Staying:
The Ludlow:
When Joe and I booked our trip in December (the best post tax-return treat), and were scouring the BA Sale site for hotels (may do a post about this in itself), we instantly fell in love with The Ludlow. In a different part of the city to our previous stay, we opted for something a little more down-town and closer to Williamsburg- meaning we'd get to see a whole new part of the city too. The hotel itself was absolutely gorgeous, with the friendliest staff, most beautiful decor (the bathroom had me at hello) and restaurant too. I'd absolutely recommend it if you fancy staying in a really cool neighbourhood, surrounded by cool independent boutiques, bars and places to eat.

180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Eating:
Black Seed Bagels:
Our first stop in the Big Apple was for bagels, duh! After researching a few different bagel joints, we settled on Black Seed- a short walk from our hotel, and a little hideaway near to some of my favourite Soho streets. With a menu spanning traditional numbers like smoked salmon and cream cheese- there was also the option to create your own (all the mozzarella for me, please!) and sit in for the perfect midday pitstop.

170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Two Hands:
After hearing about this place non-stop before our visit, Joe and I were set on coming here for brunch during our stay. Located in Little Italy, this Australian cafe is home to all things good, nutritious and delicious- with everything from granola (which genuinely converted Joe to granola), salads and more juices than you can shake an avocado at- it's the perfect 'cool' lunch spot- and obviously, tres Instagrammable (if you're that way inclined too).

164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Beauty and Essex:
During our trip we decided we wanted to have a 'special' meal out somewhere, and opted to head to Beauty and Essex before we left- which is one of the coolest places I've been to! Tucked away behind a swanky pawn shop, the restaurant feels a little like a party at Gatsby's, and boasts a menu of delicious sharing plates (or, y'know, plates for one- if you're greedy like us) with everything from classic burgers, pastas and fish on the menu- as well as some more unconventional tapas plates. On top of that, they also have some of the most incredible American desserts on the menu- including s'mores in a cup, red velvet and donuts- pretty exciting if you've got room left!

146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Taverna Di Bacco:
Across the street from The Ludlow, Joe and I came here to satisfy our meatball cravings one evening around dinner. Undeniably, we could have probably searched further afield, but this little trattoria, was the perfect remedy for our Italian cravings, and offered a huge selection of fresh pasta dishes and truly delicious meatballs. On top of that, they also had a pretty extensive cocktail menu- which means it's also a pretty happening spot for drinks too!

175 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Seeing:
Coney Island:
Although we typically timed it to a day with pretty bad weather (which must be the British tourists in us), visiting Coney Island (if you have time)- is certainly a really cool way of seeing a new side of New York and Brooklyn,and even better if the sun is shining too. With the atmosphere of a quintessential British seaside town (think somewhere between Margate and Brighton), Coney Island is abuzz with fairground rides, board sandy beaches and plenty of donut stands (the reason we love the beach, no?) making for a perfect afternoon in somewhere a little bit different to Manhattan.

Dumbo:
Situated a little across from the Brooklyn Bridge, and just across from the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO = Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Dumbo is a neighbourhood boasting pretty beautiful views of the Manhattan Bridge (hence the big ol' photo opp) as well as some cute places to eat (Grimaldi's and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) and shop (see below)- we headed here before catching the subway to Coney Island.

Liberty Island:
Having never visited the Statue of Liberty before (I know, I know) a visit to Liberty Island on one of the infamous ferries was definitely on our to do list for the trip. Although I'm not the biggest fan of boats, the short ride was quick and pretty stress free (just allow for a bit of queuing time)- and being able to see Ms. Liberty in person was pretty cool indeed. On top of that, you can also tick off the Ellis Island box on the journey too, as most trips will cover a visit there also.

Broadway:
One of the most special parts of our trip this year was getting to experience Broadway and catch a show on our last evening (which left me feeling very soppy indeed)! For my birthday, I was lucky enough to be treated to tickets from Mama and Papa P to seeing Finding Neverland, which was every bit as wonderful as I'd imagined (catchy songs and all)- and was the perfect way to wrap up a trip to New York- I definitely recommend looking into tickets if you can!

Shopping:
International Playground:
Joe and I discovered International Playground during one of our walks around Soho, and fell in love with the decor as well as all of the awesome independent brands they looked after and sold. With Lazy Oaf gracing the shelves (which is always a massive thumbs up in my books), there were street wear brands, beauty products and accessories galore- and I feel it's the kind of place my pal Lucy would LOVE. Think colour, fun and awesome upcoming designers.

463 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

What Goes Around Comes Around:
If you're a fan of vintage shopping, then this is quite the haven. A collection of some of the most treasured and covetable vintage items sit under this Manhattan roof, and although they're certainly not cheap (most pieces are originals), you can guarantee you'll see lots of special things in here- just be sure to save up a little before your visit! If not, it's a museum of sorts, so perfect for window shopping too!

