Oh, New York,…where to begin? The Big Apple was on my travel bucket list for ages. What a whirlwind it has been. Ten days of urban exploring, subway entertainment and delicious plant-based food. Ah the food….nothing like big cities where you can vegan frozen yoghurt in the middle of the night, am I right? So whether you’ve got your bag packed already or New York is still on your travel mood board, my New York City travel guide has got you covered: from delicious foodie treats to nice city snapshots. Pssst….I even added a little bonus at the end of the post! An amazing free travel map that opens in your Google Maps app! How friggin cool is that?
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New York City in three words?
Alive, auspicious and consuming
Golden hour on top of the Rockefeller Center. The magical light of the golden hour transforms the maze of concrete and glas to pure big city magic.
New York City travel guide
A travel guide for foodies and urban explorers
So this one’s for you, you urban explorers, plant-based foodies and skyline admirers. A collection of the sightseeing classics I really enjoyed, mixed with awesome coffee places and delicious eateries. Are you planning to stay a few days and soak in all the sights? The NYC explorer pass might be something for you! One pass that get’s you into all the major sites. It let’s you cut lines and rent bikes too.
- Watch the sunset from on top of the Rockefeller Center Top of the Rock, 45 Rockefeller Plaza
Nothing like catching that golden hour and watch the city transforms from a maze of concrete and glas to pure big city magic. I love the Golden Hour app, tells me when to expect the golden hour wherever I am. Never miss those magical moments again!
- Discover Central Park by bike and foot
If you have time, discover Central Park by bike and foot. The bike path bring you all around the park. The Northern end has nice corners too! Discover every nook and cranny around the lake by foot.
- Some of the World’s greatest museums
Truth talk: I would choose the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) over the MET and the Natural History Museum. Mostly because I’m European and grew up with old stuff. Ancient Greek statue? Been there, done that. Mind, the MET is fantastic, if you have a day or at least an afternoon to spend.
- Irish Hunger Memorial North End Ave & Vesey St, New York
I dare say this one isn’t on most people’s travel itineraries, but they’re missing out. This hauntingly beautiful memorial for the Irish Famine (1845 – 1852) moved me deeply. A stone from every country pays tribute to this great tragedy, which is rooted so deeply in the Irish conscience and is all but forgotten.
- Escape the shopping buzz at Paley Park Paley Park, 3 E 53rd St
Tucked away just off 5 Ave is a small backyard with a charming waterfall. Perfect little Downtown oasis. Most people just walk right by…Discovering little urban gems like Paley Park is one of my favourite things to do.
- Battery Park
I had no friggin need to head over to the Statue of Liberty, especially after eyeing that ridiculously long waiting line…nope. You get a decent view from Battery Park, fine by me. The Seaglass Carousel is just the right amount of weird for my taste. Psssst…. I included our walking tour of the Financial District in my free Google Map! Get the map here.
- Have an eggcellent time at The Egg House 195 Chrystie St
Vegan approved…hahah…When in New York, visiting a crazy hyped pop-up art installation is a must. This one is just so friggin random…bloody love it.
- Breakfast at De Maria 19 Kenmare St
One of the best breakfast we had during our trip! The Chili-Turmeric Mushroom Broth was delicious and the Banana Bread is out of this world! We loved it so much that we went back for dinner too! Dinner is insanely good too, the place was just a little bit too dark and loud for my taste. (I was more thinking romantic date night vibes with the Mr.)
- Always have amazing vegan lunch options thanks to by Chloe Several places, from SOHO to Midtown and Williamsburg
No kidding, we (almost) ate our way through the entire menu. The Nomn’s where real. The Pesto Meatball sambo was amazing, as where the cupcakes and – of course – the Banana Bread with chocolate pieces. Happy me, the closest by Chloe is in Covent Garden! London calling!
- Support your local coffee place
I don’t get how people can do Starbucks, when there’re so many amazing local coffee places around. Especially in New York, you’re never too far away from an amazing cup of coffee. Lucky me, oat milk is served almost everywhere! My chosen local coffee place was Blue Spoon Coffee Company (90 Williams St). So when you’re roaming the Financial District, stop for a caffeine fix.
- Speakeasy – the joy of “hidden” bars
I’m not known for turning down a nightcap. Friends know that they can bribe me with Gin… So combine Gin with a hidden location that isn’t super obvious do discover? Sign me the fudge up! Whether the neon sign in the window says Psychic (Employees only, 510 Hudson St) or you got to enter the bar through a phone booth, I’m in. Also, entering through a phone booth (Please don’t tell, 113 St Marks Pl) – that’s so Harry Potter and you guys know how crazy I am for anything remotely to do with Harry Potter…
- Eating your way through The Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave
Combine your High Line walk with stop at the Chelsea Market. A hip indoor market with plenty of food stalls and plenty of people. Cool location, great food options. The loo is on the lower flour, in case you need one.
- Best falafel at Nish Nush 88 Reade St,
C’mon, do you need more than me saying best falafel? I know I had you at falafel…
Lovely wee waterfall at Paley Park.
Irish Hunger Memorial
The High Line
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Hi, I’m Jennifer. I create sweet vegan recipes and take semi-messy photos of food. I’m always hunting for good places to eat and where to go to for my next cup of Oat Latte. A supermarket is usually the first place I visit in a foreign place. I created Miss Walter’s so that you can wow your vegan an non-vegan friends alike with decadently delicious vegan recipes. Also, I’ll share my favourite foodie spots from my travels with you.