Neighbourhood Feature: Lower East Side, NYC

The Lower East Side, abbreviated LES, is one of New York City’s most underrated neighbourhoods. It usually isn’t high on the list of places to visit in the city, but with its take on shops, restaurants and cafés, this neighbourhood is steadily growing in popularity.  

Historically a neighbourhood of immigrants, LES is home to some of the city’s coolest shops, hotels, bars and art galleries, a handful of which are listed below:


Ludlow Coffee Supply

176 Ludlow Street,

Located on Ludlow Street, Ludlow Coffee Supply is one of the neighbourhood’s most popular coffee shops. They offer speciality espresso drinks like the Bourbon Vanilla Latte as well as small bites including Avocado Toast. It’s the perfect place to bring your laptop and finish up some work, meet someone to discuss a project or spend a slow morning getting your caffeine fix.

Ludlow Coffee, Lower East Side

Hotel Indigo

171 Ludlow Street,

With gorgeous views, a spacious work area and upscale rooms, Hotel Indigo is an ideal place to hang your hat while visiting the LES. This hotel is surrounded by a wide variety of bars and restaurants, making it a prime location for someone looking to explore the neighbourhood.

Hotel Indigo, Lower East Side

Tictail Market

90 Orchard Street,

Tictail Market is the perfect place to shop for anyone with an interest in art, fashion or interior design. The boutique features independent brands from all over the world, making it easy to discover emerging and inspirational artists in the global market.

Tictail Market, Lower East Side


85 Orchard Street,

Home to some of the best truffle fries in the city, Dudley’s is an Australian-American restaurant that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Their creative cocktails, beautiful plating and adorable aesthetic make it a popular LES staple with two hour waits on weekends. They even have a cute little coffee window for those who want their coffee on the go.

Dudleys, Lower East Side

River Coyote

121 Ludlow Street,

River Coyote brings the best of both worlds to the LES: coffee and wine! This casual coffee and wine bar is new to the neighbourhood and definitely worth a visit. They offer small snacks, including doughnuts and an array of cheeses. Their cozy bar and exposed brick make this space a comfortable and inviting place, ideal for a date or catching up with an old friend.

River Coyote, Lower East Side