New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world and with good reason. It is a leader in the field of art, fashion, theatre and food. Celebrity sightings and glittery star-studded events like the Met Gala are a common occurrence. And most importantly, there is something for everyone to be found in this sprawling cosmopolitan city.
If you are thinking of, or planning a trip to the Big Apple, here is our ultimate bucket list of things to do in New York City.
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No New York travel guide would be complete without a reference to its museums, which rank among the best in the world.
Some of the museums we would recommend include:
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In case you didn’t know, West End is to London what Broadway is to New York.
This 21 km street cuts from south of Manhattan, through the Bronz and into Inwood. There are 41 mainstream theatres featuring long-term classics such as The Lion King and the Phantom of the Opera, to the viral Hamilton, Aladdin, Mean Girls and Frozen.
Even if you have been to the West End before, Broadway will be a different experience. The type of shows available are different and the cast, who give each performance its unique flavour, is also different. For a full list of Broadway shows available, click here.
Admittedly, the theatre ticket prices might be a little steep but the experience of an amazing night out is something that all New Yorkers (and visitors) love. Nowhere else (maybe except in London?) will you get live theatre or musicals of this quality and scope so if this is a must-do on your list, make sure you book your tickets in advance!
Located on the west side of Manhattan, the Highline is one of New York’s (scratch that, the world’s!) most famous green spaces. The Highline is 1.45 miles (over 2 km) long and built upon the former New York Central Railway.
Come here for a free stroll in the morning or late evening. Check out the public art, the varied indie food and art stalls, or sit on one of its benches to catch some sun rays while snacking away. To read up on the latest events happening at the Highline, you can visit the Highline’s official website here.
And did we mention just how Instagrammable this gorgeous open space is?
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Every neighbourhood in New York is different and with the city being such a pedestrian-friendly place, it is time to take out your best walking shoes!
Some of our recommended neighbourhoods include:
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New York City is a haven for all the Cookie Monsters out there. And at the head of all the cookie joints in the Big Apple, there is the Levain Bakery. The Levain Bakery is known for its chunky and gooey cookies, and is so amazing that it has influenced hordes of Levain-inspired / copycat cookie recipes.
If you are looking for a quintessentially NYC treat, try the Black & White Cookies. You can find in places like Russ & Daughters and Zabar’s. Otherwise, head over to Insomnia Cookies (who deliver cookies to your doorstep up till 3am!), Jacques Torres Chocolate and Schmackery’s.
If you are one with a sweet tooth, then this is a definite bucket list item to put on your food itinerary.
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Speaking of food.. If there ain’t a picture to show it, then it never happened.
New York gets it. It has perfected the art of creating Instagram-perfect delicacies that look good and taste amazing.
Some of our top tips include:
Our list barely scratches the surface of what New York has to offer but it is a solid start. In fact, you might find yourself wanting to book a return trip after a taste of everything that the Big Apple has to offer!
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