 1930s.

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Credit: NYPL