After five years I was finally back in New York, which was the first stop on our roadtrip. And how I missed this city. Pulsating no matter if its day or night, this city offers something for everybody. We stayed in the Night Hotel Time Square just a few steps away from Time Square as the name says and near 5th avenue. Because we mostly wanted to walk around, this was a good spot for a reasonable price in this expensive city. While Times Square, Central Park and the Grand Central Terminal are obvious choices when staying in New York, we tried to explore some areas that are a little less touristy.
On the first day we strolled around The High Line, some disused train rails that are now converted into a park and give an awesome view over the Art Gallery District. Be sure to stop by terroir on High Line Park for a drink and enjoy the view on the terrace. Then we went down the stairs to Chelsea Market, a must-see food market hall that offers everything from fresh made and local food to souvenirs to bring back home. As a candle lover I found the perfect scented candle at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, as the have these great smelling cinnamon candles that will be perfect for wintertime. If you get hungry but don’t want to eat the pricey food at Chelsea Market stop by Artichoke Basille’s Pizza for a slice, which is just around the corner. Escape the noisy city for bit and head over to Central Park where we went afterwards to relax a little.
On the second day we wanted to explore Brooklyn, which I didn’t see on my first stay in New York. It seems like you are in another city when crossing the Brooklyn Bridge because it is a totally different vibe over there. From the industrial area with great graffiti’s the neighbourhood I liked most was Williamsburg. This artsy area with its concept stores, great restaurants and little bakeries down Metropolitan Avenue is the perfect stroll to take on an afternoon. If you are a cupcake lover like me, get one at Sweethaus Cupcake Cafe.
Last but not least I wanted to check out a beauty spot I red about on the Upper East Side. Samuel Shriqui Salon, an Essie Flagship Store that offers not only manicures and hair treatments, but you can also buy almost every Essie colour there is all stacked up on a wall. Unfortunately, the colour I came for wasn’t available at the time and I should have known that I had to book an appointment for a manicure beforehand, since they were fully booked until the time I was leaving New York. Next time I know better. On my way there I also stopped by Teavana, a tea shop right up my alley. After trying various teas, the Wild Orange Blossom Tea stole my heart and I had to get a pack. The flavour is fruity and more intense than any tea I tried before. But there are tons of other flavours too, which you can also enjoy at their tea bar.
Our next stop is Philadelphia and I can’t wait to see what this city has to offer because I’ve never been there before. See you soon with my next travel diary.