48 hours in NYC!

NOVATEK CAMERAimg_4777.jpgIMG_4858New York is up there with one of my favourite places in the world so I was so excited to visit again in June this year. My flight landed on a Sunday afternoon on such a beautiful sunny day, what more could you possibly want?! Once I had checked in to my hotel in Times Square, I took a walk straight to Central Park to catch some rays and read. I was travelling alone which is something I’m not used to so I wanted to keep as busy as possible whilst making the most of my time in the big apple. The trip was very short but I managed to fit quite a lot in and I hope you enjoy some of my top things to do in New York. 

Katie’s top things to do or see in New York: 

Flatiron Building: The Flatiron building is an iconic skyscraper in the city and a NYC landmark that I would definitely recommend visiting. At the time of completion it was one of the tallest buildings in the world, but now it’s more known for it’s distinct design.


Broadway: Watching a broadway show is a popular pastime for tourists visiting New York. Behind the famous raised steps in Times Square you can find ‘tkts booth’ in bright red, which will give you same-day discounts to top broadway shows.
Rockefeller center:
70 floors up above the iconic Rockefeller center is the Top of the rock observation deck, where you can get a 360 view of the New York skyline. I would recommend trying to time your visit so you can see the sunset, it’s quite a magical time of the day to visit.

Shopping: This might seem like an obvious one as a lot of people travel to New York purely to shop but it’s a must do if you enjoy shopping. (best areas for shopping) If Luxury shopping is for you then you should head to 5th Avenue where you can find Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton and Lord & Taylor, to name a few. I found a cute market near Times Square ‘Theatre District Shopping Court’, which is worth visiting for souvenirs and small gifts.


Central Park: Sunbathe, stroll or cycle in Central park – there are lots of places to rent bikes in and around the park. Belvedere castle is also a hidden gem to look out for in the centre of Central Park.


Roof top bars: Nothing beats sipping a beverage at sunset, admiring the skyline of New York. One of my favourites bars is on the roof of The Viceroy, visit at dusk and order one of their fabulous cocktails.

Grand Central Terminal: If you haven’t been to New York before then it’s great to visit Grand Central Terminal station to be in the hustle and bustle of all the travellers and commuters. Also I’m a huge gossip girl fan so it was a must visit on my list! As well as visiting the iconic terminal, there is now an array of dining and shopping options.
Food on the go/Health Shops: 
Seven grams caffe – This is the perfect stopover for premium coffee and cake when you need a break from all the shopping or site seeing in New York.
The Food Emporium  –  This is great supermarket that I found near time square with lots of healthy food options and & lunch on the go.
Green symphony – Healthy hot and cold food for takeaway, with a great selection of juices and smoothies. You can eat in or find somewhere to sit in Times Square.
Westerly Natural Market – Variety of organic produce, deli & juice bar and natural vitamins and nutritional supplements – perfect if you need to top up on your vitamins while travelling.
You can’t visit New York and not have a bagel and I found the perfect spot; Pick a Bagel. The variety of bagel flavours and fillings is huge and you’ll end up having something you had never even thought of. I chose a cinnamon and raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese filling – it was pretty good!

As it wasn’t my first time in New York I missed off some of the most popular tourist attractions in the city; going to the top of the Empire State Building, getting a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

What I love about New York is that the flight isn’t too long so you can arrive feeling relatively refreshed, the city never sleeps and there is so much to do that you will never be bored. 

Every time I have visited New York it has been in the Spring or Summer months. What I’d love to do on my next trip to NYC is plan a visit in December either for Christmas shopping or to see the new year in.

If you’re planning on visiting New York soon I would love to hear what you get up to!

Katie xo



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