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New York City is not short on attractions. If one is looking for free things to see and do while in the Big Apple, consider going to Central Park - perhaps the most famous city park in the world. Another free attraction in Manhattan is the famous Chelsea Market where one can see the diversity and food that makes the market so good.

Chelsea Market is a world-famous food hall and shopping mall in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. There are many excellent food markets all around the world and are a key part of any city's itinerary. If one is traveling internationally, there are many other great food hall attractions to visit - like the Great Market Hall in Budapest.

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Why Chelsea Market Is A Unique NYC Attraction

Chelsea Market is one of the great attractions in NYC for foodies and shopaholics and occupies an entire city block with a connecting bridge over Tenth Avenue. Chelsea Market was first built in the 1890s and is now recognized by New York State by the National Register of Historic Places.

It is located right in the heart of NYC's Meatpacking District and is very much a lively marketplace. Here one can find the region's finest fishmongers, the best prime cuts of meat, fresh produce, the best of imported Italian dry goods, and artisanal cheeses to name but a few.

In 1900 the Meatpacking District had some 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants - today five meatpacking companies continue to operate in the district, although the area is characterized by boutiques and bars today.

Perhaps little known to most people, Chelsea Market is now owned by Google (or more specifically Google's parent company Alphabet Inc.).

  • Owned: By Google

Another interesting trivia about Chelsea Market is that it is located on the site of the former National Biscuit Company factory (or Nabisco) - that is where the Oreo cookies were invented and produced.

The things that are good in Chelsea Market are mostly food and culinary dishes. Chelsea Market has become internationally famous as one of the greatest indoor food and retail marketplaces in the world.

  • Reputation: One Of The Greatest Indoor Food Marketplaces

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Visiting The Chelsea Market & Opening Hours

Today Chelsea Market in the old National Biscuit Company factory is one of Manhattan's star attractions for locals and out-of-town visitors alike. The history and the stripped-down brick architecture building give Chelsea a unique, timeless, and rustic character,

Chelsea Market attracts around 6 million visitors every year - from the Big Apple, across the Union, and from around the world.

  • Visitors: 6 Million

It is one of the most visited and written-about attractions in NYC and a must for anyone visiting. Chelsea Market is open seven days a week and from 7.00 am to 2.00 am Monday to Saturday (Sundays from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm). So one can be sure the shops will be open whenever one goes there.

  • Address: 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th & 16th St.), NYC
  • Access: Reachable By Subway and Bus
  • Parking: 2 parking lots Adjacent to the Market

Chelsea Market Opening Hours:

  • Mon-Sat: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Touring Chelsea Market

There are a number of tours of Chelsea Market - although these are regulated and must be tours of more than 6 people and only during non-peak traffic hours (between 8:30 – 11 AM or after 4 PM). All tours can't be longer than 45 minutes - Chelsea Market, itself does not offer guided tours.

Guided Chelsea Market and High Line Food Tour

An example guided tour of Chelsea Market listed on TripAdvisor is the Chelsea Market and High Line Food Tour. On this tour, guests will enjoy a guided food and walking tour of two of the most popular destinations in NYC's Meatpacking District (Chelsea Market and High Line Park as well as Hudson Yard).

  • Destination: Chelsea Market, High Line Park, and Hudson Yard

Along the tour one will be able to sample and buy treats like gourmet doughnuts, sandwiches, empanadas, pizza, tacos, hot sauce, and more. The tour runs for three hours and includes a knowledgeable tour guide providing live commentary.

  • Total Duration: 3 Hours
  • Time At Chelsea Market: 2 Hours
  • Time At High Line: 30 Minutes
  • Time At Hudson Yard: 30 Minutes
  • Price: From $68.00

The last stop on the tour is at a brand-new real estate development - a mini-city unto itself called Hudson Yards.