New York City, like any city, can be quite intimidating. Not only is it big and crowded, but it can also be difficult to navigate. And with so many sites to see and options for shopping, food and drinks, it’s necessary to do some research before visiting. If you’ve got the travel bug and want to wander around New York like Carrie Bradshaw, we’ve got you. Here are our favorite places.
30 W 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
Starbucks will always be near and dear to my heart, but Stumptown brings exceptional authenticity to coffee and espresso. You won’t find flavors or syrups served here. They roast their own coffee and use some of the highest quality beans, so you won’t need to pour in loads of sugar or creamer. Instead, select from classic beverages such as a latte or macchiato. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, they even package their beans with labels detailing the origin and altitude at which the beans were grown. Stumptown takes exceptional pride in their coffee. Taste and see.
211 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Phone: +1 212-601-9514
Distilled is the perfect brunch spot. They take classic breakfast and lunch dishes and sprinkle them with a modern twist that makes you keep coming back. I suggest starting off with a pineapple mimosa (not on the menu, but my personal favorite). Start off with their wings, which are quite messy, but seriously amazing with the perfect crunch. Other favorites include their duck and waffle and bananas foster French toast.
355 W 14th St,
New York, NY 10014
Phone: +1 212-691-0555
Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, Scarpetta offers some of the best Italian cuisine in the city. It’s perfect for a fancy start to a girls night out, celebrating a special occasion, or date-night with your guy. From outstanding service to a wide selection of perfectly paired wine recommendations, this gem is a must-have dining experience. Be sure to try their Stromboli-esque bread, octopus (seriously) and classic spaghetti. The best part may be that you won’t break the bank!
The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St,
New York NY 10004
Phone: +1 646-422-7906
Words can’t begin to express my love for this place. I’ve been to many different speakeasies in the city and this one is at the top of my list. Located in the Financial District, it’s a bit out of the way, but totally worth it in my opinion. For those not into fancy pants cocktails, the bar on the first floor serves more common, but no less impressive concoctions, as well as a variety of beer. Venture up to the second floor and you’ll find a more intimate bar with a swanky piano player that will bring you back to the Great Gatsby era. Be sure to try their punch!
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Phone: +1 212-652-2110
Although this is a popular destination for travelers, it is also a frequented shopping destination for locals. Primarily known for its specialty shops, you can find anything from fresh fish to hot donuts and a wide selection of herbs and spices. Spend the afternoon meandering and nibbling on some of the best culinary selections. Some even do their weekly grocery shopping at the market! If you aren’t in the mood for walking, Chelsea Market also has a few sit-down restaurants if you’re looking for a bustling place to rest after a day exploring the city.
The Neighborhood of Chelsea
5th Avenue may be the better-known luxury shopping destination, but I find the neighborhood of Chelsea to be a quiet competitor. Maybe it has something to do with cobblestone streets that make the shopping experience more Parisian, or maybe it’s because Chelsea is the home of the Fashion Institute and contemporary art.
While experiencing this unique ambiance, you’ll find designers such as Alice and Olivia, as well as popular retailer, Scoop. Between the shopping and the beautiful views of the city (Instagram op!) from the Highline walk, you can easily lose track of time. Don’t forget to check out our guide to London too, in case you want to visit both!
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