If I can’t be in France until another month or so, I might as well pretend to be. I spent the first day of my midwinter recess frolicking around lower Manhattan for a French facial at Caudalie (review of that coming soon) followed by tea and croissants with my dear friend and fellow travelista, Debbie. It’s always so lovely to spend time with friends with no agenda, but endless options to choose from. That is one of the very reasons I love living in New York. You never know what amazing places you may stumble upon. La Mercerie in the Guild is one of these great finds.
Art with your afternoon tea
Roman and Williams Guild is one of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve ever stepped foot in. I could picture every piece from this unique design concept store in my dream house someday. Upon entry to the space at 53 Howard street, you’re greeted by a flower shop and a chic tea room. Serving pastries, teas, coffee and fresh squeezed juices from 10-4 and cocktails from 3-7, La Mercerie is the perfect place to grab a coffee with a friend in a laid back, yet beautiful setting. Stroll through the design studio after enjoying some of the yummiest Brioche and Croissant. Pastries range from $5- $7 and tea and coffee from $3-$6. As a nice bonus, you can actually purchase the glassware you use at the café.
The studio is like a page out of Architectural Digest. Furniture with a modern edge and many one-of-a kind pieces curated by the couple who imagined and created the place. Some of my favorite pieces were this pink couch and an exquisite gold mirror for a mere $12K. The designers and owners of the space have designed many others including Le Coucou right down the block from this location.
If you’re ever on strolling through SoHo, pop into La Mercerie for an afternoon pick me up or some serious design inspiration. Soon they’ll be operating a full kitchen, so get in while you still can!
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