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New York City’s Central Park is The Shops at Columbus Circle’s backyard — literally. When you’re inside The Shops at Columbus Circle, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of this dazzling 843-acre green space. Walk just a few strides away, and you’ll be in one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor settings. There’s always so much to see and do in Central Park, and here’s a few ideas.


Have brunch with a view at Bad Roman

One of the best ways to start your day is with a leisurely brunch at Bad Roman. The maximalist, modern Italian restaurant by Quality Branded is every bit as delicious as it is photoworthy. Enjoy their family-friendly weekend brunch featuring fun twists on the classics – Brioche French Toast with Blueberry Conserva, Lemon Cream and Pistachios; Baked Eggs Alla Carbonara with La Quercia Pancetta and Caramelized Onions; and so much more. Don’t forget to imbibe in the Teeny Bellini Tree!


Go on a Central Park run

One of the best ways to see Central Park is on foot. At The Shops at Columbus Circle, you can join a Run Club hosted by Fleet Feet. Together with a group of other adventurers, you’ll stretch your legs and explore the park on an easy 30- to 45-minute jog. Meet the group at the Fleet Feet store on the 2nd Floor Wednesdays at 6:30pm, where you can test-run shoes and gear before heading out. Best of all – it’s free and no reservations are required.


Take a walk

Or maybe you’d like to slow down and smell the flowers? Central Park is more than just a park — it’s home to an entire world of finds, which you can experience with the Central Park Conservancy. This nonprofit group, which manages Central Park and is dedicated to preserving New York’s most revered urban sanctuary, offers a full program of guided and self-guided park tours and Discovery Walks. Through these hands-on explorations tailored for everyone from fun-loving families to curious explorers, you’ll learn about Central Park’s architecture, landscapes, ecosystems, and more.


Pack a picnic from Whole Foods Market

If all this activity makes you hungry, you’re in luck. At Whole Foods Market, you can pack the perfect park picnic. You’ll find plenty of high-quality meats and cheeses, as well as artisanal bread and grab-and-go bites. Don’t forget to stop by the sweets section for top-tier cakes and pastries.


Watch the sunset at Ascent Lounge

There’s no better place to enjoy the sunset over the park than Ascent Lounge New York, which features panoramic views and an equally impressive list of cocktails. Keep with the nature theme and order a drink that’s as beautiful as the park itself, like the The Ascent 22 (Safron-infused Gin, Ginger Liqueur, Raspberries, Lemon Juice, Prosecco, and Edible Gold). Now let’s make a toast and celebrate a perfect day in Central Park and at The Shops at Columbus Circle.

For more information on any of the above activities or services and to make reservations at any of the restaurants, please contact the Guest Services team at 212-823-6300.

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