Walking Tour

The Best of NYC’s Financial District, All in One Day

What to expect from one of NYC's most storied neighborhoods: a Parisian marketplace, strolls through historic cobbled streets, and a view from 102 floors above ground.

One World Trade Center. Photo by Edwin LeBlanc

There are many neighborhoods in New York City that make it as wondrous as it is. So, we’re profiling one of our faves: the Financial District. If you thought it was impossible to see all of FiDi’s must-sees, must-dos, and hidden gems in one go, you haven’t experienced it through our eyes. We laid out the perfect day for you in the neighborhood, from nibbling on breakfast in Aussie fashion to end-of-day drinks at one of the World’s Best Bars.

8 a.m.: Breakfast at Bluestone Lane

Transport yourself to Melbourne at this Aussie import, serving specialities like frothy flat whites and smashed pea and coconut yogurt toast. Plus, the FiDi location is a coffee sanctuary just steps away from Wall Street.

Breakfast at Bluestone Lane. Photo by Ben Hider.

8:30 a.m.: Morning stroll through Stone Street

This short cobblestone stretch has something for everyone. Restaurants and bars, such as Bavaria Bierhaus, Stone Street Tavern, and Adrienne’s Pizzabar, line the historic street. Appreciating a little bit of Old New York is best done before the neighborhood power players crowd the sidewalks during the lunch crunch.

Stone Street. Photo by Edwin LeBlanc

9:15 a.m.: A view from above at One World Observatory

An impressive elevator ride through NYC’s history takes visitors to the top of the tower for spectacular city views. At 102 floors above New York City, this observatory offers more than just stunning views. You will be walked through the history of New York City’s infrastructure in 47 seconds and once atop, you’ll find out even more factoids!

View from One World Observatory. Photo Courtesy One World Observatory

11:30 a.m.: A fully-loaded lunch at Pisillo Italian Panini

Beat the lunch crowd for mouthwatering, traditional Italian sandwiches. You can’t go wrong with ordering the Firenze (made with roasted chicken breast, provolone cheese, roasted peppers, and arugula) or the title sandwich, which is made with prosciutto di parma, porchetta, bufala mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula, and balsamic dressing. WSWD Tip: Plan to take home leftovers; these sandwiches are massive.

The Firenze sandwich at Pisillo Italian Panini. Photo by Edwin LeBlanc

12:30 p.m.: Roaming through Le District’s specialty aisles

Burn off those Italian-laced carbs inside this très chic marketplace. This Parisian-style food mecca sells authentic French groceries and is made up of three specialty departments and a few full-service eateries.

Le District. Photo by Edwin LeBlanc

2:30 p.m.: Pay Your respects inside the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Pay tribute to the victims and events of 9/11. The memorial is at the site of the former World Trade Center and the reflecting pools are in the same place where the towers used to stand. The museum features a series of interactive displays that allow its visitors to explore the events that unfolded on that day.

9/11 Memorial. Photo by Jin Lee for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

5 p.m.: Happy Hour at The Dead Rabbit

Order a cocktail and take a seat at one of the World’s Best Bars. This multi-level spot is a traditional pub with beats and bar bites on the main floor topped with an upscale cocktail lounge. The selection of Irish Whiskey is top-notch and the small plates—particularly the Lobster Deviled Eggs, Roasted Beet Salad, and Crispy Pork Belly Sliders—are delicious.

Dead Rabbit Cocktail. Photo courtesy of Dead Rabbit

7 p.m.: A Luxe Augustine Dinner 

Venerated restauranteur Keith McNally’s gorgeous brasserie serves perfectly composed dishes and drinks concocted by the legendary Dale DeGroff. All of the food is packed with flavor; menu favorites include the sea urchin spaghetti and the New England-inspired Eggs Cardinal, with layers of lobster and Swiss chard sautéed in brown butter. Also, the pommes frites with homemade mayonnaise are some of the best in the Financial District.

PAVÉ JARDINIÈRE at Augustine. Photo by Michael Grimm

Roam the streets of FiDi like a true New Yorker; let us arrange your plans or get inspired by ours.