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How to Spend a Perfect Day Dining and Shopping in Larchmont

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Photos by Doug Schneider unless otherwise noted

With attractions, boutiques, and restaurants galore, there’s so much to do in Westchester County’s walkable village.

At just 1.1 square miles in area, Larchmont is tiny — particularly next to neighboring New Rochelle, more than 10 times its size — yet the offerings are abundant, much like the Sound that laps its shores. No real need for wheels to spend a day here; just a good pair of kicks and a healthy dose of get-up-and-go are all that’s required to enjoy the vibrant shops, eateries, culture, and coast of this quaint, compact, and bountiful little village.

8 a.m. Nothing like a nice stretch and a deep breath to start the day off right; a class at Balance Yoga & Wellness (2444 Boston Post Rd) will set a positive tone for the whole weekend. If you require a cuppa first, pop in to Sunshine Coffee Roasters (1932 Palmer Ave), where beans are roasted on-site and brewing begins by dawn.

Donuts

Photo courtesy of Billy & Pete’s

9:45 a.m. Keep the healthful trend going, with a “heart-made” smoothie at Brad-ley’s Café & Desserts (2 Chatsworth Ave), or sit for a full-on brekkie at community-minded The Grange (158 Larchmont Ave), where the torched brioche French toast is served upright and wedge-style, and elevated BECs go down easy any style. Post-workout sweets more your jam? Knock three times at the almost-secret Side Door Donuts at Billy & Pete’s Social (121 Myrtle Blvd), slightly more than a hop-skip away, so you can walk off the can’t-stop-at-one indulgence.

shopping

11 a.m. It is so time to shop, and Larchmont’s four intersecting, dynamic retail thoroughfares make it way too easy. If you already veered a bit off the beaten path for a doughnut, duck in first to The Souk at maisonette (170 Myrtle Blvd), which beckons browsers to “shop the world without leaving Westchester” for unique global home goods. Head back to the village heart for hot designer threads from the always on-point Palmer & Purchase (1905 Palmer Ave) or a boutiquey new outfit from Love Bella (1907 Palmer Ave).

drink

1 p.m. Lunch at local institution Stan’z Café (26 Chatsworth Ave) is never a miss, with an inventive, upmarket take on salads and sammies, and be sure to dip your paper straw into an all-natural house-made soda. Apiary (157 Larchmont Ave) is another solid spot for soup and paninis, like the one with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto, though you could also splurge on a lobster roll.

2:15 p.m. Grab a midafternoon pick-me-up in the form of a fresh and flaky croissant or a petite box of handcrafted macarons at La Parisienne French Bakery Café  (2116 Boston Post Rd) and take it on a short trek to Larchmont Manor Park (108 Park Ave), where residents hit the private beach and everyone enjoys the green space, walking trails, and 5,000 feet of shoreline with spectacular natural sculptures born from glacial rock.

4 p.m. Head back to town and plan for Sunday brunch with a boxed-up signature lemon-curd burst cake from Seth Green-berg’s Just Desserts (1887 Palmer Ave) or perhaps a hostess gift of artisan Belgian chocolate bark from Cocoa (2107A Boston Post Rd); might be a bit late for caffeine, but don’t miss the sweet proprietor’s luscious hot chocolate.

Larchmont shopping

4:45 p.m. Still time to spend, and a piece from the always changing, finely curated, one-of-a-kind inventory at Fofie & Mia’s (2417 Boston Bost Rd) will surely find a place of prominence in your home. Then, visit the iconic Village Mercantile (28 Chatsworth Ave) for modern, thoughtfully made personal and home effects.

Street art for mankind

6 p.m. If you haven’t caught a glimpse yet, make it a point to check out the towering and inspiring Street Art for Mankind wall murals, mainly along Larchmont Avenue, that pay tribute to the village’s founding families.

street corn

6:45 p.m. Wind down with a before-dinner sip from the extensive tequila menu at La La Taqueria (150 Larchmont Ave) or linger over a stiff and smoky mezcal negroni.

7:30 p.m. End the day with a satisfying meal at family-owned neighbor-hood gem Lusardi’s (1885 Palmer Ave), an excellent choice for fine Italian classics. Or, check out the new farm-to-fork hotspot, Heritage 147 (147 Larchmont Ave) and the stellar Christopher’s by Chef Joe (2382 Boston Post Rd), which is everything you’d want from a proper Italian steakhouse.