Caramel New York
Caramel Baby & Child on Madison Ave, New York City
Caramel Baby & Child is situated on a tree-lined block of Madison Avenue in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan's Upper East Side. It's a jewel box of a store, filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered; from children's wear and home furnishings to toys, books and stationery.
With sizing that ranges from newborn to 12 years, the brand is known for its roots in British heritage, unique prints and unexpected colors. Visitors to the store appreciate the retro-modern styling of the collection and the attention paid to detail. They often remark on the 'heirloom quality' of the clothing.
In designing the Spring/Summer 2022 collection, Eva Karayiannis, founder of Caramel, felt inspired by the "nostalgia and whimsy of halcyon hot spring days in the countryside and farms". Eva explored traditional early European block printing in all its unique handmade traditions, translated the architectural delights of Moorish tiles into wondrous motifs and meditated on where the clothing we wear now fits our refreshed sensibilities.
Carnegie Hill, which runs from 86th St to 98th east of Fifth Avenue and west of Third Avenue, is known for its historic architecture, Museum Mile and, of course, Central Park. Many of New York's private schools are located here: Dalton School alumni include Claire Danes, Christian Slater and Anderson Cooper. Gwyneth Paltrow attended Spence School and Lady Gaga went to Convent of the Sacred Heart. It's a neighborhood with a strong sense of community and therefore one of the safest and most pleasant areas for visitors to the city to explore.
The stretch of Fifth Avenue known as 'Museum Mile' includes most of the city's finest cultural institutions. Along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Neue Galerie, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, The Jewish Museum and the Museum of the City of New York, is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959, The Guggenheim is seen internationally as one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century.
Running 2.5 miles between 59th street and 110th street and half a mile between fifth avenue and central Park West and stretching over 843 acres, New York's Central Park is one of the largest in the world. Weather permitting, there is no place more perfect for families to spend the day. There are so many things to do in the park, from visiting the zoo and the many playgrounds, renting mini yachts to float on the pond, picnicking in Sheep's Meadow and hiking the Rambles. Make sure to download a map before you go. One of our favorite spots is the bronze depiction of Alice and her kitten Dinah, sitting atop a mushroom. Children are encouraged to scramble all over Alice and her Wonderland friends.
Local cafés and restaurants
There is a mouth-watering array of cafes and restaurants on the Upper East Side; here are three of our favorites. Ladurée Madison at 864 Madison Avenue is a French patisserie renowned for their selection of macarons. Lady M Cake Boutique on E.78th St is famous for its unique mille crepe cake and Paola’s Osteria is an Italian restaurant in the tradition of Roman tavernas and conveniently located right next door to the Caramel boutique.