For popular and well-known shops have a walk around SoHo – worth it for the atmosphere alone too. If you feel like splashing the cash a bit more then head up to 5th Avenue (in the 40‘s and 50‘s streets) for high-street shops on a more high-end scale.

Century 21 on Cortlandt Street is a favourite among both NYC natives and tourists alike; with a large choice of designer brands for much less than the RRP. (Warning: leave yourself time to explore and keep your patience)

For more bespoke and unique purchases head over to the Lower East Side and the East Village to check out some thrift shops and small boutiques.Then, of course, there’s Macy’s in Herald Square; a must-see for tourists for a browse around a New York institution.

Eating out

If you don’t spending a bit more than Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in Williamsburg is guaranteed to serve up delicious meals. Reservations may be necessary as this is a popular spot.

Burger Joint, in Le Parker Meridian Hotel is a real diamond in the rough – it is quite literally a burger joint, and seemingly unfitting with the style fo the hotel, but the burgers are amazing.

On the whole, finding somewhere to eat in New York isn’t rocket science; there’s plenty of well-known fast food places such as Wendys and Taco Bell, there are corn-dog and pretzel stands dotted around the streets, and there’s a wide range of restaurants with cuisines from around the world.


If you’re feeling a bit sloppy and are just looking for some cheap drinks before a big night out then head to Continental on 3rd Avenue and 10th Street; they offer five shots for just $10.

Bar hopping on Bleecker Street is always a fun and lively night out, there’s so many bars to choose from and it’s worth popping into most of them.

For a night of clubbing, Pacha is several floors of dancing heaven. There’s a diverse selection of music and often, on the weekends, a famous DJ will perform a set in the main room. The experience you get is reflected in the price; the entry cost is quite expensive and although it’s very bustling and loud it’s very popular.

The Culture Club has now reopened, so if you’re an 80’s music fan this is definitely worth a visit.

Rooftop bars are a nice novelty, and even if your visit falls in the winter time the bar will provide you with little coats. There is one so close to the Empire State Building that it looks close enough to touch. The drinks are expensive but the views are incredible.

Remember to be safe at night; only take yellow taxis and keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Things to do

There is no shortage of major tourist hot spots – some costing considerably more than others.

The Empire State Building: the most iconic of NYC skyscrapers. There are two observation levels where you can take in the sweeping panoramic views of the whole of the city, Long Island and New Jersey.

The 9/11 Memorial: A recently opened memorial that stands where the World Trade Centre towers once were. Only a certain number of visitors are permitted per day so it’s worth asking at your hotel or Tourist Information about how to secure a visit. It’s a moving experience for both tourists and natives.

Times Square: This is the Piccadilly Circus of NYC on a bigger scale and with real wow-factor; filled with bright lights, hotels, restaurants, large stores, and a million New York memorabilia and souvenir shops.

Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island: After a short ferry ride across the water you can walk through the halls of the Ellis Island building where millions of immigrants passed through and there’s a wall with the names of the people that came through. On a different small island the iconic Statue of Liberty stands which is truly awe-inspiring.

Rockefeller Centre: A plaza of office buildings and an ice-skating rink; this is where the Christmas tree stands every year and it’s also home to the Top of the Rock observation deck which offers more amazing views of NYC.

Other worth-while visits include: Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMA, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge.