The ULTIMATE Guide To New York City

My ULTIMATE guide to New York City including my favourite neighbourhoods; brunch spots and must see's! 

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Ahhhhh New York; let's be honest... I've written enough blog posts about the Big Apple for you guys to understand just how much I bloody love the city! Having recently come back from a solo trip; I thought I'd put together one big fat juicy guide of my top tips when visiting New York; from my favourite must-visit neighbourhoods to hotel recommendations and brunch spots. Grab a cuppa (and a few biscuits OBV), and let's dive in!...

FOUR NEIGHBOURHOODS IN NEW YORK YOU NEED TO VISIT...

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NOLITA

Sometimes written as NoLita and deriving from 'North of Little Italy'; a super cool neighbourhood packed full of Instagram worthy cafes and streets in including the infamous pink Cha Cha Matcha cafe pictured above. You'll spot: fashion bloggers a plenty!

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MEATPACKING

Being completely honest; the Meatpacking district is my favourite neighbourhood of New York; I love the wide roads, the uber cool restaurants and the vibe is VERY New York - a must when visiting! You need to visit: The Chelsea Food Market in the Meatpacking district!

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SOHO

From Spring Street to Prince Street... Soho is where it's AT! I adore this area of New York and it's a MUST when visiting! From high end boutique clothes stores; to infamous restaurants such as By Chloe, Jacks Wife Freda and Balthazar.

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GREENWHICH VILLAGE

Bleecker Street is my favourite street in Greenwich Village and runs from the Meatpacking district all the way to Bowery and I would highly recommend walking the length; make sure you stop off at Carrie Bradshaw's house!

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FOUR MUST-VISIT RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS...

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BAKER & CO

Found smack bang in the middle of Bleecker Street, I stumbled across this restaurant one day whilst looking for somewhere to eat lunch and boy; I wasn't disappointed! Order: try their Mac n Cheese.. SO good!

WHERE: 259 Bleecker St, New York

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CHELSEA MARKET 

Even though this isn't technically a restaurant; I would say to anyone visiting New York that you simply HAVE to go to Chelsea Market, it's an incredible hub of delicious food stalls, bars and sweet treats.. HELL YEAH!

WHERE: 75 9th Ave, New York

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SHAKE SHACK

I knowwwww that Shake Shack is an obvious choice when it comes to New York/America, BUT I have to say; the Shake Shack in New York.. OMG it's SO much better than here in the UK! Visit the original Shake Shack...

WHERE: Madison Square Park

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by CHLOE is a must when visiting New York; the restaurant offers wholesome, plant-based food that fuels and energizes without compromising flavor, taste or satisfaction! Note: it can get super busy so be prepared!

WHERE: 185 Bleecker St, New York

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FOUR HOTELS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TRIP...

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W NEW YORK

I wrote a whole post the other day on why I love the W New York so much (read it here); but in summary - the locations is AMAZING, the decor is super cool/luxe and the vibe is everything you want from a hotel!

WHERE: 541 Lexington Ave

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ALOFT BROOKLYN

I stayed at the Aloft hotel in Brooklyn during a work trip last September and loved it! It was my first visit to Brooklyn and the hotel was in a great location; just a 10 minute walk from the bridge! Read my review here!

WHERE: 216 Duffield St, Brooklyn

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WESTHOUSE

The WestHouse was the second hotel I stayed at during my recent trip (full post coming soon), but I absolutely adored this hotel; it was the perfect mix of luxe, sophistication and affordability.. it's in a great location too!

WHERE: 201 W 55th St, New York

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Wellington

Situated in the very heart of New York City; the Wellington Hotel is just a stones throw from central park and just a few blocks from Times Square - the location couldn't be anymore perfect! Read my full review here!

WHERE: 871 7th Ave, New York

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FOUR THINGS TO DO DURING YOUR TRIP TO NEW YORK...

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WALK THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favourite things to do in New York and I'd honestly recommend it to anyone! If you get the chance, walk it during the day and at night too for a completely different view of the city!

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TOP OF THE ROCK

Visiting the Top of the Rock is another favourite of mine whilst in New York; I went up around 5.30pm to catch the sunset and it was just magical! There's just something about seeing such a stunning city from that view! Well worth a visit!

