From Sydney to SoHo, a shortlist of my New York City favourites

Central Park New York City. 

One of my all time favourites places is New York City. With a plethora of choice for art, music, theatre, fashion, museums, restaurants, and places to go out – you’re never short of something do in the city that never sleeps! Below is shortlist list (which was hard to narrow down) of my New York City favourites.

Areas to visit

Each of the areas below are unique, aesthetically as well as culturally. I recommend walking around each area, taking in the scenery, and enjoying the food, drinks, museums and galleries, each area has to offer.

  • SoHo – boutique shopping, restaurants and galleries, also an excellent place to stay (I had a great Airbnb apartment here).
  • Times Square – the heart of New York, everything is here. It’s also awesome at night – you can really admire and take in all of the New York buzz and lights. I got some great photos on the top of the red steps.
  • West Village – very pretty and charming area.
  • Greenwich Village – boutique shopping and cafes.
  • Chelsea – restaurants, explore.
  • Little Italy – go down Mulberry street.
  • Upper East Side – high end boutiques, right by Central Park and close to museums.
  • Wall Street – be sure to visit the charging bull.
  • Canal Street – start corner of Broadway and Canal street and walk down towards China Town / Little Italy.
  • Brooklyn – explore.
  • Tribeca – explore.
Times Square, New York City.

Places to visit

  • Central Park – is much bigger than I thought! I recommend hiring a bike to explore.
  • Empire State Building – great city skyline views.
  • Freedom Tower – also known as One World Trade Center, iconic (for many reasons) and the tallest building in USA. Stunning architecture.
  • Lincoln Centre – be sure to check out what events are on. I saw the Bolshoi Ballet and it was amazing!
  • High Line – an elevated park built on a historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Think nature, art, and design.
  • Broadway – definitely check out what shows are on during your stay.  I saw the Book of Mormon and it was hilarious!

Museums to visit

Places to shop

  • Boutiques in Soho – I had a great time shopping here!
  • Boutiques in Greenwich – very relaxing area to shop. Very friendly and helpful staff.
  • 5th avenue – walk down fifth avenue starting at Times Square. Be prepared. There’s a lot of goodness.
  • Bergdorf Goodman.
  • Macy’s.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue.

Food & drinks

  • Balthazar – biggest coffee I’ve ever had, it was literally in a bowl!
  • The Grey Dog (West Village) – I recommend the Grey Dog breakfast.
  • Magnolia Bakery (Bleecker Street) – super yummy cupcakes made famous by Sex and the City. The homemade lemonade is also delicious.
  • Peter Lugar (Brooklyn) – great steakhouse! Also featured in Billions.
  • Shake Shack (Madison Square Park) – trust me, best junk food ever! We don’t have Shake Shack in Australia, so had to mention it here. Get the ShackBurger, cheese fries and chocolate shake. Yum!
  • Little Italy – explore, lots of delicious Italian food here.
  • The Little Owl – this place is adorable and yummy. Great service too.
  • Le Bain – best rooftop bar with fantastic views of city skyline.
  • Clinton St. Baking Co – get the blueberry pancakes!
The Little Owl, New York City.


  • Helicopter tour of New York city – great way to see city, including the Statue of Liberty.
  • New York City Hop On Hop Off bus tour – excellent way to see city and to become more familiar with each area. Will take you past celebrity-related places such as the apartment from Seinfeld, Hotel Theresa in Harlem (Jimi Hendrix stayed there) and the apartment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (to mention a few).
New York City from helicopter tour.

Tips (no pun intended)

  • Don’t forget tipping is customary in New York City. Check out The New York Times – Tipping Guide here.
  • Depending on the time of year, events and restaurants can get very busy. I’d recommend booking reservations and/or tickets online in advance of your trip to secure your your spot. Can also help skip the lines.

I hope you find this interesting if you’re considering a trip to New York City! If you’ve already been, let me know what your favourites are?

PS. This post isn’t sponsored. I just love New York. All opinions are my own 🙂

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