“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do.”
New York, one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities in the world (for me 🙂 ). My biggest dream (always) was to visit New York, and when I turned 18, my dream came true. I travel there to study English for 6 months (for an academic semester) – I would have never imagine that something like that would ever happen to me. But it did! That is why I started this post with a line from Alicia Keys song New York. Just when this song came out and reached the top of the charts, I was exploring the beauty of the city. In following 7 years, I have been very lucky to visit the city many times, and each time I have fallen more and more in love with it. Therefore I’ve decided to share with you, the amazing places you can visit, and some great tips where to grab an awesome cup of coffee or snack – This is where I would love to thank my sis, because without her I wouldn’t be able to find these cool places!
If you decide to visit NY during the winter, as I did – there are two options – to go before Christmas to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in the very “Christmasy” city or to go after (during January) to avoid touristic season. Either way you enjoy it!
What no to miss for sure – ice-skating! Either in the Central park, where you have a wonderful view of the Plaza Hotel or the Rockefeller Centre (There is the famous Christmas tree in front of the building but only in December 🙂 ). Those are probably the two most famous places for ice-skating, but don’t worry – there are plenty other places to go, for example Bryant park on 42nd Street.
Personally, the place I love the most (and visit every time I come to NY) is Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan. There is an magnificent view of the Statue of Liberty and a peace – you wouldn’t think you are in the busiest city in the world. There is an option to take a ferry – that is absolutely free – and goes, very closely, around the Statue of Liberty, or you can buy tickets to the boats, which take you directly to the island.
I have only one advice – put a jacket on, because the wind there is insanely strong. Anyway, it is worth the visit! When I was there this January, the sun was shining, and it was absolutely magical. I have made a video Battery Park (to play click on the link), so I could share it with you :).
Another place, which I love, is Brooklyn Bridge – just a piece of advice, go there when it’s sunny and no windy. Otherwise, you’ll freeze to death (believe me)! On the way to the bridge you can walk through Little Italy and China town – it’s about 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the bridge.
Another place I admire – Soho. If you enjoy wandering the streets and discovering charming shops and coffee places – this is the place for you to go. There are also plenty of luxury boutiques to see. Similar place to see is the MeatPacking district, where you should not forget to stop by the Chelsea Market and Highline.
Where to grab a cup of coffee?
Blue Bottle Coffe – if you are a fan of drip/filtered coffee. This is the place to stop by. They positively havet he best drip in the city and you can choose from 3 drips to try. I recommend Kenya :).
Gasoline Alley Coffee – Best cappuccino! You can choose from 4 different types of milk – whole, soya, almond and coconut. My secret tip – almond cappuccino!
The Smile – place, where you can go for a breafast or brunch. They served bottomless filtered coffee (you can have as much as you can) and it’s absolutely delicious. Definately the place to go!
Where to grab a bite?
Fresh & Co – if you are salad addict, or just prefer healthier lunch, you should definately check this place out. Choose from their menu or have your own salad mix.
Roast Kitchen – you can choose from variety of “roast bowls” – there is variaty of rice, vegetable and meats to choose from.
Wisefish Poké – Poké is traditional Hawaiian dish. It ‘s basically a bowl of rice, vegetable and fresh raw fish. You can finishe it with seeds or avocado. If you are a sushi lover, you’ll be thrilled.
Shake Shack – I couldn’t forget to add my favourte fast food. I’ve visited this place in London, for the first time, when my sis told me to try it out. If you are craving something unhealthy, definately stop by! My recommendation -Double Shack burger.
The Halal Guys – if you like kebab and are a fan of street food this is the place to go. Gyros, kebab, the best white dressing – ah! 🙂
How about your favourite places in NY? Inspire me! I would love to have some other places I should visit next time I’m there!