With encouraging first indications of diminished community transmission of COVID-19, many cities and countries are adjusting to a new phase of social distancing and business activity. In places where many of us were asked to shelter-in-place or remain indoors other than for essential errands, we are finding ourselves looking to understand a slow and steady wave of reopenings. While we’re encouraged to remain prudent in physical distancing and personal hygiene, a number of local businesses have adapted their services to feed, restock and entertain their neighbors. Let’s not forget some of these brave local businesses kept their doors open from the start of the pandemic – risking their own comfort and health to bring us any semblance of the everyday luxuries we relied on before. From delivery-only to curbside pick-up, these take-outs, spirits shops, cafes, garden centers, and bookstores continue to offer small sparks of joy and, dare we say, normalcy. Blueground continues to salute them and unveil our list of everyday “hero” businesses in our guest cities around the world.

How Blueground is caring for its guests

We’ve adapted our motto of “Show Up and Start Living” to a more relevant “Show Up and Stay In” message to better serve our guests under lockdown or shelter-in-place measures. As the situation evolves and projections chart a “new normal” with constrained mobility, we’re adapting our service and assistance to contact-free forms. That includes leaning heavily on our Guest App, phone and email support to serve our guests and minimize in-person apartment visits to essential service requests. We’re also staying briefed on CDC and WHO guidelines to educate our cleaning personnel and operations teams around best practices to sanitize our homes and safeguard our guest, employee and broader community health. Lastly, we’ve partnered with TaskRabbit to help our guests out with their errands (always in a contactless manner) and Freshly to get ready-to-heat meals delivered to your door.Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. Blueground, with a presence across 12 cities, is not solely the sum of its furnished apartments, but its local teams — who we’d like to think have the real inside scoop on how our guests can get the most out of their city — in good times and bad. We’ve tapped our lifestyle experts as they shelter-in-place and have come together to share this list with you, our guests and community of followers! Enjoy, and let your fingers do the ordering — but safely from the comfort of your home or curbside.

 

Our NYC Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

a bagel sandwich

 

  • Bakery: Is there any more pleasing embrace than a French pastry for breakfast? Nope, that’s why we’re doing curbside pick-up from Marie Blachère
  • Mediterannean: Lebanese food master Edouard Massih is going to fill your table with a tantalizing spread of colorful hot and cold mezze from an evolving weekly menu
  • Italian: Pescatarians and vegetarians rejoice over the delivery menu from Osteria57 from branzino to burrata
  • Books: Give shelter to a second-hand book or record from the impressive collection traded by Westsider Books
  • Bagels: All New Yorkers will surely need to refill their bagel reserves at some point, so make your next restock from Leo’s Bagels

 

Our Chicago Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

girl holding a cheese plate and a glass of red wine

 

  • Deli: All Together Now in the Ukrainian Village is the place to equip your larder with the finest deli products; they’ve even got a wine & cheese hotline to assemble a night-in basket!
  • Korean: Bring a little spice to your lockdown life with Korean fare, from tofu stew to grilled pork belly, delivered from Ahjoomah’s Apron
  • New American: Michelin-starred take-out? Yes please! Order your ribs and sides, or chicken parmesan from Alinea-associated Roister
  • Craft Beer: Fancy a … fancy drink? Refill your growler or have a six-pack of Moody Tongue’s latest brew delivered to you
  • Brunch: Breakfast in bed — without having to get out a frying pan! Order your egg white omelet and fluffy pancakes from Streeterville’s Beatrix

 

Our San Francisco Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

making a pizza at home with shaved cheese

 

  • Cafe: Sheltering-in-place has turned the takeout coffee ritualists among us into home baristas — source your beans from Andytown and top up your order with a coffee and pastry delivery to a healthcare worker
  • Mexican: Nopalito is offering ready-to-eat or reheatable meal kits from their stellar organic classics like their chicken mole poblano and lip-smacking pozole rojo
  • Meal Kits: Check out Daily Driver’s Facebook page for their meal kit of the week which may include Neapolitan-style pizza or cheesy-egg bagel sandwiches
  • Chinese: Set up your own weekend dim sum table strewn with custard tarts, soup dumplings and cha siu bao from Dumpling Time
  • Sandwiches: If you’ve tried The Bird’s fried chicken sandwich, we bet that our invoking the name is making your mouth water right this instant

