How to do New York in 5 Days!

Wayyy back when in September last year, Huw and I went on an amazing trip to both New York and New Orleans. Sadly resuming post-holiday life after was a bit manic, so I never quite got around to sharing the footage or my photos here – but better late than never!

I think we struck the right balance of hitting the tourist spots and soaking in the delights of path less taken by just wondering the city that never sleeps. So, I wanted to do a little run down of our itinerary incase you were thinking of taking a 5-day New York trip and you love good, proper food and BOOKS as much as me. We spent a longer time in eclectic New Orleans too, so that will be it’s own dedicated post.

If you’re looking for a great NYC bookshop recommendation, check out my post on Books are Magic bookstore, a book-lovers dream nestled in the heart of Brooklyn.

I hope you find this break down useful! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Day 1: Chelsea Market & the High Line

  • Our first stop was Chelsea Market to check out independent designers, a well-curated selection of shops and The Best Tacos ever (seriously, do it, they were to die for & made with fresh authentic ingredients)
  • Chelsea Market is perfectly situated next to the High Line, an above ground garden walkway that reveres right through in the centre of New York. Perfect for getting acquainted with the sprawling city on your first day!
  • Next we headed to Central Park, as the Park covers so much ground we kept to the lake, bridge and Strawberry fields
  • After a busy day, take out at our Air BnB was in order!

Day 2: The Statue of Liberty & Times Square

  • Our main excursion for day two was our Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour (book in advance for $26), we thought this trip was completely worth the money for the views from the pedestal alone!
  • For lunch we headed for delicious burgers at Black Iron Burger we also recommend the bacon loaded fries!
  • Lastly we explore Times Square because, well, it’s Times Square! It was quite overwhelming if I’m honest, but it was a real ‘I’m actually in New York!’ moment, and pretty cool to be amongst it all

Day 3: The Met, all the food and Broadway

  • On our third day in New York I was determined to find the perfect slice. So we hopped on the subway and ventured to Famous Familigia. Delicious at a no more than $2 a slice. Win!
  • Down the road from Famous Familigia was the beautiful Met Museum, this is one of the places I was most keen to visit in New York as I’m a big art lover. It did not disappoint! Word of warning though, it is HUGE, you can definitely spread this out over a few trips – luckily the tickets are valid for a few days
  • A little shopping and mooching along 5th Avenue and ended up going back on the subway to visit Shakespeare and Co Bookshop
  • ….and then we treated ourselves for all that walking around the Met to Sprinkles Cupcakes (Oh my good lord these were tasty)
  • We rounded off the night with our broadway show of choice, The Book of Mormon (hilarious), and cheap & delicious late night noodle stop at Hide-Chan Ramen

Day 4: Brookyln & Bookshops

  • The Brooklyn Bridge was one of the tourist spots I was keen to weave into our trip, it is definitely a must!
  • If you’re a book nerd, like me, New York is bookish wonderland with several great independent bookshops, there were so many more I wanted to go back and visit! Of the three I did pop into Books are Magic is the obvious choice if you’re in Brooklyn – it’s community focused and beautifully curated. We also visited the iconic Strand bookstore which is great if you’re after a bookish souvenir and had a huge amount of choice but it lacked that charm of the former

Day 5 – Central Park & Rooftop views

  • Our last day in New York was all about wandering where ever we fancied and taking travelling at a slower pace. We ended up going back to one of my favourite places, Central Park, specifically to chill out by the Turtle Pond! We also found our selves in Grand Central station
  • Day 5 was also September 11th, we remembered the lives that were lost at in 9/11 at Mr. Purple Rooftop Bar. It was a sobering moment, but also a really spectacular view. Cocktails are pricey here though, so this might be a treat evening!

Have you been to New York? Let me know what would be your dream 5 day New York trip down below.

Fi x

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