It’s hard to travel to any destination after Paris, especially one full of grit and grime – but that’s New York City and its all part of its inherent charm. Constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries, for many, New York really is the city of dreams. Infinite skyscrapers, bustling neighbourhoods, endless coffee hangouts, leafy parks and rooftop bars, it’s easy to see why people flock to the East coast.
One of my favourite ways to combat jet lag and get my bearings is to go for a walk and luckily, New York is the perfect city to explore on foot. We stayed in a cosy, light filled Airbnb in East Village within walking distance to nearby Bowery, Nolita, Soho and Chelsea’s High Line. We found most cafes don’t open until 8.30am and stores 11am or 12pm on weekends, so it’s the perfect excuse to sleep in and take your time in the morning.
Happy Bones in Soho is the perfect coffee spot for a morning espresso before making your way to ultimate concept store and lust-worthy loft, The Apartment by The Line. I could spend hours in here browsing through their carefully curated collection of daily essentials, from luxury homewares and bathroom amenities to the perfect Acne coat.
Nearby luxury boutique hotel 11 Howard is a great place to take some time out, relax and have a coffee amongst like-minded creatives. With its minimalist Danish interiors it feels like a world away from the busy streets below. Catch up on some work in their light filled lounge The Library or have a drink at The Blond. But if you’re keen to see New York above street level, you can’t beat Top of the Rock for panoramic views of the city with the Empire State Building and Central Park firmly in your sights.
Wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
For the all important American-style burgers and crinkle cut fries, you can’t beat Shack Shake. There are a few locations around Manhattan, but we loved the one in Madison Square Garden full of squirrels! So. Damn. Good.
Happy hour at Sel Rrose on Delancey Street is a must with their incredible one dollar Ninigret Cup oysters. Relax at the bar with a cocktail and dozen natural oysters, or try their white truffled fries and lobster roll. Afterward, head to colourful Mexican hangout Tacombi in Nolita for their fresh crispy fish tacos and margaritas.
If you have a few days in New York, Williamsburg in Brooklyn is the perfect escape for design enthusiasts and coffee-lovers alike. Sleep in, get a coffee at Ludlow Coffee Supply and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge mid-morning for unsurpassed views of the city. For brekkie, you can’t beat coffeeshop and workspace Sweatshop. Run by two easygoing Aussies, they serve excellent coffee, smashed avo on toast and of course, our much loved Vegemite. From there, wander along Bedford Avenue toward fine jewellery mecca Catbird, a tiny storefront full of delicate stack rings and one-of-a-kind pieces. Australian Influenced, American-style bistro Five Leaves on the edge of Mccarran Park is the perfect lunch spot before heading back to the big smoke.
Next stop, Los Angeles.
LOCATION / New York, New York, USA