Girls’ Guide To New York
If you’ve always wanted to go to New York or haven’t been back for years, ladies, run don’t walk – now is the time to visit the Big Apple! With the Aussie dollar hovering close to the US dollar, the value has never been better to shop, dine and treat yourself!
Luckily I’m in New York this week and have compiled the ultimate girls’ guide to the city that truly never sleeps – just print out and take with you!
Where to shop
A SheSaid favourite: Anthropologie is one of the world’s prettiest stores. Even if you’re not a fan of the hippie, feminine clothes, the homewares, kitchenwares and accessories will keep you and your credit card busy for hours. Look out for the candles – we’re addicted!
J Crew is the master of pretty, preppy clothes for all occassions. Need to brighten up your work outfits? A dress for a wedding? Looking for comfortable ballerinas? It’s all here at affordable prices.
This is the place to stock up on underwear (the seam-free undies are amazing!). Huge amount of styles and colours. The quality isn’t amazing but at these prices you’ll still get plenty of value.
Brooklyn is the place to be right now and Brooklyn Industries is the place to go for cool streetwear (the men in your life will especially love the tshirts!).
This Spanish label has a huge store on Broadway and even Spanish tourists flock to it for the gigantic range and great prices. Abstract, colourful clothes that are completely unique and will have people stopping you to ask ‘where did you get that?’
Dean And Deluca
This is where foodies come to worship, with its perfect selection of fruit and vegetable leading to a paradise of cheese, charcuterie, fish, meat, truffles…only the very best. Impossible to leave empty-handed.
Where to eat
You won’t go hungry in New York, that’s for sure. Every taste and whim is catered for, never far from where you are and available at all hours. My advice? Diet beforehand and splurge while you’re here!
What’s more New York than a slice of glorious pizza? Pizza this good doesn’t come easily and there’s always a queue to get inside but it’s worth it. It’s cash only and they only sell whole pizzas, so come with an appetite and enjoy the Brooklyn Bridge Park behind you with its glorious views of Manhattan.
Take 5 minutes out of shopping and sightseeing and enjoy the perfect New York City treat: the cupcake. Cupcake bakeries are all over the city but those made famous by Carrie Bradshaw and co. are still the best. Perfect with a glass of milk to take the edge off the sweetness.
Dim Sum in Chinatown
Resist the urge to buy fake Louis Vuitton bags (come on, that’s so 2000) and instead focus on the institution that is dim sum (what we call yum cha) in Chinatown. Hop Shing is particularly good: prepare for lots of bustling and don’t be afraid to ask for your favourite dishes.
Where to drink
There are so many bars in Manhattan that it just depends if you want dark and intimate or bright lights and fancy cocktails. Here are some fun options:
Red Rock West Saloon
Admit it, you’ve always secretly wanted to check out that Coyote Ugly bar. Red Rock West Saloon is it, complete with girls dancing on the bar and shots coming at you left, right and centre. Great for a girls night out.
This is where you come to toast the town…and show off all your new outfits. It’s wham glam thank you m’am, with plenty of ‘talent’.
Don’t kick off your brand new Manolos just yet…this is the bar to see and be seen. An interesting crowd with a loooong cocktail list…just please don’t order a Cosmopolitan, bartenders hate it!
What to do
You know what kind of sightseeing you’d like to do (just make sure you include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a walk or picnic in Central Park, a boat cruise around Manhattan to get your bearings and take in all the skyscrapers…I could go on and on!). But here are some of my other favourite things to do in New York:
It’s on Broadway near all the shops, so book yourself in for one of their world-famous treatments (and take home the products that are twice the price back in Australia!).
Stroll around Soho
Soho is a lovely part of downtown Manhattan, with cobblestone streets, beautiful homes, quirky people, delicious eateries and gorgeous shops, from tiny boutiques to all the designers you could ever wish for. It’s a great place to base yourself too, with some affordable hotels in the area.
Take the subway to Brooklyn
Brooklyn is so much fun without the bustle of Manhattan. Get off the subway in Park Slope and enjoy an organic coffee in this pretty neighbourhood; stroll around the brownstones, gorgeous Prospect Park and the lovely boutiques (the shopping here is great).
What are your favourite things to do in New York?