Audrey Abroad – Meatpacking District, NYC

View of the district. via

Originally an industrial zone dedicated to – you guessed it – meat packing, this area began to change amidst the 1970’s when meat and dairy production became less locally sourced and more nationalized. As the industry began to shut down the Meatpacking District became a mecca for the Gay and Lesbian community, which eventually lead to the area becoming a haven for high end boutiques and designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Moschino, Ed Hardy and more.

Where to eat

Fig & Olive

Chef Pascal Lorange’s seasonal menus give you a true taste of top notch Mediterranean fare without breaking the bank. Fresh, fun and deliciously decadent this will be a meal to remember.

Where to drink

Soho House

Playground of the most sought after creative and artistic types Soho House is a hotel and predominantly members only club that affords you luxuries most other hotel bars do not. Rooftop pools, poolside lounge chairs, drink waiters, delicious cocktails – all for a mere $3000USD a year! Bargain. 

The Standard

With floor to ceiling views of the Hudson River and New Jersey in almost every room this hotel is a go to for most of the fashion industry if they’re coming in from out of town. It is their spectacular rooftop bar and views however, which set them apart from the rest.

The rooftop of SOHO House

What to drink

The Soho Mule

Comprised of 42 Below Vodka, lime, ginger syrup and soda, this is a light refreshing cocktail with a crisp kick

Where to treat

Sugar Factory

If you have a sweet tooth this is the place for you! From their signature ‘couture pops’ to the regular celebrity spotting this is one fashionable candy store. 

Where to Deli

The Diner

Meatpacking does not really have much in the way of outstanding delis, however if you’re in need of something greasy and fried, a milkshake or even a good old fashioned Bloody Mary The Diner can take care of you. Plus it’s open late for those after party munchies. 

Where to listen

Meatpacking is synonymous with clubbing. If you want to doll up, queue up, pay exorbitant prices for drinks and dance the night away with New York’s wealthy set these are the places to do so:

Le Bain

The Standard Hotel’s rooftop nightclub – the place to see and be seen.

The Griffin

One of the Meatpacking’s more unique clubs The Griffin is an velvet shrouded opulently designed space offering DJ’s, table service and a velvet rope-style VIP experience

STK Downtown

Listen to DJ’s whilst reclining in their swanky lounge bar or enjoying dinner on their elevated dining room area. Funk, food and fun. 


A proper European-style nightclub playing host to house music DJ’s from all corners of the globe


What to see

The High Line Park

Originally an above ground freight train line raised 30 feet above street level The High Line is a very unique city park. Running from Gansevoort St/13th Street up to 30th Street the train line has been converted into a beautiful green space and garden with cafes and bars dotted sporadically between the trees.

Aerial view of the highline.


Where to have fun

The Gansevoort Hotel

Home to Provocateur nightclub and Plunge Bar this hotel is full of the young and rich. Trust fund babies, entrepreneurs and wanna-be models abound!

What To Wear

Below is a list of flagship stores that reside in the small 3×4 block radius that is the Meatpacking District:

Diane on Furstenburg



Lilla P


All Saints

Ed Hardy

rag & bone

Cool Change

Massimo Bizzocchi

David Lerner

Marc Bouwer

Trina Turk

Ted Baker

Tory Burch


If you are going out here it’s fairly clear, you’d best bring your outfit A-game.

Vogue’s Fashion Night Out @Meatpacking

Who To Meet

Whether you’re sunning yourself and sipping Cosmo’s by the rooftop pool at Soho House, roaming the streets for the latest fashions and bargains, or strutting your stuff on the dance floor atop The Standard, a night out in the Meatpacking District is an exciting one. Once touted as ‘New York’s most fashionable neighborhood’ by the New York Times, it’s creative buzz and couture culture means a memorable night out for any true fashionista.

Just another day in the district!




  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 31st August, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    An exciting place!

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 22nd August, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Love the name Fig & Olive.

  • Reply candicelee22 Thursday 14th August, 2014 at 11:26 am


  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 12th August, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    An interesting read, thank you.

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 12th August, 2014 at 9:11 am

    What a place! So exciting to be able to visit there!

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 11th August, 2014 at 11:56 pm


  • Reply lovelyloves Monday 11th August, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    This sounds amazing!!

  • Reply amanda6393 Monday 11th August, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Bit too trendy for me I’m afraid.

  • Reply jessicawheelock Monday 11th August, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The High Line park looks incredible!

  • Reply Sparkles17 Monday 11th August, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Ah need a holiday!

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 10th August, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    The U.S. is like another planet!

  • Reply stels Sunday 10th August, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    soho wow!

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 9th August, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Nice rooftop pool! That’s where you’d find me if I was there!

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