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22 October 2017

How To Spend A Day in New York City


So, you're in New York for a day. Why? I don't know - maybe you're on a very long layover, or you've strangely booked a one day trip to a city quite far away. These are not the important questions, the important question is what you do with that day.

I've been lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in The Big Apple over the course of my life, so I thought I'd cut down what I do when I'm in the city for a day. I'm assuming for the sake of this that you're actually here for more than one day, so I won't dwell on the Tourist Stuff (although, MoMa, The Guggenheim and Top of The Rock are the best) and I'll be focussing on my favourite area of the city: SoHo.

New York is the home to so many of my favourite food spots, so forgive me for the amount of suggestions I'll give. If you want to start your morning closer to Midtown, then head to Penelope's for the best eggs in town. If you're starting off the day in Soho, my favourite spot to grab breakfast (well...any meal, but let's focus on one thing at a time) is The Grey Dog. They have a little something for everyone, and the vibe is incredibly cosy - bonus, I've never had to wait for a table.

Then - shopping! SoHo has all the standard shops you'd hope for - from Zara to Urban Outfitters, to all the high end designers. I personally love to wander the backstreets off the sides of Broadway to find the smaller boutiques. Catbird NYC is great for Jewellery,  LF for LA style clothing, The Market for a set of small stalls selling handmade goods from sunglasses, to earrings. Bloomingdales seems to always have a sale on, also - much like the DFS sofa company. I also love to look in the furniture store Crate and Barrel for little homeware bits and bobs.

So now you've spend a few hours wandering around and you're hungry, again (me too, don't worry). There are a million great lunch spots around SoHo - I like Dudley's, Jack's Wife Freda and The Butcher's Daughter for the abundance of vegetarian options. Bleecker Street Kitchen does a great cuban sandwich, if I recall correctly from pre-pescetarian days, and it's situated handily on Broadway.

After lunch, walk over to Chelsea Market. It's about a half hour walk, right through all the prettiest and coolest neighbourhoods of the city and they have yet more original shops and cafes to explore. Marc Jacobs book store, Book Marc (very good) is along the way. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring all the little nooks and crannies in Chelsea Market.  For dinner, hop in a taxi over to Tribeca and get some great homestyle cooking from Bubba's. 

This is pretty much what my day looks like if I'm spending just one day in the city - although I'm trying to make my way over to Brooklyn more and more to get out of habit a little bit. 

What are your favourite spots in the city?

H&M boots (similar) and cap (similar), & Other Stories dress (here), DKNY bag (similar)


  1. Going to NYC this Christmas and staying in SoHo so will def try out some of these spots ���� Love the outfit too. Those boots ❤️

  2. If I remember correctly, I ate at Bubba's for brunch a few years ago, and it was so good! I'd love to go back to NY soon!

    Love this look by the way; it gives a great 1960s vibe, which is my favorite decade for fashion. I'm just not sure if I can pull of that dress as well as you can! :)

    Elizabeth xx


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