New York City Guide
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Ultimate New York City Guide

New York City Guide
After visiting New York every year for the past 6 years I’ve finally narrowed down a list of some of the best places to visit, eat, drink and shop in the city.

This may just be my biggest New York City Guide yet. I’ve split it into 4 sections and listed all the best places for you. I’ve also linked to their websites or social media so you can take a look for yourself.

I hope this city guide helps if you are visiting New York City. Take notes, save it for later, share it with your friends. I’ve tried to include as much as I can in this big bumper city guide. So I hope you enjoy it.

I have also created a New York City Guide PDF which you can download here.

Also keep an eye out for my New York Restaurant and Cafe guides which should be coming up next week.

Places to Visit

Right let’s start with some of the best Places to Visit while you’re in New York. Warning this is a long list but it’s surprisingly easy to fit most of these in to a 4-5 days trip. Most are high tourists spots ( Times Square especially is so busy but worth a visit anyway) so are on most people’s to -do lists. There’s a few on here that may not be but I’ve included them anyway because they’re worth a visit. Right here we go.

  • Central Park
  • Madison Sq Park + Madison Sq Garden (great for concerts + games )
  • Rockefeller Centre + Top of the Rock  ( I recommend doing Top of the Rock instead of The Empire State Building as you see more of the city)
  • Empire State Building
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Times Square ( Busy but worth a visit)
  • 911 Memorials
  • Washington Sq Park
  • Friends Building
  • Grand Central Station
  • Brooklyn ( a whole other list on its own look below)
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Manhattan Bridge
  • The Highline
  • The Met Museum  
  • The Moma
  • Flatiron Building
  • 5th Avenue
  • Bryant Park
  • China Town
  • Natural History Museum
  • Chelsea Market ( Plus the stores surrounding the Market)
  • Williamsburg
  • Dumbo
  • The Oculus
  • Wall Street
  • New York Public Library
  • Riverside Park
  • Park Avenue
  • Radio City Music Hall
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Things To Do – Seasonal

I’ve now visited New York in most of its Seasons and it’s definitely one of those cities that has the best Seasonal activities. From Ice Skating in Central park at Christmas to watching Movies in Bryant Park in the Summer. There is plenty going on each season.

  • Yankee Game  – Seasonal To Team Schedule
  • Knicks Game  – ‘“
  • Mets Game – ‘’
  • Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
  • Broadway Shows – All Year Round
  • Shakespeare in the Park – Summer Time
  • Movies In Bryant Park – Summer Time
  • Rockefeller Christmas Tree – Christmas
  • Christmas Village Bryant Park – Christmas Time
  • Christmas Lights down 5th Avenue
  • Museum Hopping – All Year Round
  • Live Taping of a Live Show – Schedule depending.
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New York is known for its amazing selection of Restaurants. I’m ashamed to admit that I never took full advantage of the ones available until my trip last year.   But I do have a great list of recommendations for you here.

  • The Spotted Pig – One of the best burgers
  • La Pecora Bianca
  • Wanderlust
  • Bubby’s
  • Bill’s Bar & Burger
  • Joe & The Juice – Perfect for smoothies
  • Hale & Hearty
  • Shake Shack
  • Jack’s Wife Freda
  • The Butcher’s Daughter
  • Soho Park
  • Max Brenners
  • Serendipity 3
  • Pies & Thighs
  • The LOEB Boathouse

New York one of the biggest shopping capitals of the world has some of the best stores around. I’ve listed some of the best places to shop here.

  • Madewell
  • Anthropologie
  • Greenwich Letterpress
  • Chelsea Market
  • Artists & Fleas
  • Posman Books
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Sephora
  • Mcnally Jackson
  • Sezane
  • Diptyque
  • NBC Store
  • Bookmarc
  • CVS
  • Duane Reade
  • Brandy Meville
  • Bloomingdales
  • Barney’s
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Aesop
  • Macy’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Paper source
  • Grand Central Market
  • & Other Stories
Cafe’s / Cakes

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to great cafes and sweet treats in New York. There are too many to list so I’ve picked out my favourite few to share.

  • Two Hands – The Cutest Spot
  • Maison Kayser – The Best Coffee & Almond Croissants
  • Magnolia Bakery
  • Amy’s Bread
  • Mamam – Great Coffee
  • Oren’s Coffee
  • Dough
  • Laduree
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Juniors
  • Sprinkle Cupcakes
  • Grand Central Market

While Manhattan has my heart Brooklyn is always a great place to visit. There is plenty to explore in Brooklyn through all the different neighbourhoods.

  • Dumbo
  • Williamsburg
  • Pink Olive
  • Pies & Thighs
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Manhattan Bridge
  • Species by the Thousand
  • Cat Bird
  • Concrete & Water
  • Artists & Flea
Where To Stay

Over the years I’ve stayed in a number of great hotels across the city. Many of these are pretty central & have easy access everything.

  • HGU New York – Stayed here on my most recent trip & I will definitely be visiting again
  • Park Central
  • The Tillary Hotel
  • The Blakely Hotel


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