A Beginners Guide to New York - Everything to see & do over a long weekend

Last month I ventured to New York for the first time with Veuve Clicquot Rich for a whirl wind trip! And although I was only there for a hot minute, I felt like I got to see and do ALOT thanks to a really well planned out itenary! 

TIP: When planning a whirlwind trip, do your research and find all the places you want to see. From there look on a map and start planning out your days in an orderly way to utilise your time. Trust me planning is key. Also make sure you chat to your friends that have visited the city your venturing too. They will be able to help you put the final touches on your itinerary! 

Below is my beginners guide to experiencing the best of New York over a long weekend:

DAY ONE:

ACCOMMODATION: The Roxy Hotel, Tribeca

BREAKFAST: at Two Hands (Mott between Grand & Broome)

MORNING: 

  • Visit the Apartment By The Line (Greene between Spring & Broome) walkable from breakfast. (My favourite place in New York!!)
  • SoHo shops: Start at Prada on Prince & Broadway, then walk west on Prince to Mercer, and down Mercer to Canal. Make the most of all the beautiful cobblestone streets & fire escapes along the way (very NY!) Make your way to Greene St to walk past all the main shops including Alexander Wang, Acne Studios, Rag & Bone, APC, Isabel Marant, etc.

LUNCH: at Cafe Gitane in Nolita (Mott & Prince) for avocado toast and a watermelon juice

WINE TIME: Before dinner, head across the road to Sant Ambroeus for a vino out the front - perfect for people watching. 

DINNER: at Cafe Select (Lafayette between Spring & Kenmare) - the best vibe & food! 

DAY TWO:

ACCOMMODATIONHotel Americano - Note - there amenities are La Lebo!!

BREAKFAST: at Jack's Wife Freda then head to Hotel Americano

MORNING:

AFTERNOON:

  • Catch an über and head to Central Park! This place is so huge but try to fit in a little stroll with a take away coffee!
  • Check out iconic Department Stores Barney's and Bergdorf's for a spot of shopping and if you love a bit of art & culture head to MoMA. All walking distance!

WINE TIME: Head back towards the hotel and stop at The Standard for a rooftop drink before walking back through the Highline.

DINNER: Make the most of Hotel Americano! This place is amazing. Venture to the rooftop & enjoy a meal while taking in the insane views. 

LATE NIGHT: If you really want to see all the iconic places of New York, walk 20mins after dinner to Time Square! It's chaos but hey! 

DAY THREE:

ACCOMMODATIONSoHo Grand

BREAKFAST: Head to the Soho Grand to check in, then venture to The Egg Shop (Elizabeth between Broome & Kenmare)

MORNING: Make the walk to the Brooklyn Bridge and venture across to the other side for amazing views of Manhattan. 

LUNCH: Head to the Lower East Side and visit Dudley's (Orchard between Broome & Grand) - these guys do an amazing coffee & smashed avocado.

AFTERNOON DRINK: If you feel like a cocktail head to the super trendy spot called Mr.Purple on the rooftop of Hotel Indigo (Orchard just south of E.Houston). 

DINNER: Venture back over the Bridge for your last night & head to Five Leaves in Greenpoint (Heath Ledgers cafe that he sadly didn't get to see open) for the best Margaritas & Truffle Chips! 

OTHER

  • Visit a Speakeasy Bar - I went to The Garnet and would highly recommend it!
  • The Met - I didn't get a chance to go her but would love to! 
  • The Jimmy Rooftop Bar - AMAZING Views! Walking distance from The Roxy Hotel. 
  • See the Views! Go up the Rockefeller building to see the best views of NY! 
  • Take it up a Level: Another beautiful hotel recommendation is The Edition. Super luxe if you want to treat yourself! 
  • When in need of a good coffee: Head to Happy Bones (Broome near Mulberry) & grab a takeaway latte. 
  • One more cafe: The Butcher's Daughter

Let me know if you have any other recommendations for my next trip there! B xx