WHERE: 45 Rockefeller Plaza

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WALK IN CENTRAL PARK

You can't visit New York and NOT take a walk in Central Park (I simply cannot allow it), it's beautiful and it's FREE. I took a snowy walk around during this trip and in September I'd eat my breakfast there every morning, it was BLISS!

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WATCH A SHOW ON BROADWAY

During my trip to New York I went to watch PARAMOUR on broadway; a Cirque du Soleil show and it was truly magical! I don't get to the theatre often but it's become a tradition when I visit my favourite city - a MUST!

WHERE:  213 W 42nd Street

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FOUR STORES TO CHECK OUT DURING YOUR VISIT...

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AVEDA

During my last two trips to New York I've visited the Aveda; Spoke & Weal salon for a blow dry! My recent trip was a solo adventure; and trust me when I say there's nothing better than a little pamper session followed by some brunch on a Sunday!

WHERE: 147 Grand St, New York

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FREE PEOPLE

I was wandering around the Meatpacking district one sunny afternoon and stumbled across this stunning Free People store; I'm a huge fan of Free People but the stores in New York are must if you're visiting! The store layout/design is so stunning!

WHERE: 58 Ninth Avenue

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SHU'S FLOWERS

One afternoon I was strolling around and I came across Shu's Flowers.. AKA the most beautiful florist; jam packed full of exotic flowers, succulents and cacti. Pretty much every bloggers dream and definitely your spot for a pretty bouquet!

 WHERE: 179 Mulberry Street 

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ABC HOME

Oh my god.. I could have spent HOURS in ABC Home, I found the store just by Union Square and popped in for a browse. The store stocks the BEST homeware and stationary (I definitely picked up some stationary that I definitely didn't need!).

WHERE: 888 Broadway

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FOUR MUST-TRY BRUNCH SPOTS...

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JACKS WIFE FREDA

Jacks Wife Freda... AKA 'THE' place to brunch in New York city; a local for any cool kid of the city and super popular amongst tourists! Expect a wait, but I promise it's worth it.. oh, and their hot chocolate is delicious!!

WHERE: 224 Lafayette Street

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THE SMITH

You'll be pushed to find anywhere that does brunch quite like The Smith; I ordered french toast which came with maple syrup and I ordered a side of bacon and OHMIGOD it was so good! They have 5 locations in the city!

WHERE: 1900 BROADWAY

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CHELSEA MARKET

I knowwwww that I've already mentioned Chelsea Market but it really is a must when visiting - it's such a great all-rounder spot! If you have a sweet tooth head here to pick up some freshly baked waffles or pancakes for brunch!

 WHERE: 75 9th Ave, New York

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TWO HANDS

Another raved about brunch spot in NYC; situated in uber-cool NoLita, Two Hands is well worth a visit during your next trip! I had the chilli avo on toast and yup, it really was as delicious as it sounds - check this spot out!

WHERE: 164 Mott St, New York

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Sooo, there we have it guys.. my HUGE guide to New York City! If you made it to the end of this post then WHOO GO YOU! If you have any tips/recommendations for New York then please leave me a comment as I'm always on the look out for new places to hit up when I go back, ALSO if you need any extra tips/advice then please do let me know - happy to help where I can! <3


Have you been to New York before? Have you been to any of these places? Did you love them as much as I did?

32 Comments

  1. Sophie Cliff 7th March 2017 / 4:55 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! Definitely saving this for my next trip xxx

    • Hayley 7th March 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Ah YAY so glad you liked it love (took me BLOODY AGES haha!) x

  2. Ariadna 7th March 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve never been to New York but it’s one of my top destinations on my wishlist – it looks like such a beautiful and fun city to visit. I’ll definitley look at this guide if I go anytime soon! Your photos look so beautiful! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 3:57 pm

      So glad to hear that lovely – it’s honestly my favourite city, you will love it – it’s so diverse and so much to do! x

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you love! NYC is definitely a place for foodies! x

  3. Jasmine Buckley 7th March 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I love how the majority of this post I didn’t experience myself when I went to NY, therefore these are definitely going on my bucket list! You know what that means….I need to go again! Love your pictures, they are stunning. You’ve captured NYC brilliantly and well done again for going solo. I admire you Hayley.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Haha yayyyyy so glad to hear that lady! You definitely need a trip back 😉 Ah thank you love, means the world! x

