Cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes. Magnolia is still the go-to place for cupcakes in New York. They’re the perfect mix of fluffy, moist base, with just the right amount of buttercream frosting. Visiting the original, and most famous, location in the West Village however, is a bit tricky when you factor in an infant. The shop is tiny, with nowhere to sit down at all. There is just enough room inside for a giant queue of tourists making the Magnolia stop on their trip.

This doesn’t mean that you should skip the deliciousness however. The best method is to come with a friend if possible, who can wait outside with the baby while you duck in and buy the food. Right across the road is a little square with benches and trees, so you can take your treats there to relax and eat. If your baby is more towards toddler age, head to the park attached to the square so you can let your kid run wild on the play equipment and still enjoy your precious cupcake.

Raspberry ice tea and cupcakes.
The cupcakes! They are glorious!
Entranced by the toys in the playground while we ate our treats.

Highchairs: No.
Stroller storage: No.
Easy access: Yes – one step. However, the bakery is always packed to the rafters, so you’ll be lucky to be able to squeeze in there with a stroller.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.
Baby-friendly rating: —

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker Street,
Phone: (212) 462 2572

Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 9am–11:30pm, Fri-Sat 9am–12:30am

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.