351 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Dabney Lee:
Dabney Lee, how I bloody love thee (if anything can justify how much I love a brand, it's a bit of poetry- amirite?) Discovered on our trip to Dumbo, Dabney Lee may well be the most incredibly stationary shop I have ever visited, and it's safe to say I did a little bit of damage with my holiday spending money there too. With everything from calligraphy sets, all the Rifle Paper co, beautiful greetings cards, books and everything in between (they even had a dog collar that said Maggie)- I could have easily spent the majority of my holiday in this shop, if only Joe had allowed it.

55 Washington St # 736, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Reformation:
Although I've spoken about Reformation pretty tirelessly on my blog, I only realised when I was in NY that I'd never included them in a guide! With a couple of stores across Manhattan (one on the Lower East Side, and one in Soho), Reformation is without a doubt one of my favourite shops in the city. With their infamous mini (and maxi) dresses, rad denim, accessories and cute t-shirts in store, I'd dedicate a good bit of shopping (or browsing) time in here...

156 Ludlow St, New York, NY

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Staying:
The Ludlow:
When Joe and I booked our trip in December (the best post tax-return treat), and were scouring the BA Sale site for hotels (may do a post about this in itself), we instantly fell in love with The Ludlow. In a different part of the city to our previous stay, we opted for something a little more down-town and closer to Williamsburg- meaning we'd get to see a whole new part of the city too. The hotel itself was absolutely gorgeous, with the friendliest staff, most beautiful decor (the bathroom had me at hello) and restaurant too. I'd absolutely recommend it if you fancy staying in a really cool neighbourhood, surrounded by cool independent boutiques, bars and places to eat.

180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Eating:
Black Seed Bagels:
Our first stop in the Big Apple was for bagels, duh! After researching a few different bagel joints, we settled on Black Seed- a short walk from our hotel, and a little hideaway near to some of my favourite Soho streets. With a menu spanning traditional numbers like smoked salmon and cream cheese- there was also the option to create your own (all the mozzarella for me, please!) and sit in for the perfect midday pitstop.

170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Two Hands:
After hearing about this place non-stop before our visit, Joe and I were set on coming here for brunch during our stay. Located in Little Italy, this Australian cafe is home to all things good, nutritious and delicious- with everything from granola (which genuinely converted Joe to granola), salads and more juices than you can shake an avocado at- it's the perfect 'cool' lunch spot- and obviously, tres Instagrammable (if you're that way inclined too).

164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Beauty and Essex:
During our trip we decided we wanted to have a 'special' meal out somewhere, and opted to head to Beauty and Essex before we left- which is one of the coolest places I've been to! Tucked away behind a swanky pawn shop, the restaurant feels a little like a party at Gatsby's, and boasts a menu of delicious sharing plates (or, y'know, plates for one- if you're greedy like us) with everything from classic burgers, pastas and fish on the menu- as well as some more unconventional tapas plates. On top of that, they also have some of the most incredible American desserts on the menu- including s'mores in a cup, red velvet and donuts- pretty exciting if you've got room left!

146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Taverna Di Bacco:
Across the street from The Ludlow, Joe and I came here to satisfy our meatball cravings one evening around dinner. Undeniably, we could have probably searched further afield, but this little trattoria, was the perfect remedy for our Italian cravings, and offered a huge selection of fresh pasta dishes and truly delicious meatballs. On top of that, they also had a pretty extensive cocktail menu- which means it's also a pretty happening spot for drinks too!

175 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Seeing:
Coney Island:
Although we typically timed it to a day with pretty bad weather (which must be the British tourists in us), visiting Coney Island (if you have time)- is certainly a really cool way of seeing a new side of New York and Brooklyn,and even better if the sun is shining too. With the atmosphere of a quintessential British seaside town (think somewhere between Margate and Brighton), Coney Island is abuzz with fairground rides, board sandy beaches and plenty of donut stands (the reason we love the beach, no?) making for a perfect afternoon in somewhere a little bit different to Manhattan.

Dumbo:
Situated a little across from the Brooklyn Bridge, and just across from the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO = Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Dumbo is a neighbourhood boasting pretty beautiful views of the Manhattan Bridge (hence the big ol' photo opp) as well as some cute places to eat (Grimaldi's and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) and shop (see below)- we headed here before catching the subway to Coney Island.

Liberty Island:
Having never visited the Statue of Liberty before (I know, I know) a visit to Liberty Island on one of the infamous ferries was definitely on our to do list for the trip. Although I'm not the biggest fan of boats, the short ride was quick and pretty stress free (just allow for a bit of queuing time)- and being able to see Ms. Liberty in person was pretty cool indeed. On top of that, you can also tick off the Ellis Island box on the journey too, as most trips will cover a visit there also.

Broadway:
One of the most special parts of our trip this year was getting to experience Broadway and catch a show on our last evening (which left me feeling very soppy indeed)! For my birthday, I was lucky enough to be treated to tickets from Mama and Papa P to seeing Finding Neverland, which was every bit as wonderful as I'd imagined (catchy songs and all)- and was the perfect way to wrap up a trip to New York- I definitely recommend looking into tickets if you can!

