Every few months, I’m lucky enough to visit NYC! I love spending time there with family and maybe seeing a Broadway show or two. Not to mention the food and shopping is impeccable. With so many things to do in the city that never sleeps, I’m sharing my NYC guide on where to go, shop and eat!
Where To Go:
- The Whitney Museum of American Art – The new Whitney Museum is located on Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District. A lover of art and history, I enjoy museums but often find myself quickly bored. This was not the case at The Whitney as the art installations are absolutely magnificent and inspiring! The gift shop in the lobby is also a perfect place to take home a souvenir; I purchased a print by Jean-Michel Basquiat!
- Central Park – The perfect place to wander! Central Park can easily be a tourist trap with the horse-drawn carriage rides, the row boats and the tour guides. Navigate like a pro and stroll down Poets Walk, check out Bethesda Fountain and cross Bow Bridge!
- The Guggenheim – One of my fave museums, The Guggenheim stands out because of it’s circular building. I love spending time there because you start at the top and work your way down. All of the works housed in the Guggenheim are thought provoking and it’s the perfect escape from the city!
- SoHo – So, I have this thing with fire escapes and SoHo is full of them! I love the skinny streets and all the galleries!
- Flower District – The NYC flower district is on West 28th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues and I highly recommend it. I’d always been the “you see one flower, you’ve seen them all” type but this strip of beautiful floral boutiques changed my mind. Even just looking around at the beautiful arrangements is a wonderful treat! Make sure you go early though, around 5-6am as some shops start to close at 10am!
- High Line – A beautiful raised linear park from Gansevoort St all the way to 34th, the High Line is a wonderful alternate way to get around Manhattan. It used to be an old rail line but is now a top attraction in the Meatpacking District! Ps. You can see DVF’s office space from Washington Street!
- Intrepid – For those who are looking for a break from fashion, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the West Side Highway and 46th is worth checking out! Tour a submarine, hop on the flight deck and rock some aviators a la Tom Cruise in Topgun and even check out real actual sailors bunks aboard!
- Meatpacking District – Cobblestone streets and gorgeous store fronts, the Meatpacking district is one of my fave pockets in the city. It used to be filled with actual meatpacking shops but now it’s one of the hottest neighbourhoods! For a luxe night out, head to Plunge at The Gansevoort Hotel for insane views and fabulous cocktails!
- Fifth Avenue – As touristy as it is, nothing is more New York than strolling down Fifth and doing some good old fashioned window shopping. Bendels, Bergdorfs and Bulgari are my personal faves!
- New York Public Library – We went to the main branch in Bryant Park and it is so much more than just a library! It’s a National Historic Building and is a NYC landmark! Unfortunately when I visited, the Rose Main Reading Room was closed but I can’t wait to come back and see it in person!
Where to Shop:
- SoHo – I love shopping on the small streets and darting in and out of stores like Mango, Bloomingales and Necessary Clothing! I always start out on Broadway at Houston and zig zag around to boutiques like MM6 and The Kooples!
- Bleeker Street – The shops on Bleeker from Perry to Houston are one of my fave shopping strips in the city! I love stopping in at Fresh, BookMarc and Village Apothecary!
- Eataly – This Italian mega grocery store at 5th and W 23rd is a foodie’s dream come true! With Mario Batali as one of the partners, you know it’s legit! It’s like a bustling European market with a high-end restaurant, a Whole Foods style supermarket and even a shop-within-a-shop cookbook store!
- St. Marks Place – This cute little NYC pocket on 8th Street from 6th to 3rd Avenues is known for being funky and unique. I love perusing the vintage shops, fun eateries and street art!
- Casa Magazine – This magazine mecca in the West Village has literally thousands of mags in this matchbox tiny shop! I tend to buy international fashion mags like Vogue Collections, Vogue Italia and Harper’s Bazaar UK!
