New York Travel Guide

New York tops the list of must-visit places for a good reason. The city is a heady combination of 24-hour commerce, fascinating history and cutting-edge culture. Sunny and hot through to October, the city then turns into a winter wonderland by Christmas. Whenever you go, here’s our guide to a positive trip to the Big Apple.   

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Where to Stay

Our pick of New York’s many luxe hotel retreats is the Peninsula. Perfectly situated on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, the 112-year-old institution is right in the heart of the city’s best shopping and entertainment district.

It’s within strolling distance of Central Park, the Rockefeller Center and Broadway, but if you’re all walked out, make use of the complimentary Mini Coopers the hotel provides to guests – ideal for a day trip out of Manhattan.

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What to Do

Central Park is Manhattan’s iconic green centre, running down the length of the island. Impossible to miss, pick a few areas (like Strawberry Fields) to explore. The High Line is another outdoor must-visit, a public park built on a historic freight rail line it runs above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Take a stroll and enjoy the leafy, elevated views over the city, or grab a spot on one of the many viewpoints with a coffee and a book.

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New York City is probably the most famous shopping destination in the world, with something out there for everyone. A must visit for any beauty fan is Kiehl’s flagship store, found in the East Village it’s on the site of its original apothecary that opened in 1851. The legendary New York department stores should also be on your list – pop along to Saks Fifth Avenue to discover a world of luxury fashion, including brand to trust Gabriela Hearst.

The world-class museums also make the city a haven for the culturally curious. MOMA is our favourite for iconic contemporary art, not to mention the stunning architecture and great people-watching too. Or make a trip to the Met’s Costume Institute to explore its incredible collection of historical fashion.

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Where to Eat

NYC’s always-evolving food scene is notoriously innovative. For a quick, yet healthy meal during a busy day head to Eat by Chloe for vegan fast food – the Guac Burger is a favourite of ManRepeller!

For an evening treat, Blue Hill Farm has become renowned for its farm-to-table approach to fine dining. Choose the “Farmer’s Feast” for a six-course tasting menu that is inspired by the week’s harvest from local farms in New York and neighbouring Massachusetts.

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What to Wear

For a day of urban exploring, pair a statement tee with a cute miniskirt – a practical outfit that has just the right amount of edge. Throw on a classic biker jacket and choose a stylish backpack for carrying those everyday essentials.

Come evening, opt for paper-bag waist trousers and a sleeveless blouse for a fashion-forward outfit that is sure to turn heads. Balance out this tailored look with a feminine heeled sandal and you’re ready for a night of cocktails and fine dining in the city that never sleeps.

 

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Biker Jacket – Black

Kenzo
Printed Cotton T-Shirt

Vieri
Clouds Collection Studs

Kiehl’s
Lip Balm #1

Maiyet
Wrap Effect Mini Skirt

Aitch Aitch
Amelia Backpack

Jem
Octogone Cuff Bracelet

Po-Zu
Ello B Silver Piñatex

Weleda
Skin Food

Mayshad Paris
The Statement Purse

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Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37

Gabriela Hearst
Duke Striped-Cotton Sleeveless Top

Camilla Elphick
Daughter of Pearl Heels

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Margarete Trousers

Eden Diodati
Antelope Knuckle Duster Ring

Alexandra Soveral
Forever Young Facial Oil

Bodas
Short Sleeve Nightshirt

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Essentials Kit

 

If you enjoyed this, you might like to read our travel guides to Paris, Dubrovnik or Venice

 

Olivia Gagan