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New York City Guide: An Afternoon on Wall Street

Visiting the iconic sights around Wall Street.

Wall Street is the vibrant and energetic hub of the Financial District, somehow known for towering office buildings, historical sites, and high-end shopping. There's a range of cuisines and cultures as diverse as the people in this area—FiDi guys in ties wining and dining after the exchange closes, office drones grabbing a slice before catching the subway and Irish imports opening the bars before the sun begins to set. Check out a few of our favorite spots around Wall Street.

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Though Wall Street is not known for being a hub of tourist attractions, it’s still a must-see spot for many visitors. There are numerous iconic photo spots located in the Wall Street area and many are a haven for Instagrammers and photographers.

Fearless Girl Statue Wall Street New York | WhereTraveler
Fearless Girl Statue (©Robert Bye)

Eat

Classic steakhouses and five-martini lunches abound in this neighborhood, but the major mainstays really know what they're doing in the kitchen, and the pours are always strong. Hit up The Capital Grille for a perfectly done steak or a three-martini lunch. Soak in the ambiance at Cipriani Club 55, rumored to be the original Wall Street Club space. Or freshen up with seasonal cuisine and European techniques for dinner or weekend brunch at Crown Shy.

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Wine at Dinner (©Ekrulila/Pexels)

Shop 

Oh, you fancy! There isn't much shopping in this area, but it'll do if you need a splurge. Go big at Tiffany's & Co or Hermes with classic statement accessories and luxury leather. Or spend some time refining your personal style by treating yourself to something unique and amazing at Le Labo perfumeries, or add some street style to your wardrobe at Dafenga.

Gifts From Tiffany & Co. New York | WhereTraveler
Gifts From Tiffany & Co. (©Tommao Wang)

Drink 

Wall Street is one of the areas where you can throw a rock and hit an Irish bar that's been around longer than you've been alive. Full Shilling serves up classic Irish favorites and Guinness on draught at a hundred-year-old bar imported from the motherland. Cedar Local is a true local bar if you're looking for something closer to home: family-owned for over two decades with over fifteen local beers and ciders from which to choose. Don't want to think too hard? Porter House Brew Co has beers, burgers, oysters and live jazz in their beer garden.

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Pint of Guinness (©Engin Akyurt)