New York, the city where dreams come true. I wish it wasn’t as cliché as it sounds but it is the truth. If there’s one place in this world that has inspired me more than anything else, it’s NYC. I’m pretty sure I know my way around the Big Apple better than I know my own city. So if you’re going to New York City anytime soon you should consider doing the following 10 things.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP IN SOHO
My favorite area to shop at in NYC is hands down SoHo. I love how I can find all my favorite stores in one area. From Urban Outfitters to Zara to Brandy Melville. Don’t forget to wander off from the main street because you will find the most unique & adorable stores in the other smaller streets.
EAT THE BEST CHINESE FOOD AT THE GREAT NY NOODLETOWN
If there’s one place I would kill for, well not really but you know what I mean, it would be the Great NY Noodletown. Best Chinese food I’ve ever had. My favorite dishes there are any noodle soup & the salt baked shrimps. Very affordable. The service is fast and they don’t speak perfect English but the food is so great I honestly don’t care about anything else. You can find the Great NY Noodletown on Bowery in Chinatown.
EXPLORE CENTRAL PARK WHILE WALKING
There’s no better way to discover Central Park than to walk. You will find numerous different roads you can’t access if you’re not walking. My advice? Start your adventure at the Columbus Circle entrance. And get lost, allow yourself to get lost. You’ll find your way again but you will discover you new favorite spot that way!
HAVE INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF THE CITY AT ROCKEFELLER
Tons of people go onto the Empire State building to have wonderful views of the NY skyline and although I’m certain the views are epic, I prefer to go on top of the Rockefeller Center near Central Park. Why you may ask? Simple, you can see the Empire State Building from there so your photos turn out to be wonderful and you’re right next to Central Park so you can take the best photos of both uptown & downtown. For tickets click here, I promise you will love this.
MAKE YOUR OWN DELICIOUS BURGER AT FIVE GUYS
I love fast food, a lot. I know I shouldn’t eat it as often as I do but I can’t help myself. One of my favorite fast food chains in this world is Five Guys. You can pretty much build your own burger. You can add whichever toping you want and the burgers are absolutely delicious. Their fries are great too. And they have very decent mayonnaise, I love my Belgian mayo. For around 10/12 dollars you have a delicious fast food meal. There are tons of locations in NYC and pretty much everywhere else in the States. They also have a few locations in the UK. It’s great.
GET THE MOST INCREDIBLE CUPCAKES AT MAGNOLIA BAKERY
I am not the biggest fan of sweets or cakes but good lord, the cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery are a gift from God. There are a couple locations you can find in NYC. They create special cupcakes for special occasions (like the Giants playing an important game) which is always fun. Definitely a must go to place when visiting New York.
VISIT DELICATESSEN FOR THE BEST SANGRIA & MAC N CHEESE
We stumbled upon this restaurant when we were shopping in SoHo, I immediately fell in love with the location, the name & the menu. They call their food “international comfort food” and I quite frankly couldn’t agree more. Delicatessen is a lovely place for brunch, lunch or dinner. You can make reservations during the week, however it’s too busy during the weekends for Brunch so you have to go to the restaurant, write your name down and come back whenever they call you up! Try their sangria, one of their mac n cheese dishes and the fries. SO GOOD. You will thank me later.
GET LOST IN THE NICEST VICTORIA’S SECRET STORE
Near Penn Station on 34th street, Herald Square you will find one of the most wonderful VS stores I’ve ever been to. (My favorite location is the one in London) It has 3 stories and you will find everything you could ever dream of if you think about Victoria’s Secret. From their perfumes/body lotions to their PINK line and of course the traditional VS lingerie.
WALK OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE & GET A LEMONADE
Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and take skyline photos is one of my favorite things to do while in NY. I recently discovered adorable little lemonade stands when you walk of the bridge in Brooklyn towards the water. Grab a fresh lemonade and enjoy the view.
VISIT THE 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM
I am not the biggest museum fan. It’s not that I dislike them, I just rarely find museums that completely interest me. I do however absolutely am fascinated by exhibitions or museums about (recent) events or important things of our past. I’m sure that everyone still remembers 9/11 and where you were that day. Whether you live in NY, the USA or not. I still remember what happened, how we reacted to it & how we handled the news back in school when I was 10 years old. The 9/11 museum will leave you speechless. It’s interesting, heartbreaking, fascinating and very, very well done. It’s also interactive, as in, you have the chance to listen to phone calls and more. They even created an app that you can download for free, while using their free wifi, which allows you to have your own personal guide. So don’t forget to bring your headphones. Tickets are $24 and worth every single penny. It’s one thing you just HAVE to do.
If you’ve ever been to NYC before, what are your go-to places?
(Ps- for more photos of NYC, check out my previous photo post about this great city, I didn’t want to include all of the same photos over & over again)