 

Our Los Angeles Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

couple enjoying ice cream together

 

  • Balkan: A cooling plate of cabbage sarma or a flaky spinach burek — it’s a hard pick from the pan-Balkan menu at Aroma Cafe
  • Juice: A homebound lifestyle may seem like the perfect time to start a cleanse, in which case Kreation Juice has you covered with a polychromatic selection
  • Ice Cream: Summer is around the corner and our cravings (specifically for ice cream from Salt & Straw) are affirming that claim
  • Russian: You may not be jet setting for a bit, but why not satiate that wanderlust by venturing into a new cuisine — our recommendation for Russian bites: WeHo’s Traktir
  • Japanese: You’ve made it this far without sushi, go on and treat yourself to the good stuff from Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo

 

Our Seattle Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

sewing cotton masks

 

  • Gifts: Don’t let those Zoom birthday parties come and go without a thoughtful gift! Velouria has a tempting array of clothing, jewelry and housewares sure to do the trick
  • Learning: MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) is bringing the museum to you with homeschool tools for parents, and podcasts and talks for big kids too
  • Seafood: We’ll be sourcing our smoked salmon and raw bar goodies from Pike Place’s Pure Food Fish Market — and praying that the FedEx deliverer doesn’t toss our fish order like at the market!
  • Deli: When a cheese craving strikes, there’s no time to spare; that’s why DeLaurenti’s same-day delivery is on speed-dial for a creamy brie, aged Comté and their house artichoke spread
  • DIY Crafts: Bring out your inner crafter with kits from Pacific Fabrics from projects as intricate as a Byzantine embroidery, to the practical like cotton face masks

 

Our Boston Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

four fresh baguettes

 

  • Books: Light a flame of literary lust with Trident Booksellers’ Book Matchmaker service which will send you a read based on your reading preferences
  • Italian: Bring a little of the North End home with a panini or pizza from Artu — though if you’re picking up, we don’t blame you if it’s all gone before you get home
  • Gifts: Thinking of sending some love home from Boston? May we suggest the artisanal sweets and candles in the Mini Boston Love gift box from Olive and Grace?
  • Bakery: Tatte Bakery’s locations around Boston and Cambridge are offering pick-up and delivery, meaning their all-star brunch and unforgettable baguettes are just a few clicks away
  • Charcuterie & meats: Meatballs, pizza and a crisp Frizzante are the makings of your next Friday night-in, delivered from the Salty Pig

 

Our D.C. Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

restocking a fridge with groceries

 

  • Corner store: Every virtual happy hour needs its requisite snacks and sips, which is why Calico has you covered with take-out loaded tater tots, Anxo cider and “adult juice boxes”
  • Ready meals: Unconventional Diner has moved to a “Stay at Home Supper Club” mode with four-course meals for 2+ diners themed around “Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf”, “Fiesta Cubana” and more
  • Indian: Pappe is serving up their mouthwatering sea bass curry and thalis for take-out and delivery — just the bold tastes we need to cut through the weekly meal monotony
  • Grocery store: Order your groceries, breakfast burrito or CSA box for curbside delivery through Glen’s Garden Market
  • Cafe: When you need a break from the capsule coffee machine, head over to Slipstream for a nitro iced coffee and why not stock up on some Madcap Coffee Beans and other sundries while you’re at it

 

Our London Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

tea and scones in the sun

 

  • Plants: Although Walworth Garden remains closed to visitors, you can still show your support for local horticulture (and green up your space) by ordering plants through their online store
  • Books: Get your next read delivered by bike from Pages of Hackney — browse their alluring book selection on their site
  • Tea time: Have your next afternoon tea at home catered and delivered by Sugar Tea Room, the perfect way to bring a touch of refinement to your week
  • DIY Cake: Choose from a Cookies & Cream or Unicorn Cake Kit from Lola’s Cupcakes to whip up your own decadent creation at home
  • Pizza: We’re salivating at the menu from Yard Sale Pizza with toppings like tender stem broccoli, roasted chestnut mushrooms and homemade vegan pepperoni

 

Our Dubai Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

squats at home while working out

 

  • Exercise: Those looking to stay in shape while building gyms and fitness clubs remain closed can check out The Den’s 60-minute online classes that include conditioning and lifting
  • Latin: Rooted in Peruvian cuisine, a delivery from Coya promises complex flavors with trademark Latin American brightness from citrus, onion and garlic
  • New Japanese: Though Zuma’s dining room has reopened, you can still order their eggplant-spinach gyoza and robata-grilled seafood for an at-home iftar or dinner
  • Decor: Looking to spruce up a blank wall at home? Gulf Photo Plus has curated 50 photo prints from UAE-based artists, affordably priced and delivered to you door
  • Seafood: Work in a taste of the sea into your week with a delivery from FishBox, including domestic Dibba Bay oysters!

