One of my favorite spots in New Paltz is a place called Water Street Market, located on Main Street by the corner of Historic Huguenot Street and Water Street. It’s a small picturesque shopping village that consists of 20 boutiques and restaurants.
You can find a treat for every sense; shops are offering a wide range of antiques, arts, and food. It’s a place where you can stroll and relax in a calm and cozy atmosphere, with a touch of Hudson Valley. You can for example take a fresh-roasted coffee at The Mudd Puddle Café, play chess by the water fountain, find beautiful hand-made jewelry at Eden, discover the finest cheese and other gourmets at The Cheese Plate, admire the best of regional art at Unison Gallery & Sculpture Garden, make a real bargain at Antique Barn, and stop by Moxie Cupcake to eat delicious cupcakes made of fair-trade products. But, the place I like the most is Candy Candy, where they have a large selection of bulk candy. Bulk candy is very popular in Sweden (where I’m from), while the popularity of pick’n mix candy doesn’t seem to be that big in the States – explaining my surprise and happiness over this finding. You can also find a small choice of licorice in the store, which is one of my favorite flavors of candy.
All together, Water Street Market is a must to visit when you’re in New Paltz.