"Always My Sweet Harlem" Harlem by janicewilson

Harlem Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 73 photos

My Final Take

I love everything about Harlem. The combination of cultural relevance, historical achievements and just downright good eating make Harlem a soulful destination.

My Assessment

Things To Do: Culturally, Harlem is rich. Decadently rich.

Hotels and Accommodations: Accommodations are scarce in Harlem, but a few Bed and Breakfasts are determined to make a memorable showing.

Restaurants: If you travel for the purpose of experiencing culinary delights, look no further then Harlem. Showcasing everything from traditional soul food to nouveau American cuisine, Harlem takes eating to the next level.

Nightlife: From Lindy Hop to Hip Hop. Harlem's night life is chic, raw and real.

Off the Beaten Track: With a self guided tour book in hand, take the time to walk the neighborhoods of Harlem, particularly Sugar Hill and Strivers Row.

Transportation: If nothing else, you've got to take the A Train. Both subway stops and taxis are plentiful.

Shopping: If you're into Sunday hats, you've come to the Mecca. Harlem's also a great treasure of art, music and clothing boutiques. Special note for the beauty conscious: the best eyebrow waxes and pedicures, unbelievably inexpensive, can be found on 125th Street.

Sports Travel: Not the best spot for sports travel. But opportunities do exist, particularly cycling and running.

Warnings: Watch out for the White people. Just joking. You needn't watch out for anybody. On the streets, mind your own business and people will mind theirs. You'll be approached with the occasional hustle, but nothing too intrusive. However, once inside a Harlem lounge, theater or home be prepared to receive a warm welcome and some good old fashioned hospitality.

My Favorites

Performance:

Apollo Theater
Harlem Dance Theater
Studio Museum in Harlem

Art:

Studio Museum in Harlem
Sugar Hill

Dining:

Jimmy's Uptown
Spoonbread
One Stop Patty Shop

Dancing:

Lucy's
Cotton Club

Jazz:

Lenox Lounge
Sugar Hill Bistro
St. Nick's Pub

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One can easily live a decadently lush life in Harlem.
  • Cons:Not much to do in the way of sports travel.
  • Last visit to Harlem: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2006
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  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    I am not a "fanatic" of nightlife, but the Studio Museum is something which attracts me; will you add more information on Harlem, Janice? I am sure there is a lot to discover. Your H P pictures are great!

  • irishgalmtl's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2006 at 2:03 PM

    Hello Janice, I had a chance to pass through Harlem in June and didn't have much time to check it out as i would have like to. I was told about a Jazz club there but never got to go perhaps it was the one in your tips..Donna :)

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 4:22 PM

    Great music venues and food - shades of long ago memories - saw Richard Pryor for the first time here. Thanks for the memories - Ciao, Carol

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2006 at 10:14 AM

    Loving the Lenox Lounge!

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