NYC GUIDE 3: What to do and eat in Greenwich Village, East Village and West Village

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NYC GUIDE: What to do and eat in Greenwich Village, East Village and West Village

Following on from our shopping in SoHo and NoLita, we explored one of the most exciting neighbourhoods of New York City – Greenwich Village.

The area is a constant hub of activity and during the pride parade it came alive with people dancing in celebration.

What to do in Greenwich Village:
  • Bleecker St is a famous strip along Greenwich Village filled with music stores and great eats. My boyfriend visited Village Music World and picked up a bunch of discounted vintage vinyls.
  • Comedy night: The Village Underground Comedy Cellar is the perfect group night out. My friends and I went on ‘new joke’ night and some of the comedians clearly weren’t prepared but it was still an evening of laughs. Tracey Morgan even made a surprise comedic appearance. Tip: reserve your seats online a few days beforehand because you won’t be guaranteed a seat if you just rock up.
  • Bars and pubs: There are so many bars and pubs in the area. After the comedy cellar, we went to The 13th Step Bar which has an array of drink deals, including beer and a shot for $7 (is that even legal?!).
  •  Washington Square Park is a public park with large green spaces, gardens and a beautiful arch and water fountain. It’s the perfect spot to get some rest after shopping in SoHo.
  •  Sidenote: To hydrate yourself on exploration around The Village, pick up a lemonade at Sweets by Chloe. It’s the best lemonade I’ve ever had!

Where to eat: 

West Village – Jack’s Wife Frieda

This is a lovely brunch spot with good coffee and mint lemonade (the perfect refreshment on a summer’s day in New York). The bright communal décor and lively energy made me want to stay all day.

East Village – Café Standard

This beautiful restaurant oozed New York, with its wooden bar and traditional yet modern décor. I ordered an omelette and it was seriously the fluffiest best omelette I’ve ever had! I would highly recommend coming here for a meal or just a drink.

Also, if you’re in East Village, you must visit the Strand Bookstore. The Strand is a huge store filled on the inside and outside with new and second-hand books, gifts and more books. If you’re a book lover, you’ll be able to spend hours in here. 

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NYC Guide 3: Where to eat and shop in SoHo and NoLita


 The SoHo and NoLita areas are a shopping addict’s and architecture lover’s dream.

The cobble stone streets are lined with cast-iron buildings that house major designer brands to smaller boutiques. Seeing little signs for brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel hanging off these metal buildings caught me off guard but added to the eclectic vibes of this vibrant neighbourhood. 

The first time I went to New York I didn’t explore much of the SoHo area, how I managed to neglect that will always be a mystery to me. 

Where to shop in Soho:
  • Broadway is a great place to start with all the popular stores on this street, including Bloomingdales, H&M, Zara and Topshop. I spent way too much time and money in the Aritzia store.
  • The more high-end stores are on Mercer St and Greene St. I visited the new minimal Anine Bing store and somehow refrained myself from buying one of the gorgeous blazers.
  • I also bought a couple of gorgeous work-out sets at the Outdoor Voices store on Center St. 

Where to shop and eat in NoLita:
  • We came back to NoLita one evening and had dinner at Pietro NoLita. The pink façade of the restaurant has drawn in many just for the insta shot. While I was part of that many who took a photo out the front, we also decided to eat at the healthy Italian restaurant. Who knew healthy pasta would taste so good?! I would highly recommend taking an insta shot, but also eating at Pietro NoLita.

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Nat xx

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NYC GUIDE 2: What to eat and do on the Upper East Side


Following on from my Upper West Side guide, here is my guide to the adjacent neighbourhood of the Upper East Side. 

I am unashamedly a Gossip Girl fan. I always have it on in the background while I do menial tasks. Walking around the clean, grand, picturesque neighbourhood instantly excites me plus the area is home to iconic New York establishments. 

My highlights of the Upper East Side:
  • Shopping at the beautiful designer stores and department stores along Fifth avenue and Madison avenue. We had a nice break from shopping with some afternoon tea at the BG restaurant, which I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a classic New York experience. 
  •   The Plaza Hotel – the home of Eloise! While staying there was definitely not an option for me, they have an array of restaurants inside, so the everyday tourist can still have a Plaza experience. During my first visit to New York, we ate at The Todd English Food Hall which was great and had a very diverse menu.
  • Museum Mile along Fifth Ave is home to some of the most well-known museums in the world, including the MET. We visited the beautiful Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the MET and also spent some time on the rooftop, which has incredible views of the neighbourhood.

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Nat xx

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NYC GUIDE 1: What to do and eat on the Upper West Side


Ever since my boyfriend and I returned home from our first trip to New York in 2016, we’ve been aching to go back. The culture, food, architecture, history and liveliness of New York city had us hooked.

The metropolis is an exciting, intense and sometimes even frightening experience (especially for us Aussies who are not used to hordes of people in a rush).

The city can be overwhelming as a tourist, so to make things a bit easier for travellers these are my guides to the neighbourhoods of the great New York City.

Here is part one – a spotlight on the Upper West Side, I hope you enjoy!

Upper West Side

The streets of the Upper West Side are filled with beautiful and colourful stone townhouses. We stayed in this neighbourhood for the first four days of our trip and loved it!

Our Airbnb was across the road from the American Museum of Natural Historyand some delicious bagel places – Orwashers Bakeryand Bagels and Co.

One of the first things I did on my return to New York City was go shopping at the Bloomingdales Outlet, where I scored some discounted designer pieces.

My highlights of the Upper West Side: 

  • Lincoln Centre– an iconic venue for the performing arts in New York City.
  • Empire Hotel– Chuck Bass’ crib!
  • A great dinner spot in that area is The Smith. I’d recommend sitting outside to take in the New York life.
Other yummy food places:

  • Osteria Cotta– carbs galore with some great pizza and pasta!
  • Milk Bar– you cannot go to New York and not try the cereal soft serve!

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Nat xx

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Winter Uniform ft. the perfect minimal watch


Outfit details:
Shirt: Ralph Lauren | Coat: Zara | Pants: Aritzia | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Shoes: Loeffler Randall

Watch: Nordgreen Philosopher in Silver with Grey Leather bands 
(with this link you get 10% off your order!)
I have been wearing a watch on my left wrist everyday since I was gifted one for my 16thbirthday.

They have become a staple in my everyday looks, whether it’s a bulky boyfriend watch for a more masculine look or an elegant watch for an evening out. They complement an outfit or become the showcase in a look, while also holding a practical and sentimental value. 

My watch collection has been partial to metal designs, but as my style has matured and become a bit more minimal, I have been searching for a simple yet non-generic leather band watch.

Then Nordgreen was introduced to me.

This minimal Scandinavian watch collection is designed by Jakob Wagner, a renowned Danish designer who has designed for Bang & Olufsen.

The collection includes three classic and clean watch faces, all of which come with metal bands and a wide selection of coloured leather bands.

The simple yet beautiful watch faces drew me in. At first, I thought I would select a traditional leather coloured band – black or brown, but I then came across the light grey leather band. For me, the grey was the perfect colour that would complement all of my looks, but would still be a bit more eye-catching.

Like many, my watches hold a sentimental value as they were gifted by loved ones. Nordgreen watches hold a particularly meaningful value, as each watch sold is helping to make a positive impact in the lives of people around the world. The new owner of a Nordgreen watch is able to help an educational, environmental or health related cause, as a portion of their purchase is donated to a partnered charity.

To find out more about Nordgreen’s social responsibility and to see all their beautiful watches, check out this link (you can also get 10% off your order):

Photos by Ivor

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Nat xx

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