Sometimes you crave a trip away but can't get time off beyond a weekend and this is where planning a trip can get a wee bit tricky! But if you're not afraid to pack as much adventure into a few days, then this weekend itinerary could be the one for you. After all, this is the city that never sleeps!

Eat like a New Yorker
Food really (like, really) influences my feelings on a place and it's generally the first thing I do when getting to a new destination - try the food. I definitely gained a fair amount of weight when I travelled to the States, which isn't hard when portion sizes could feed a family. Try a classic pastrami sandwich, which won't be hard to come across with deli's dotted everywhere. The filling to bread ratio is a game changer. Or tantalise the taste buds and give deep fried oreos a taste! If you didn't think an oreo could get better, just imagine the fluffy batter covering a warm biscuit with that creamy filling. Ah-mazing!

Agave | located in Greenwich Village, Agave as the best huevos rancheros and unlimited frozen margaritas!
The Bonnie | head to Astoria, Queens, for indulgent biscuits and gravy 
Katz’s Deli | in the Lower East Side for legendary sandwiches
The Halal Guys | nothing says New York like a food cart - these guys serve up gyros and rice platters on-the-go 

Get your geek on at a museum
Whether it's the MoMA, Guggenheim or even the Museum of Natural History, there is something for everyone in this eclectic city. Spend a day exploring the exciting choices New York has to offer.

American Museum of Natural History | Great for 'Ross from Friends' types. 
MoMA | It's in the name - modern art buffs, look no further.
Metropolitan Museum of Art | One of the world's largest fine art collections.
Guggenheim Museum | Perfect for Modern and Contemporary art enthusiasts.
New York Public Library | Not sure this counts but still a decadent sight nonetheless!

Stroll through Central Park
Skip the taxi - how about cutting through the park during your museum filled day? It's just a short 20 minute walk through the park from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Natural History, so you can go from modern art installations to ancient dino bones in no time! One of the most wonderful things about central park is how easy it is to forget you're in the midst of the bustling concrete jungle. It's perfect for a walk, bike ride, lunch al fresco or even try boating in the lake, where you can spot turtle families if you're lucky!

Marvel at the panoramic views from The Rockefeller Centre
I mean, you have to be a tourist at some point! You might be torn on whether to get your panoramic views from either here or the Empire State. Personally, I recommend Rockefeller since it's cheaper,  there is generally less of a queue and you actually get to see the Empire State building (which makes for a better Insta-shot, amiright?)

Catch a baseball game!
Is there anything more American? I've not been to any sports game before but witnessing a game in the States was awesome. We took a train to Queens and watched the Mets play the Colorado Rockies whilst eating hot dogs drowned in sauerkraut...and cheering when everyone else did (since I don't actually know much about baseball). Such a fun experience, plus we even went a step further and got a few souvenir t-shirts to really get in the Mets spirit!

Shop your heart out
Because, duh, what better place to? From designer stores on Fifth Avenue to Macys for just about everything, it kinda goes without saying. New York is the shopping hub. A personal favourite of mine is the Soho area - check out Spring Street and of course, Bloomingdales. 

Explore a flea market
Street stalls are lined up with sellers offering vintage, antique or homemade good, usually they occur on the weekends and often you'll find some delicious street food! Top tip: locations and dates can change so make sure to check which ones are open. 

Chelsea Flea | Vintage press photos and quirky costume jewellery can be found here.
Brooklyn Flea | Find an assortment of goods from vintage clothing to unique artwork.
Queens Night Market | Just in case your sightseeing runs overtime, this market is open from 6pm until midnight and as well as merchandise, you'll find an array of International foods from $5, such as Japanese gyoza, Venezuelan arepas and desserts like fried ice cream! 

Explore Brooklyn
Could this be London Shoreditch's cooler New York alternative? Manhattan, step aside, Brooklyn is taking over. As well as an array of wonderful bars and restaurants, Brooklyn is home to the famous Coney Island amusement park, a dreamy botanical garden, the famous Brooklyn Bridge and so much more. Head here to experience this buzzing hipster hub.

Where to Stay
Pod 51 | Located in Midtown Manhattan, within walking distance to 3 major subway lines and a stroll away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue. This boutique, budget friendly hotel is an affordable way to stay in NYC plus they have a new Times Square location coming soon - as if you could get any more central!

The Local Hostel | This awesome hostel is situated in Queens, less than 5 minute walk to Court Square subway line. You can be in Manhattan in under 15 minutes but don’t forget to explore the local area first! The dorms are clean, the staff are so friendly, they have cosy communal spaces and a really handy guide for what to do in the area (including a full page dedicated to bottomless brunches). The cafe has great coffee by day and an awesome bar vibe by night. Oh, and did I mention it has a rooftop with Manhattan skyline views? Read more here.

Crowne Plaza | If you want to splurge and stay smack bang in the action, here is the place - located right in the midst of Times Square. Highly recommend waking up at 6am and seeing how empty Times Square can be. Grab brekkie to go from one of the deli’s and bask in all of the calm while you can.

It's still possible to get the full New York experience even in a short space of time. Don't forget to utilise their subway system to avoid pricey yellow cab fees (although, you have to ride in a yellow cab at least once!). Try a shuttle service from the airport into the city to save a bit of cash - an important memo - don't forget to tip! New Yorkers will not hesitate to remind you! With that in mind, enjoy your short stay in NYC!


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