Neighborhood Tour: Financial District

by Lexi Smith



Your tour around New York’s best Neighborhoods in the perspective of a student intern.


The Financial District, also known as the FiDi, is a neighborhood full of tourist spots, great coffee shops, and an endless amount of the best fast food stops. Whether you are visiting the FiDi for the day, or walking by the New York Stock Exchange to get to work, there is plenty to see and appreciate. Check out this list of amazing things to do in the Financial District from the perspective of a student intern themselves.


Tourist Spots/Landmarks:


  • The Charging Bull: The Charging Bull in the Financial District was created in the inspiration of the Stock Market Crash of 1987. It was taken away and put back until it was set in its permanent spot in the Financial District. Don’t forget to take a picture next to the towering bull while visiting the FiDi.


  • New York Stock Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange has an incredible amount of  Economic History tied to it and is definitely a must-see if you find yourself in the FiDi.


  • Trinity Church: This spot is where Alexander Hamilton’s body lies along with his wife Eliza. Trinity Church is a beautiful building that includes a great amount of New York City’s history as well as a cemetary that holds some of New York’s most beloved.


  • 9/11 Memorial: There is much to do at the 9/11 memorial (aka Ground Zero). Again, a great amount of New York’s history lies in this area. Take some time to look at the two reflecting pools resembling where the Twin Towers stood tall. Also make sure to visit the underground museum which holds some remains of the beloved buildings as well as many other items commemorating the towers.


  • Staten Island Ferry: Lastly, the Staten Island Ferry is a great thing to do because well… ITS FREE!! Take a 25 minute ride over to Staten Island and see all of the New York City borough.


Coffee Shops:

    • Boundless Plains: Boundless Plains is the perfect spot for meetings, work, coffee dates, as well as a cup on the go. Their all white aesthetic inside makes it a nice and bright place to get your work done in the midst of the cold winter. Also, make sure to check out their teas if you are staying a while.


    • Gregorys: Gregory’s coffee is a great on-the-go coffee shop if you need a quick pick me up but are running a bit late for work. They also have a great selection of pastries and breakfast items for on the go as well as great coffee. Lastly, if you are looking for a quick lunch their smoothies and toasts are great options.


    • Birch: Birch is one of my personal favorites. It isn’t the best place to sit down and have a long conversation or work on a long project, however it is great to grab a latte on the go. They have several locations around the city, but if you are in the Financial District, make sure to check this one out.


    • Bluestone Lane: Bluestone Lane is another city chain with many around the whole city. However, this one is much smaller than the others and again, is great for a good on the go drink in the morning. There is hardly any seating so definitely don’t plan on sitting here for a while and enjoying a cup of coffee.


    • Irving Farm: This location of Irving Farm is located in the Financial District hub that is Fulton Center. If you need a good cup of coffee but also a quick lunch, this is definitely the place to be. In Fulton Center you will find Shake Shack, Dunkin Donuts, Sushi, Bagels, and much much more. If you take a bit of a walk underground you will eventually end up in the Oculus which is definitely a place to see in the FiDi. It is more than just a large transportation hub, it’s a mall, landmark, and part of the World Trade Center. So grab a cup of coffee from Irving Farm and take a walk around Fulton Center and the Oculus.





    • Chick FIl A: I know… sounds pretty basic, right? Well if you consider the largest Chick-Fil-A in the world to be basic then I mean, I guess. With five floors, and one being a rooftop, the Chick-Fil-A in the Financial District is considered to be the largest in the world and is just down the street from the World Trade Center, and 9/11 Memorial. However, I would avoid going during busy hours like lunch and dinner time. It will take up all of your lunch break. I usually go around 3 in the afternoon and the line just slowed down from lunch and is in the process of speeding up again for dinner time.


    • SweetGreen: Even though this isn’t a New York exclusive, like the rest of the food spots, it is still great if you are looking for a healthy on-the-go option and have no idea where to go. It’s pretty much Chipotle for salads. They also have a menu of salads already thought out in case you are indecisive and need a quick go to.


    • Sticky Fingers: If you are from the south and moved to the city for school or an internship, Sticky Fingers is the place for you. If you need a quick southern pick-me-up, definitely stop here for amazing fried chicken, and an endless amount of sauce options (their specialty). You will not regret it.


    • MeltShop: Lastly, this one is for the carb and cheese lovers out there. On a cold day, if you are looking for a comfort food or something a bit warmer, the MeltShop is the perfect place.


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