  4. Frances 8th March 2017 / 12:57 am

    Ohh I could read New York recommendations for days, of course I made it to the end! I’ve only visited New York once and it was about 7 years ago now, but I am so keen to go back, definitely saving this! Xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Oh love same, every time I go I discover SO many more things to do/see and places to eat! Such a fab city! x

  5. Angie 8th March 2017 / 9:42 am

    What a really fab guide! Meat packing is my favourite area, we stayed in the Gansevoort Hotel which is such fun. I love the way to laid out this post too!

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Ah thank you Angie 🙂 Mine too, such a great area! Ooh I’ll have to check that hotel out for sure 🙂 x

  6. Suze - Luxury Columnist 8th March 2017 / 10:10 am

    I love ABC Home for shopping and also Top of the Rocks for drinks. Some great picks here and I like your brunch recommendations

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Same, such a fab shop! I never went to the bar but it’s on my list for next time! 🙂 x

  7. Paula O Connor 8th March 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Wonderful post filed away for our next visit
    Would you be going to Chicago any time soon love that city too

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you Paula; so glad you found it helpful! I don’t have any plans just yet but would love to visit! 🙂 x

  8. Lauren 8th March 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Felt so emotional reading this! I worked there for a short while, a short work placement at Cosmopolitan US. I tried twice so desperately to get a job there and move there a few years ago but it was so difficult and got to the point where unless I was willing to marry an American… it was no good. All your pics and recommendations brought it all back – argh I need to go again!
    Loving your blog lately, want to see you soon xx

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Ah love that sounds INCREDIBLE – it’s my dream to move there so, so badly! Hoping next year is buy year! 🙂 Yes you do love (I already want to go back haha!). Thank you sweets, yes definitely! 🙂 x

  9. Gabrielle 9th March 2017 / 6:41 pm

    This is a fabulously extensive guide! I’m super keen to visit New York in the near future; Soho is high on my list of places to visit there and Shu’s Flowers sounds beautiful!!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Ah thanks girl – literally my favourite place, you would love it! x

  10. Seppy 9th March 2017 / 8:40 pm

    What a great post! Love that you were brief about each point while the layout is so much fun to scroll through.

    And I just added like 10 things for my next visit to NYC..!! Thanks!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:03 pm

      So glad to hear that lovely – let me know how you find everything! 🙂 I wanted to keep each point brief as I had so much to share haha! x

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Haha sorry love! Love that city so much feel like I could talk about it for hours! x

  11. Immy May 10th March 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Ooooooh my gosh gaaaaaal! This makes me want to return to NYC so badly! It is one of my favourite cities on Earth. I wait to try your recommendations when I next visit (hopefully soon!) Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Same love – my favourite city, I’d return in a heartbeat if I could! YAY – hope you like the places I’ve recommended love! x

  12. bee 14th March 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I need you to take me to NYC. You’ve tracked down some of the coolest spots. I’ve heard that the Meat Packing District is superb, although in my head I envision people packing dead cows in to boxes (yes, I’m that morbid!) I must go one day. Trying to convince Mr C that it needs to happen… ASAP!
    Bee xxx

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 10:53 am

      Girl I’m THERE – let’s go; will be so much fun! Hahahaha that made me laugh out loud babes, the Meat Packing district is bloody wonderful though definitely do visit! xo

  13. The Sunday Mode 16th March 2017 / 7:14 am

    I’ve been to New York three times in my life and let me tell you, it is nowhere near enough! I love everything about New York and it sounds so corny but I love how I feel when I’m there too. I don’t know, I just find everything more inspiring there? One thing I’d add to this post though is to eat at Eataly, the pizza there is literally the best one I’ve ever tasted in my life!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 10:55 am

      YES girl I completely hear you! I feel exactly the same when I’m there I bloody love it! Ooh, thank you love I’ve made a note of that and will definitely check it out when I’m next visiting! x

  14. Teesh 16th March 2017 / 8:36 am

    This is making me want to fly to NYC!!

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 10:53 am

      Haha sorry love! It’s making me want to go back just looking through it! x

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