New York: The Ultimate One Week Itinerary

Sometimes you dream about a place for so long, there's so much you want to do, see (and EAT!) -you can't help but getting super excited, and (over)planning is all you get until the D day! 

New York: the ultimate 1 week itinerary

New York is a great city. It's huge, it's contrasted, vibrant, astonishing, colorful -as she said, it's a concrete jungle where dreams are made of. From the day we've started dreaming about that trip with my sister, we've collected a long, long list of things to do in NY. And somehow, we managed to achieve all our goals in only one week -thanks to a perfect itinerary

We spent mooonths preparing our plan day by day. Our week in New York was intense, beautiful, sometimes extreme (falling asleep in a basketball stadium full of hysterical supporters because we're jetlag? Done!), but for us, it was absolutely FANTASTIC. 

Discover the ultimate New York 7 days itinerary that will bring you all over the city, from highlights to places of the beaten path... 


Day 1: From Chelsea to Greenwich

What better way to start our New York trip than by immersing ourselves in one the most iconic neighborhoods of the city?

How to spend one week in New York

CHELSEA

  • Breakfast at Doughnut Plant (220 W 23rd St, open 7am-10pm): best donuts in our lives, best breakfast of the week
  • Chelsea Market (open 7am-9pm): gorgeous industrial style, awesome shops + incredible atmosphere during Halloween!
  • Art Galleries (btw 11th and 10th St and btw 21st and 27th St -open 10am-6pm)
  • Anthropologie Shop (75 9th Ave): where all the New Yorkers go shopping. Clothes, decoration, beauty. Loved it!
  • Gansevoord Market (353 W 14th St): beautiful/hipster food market
  • Paper Source, awesome shop for creative people (343 W 14th St)
  • Walk on the High Line along the Hudson River (open 7am-10pm)

GREENWICH VILLAGE

  • Getting lost in the Village's beautiful streets -enjoying Halloween's decorations
  • Say hi to Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Ross & Pheobe (100 Bedford St, Corner Grove)
  • Best cupcakes of New York in Magnolia Bakery -ohhhh wow! (401 Bleecker St -open 9:30am-11pm)

SOHO

  • Window shopping in the beautiful streets of Soho

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Day 2: a day in brooklyn

Every day in New York was great and different. But our day in Brooklyn might have been my favorite...

DUMBO & BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

  • Sunset on Brooklyn Bridge at 6:45 am sharp -dreaming, taking photos and watching runners training for the marathon
  • Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park for gorgeous views on Manhattan
  • Get THE photo of the bridge (Washington St and Water Street)
  • Artists galleries and shops all around -it's so inspiring!
  • Susan Gardner House (108 Wyckoff St btw Smith St and Hoyt)

GREENPOINT, WILLIAMSBURG & BUSHWICK

    • Pancakes mountain at Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave): get ready for quite a treat!
    • Bushwick district incredible street art (Subway station: Morgan Ave)

    BOERUM HILL

    • Basketball game! Nets VS Pistons at the Brooklyn Barclays Center -with healthy nachos dinner!
    • Brooklyn Bridge by night

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    Day 3: manhattan

    It's our 3rd day in New York and finally we get to see the city like we dream it: big, busy and beautiful.

    MANHATTAN

    • Feed the squirrels in Madison Square Park
    • Flatiron Building
    • 5th Avenue: shopping on one of the most beautiful avenues
    • Visit of New York Public Library and the beautiful Rose Reading Room (open 10am-6pm)
    • Grand Central Terminal, the Whispering Gallery and the stunning Oyster Bar
    • St Patrick's Cathedral
    • Check out the iconic HOPE (53rd and 7th) and LOVE (55th and 6th) statues
    • Visit of the MOMA (55th and 6th)
    • Stunning sunset on the city from the Top of the Rock
    • Watching people skating on Rockefeller Center's famous ice rink (fall/winter only)

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    DAY 4: CENTRAL PARK & AROUND

    It was fantastic, Central Park in Autumn with a blue sky. What else could we possibly be asking for?

    How to spend 7 days in New York

    CENTRAL PARK & AROUND

    • Quick visit of Columbia University campus
    • Best cookies in the world in Levain Bakery (167 W 74th St -open 9am-7pm) -also the most caloric but it's worth it!
    • Rent a bike to explore Central Park
    • Commemorate John Lennon in Dakota Building & Strawberry Fields
    • Visit of the Museum of Natural History (open 10am-5:45pm)
    • Hot dog & pretzel lunch from a typical NY food truck -to share with the park's squirrels
    • Rent a boat at the Loeb Boathouse and row your way to the heart of Central Park Lake -a must! 
    • Visit of the Guggenheim and/or the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Ice skating in the most iconic ice rink, like they all do in movies 
    • Dylan's Candy Bar (1011 3rd Ave -open 10am-9pm)
    • Healthy dinner at Wendy's (938 8th Ave -open 24/7)

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    DAY 5: CENtRAL PARK, TIMES SQUARE & BROADWAY

    You can't miss Times Square if it's your first time in New York. It's insanely crowded and noisy, but it's NEW YORK! 

    How to spend one week in New York

    CENTRAL PARK

    • Morning run in Central Park like the locals
    • Literary walk, watch the Minton tile ceiling at Bethesda Terrace
    • Get a takeaway coffee cup on our way back to the hotel, to feel like a New Yorker for a second!

    TIMES SQUARE

    • Take the time to immerse in the atmosphere, take some photos, do some shopping
    • Walk on the steps to see the crowds
    • Dinner at Ellen's Stardust (1650 Broadway) 

    BROADWAY

    • You haven't seen New York if you haven't seen a Broadway show... -CATS was amazing!
      > The best way to get the cheapest tickets is to go to TKTS in South Street Seaport (Front St and John St, near Prudential Buidling in 199 Water St). It's much less busy than in Times Square and well organized. It opens at 11am. Be there early.

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    DAY 6: SOUTH MANHATTAN & THE BUSINESS DISTRICT

    Go during weekdays if you want to see the real business district atmosphere -it's unique!

    SOUTH MANHATTAN

    • Beautiful view on Manhattan's skyline and on the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry
    • Business district
    • Wall Street
    • Stunning views from One World Observatory (258 Fulton St -open 9am-8pm)
    • 9/11 Memorial -prepare for quite a shock (180 Greenwich St -open 9am-9pm)
    • Visit of St Paul Chapel, where lots of victims have been rescues on 9/11
    • Sunset from Battery Park

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    DAY 7: BROOKLYN & coney island

    Because life is better at the beach, Coney Island surely was the best place to finish our trip!

    BROOKLYN

    • Brooklyn Flea Market (on Sunday only): vintage clothes, jewelry, art, coffee. An inspiring place!

    CONEY ISLAND

    • Breakfast in Dunkin Donuts on Surf Ave
    • Walk on the promenade, relax on the beach, shop in the few boutiques that are still open in fall
    • Lunch in Nathan's Hot Dog (1310 Surf Ave)

    BACK TO BROOKLYN

    • Brooklyn Tabernacle Gospel 7pm
    • One last junk food dinner before we go at Shake Shack Burger (409 Fulton St -11am-11pm)