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Cupcake Crawl

Great places for cupcakes in downtown New York City
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The NYC cupcake craze means that almost every bakery in the city has cupcakes. But you want the best. If you are in the city with a... more »

Tips:  At most of these places, you can't wash your hands, so bring hand sanitizer or moist wipes.

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Points of Interest

Start your cupcake crawl at Billy's Bakery in Chelsea (there are two other Billy's in Manhattan).

Billy's has classic flavors and a rich, not too sweet, buttercream frosting. The cake part can be a little dry, so eat your cupcake carefully, saving frosting for every bite.

After Billy's stop by the General Theological Seminary (on 21st Strett... More

Eleni's, inside Chelsea Market, has classic cupcakes, plus elaborately decorated theme cupcakes. You can get specialty birthday or sports cupcakes and have a small party in the back, where you decorate your own cupcakes. Eleni's (which also has a Madison Avenue location) also has great New York theme cookies.

In Chelsea Market, stop by the... More

Magnolia Bakery, NYC's cupcake mecca, started the New York cupcake craze in 1996. It was featured in "Sex & the City" and still draws tour buses and crowds, who wait in long lines for pastel-colored buttercream-frosted cupcakes. These are cupcakes for those who see the cake part as a mere vehicle for the frosting.
Address: 401 Bleeker... More

Crumbs Bake Shop started in 2003 on the Upper West Side and is still owned by husband-and-wife co-founders Jason and Mia Bauer. Crumbs has more than 75 cupcake varieties. We like the peanut butter cup or half baked, which lets you have chocolate and vanilla in one cupcake.

There are 14 Crumbs in Manhattan and Brooklyn and 19 in the rest of the... More

Babycakes is a slightly healthier cupcake, a refined sugar-free cupcake sweetened with agave nectar. The organic cupcakes are also dairy and egg free, and you can get gluten-free as well. Although babycakes cupcakes are significantly more expensive, you can feel good about supporting the organic cafe and, if you have allergies or dietary... More

This homey Lower East Side bakery has the lowest cupcake prices in NYC--and the best cupcakes. The ooey-gooey chocolate cake with chocolate almond buttercream has just the right amount of frosting over a moist, not too rich cake.

Address: 126 Rivington Street
Phone: 212-995-1960
Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday... More