The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the capital of the world – No matter how you’ve heard it called, there’s no denying that New York City is one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities on the planet. I had an AMAZING time in New York this last weekend at HGTV's Block Party, where I got the opportunity to be on the "Sweet Home Collaboration," Panel. I returned to Seattle inspired, loved, blessed, and with so many content ideas to share with you guys, so stay tuned! Currently, however, I'm sharing my 3-Day New York itinerary, a few recommendations from locals, and my favorite places I went to! I visited New York City earlier this year with my mom and sister, you can check out my NYC Travel Guide: 10 Things to Do + Where to Eat.
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Designer boutiques, fancy chain stores, and high-end art galleries make trendy SoHo a top shopping destination, especially for out-of-towners. NYC is littered with fantastic brunch spots.
Brunch Options in SoHo:
- Maman (SoHo location), which is a cute little French-American brunch and bakery spot.
- Egg Shop: go for their signature egg salad and soft avocado toast. Very instagrammable.
Next, we moved into shopping in Soho--make sure to walk Broadway and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the area. Night: We started with drinks at Le Bain rooftop bar for drinks before sunset. Headed to dinner. If you feel like going out check out bar/clubs recommendations below.
We chose a neat brunch spot near our hotel called Buvette. Another great option is The Butcher's Daughter: 581 Hudson. After brunch, walk the High Line, which is one of New York City’s hidden gems. You can see it from our hotel! It’s a beautiful green park made from the remains of an old elevated rail line that runs from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. Along the way, you’ll pass through the artsy neighborhood of Chelsea. If your timing works out and you're hungry, head to the Chelsea Market, and check out 'Very Fresh Noodles' (best noodles!!) or 'Los Tacos' (famous tacos). Continue shopping and take pictures at The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Alternatively, head to the Flatiron district, one of my favorite areas in New York. Take pictures in front of the famous Flat Iron building and sit and rest in Madison Square to people watch.
Start at a rooftop bar like The Fleur Room the we went to a show at The Box. (read below for description).
On the last day, it's always fun to walk the Brooklyn Bridge and grab brunch in that area. Make reservations as they fill up quickly! We LOVE Sunday in Brooklyn for brunch. After, walk around at DUMBO and get the iconic shot of Manhattan Bridge from the cobblestone intersection on Water Street.
Finish with dinner at Pilot, which is a seasonal floating oyster bar! It was so fun, with delicious food. We stayed from early evening until sunset and had a blast!
Screenshot the photo above for New York itinerary!