11 Things You Have To Do In New York

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New York is one of those places, there’s a reason why so many people love the Big Apple and I can’t quite put into words what exactly it is (it’s the pizza) that makes New York so special but it just is. A few months back I was lucky enough to spend 7 days in New York and in that time I fell in love with the city. I literally just wanted to spend all day and night writing blog posts, taking photos and walking around and if that’s not inspiration smacking me in the face then I don’t know what is. So if you’re heading there yourself or if you’re just in a bit of a wanderlust mood, here are 11 things you have to do in New York:

1.) Eat pizza. 

It’s a right of passage, grab that pizza and welcome to New York. My top pick for an amazing pizza? Eataly, hands down. Their buffalo mozzarella is imported from Italy, I mean…


2.) Get lost amongst the New York crowds. 


3.) Meet the locals. 
Squirrels count as locals…right?


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4.) Say goodbye to your cash.

Shopping in New York is something else. I saved up a chunk of money specifically just to spend in NY (priorities) because they’ve got shops we don’t have in Melbourne, more stock of all my favourite things and everything just seems bigger and better there. I mean the Macy’s in NY has 11 floors, 11 FLOORS PEOPLE! That’s just insane. Keep in mind the shops are generally further apart though so wear comfy shoes if you plan to do what I did and shop for multiple days straight….

Shops to tick off your bucket list:

  • Macy’s
  • Barney’s NY
  • Sak’s Fifth Avenue
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Sephora
  • Wholefoods (so much good food!)
  • Duane Reade (buy all your U.S. drugstore beauty gems here)

PS, If you’re from the U.S. you may not find these shops out of the ordinary, but we basically don’t have any of them in Aus!


5.) Walk the streets. 




6.) Get futuristic with The Oculus. 

Designed by a Spanish architect, The Oculus is actually a train station but honestly it looks like something out of a Steven Spielberg film…
The skylight has tourists flocking all around it; everyone wants to see the huge white, light structure.
There are a few shops scattered around inside The Oculus but they’re nothing too special. The structure itself is what’s worth seeing, as far as I know there’s nothing that looks anything like this in NY.
Being completely honest it felt very clinical in there (aka freakishly clean) and there was more white than a toothpaste commercial, but if you’re in the area I’d definitely recommend you check this out.


21 Dey Street, 
New York
NY 10007
United States 


7.) Get lost in Central Park.  

I’ve been to Central Park before but this was the first time that I’d properly walked from one end of it to the other and wow, it’s large but the walk was worth it. Squirrels, vendors selling treats, parents playing with their kids, people reading, everyone catching Pokemon, people exercisng- Central Park has it all.

8.) Head to the Chrysler Building. 


9.) Get the most touristy food you can find.
It may not taste great, but it sure does make for a great photo!


10.) Take photos at dusk. 


11.) Spend your night at the Top Of The Rock. 

The Empire State Building has some competition, The Top Of The Rock hosts some amazing views.


What do you think of New York? Share any recommendations in the comments below!