- Bergdorf Goodman – Bergdorf’s is probably the most beautiful department store I’ve ever been in. Everything is perfectly curated and even though it’s massive and sometimes crowded, the salons make you feel like you’re the only one in the store!
- Chelsea Market – The ultimate foodie shopping experience! Chelsea Market is not only home to Food Network and Oxygen Network but also loads of independent bakeries and stores like Amy’s Bread and Sarabeth’s. It’s always crowded so pack your patience and come hungry for the samples and treats you’ll likely pick up!
- Buffalo Exchange – Now I know that Buffalo Exchange stores are all over the states but hear me out! I’ve frequented some in Atlanta, Georgia, Seattle and LA and I find the Buffalo Exchange stores in NYC to be top notch! I’ve found brands like Wildfox, Rag & Bone, and James Perse to name a few! My fave location is in Chelsea at 6th Ave and 26th Street!
- Henri Bendel – I love shopping at Bendel’s because the store is always perfectly organized! The quality is amazing and their jewellery is stunning! The #armcandy I’ve collected from over the years is def next level!
- Beacon’s Closet – Over in Brooklyn lies Beacon’s Closet, the legendary place where trendy Brooklynites go to clean out their closet! I’ve collected Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and even some cute vintage sunnies! Beacon’s Closet is worth the trek from Manhattan!
Where To Eat:
- Stanton Social – A hotspot in the East Village and one of my alltime fave restaurants, Stanton Social is owned by Chopped judge Chris Santos and they boast some of the best food around! Make sure you try the French onion soup dumplings!
- Magnolia Bakery – This West Village legend got its popularity from Sex And The City but it’s so much more than just the shop where Carrie and Miranda talked about their crushes. Their cupcakes, puddings, cookies and brownies are literally THE BEST and I always find myself heading to Magnolia on the way home from dinner for a second dessert!
- Au Merveilleux De Fred – This bakery is the only one in North America with the others in France, Germany and Belgium. They are famous for their merveilleux desserts which are like little clouds of the perfect sweetness, almost like a macaron but lighter! My obsession is their sugar brioche – light, sweet and perfect when it’s warm from the oven!
- Cafe Cluny – Known as a fashion hotspot during Fashion Week, Cafe Cluny in the West Village at 12th street and West 4th is the perfect Sunday brunch hang out spot! Ps. This is where Kendall had her Vogue interview!
- Tea & Sympathy – Looking for the best British fare in NYC? Tea & Sympathy has all your British needs under one roof! Bangers and mash, Irn Bru, sticky toffee pudding – they’ve got it all and it’s ridiculously delicious!
- Cafeteria – Head to Chelsea at anytime for good eats at Cafeteria! They’re open 24/7 and this is not your typical drunk food, they’ll take care of you with a specially designed menu featuring poke, gourmet mac and cheese and deep fried Oreos!
- The Plaza Food Hall – Looking for a fun lunch when you’re at on the Upper East Side that’s not going to break the bank? Check out the food hall at the Plaza on the Concourse level! There is literally every type of food, snack, dessert and drink option you could ever want!
- Shake Shack – I’m always wary of trying places that are super popular because I fear they won’t live up to the expectation but Shake Shack is popular for a very good reason! I’ve had many burgers in my lifetime and it’s sad that this burger haven is so far away. I recommend going after the lunch rush – I went at 3pm and there was a tiny line but we sat in the park and it was a highlight of my trip!
- Balthazar – Whenever my mum and I are in New York, we always make a day of shopping in Soho and lunching at Balthazar! Their chicken liver and foie gras mousse is to-die-for and we are obsessed with the seafood and steak tartare! Definitely worth the splurge!
- Rice To Riches – Another SoHo tradition! I used to despise rice pudding but this place has made me a convert! I don’t know what they do to rice but whatever it is, it’s addictive and sinfully delicious! I love their sour cherry and mascarpone option and their chocolate chip is always in style!
Thanks for reading and happy travels!