 

Our Athens Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

sorbet in a waffle cone

 

  • Ice cream: It’s warming up in Athens, and we’re all thinking about sweet treats to keep us cool like the ice creams and bubble waffle cones from Royo
  • Desserts: Homestyle sweets prepared by Nana Yioti are our idea of celebrating a birthday, name day or Sunday with a cool lemon pie or indulgent profiteroles
  • Craft Beer: Support your Greek microbreweries by ordering your next round of drinks from Brew Str. including local producers like Strange Brew and Blame The Sun
  • Ice cream: Our guests in Kifisia surely have heard whispers, if not having had sampled, the homemade gelati and sorbets from Zillion’s — available for pick-up and delivery through Wolt
  • Light lunch: Clean, tasty, honest food is the name of the game at IT Restaurant in Kolonaki, where you can order your pistachio hummus or rocket salad with Manouri cheese for take-out

 

Our Istanbul Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

preparing pour over coffee

 

  • Coffee roaster: It’s all about the locally-roasted coffee and truffles on delivery from Cup of Joe for your pour-over ritual at home
  • Books: Lose yourself in the online bookstore of the adorably-named Kitap Koala with titles in Turkish and English
  • Cafe: Gayrettepe’s Envai Coffee House is one to try for our guests in the north of the city looking for coffee beans delivered, or a prepared brew for take-away
  • Bakery: Top take-away coffee, fruit scones and refreshing salads are packed and ready for you at All Sports Bakery
  • Culture: SALT will keep you plugged into Istanbul’s arts, architecture and urban culture scene with free access to their ebooks, photo collections and blog articles

 

Our Paris Team’s Guide to Show Up and Stay In

an attractive bouquet of fresh flowers

 

  • Bike servicing: With the government subsidizing bike repairs up to €50 and new bike lane designations, why not learn to tune up your old vélo at Atelier Vélorution Bastille
  • Gift certificates: Continue to support your local shuttered restaurants, boutiques and salons around Paris by buying in credit from Sauve Ton Resto
  • Culture: Even during this period of déconfinement, you can still do a virtual walk-through of the Musée d’Orsay from home and get within breathing-distance of your favorite Impressionist masterpiece
  • Flowers: Liven up your space and bring the outdoors in with a French-grown bouquet from Bergamotte
  • Books: Looking for a good read to kick off spring? Search for an independent bookshop in your arrondissement on Je soutiens ma librairie to see how you can arrange a pick-up or delivery

 

How Blueground is caring for its communities

As we encourage our guests and communities to stay safe by balancing at-home routines with cautious outdoor excursions, we strive to bring information and resources to them so they have both the essentials and indulgences they need and love from before. So please remember — a big part of that has to do with continuing to show support in each of our cities for small businesses that may not have the same financial safety net to get through imposed store closures, reductions in foot traffic, or paralyzed supply chains. Blueground encourages you to take small actions that will make a big difference like:

  1. Pre-purchase credit or experiences from temporarily-closed businesses
  2. Make the effort in ordering groceries from smaller and independent grocers in your area
  3. See if your local watering hole or wine bar has set up a tipping link to help their staff
  4. Shop local when purchasing gifts or “Thinking of you” tokens
  5. Sing the praises of your favorite business on social media, and why not write a long overdue review of that restaurant/bar/area boutique that you’re practically a ‘regular’ at by now

We hope this hand-curated list of businesses local to our global cities will help bridge your #ShowUpStayIn experience with the world outside your window! When it comes time for your next relocation to another city, or another neighborhood of your city, look into the ready-to-go homes furnished and serviced by Blueground. We’re excited to show you how easy it is to arrive to a furnished home and settle in straight away.

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