While this is not the only Kiehl’s store in Manhattan, it is certainly the one with the most character. This store offers all of the quality products we expected, but with such a fun atmosphere, it was hard to believe we were in a high-end skincare boutique. The store is beautifully decorated with fun art, an eye-catching painted skeleton statue and a large antique motorcycle. One corner of the room is plastered in photo booth pictures taken by visitors right there in the store. Yes, a free photo booth in a skincare store - no purchase necessary. The friendly staff has no problem with visitors wandering in and spending as much time as they would like inside the photo booth, printing page after page of fun, nostalgic photos. As one of the staff members said, “It’s for you to enjoy. ” Perhaps the only thing more exciting than free photos is free products, and Kiehl’s offers that as well. Next to the photo booth they have set up a recycling center where customers who bring back their old Kiehl’s bottles receive points, which they can then use to get brand new products. Never before have we found so many perks while browsing for lip balm.
Olive oil and wine are dominant in this stunning restaurant and bar. Over the years, I had eaten in the uptown Fig & Olives, but had not been to the meatpacking location until I met a friend for lunch recently. Each of the vegetarian dishes that we shared were excellent - various crostinis, the fig salad, zucchini carpaccio and the truffle mushroom croquette. Fish and meat are well represented on the menu, but it is always a thrill for me when I have so many choices as a vegetarian. I cannot say that this is a hidden gem, as it cannot be missed in this trendy area of 13th Street, but I can suggest that if you have not been, it is worth making a reservation for lunch or dinner, or just stopping by for a nice glass of wine.
From the bright yellow revolving doors, to the adorable little ice skating rink, to the bar, the lobby, the rooms with the views, this is quite the place to see and be seen. Located in the Meatpacking District, where so much of the city's nightlife takes place, this hotel is definitely one of the more popular places to visit... but some of us prefer it during the daytime when you can really appreciate all that it has to offer... including its proximity to the High Line. That being said, if you are a night time person who loves the party scene, then do check out Le Bain, the rooftop club that opens at 4: 00pm.