travel guide

Troy, NY

It’s been a while since we’ve done a roundup slightly outside of the city, and we took a little weekend away to Troy to bring you that sweet sweet escapist content! A big shout out to Felicity Jones of Superior Merch & Touchy coffee, without all of her cool recommendations this list frankly would not exist.


The Hill @ Muza

For: Polish cuisine on a heated patio on “the hill” of Prospect Park. 10/10 lunch spot on a chilly Saturday after a snowfall.


For: farm 2 table dining. They are known for their burgers, but we were in town for Valentines day so we tried the “lovers prime rib for two” and it was incredible.


For: authentic Korean food - try the bibimbap & kimchi scallion pancakes. They also have a small shop feat. Korean snacks and paper goods.

Donna’s Italian Restaurant

For: wood-fired pizza and you guessed it - Italian food.

Placid Baker

For: the most unusual (& delish) baked goods we’ve ever seen. Try their chocolate croissant (the croissant is made of chocolate!)

Little Pecks

For: Tandem Coffee Roasters (a Portland, ME fave) & delicious brekkie samies that rightfully come with zucchini pickles. PS- they also have a small sundry shop for small goodies!


Superior Merchandise co

**DISCLAIMER: SMco could also go under EAT & SHOP and we visited like 5 times in 2.5 days.**

For: For their specialty Touchy Coffee, baked goods & a design shop with everything you want to buy. Did we mention they also sell natural wine?

22 2nd Street Wine

For: one of the best natural wine selections this side of the Mississippi! Plus - it’s in an old brownstone and they fill the empty fireplace with wine bottles so obviously it’s amazing.


Artcentric Marketplace

For: a small but mighty vintage store with all the random things you never knew you needed

Elixir 16 Troy

For: craft beer to-goooooo!

Twilight Vintage

For: vintage clothes and accessories. A little unassuming on the outside but there are several rooms packed with unique lived-in clothing.

Market Block Books:

For: a sweet, classic small town bookstore. It’s one of those places where it’s hard not to leave without a book in hand even if you’re traveling and can’t carry them. (Anna bought 4 books this trip).

Hatchet Hardware of Troy

For: truly the best hardware store we have ever been to. Yes, you can buy tools & lumber here but also look at these cute sweatshirts and pens!!!

Gristmill Antique Center

For: a 20 minute drive outside of Troy. Head here in your rental car (or hard-to-get Uber) like us, and spend hours crawling through all the nooks and crannies of this old house to find the most unusual antique gems.


(the other) Prospect Park

For: a hilly (& currently snow covered) park feat. views of Troy & Albany and an Uncle Sam memorial.

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