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New York City Guide

A few weeks ago I made my way back to the city that never sleeps aka New York. I've been there a lot in the last few years and so I figured I should obviously put together a post rounding up my recommendations on places to visit, shop, eat and explore! I will continue to update this the more I explore the city over the years :)

New York is a huge city so I would recommend organizing your days and exploring specific neighbourhoods...because cabs are expensive. It's a great city for walking so take your time and you'll be sure to always find something new.


The Butchers Daughter: My go-to for solid vegan food, fresh juices and yummy hot drinks.

Fornino Pizza: The best gluten-free pizza I have ever eaten in my entire life...I am not exaggerating. The location in Brooklyn is my fave.

Brooklyn Diner: Anytime I head to Times Square and need a place to eat, I hit up this spot. I've been going here for 4 years and have yet to be a disappointment. Old school classy diner vibes & amazing comfort food.

Bochape: A tight squeeze but worth it for amazing and fresh Vietnamese food and unique drinks.

Matchaful: Pretty's a matcha cafe in Soho; with delicious drinks and decor.

Martha's Country Bakery: A Brooklyn classic, the eat-in bakery has vegan and gluten-free options and delicious drinks. Get the Chai tea.

Allswell: Intimate little restaurant in Brooklyn, has great food, a cool atmosphere and friendly staff.

Saraghina Restaurant: A pizza (gf options) and tapas restaurant in Brooklyn with delicious food specials and good music.

Bagel Point: I need to say more? Gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options are available.


Glossier: The flagship store for the brand and worth a visit. There are only 2 shops in the US so you may as well stop by.

Dover Street Market: Museum meets store, a great shopping experience.

The Real Real: Designer consignment + a cool patio and cafe in the basement!

Harney & Sons: A tea shop that looks like a library; great tea selection and decent prices.

Beacon's Closet: Thrifting gold mine located all over the city. The shop in Brooklyn on 5th Avenue is a good place to start.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen: Cool little Danish store with knick-knacks and household gadgets. Kind of like the marketplace in Ikea.

Lou & Grey: The SOFTEST clothing you will ever buy. Simple shapes, fun colours and cozy sets of loungewear.

Catbird: Great spot in Brooklyn for beautiful jewellery.

Awoke Vintage: Cook vintage store with a curated collection of goods from clothing to jewellery to art and shoes!


Chelsea Market: Your one-stop shop for food, artist markets, groceries and drinks. An indoor haven for the city explorer.

The High Line: Grad a coffee and go for a walk in this manmade park above the city.

MoMa: Museum of Modern Art, cool art and good for a rainy day.

Central Park: A zoo, cool statues, nice trees and peace, love and understanding. The park is massive and it's great for an afternoon stroll.

DUMBO: The entire Dumbo area is very cool and unique. It's worth a day trip to explore and grab some delicious food.

MET: A huge museum with cool exhibits...but also just cool to sit on the steps and people watch.

Broadway: Go see a show! NYC has hundreds of shows playing every single night. I use this app called TodayTix to see what's playing and the best price for tickets.

Smorgasburg Market: Indoor/Outdoor market depending on the season. Great vintage goods, thrifting, food and handmade goods. Located in Williamsburg.

Bedford Ave: An iconic street in Brooklyn for cool shopping and food experiences/


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