Cute walk

Puppies! Kittens! Cupcakes! This trot through the West Village will make you go awwMG.

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    Papabubble

    Papabubble

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    Animal Haven

    Animal Haven

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    Pylones

    Pylones

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    Kidrobot

    Kidrobot

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    Washington Square Park

    Washington Square Park

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    Le Petit Puppy

    Le Petit Puppy

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    Greenwich Letterpress

    Greenwich Letterpress

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    Mxyplyzyk

    Mxyplyzyk

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    Magnolia Bakery

    Magnolia Bakery

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Papabubble

Papabubble

Start: 380 Broome St between Mott and Mulberry Sts
End: 401 Bleecker St at 11th St
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 2.4 miles

1 On a bad day, New York can feel like a gritty and soul-draining place. But instead of wallowing in overpowering cynicism, try pumping yourself full of a serotonin-boosting dose of cuteness—it does exist here, you just have to know where to look. Start your trek at Nolita candy shop Papabubble (380 Broome St between Mott and Mulberry Sts; 212-966-2599, papabubbleny.com), where you'll find plenty of handmade items to sate your sweet tooth. Pick up bags of fruit-flecked candies ($5), or a striped-candy knot ring ($20).

2 Peek into the windows at Animal Haven (251 Centre St between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-274-8511, animalhavenshelter.org), which are often filled with domestic creatures. Inside, you'll be able to mingle with cuddly puppies and kittens, all of which are up for adoption (the fee runs from $150 to $350, which includes vaccinations, microchipping and spaying or neutering).

3 Make your way into the heart of Soho and pop into colorful gift shop Pylones (69 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts; 212-431-3244, pylones-usa.com) for adorable office supplies, toys and accessories, many of which are designed exclusively for the store. Awwww at the paper-clip holders shaped like birds, which actually chirp ($16 each).

4 Make a pit stop at Kidrobot (118 Prince St between Greene and Wooster Sts; 212-966-6688, kidrobot.com), purveyors of oddball toys and gifts. The shop is known for its customizable and designer Munny dolls ($9.95--$1,000); we're partial to a glow-in-the-dark, black and neon green one based on characters in the arcade game Space Invaders ($200).

5 You'll find pups of all sizes at the dog park located at the southwest corner of Washington Square Park (Washington Sq South between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts, nycgovparks.org). When the weather's nice, expect to see a bunch of ecstatic canines playing with each other. Roll around on the grass with them as you feel joy replace your usual self-loathing.

6 Get ready for a double whammy of perkiness in the windows of Le Petit Puppy (18 Christopher St between Gay St and Waverly Pl; 212-727-8111, lepetitpuppynyc.com) and Citipups (45 Christopher St at Waverly Pl; 212-352-8777, citipups.com). Le Petit Puppy specializes in purebred and designer doggies, while Citipups specializes in small breeds; watch through the glass as they scamper and frolic.

7 Say goodbye to the puppies and nurse your broken heart with a stroll down the block to Greenwich Letterpress (39 Christopher St between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl; 212-989-7464, greenwichletterpress.com). The teeny stationery store is stuffed with hilarious note cards by indie companies (including Dude & Chick and the shop's eponymous line) and whimsical gifts, like a pencil case made out of old rulers ($35).

8 Saunter up Greenwich Avenue for more delightfully toothachey shopping. Neighborhood staple Mxyplyzyk (125 Greenwich Ave between Horatio and Jane Sts; 212-989-4300, mxyplyzyk.com) offers plenty of coo-worthy home accessories, toys and gifts. Scoop up a pair of dachshund-printed pajamas by Munki Munki ($95) or Worldwide Co.'s knitted Heart Warmer hot-water bottle ($12.95).

10 Pause to admire the lovely mix of brownstones and 19th-century townhomes along West 11th Street as you stroll toward Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker St at 11th St; 212-462-2572, magnoliabakery.com), the city's mecca for pastel-colored pastries. Though the bakery offers many delectable treats—including its rich, creamy banana pudding ($4.50)—you're here for one very obvious thing: cupcakes ($2.75--$3.25 each). Scarf a few red velvet and coconut confections, and savor the sweetness—that is, if today's overdose hasn't already made you barf.


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