#MyNeighborhood: A Victoria's Secret Model's Guide to the West Village


Courtesy of Sanne Vloet

Sanne Vloet was born in the small town of Donkerbroek, Netherlands, before she got the New York calling and inevitably made a career shift to modeling. She had her big break at 19 years old, walking in an Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week show. Since then, it's been a whirlwind of print and runway gigs for the young model, who's worked with top designers including Versace, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Balmain, not to mention she's walked the Victoria's Secret show three years in a row.

In a matter of months, it was only natural for the young Dutch model to relocate to the fashion capital of the world. She initially moved to Chelsea but found herself constantly drawn by the gravitational pull of the quaint West Village a few streets below. A year ago, Vloet finally made the move to the cobblestone streets of the Village with no regrets: "The West Village has something really special to me," she told MyDomaine. "It doesn't feel like you are in a big city anymore. It has a certain ambiance which makes it feel like a real neighborhood. There is always a lot of life because of all the restaurants, little bars, and boutique stores. I am definitely a foodie, so this is the right place to be. I am never bored here!"

She recently showed us around her favorite spots in the West Village—a celebrity enclave in downtown Manhattan and an epicenter for Fashion Week. If you're planning a trip to the Big Apple, skip Midtown and head straight for the quaint townhouse-lined streets of the West Village instead. From cozy wine bars to the city's best ice cream, these are the local staples that Vloet swears by.