Shopping:
International Playground:
Joe and I discovered International Playground during one of our walks around Soho, and fell in love with the decor as well as all of the awesome independent brands they looked after and sold. With Lazy Oaf gracing the shelves (which is always a massive thumbs up in my books), there were street wear brands, beauty products and accessories galore- and I feel it's the kind of place my pal Lucy would LOVE. Think colour, fun and awesome upcoming designers.

463 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

What Goes Around Comes Around:
If you're a fan of vintage shopping, then this is quite the haven. A collection of some of the most treasured and covetable vintage items sit under this Manhattan roof, and although they're certainly not cheap (most pieces are originals), you can guarantee you'll see lots of special things in here- just be sure to save up a little before your visit! If not, it's a museum of sorts, so perfect for window shopping too!

351 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Dabney Lee:
Dabney Lee, how I bloody love thee (if anything can justify how much I love a brand, it's a bit of poetry- amirite?) Discovered on our trip to Dumbo, Dabney Lee may well be the most incredibly stationary shop I have ever visited, and it's safe to say I did a little bit of damage with my holiday spending money there too. With everything from calligraphy sets, all the Rifle Paper co, beautiful greetings cards, books and everything in between (they even had a dog collar that said Maggie)- I could have easily spent the majority of my holiday in this shop, if only Joe had allowed it.

55 Washington St # 736, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Reformation:
Although I've spoken about Reformation pretty tirelessly on my blog, I only realised when I was in NY that I'd never included them in a guide! With a couple of stores across Manhattan (one on the Lower East Side, and one in Soho), Reformation is without a doubt one of my favourite shops in the city. With their infamous mini (and maxi) dresses, rad denim, accessories and cute t-shirts in store, I'd dedicate a good bit of shopping (or browsing) time in here...

156 Ludlow St, New York, NY

x

30 comments:

  1. I loved this post as much as I love New York City, haha!
    When you mentioned Coney Island, my heart took a leap I think :D
    My sister and I went to NYC last year in September (and the year before that) and we've had the best time. There's so much to do and see!

    Valérie | Moonlit Stories

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  2. you are so incredibly lucky to go to New York, I would love to go! All your photos are gorgeous, the restaurants look the best to me!
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  3. Oh my gosh, so many amazing recommendations in one post! I can definitely see why you spent so much time in Dabney Lee, who can resist cute stationery (particularly if Rifle Paper Co is there)? Saving this for my next NYC trip!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  4. New York looks so beautiful, I can't cope. Lovely photos.

    Olivia // BLONDE LA MODE

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  5. Amazing photos, I can't wait to visit one day. Lovely guide!

    Anika | www.anikamay.co.uk

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  6. Your photo's are so beautiful to look at! :)

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  7. Thanks so much for this kind of informative post, all of these places will come in "handy" when I travel to NYC this Fall. :)

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  8. Such beautiful photography. I really like thistles as flowers, but they're so hard to find!!


    Hidden Freckles xx

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  9. I absolutely love your pictures! I really want to go to New York someday, and I will definitely take your suggestions with me! :D

    ~ Hannelore

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  10. This is great! I'll be sure to check some of these places out, especially the restaurants!

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  11. Such beautiful photos! I really hope I get to return to NY in the next couple of years./9 many things on this list that I need to try!

    Josie :) x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.com

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  12. Always such beautiful photography x

    www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Love the photography here! It makes me want to go to New York even more - it looks so beautiful x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Thank you so much for these posts, they are SO helpful!

    - Natalie | couttiepie.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Coney Island, just one of those places I want to experience.

    Buckets & Spades

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  16. I ate at Beauty and Essex when I was in New York, such a fantastic place.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  17. new york is so beautiful, I cannot wait to finally get there! you picked fantastic places, indeed! stunning photos xx

    hannie ; huemorist.blogspot.com.

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  18. Nice photography! Looks like you really explored the city!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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  19. Amazing post! I love newyork!

    http://killthemwithchic.com/

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  20. yayy recommendations for future trips (hopefully)
    check out my blog + follow too?
    wildvagabondss.blogspot.com

    xo,
    Jess ♡

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  21. We've been going to NYC every year. Not this year. I think we need to improve on that!

    www.allnnothing.com

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  22. This post made me miss so many things about New York. If I could spend a month in New York, I could die a happy girl.

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  23. This post has made me miss New York pretty badly. I'll be back!

    http://alexasimagination.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. "If you're a fan of vintage shopping" I sure do, I like vintage clothes

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  25. Yes isn't NYC incredible!!

    www.tusksandtails.com

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  26. Well traveling in New York is such a awesome feeling.

    Condorny.com

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  27. Thank you so much for including Dabney Lee! Love it. xo ACPR on behalf of Dabney Lee

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