Back from the Big Apple with lots of stories to tell and pictures to show you, so let’s get started! If you would have asked me ten years ago, I would have never believed I’d visit this amazing city. Coming from a rather poor family with no abilities to travel much, New York City always felt like an unachievable place – which attracts more off course. If I ever had the chance to visit this city, it would be when I was ‘rich’ and able to spend everything on fifth avenue.
Let’s get clear about something, I’m far from rich right now and didn’t spent a dime on fifth avenue – for now. But that didn’t make it less of an experience. Rather, I’m prepared for the overwhelming feeling the city gives when I’ll visit again…
Instead of writing one very long post with too many pictures to browse, I decided to spread it over a couple of posts where I’ll talk more about the different areas we visited.
Let’s start with one of my favorite neighborhoods, SoHo, where our hotel was located. We stayed at the 11 Howard hotel, known for its great hospitality and a very cool interior. Only thing that bothered somewhat, was how small the hotelroom actually was, but apparently that’s the thing in NYC. Definitely would recommend this hotel. And right around the corner you found this view…
This part of the city is known for it’s worldfamous cast-iron buildings and little boutiques. We spend most of our time in the streets of SoHo since there was a more relaxed vibe around here – except on Saturdays, where it gets kinda busy in the shops and bars. But most of the time it was very relaxed and pleasant to walk around here. When we visited, we also strolled around in NoLita, West Village, Little Italy and China Town since all these areas are just a few blocks.
Stuff we did
Before we went to NYC I ordered a Time To Momo travel guide. I really LOVE these guides, before known as 100% guides, because they have great walks. Some people prefer to take the subway to visit the great landmarks and stuff, but I prefer walking and feeling how those places feel, you know, the vibe they give you – off course paired with serious sore feet after a day or two, but hey, you need a reason to buy new shoes right?
The first day we arrived in the late afternoon. After checking in and taking a refreshing shower, we went for a little stroll through China Town and SoHo. And a shopaholic like me couldn’t resist shops like Victoria’s Secret, Bloomingdales and Aldo on Broadway. Once my hunger for new stuff was over – is it ever really? – we went on the full walk through these amazing streets (8 km).
And yes, I am one of those women who really wanted to see the townhouse from Sex and the City, where Carrie Bradshaw ‘lived’ on the show. It wasn’t much more than a simple house, but the feeling you get knowing this amazing show was filmed in this exact same street gave me some chills. You know, a lot of sh*t went down there 😉
Places we ate
Wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but we do love to enjoy our food and aren’t likely to be seen in a fastfoodplace. So with the help of our favorite friend FourSquare, we found some cool places-to-be where they serve GREAT food. On the end of our walk we could go to the Chelsea Market which is a great hall where there are different food stands, but we didn’t eat there since we had a reservation.
- Chikarashi: a tiny place where they serve Poké Bowls and wasn’t too expensive either. Great for a quick and healthy bite.
- The Grey Dog: A breakfast place serving some more typical American meals with lots of eggs and bacon and HUGE mugs of coffee.
- Jack’s Wife Freda: this was a great breakfast spot. Had some really great melon juice over here and the Mediterranean breakfast.
- Two Hands: for me this was the best breakfast we had all trip long. Really great
- The Butcher’s Daughter: juicebar and café where you can get a healthy breakfast our lunch. The ingredients they use here are pure and the meals are vegetarian. I also loved how this place looked, the classic white tiles in contrast with some warm wood gives a very clean and cosy feeling. Definitely worth to go there.
- The Blond: this was actually the bar in our hotel, which turned out to be a very busy place serving great cocktails. It has a rather dark interior – which I absolutely LOVE – and velvet sofa’s. Come on guys, velvet sofa’s, need I say more?
- Terroir: at the end of our walk we stopped at Terroir in Tribeca for some wine during happy hour, which was amazing btw.
As I said, really enjoyed this more relaxing vibe around SoHo and would definitely stay in this area again when visiting NYC. Next time I would take some more time to visit all the amazing little boutiques and find some unique stuff. Great talent lies in these streets and if you want to wear something rather original and worth its price, this is surely the place to be.
You guys ever been to SoHo or plan to? What were your favorite places or experiences?