New York City Guide

If you follow my Instagram you’ll have seen I’ve just been to New York City.

I have been to the city before, so I did most of the ‘touristy’ bits then leaving most of my time in this trip to just relax and enjoy the city.

Whilst I was there I tried to make the most of all the stand out classes NY has to offer (there are A LOT!), as well as try some more of their amazing food. So here is a little recap of my favourite things to do, see, try and eat.

Things to do

Stroll around Central Park and hire a rowboat – especially on a sunny day, be prepared, they only accept cash. Once you’re all rowed out head to the Boathouse Bar for a refreshing drink.


Walk the High Line. Starting in Chelsea and heading down to the Meatpacking District  this public park on a disused railway is one of the coolest ways to see the west side of Manhattan.


Explore Williamsburg, DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge – full of cute places to eat, drink and shop as well as serious views of Manhattan both spots in Brooklyn are most visits.

Take the ferry to Staten Island – it’s free and easy, takes about an hour round trip depending on if you get on the boat straight back (longer if you decide to hang around Staten Island). The best views are on the way out of Manhattan, so make sure you get a good spot on the outward journey.


Watch a Yankees game or head to Madison Sq Garden to see the Knicks, or if you love the American sports do both.


Head to Jimmys at the James Hotel for drinks at the rooftop bar, the views are insane. My tip is to get there for the opening at 5 because it gets super busy.


Wander around the Flatiron District, Soho and the Lower East Side


Wearing: leggings here, top here from The Sports Edit.

Places to eat

The Butchers Daughter – brunch favourite in the east village, so delicious and the most beautiful cafe


Jacks Wife Freda – middle eastern influences are strong at this high demand brunch spot


By Chloe – one of my favourites, this small chain is the equivalent of a vegan fast food joint…think a portobello and veggie meatball sub topped with marinara, pesto, cashew mozzerella, almond Parmesan on a potato sub roll, with sweet potato fries…HEAVEN.


Clinton Street Baking Company – diner style cafe, with typical American breakfasts


Joseph Leonard – a cute corner cafe with delicious breakfast


Bareburger – the biggest selection of burgers including lots of veggie options

Juliana’s – the best pizza in Brooklyn (in strong competition with Grimaldi’s, next door)


Meatball Shop – the ultimate place to try meatballs, you get to choose each part…SO GOOD


Egg – cute breakfast spot in Williamsburg


Atrium – perfect for brunch in Dumbo.


Little Choc Apothecary – little vegan cafe in Williamsburg with peanut butter and chia jam crepes and the biggest selection of drinks.


For drinks and snacks…

Milk – cereal themed soft serve and shakes..trust me, amazing!


Levain Bakery – the best cookies in NYC, I went for the dark chocolate and peanut butter


The Pressed Juicery – for a fab selection of juices, and the ice cream…perfect!


Cha Cha Matcha – for matcha, obviously.


Doughnut Plant – creme brûlée doughnuts, I’ll say no more.


Magnolia Bakery – I had the lemon slice, it was insane.

Classes

Hip Hop Yoga at Y7 Studio – yoga to hip hop, with the heat on…what’s not to love? Oh yes, and the most beautiful studio to boot.


Wearing Alo yoga set, here and here from The Sports Edit.

Aerial Yoga at Studio Anya – my first time trying aerial yoga and it was definitely one of my favourite classes, so much fun and a challenge to mind of matter


Hollywood at F45 – a circuit style class from the Aussie favourite, a full body workout with a live DJ


Barry’s Bootcamp – the infamous bootcamp involves running mixed with free weight/body weight movements. Considering running is not my forte this was a lot of fun, pushing you to your limits for short bursts of intense exercise. Even better, you can order a post workout shake to collect after your class…


Reformer Pilates at Flex Studios – I’ve never tried reformer Pilates before and it was so much fun, definitely something I’d want to do more of!

The perfect NYC bottle here, socks here.


TH101 at the Tone House – training in the style of sports teams, using all sorts of equipment from prowlers to battle ropes and TRX, seriously hard work but a lot fun.


The Bar Method – controlled movements which definitely make your legs work hard, the most technical of all the classes – there were a lot of corrections to my form to get me in the right place.


Signature Fhix at the Fhitting Room – high intensity interval training using dumbells, wall balls and kettlebells as well as cardio machines like airdynes and ski ergs, ending with the ‘Fhix’ workout to finish you off.. because you haven’t worked hard enough already!!


The most perfect sports bra here.

What are your favourite things to do in NYC?

Please let me know if you have any questions, I think NY is one of my new favourite cities – there is just so much to offer!

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