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Sylvia's

Though it began as a soul food restaurant in the 1960's, it has expanded to include children's products, skincare products, and prepared food. Find out why it's been visited by notables including Nelson Mandela, Bernie Sanders, and Bruno Mars.

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First Corinthian Baptist Church
With people worshiping in the location since the early 1930's, the church remains at the heart of Harlem for many locals.
Levain Bakery
Claimed by many to be the best cookies in New York City, don't pass by the chance to grab one of their freshly baked treats.
Lee Lee's Rugelach
Learn about the melding of cultures in Harlem over mouth-watering, award-winning rugelach, if they haven't run out for the day!
Hotel Theresa
Known in its hey-day as the 'Waldorf of Harlem', The Hotel Theresa was at the center of African-American life in the city. Famous guests include Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, and JFK.
Apollo Theater
The world-famous theater has headlined some of the greats of the last century, including Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. Its' list of notables is lengthy.
The Red Rooster
Looking for live jazz music? You've found yourself the spot, featuring jazz musicians seven days a week.

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Private Walking Tour of Harlem
The New York borough of Harlem doesn’t usually get much love from tourists – but we’re out to change that! It is a unique part of New York City that is celebrated by all who know it. Learn the history of Harlem and get a local’s inside view of where you simply must go and eat in one of NYC’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Your guide will dispel the myths, assumptions and reputation that has plagued Harlem for decades, and also what makes is a great destination.

During your private, 3 hour walking tour of Harlem, you will:

  •  Meet your private guide at Museo del Barrio, a museum which captures stories, crafts, and heritage of Latin immigration.
  •  Visit the Conservatory Gardens and learn the differences between ‘uptown’ and ‘downtown’ in Central Park.
  • Learn the history of Jewish residents and how Harlem continues to meld cultures today at Lee Lee’s Rugelach Baked Goods – includes a possible tasting. 
  • Discover the African influence in Harlem at Les Ambassades.
  •  If you’re itching for live jazz, your guide will not only tell you the best spots but also teach you the etiquette for watching live jazz. 
  • Visit the famous Hotel Theresa, where Fidel Castro, Malcom X and JFK were all part of its history.
  • Stop by the Apollo Theatre, where your guide will discuss the theatre’s historical and continued significance in both the neighbourhood and Black American culture. 
  • End your tour at the Red Rooster, where your guide will leave you to either stay and listen to some great live jazz, or you can enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.
Gain insight into the evolution of Harlem from a local’s point of view – from Seneca Village to the Harlem Renaissance to modern days – with historical treasures like The Hotel Theresa. Find out about the Soul Food Evolution in Harlem with its southern cooking and African influences. Along the way, your guide will impart their wisdom and intimate knowledge of Harlem, giving you a deeper appreciation for its unique history. Also, you will get a peek inside female and Black entrepreneurship in the neighbourhood, from Madam CJ Walker to Sylvia’s. Along your route, a snack and a drink are included, so be prepared to enjoy everything this historic, lively neighbourhood has to offer. 
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