We recently got back from an 8-day trip to the East Coast. We started in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs for a family wedding for the first few days, and then headed back up to New York to spend the rest of the time visiting family. I ended up only having three days in the city but you better believe I made the best of it!
I researched extensively beforehand on the best Instagram-worthy places. For those of you doing the same, I highly recommend you visit @heydavina‘s profile – her pictures are amazing and will immediately inspire wanderlust (and hunger) in anyone.
New York is such an amazing city — truly, it’s the city that never sleeps, and there’s never a lack of things to do, see, or eat at anytime of day. While I never could imagine to visit every single place in the city, here are a few of the places I visited that I’d highly recommend visiting again:
Cha Cha Matcha: Even if this cafe wasn’t pink, I still would have gone as they have the best matcha I’ve ever had. Yes, they offer coffee for those who aren’t matcha-inclined, but trust me, between their signature drink AND the amazing tropical pink decor, this is a can’t-miss type of place.
By CHLOE: After hours of wandering around the city, you better believe I worked up a huge appetite. I planned out our afternoon route so that by around 2pm we “conveniently” found ourselves in the area (I wonder how that happened?! LOL). We popped in for a refreshing bite to eat and a quick snack (I got the amazing yam fries), and snapped pics of their Insta-worthy decor and clientele.
Pietro Nolita: My Style Collective sister, Chic But Psycho, recommended this place, based on my preference for pink restaurants and she was spot on! We met up at this modern, eco-friendly Italian restaurant for a quick bite and bonded over everything New York City, blogging and life! This place is super tiny though, so I’d highly recommend you go before the crowds arrive.
La Colombe: Literally the best coffee I’ve ever had. You know me, I love my daily… or twice daily (if I’m being realistic) cuppa joe and this one went down smoooooooth and fast! They’re a chain and have locations sprinkled in multiple cities but was my first time going, based on the recommendation of a friend. Add this to your list if you need a caffeine pick-me-up!!
Vesuvio Bakery: I’d heard rumours of their chocolate chip cookies but was skeptical of their reputation. Being the chocoholic that I am, my first stop on Day 1 was this cute Soho bakery. So what was my verdict? Only THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING PIECE OF HEAVEN I’VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF EATING, LIKE HOW WAS IT REAL?! Seriously. It was so good I immediately went back in and bought another one… which my father-in-law quickly devoured, prompting me to go return for a third time in one day. Yep, it was just that good.
The Apartment by the Line: To be honest, I stumbled upon this place. I needed to pick up a new eye cream from Joelle Ciocco and this happened to be one of the only locations in North America that carried it. The Apartment lives up to its name: it’s literally an apartment where you can wander through a “showroom,” and shop the items you see in situ. Like the sheets on the bed? You can buy them? Like the look of that book end with that book? You can buy both of them!
Jack’s Wife Freda: This was literally everywhere I looked when I was doing my Insta research and with its cute logos, modern aesthetic, and healthy but delicious fare, I get why New Yorkers go crazy for this cafe. The company definitely helped — I got to catch up with one of my university friends and bond over how much had changed over the last *cough* few *cough years or so…
The Brooklyn Bridge: Cheesy, I know, but I had to do it! Despite having lived in New York for the summer after graduation, I never made it to this ultimate must see. We got there fairly early (around 9am) and shot photos with my brother-in-law. To get the full details, visit my post on our amazing day!