West Village

A beloved, chic, and bustling neighbourhood that maintains an intimate feel in the midst of Manhattan.

The West Village looks like a European small town in the middle of the nation’s biggest city. Don’t be fooled by this neighborhood’s quaint storefronts and their equally adorable names—the West Village is a fast-paced place. Shoppers, diners, and art aficionados flock here in droves. Despite its foot-traffic, the West Village manages to maintain an intimate vibe that sets it apart from many other hustle-bustle New York City destinations.

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On the Map

West Village is within Manhattan and bordered by Greenwich Village, Hudson Square, Flatiron District, Meatpacking District, Soho, Union Square, and Chelsea

JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 15 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 16 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The Fabulous Charm of New York's Favourite Neighbourhood

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From sidewalk cafes to sophisticatedly-lit storefronts, a certain European mystique permeates the West Village.

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The location could not be beat - amazing neighbourhood and surrounding neighbourhoods, great shopping and dining; a true local's experience."


Visited in 2012

The West Village's Boutique Sensibilities Extend from Stylish Brunches to Couture Clothiers

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The West Village doesn't follow trends. It starts them.

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The neighbourhood's fashionable aesthetic is reflected in every storefront. When it comes to stylish treats, The Magnolia Bakery is an NYC icon that specialises in chic sweets.

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Representing the height of couture without losing their approachable edge, boutiques in the West Village sell garments and goods you won't find anywhere else.

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There's no rush in the West Village. Its intimate and inviting restaurants encourage diners to sip wine, savour their time, and stay awhile.

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New Yorkers are friendly in general compared to other parts of the world, but felt moreso in this locale. The quiet tree-lined streets are stunning."


Visited in 2011


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Julia Robbs

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighbourhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.