Sweaty Betty's guide to Madison Avenue, NYC
Sleek, chic and classic NYC, New York’s Upper East Side is home to immaculate brownstones, the museum mile and some of the city’s finest designer shopping. A shopping haven for New Yorker’s, Madison Avenue was the ideal location for Sweaty Betty’s new boutique. ‘We are so excited to open our 50th boutique on Madison Avenue’, reflects Founder and Creative Director Tamara ‘a few steps away from Central Park, we can’t wait to join this refined neighbourhood’. Here’s Sweaty Betty’s guide of where to eat, workout and more in the area.
Exceed Physical Culture
One of the toughest workouts in New York, Exceed Physical Culture prides itself that no two classes are ever alike. Loved by athletes and locals, expect to experience one of the toughest workouts you’ve ever had at this boutique studio.
This upbeat dance cardio studio has a real community feel. 'I love the high energy instructors, wide range of classes and great soundtrack at AKT’ says Tamara.
A workout studio and spa in one, Exhale is loved by New Yorker’s for their expertly created Barre, Cardio and HIIT classes. Tamara recommends trying ‘a leg shaking barre class with Elisabeth followed by a relaxing appointment at the spa’, which offers everything from blow dries to massages.
Sweaty Betty’s Tamara heads to SLT every time she visits New York for ‘Pilates meets Barry’s Bootcamp’. Offering the benefits of traditional Pilates alongside a rigorous, calorie-burning cardio element, this challenging workout truly strengthens, lengthens and tones.
Known as New York’s playground, Madison Avenue locals head to the deceptive hills of the Central Park loop for weekend jogs or marathon training.
Heralded as the ultimate vegan restaurant in New York, Candle 79 offers delicious creative food fresh from farm to table. Loved by herbivores and ominvores alike, try the zucchini enchiladas a delicious mix of cashew cheese, crunchy sprouts and vegan sour cream.
A few doors down from Sweaty Betty’s Madison Avenue boutique, Tamara loves the intimate Italian restaurant Ristorante Morini for ‘their delicious fresh seasonal food, I always go for lunch and order the tortelloni’.
Corner Café Bakery
For a morning post workout pick me up, Upper East Siders head to Corner Café Bakery for rich, creamy lattes and natural, homemade treats.
A favourite with locals for a date night or celebration, Tamara heads to the Arlington Room for ‘the best steak and sushi on the Upper East Side’.
Barneys New York
Barneys Madison Avenue flagship has been the word in edgy fashion since its opening in 1923. Head to the lower floors for sophisticated designer buys, before going upstairs to the Co-Op for edgier pieces such as Alexander Wang dresses and Rag & Bone jeans.
For classic casual pieces, Tamara loves James Perse for ‘the best white t-shirts and jersey basics, I always stock up whenever I’m in the states’.
Intermix’s on-trend edit contains a must-have mix of high-end designers and up-and-coming labels. Look for the latest it-bag, quirky accessories and a premium denim range in this glossy white space.
Madison Avenue is the place to go in New York for designer shopping with 15 blocks of high-end boutiques. With no e-commerce store, luxury French fashion house Céline’s two-story Madison Avenue flagship is Tamara’s tip for ‘window shopping for their sought after pieces’.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Post-shopping, head to nearby Fifth Avenue for a culture fix beginning at the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art one of the largest and most eclectic art institutions on earth. Containing nearly two million works of art spanning thousands of years, expect to be wowed.
Mere steps away from Madison Avenue, Central Park is the best people-watching spot in New York. Walk around the reservoir, grab a coffee at the Boat House or relax on the Great Lawn.
The Frick Collection
The opulent The Frick Collection hosts a private collection of great masters, sculptures and furniture in this beautiful European style building complete with an interior court and reflecting pool.
The architectural masterpiece, Guggenheim is home to a range of fascinating contemporary and modern art set in Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous conical structure.
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