Famously known as the city that never sleeps, New York is a destination that’s so rich in cultural reference points and iconography, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning a trip.
One of the many great things about the city is that there’s always something going on. Events run right through the year, from the Tribeca Film Festival to the Museum Mile Festival, so it’s always worth checking the diary for your dates.
Aside from all these lovely things to do and see, the city is a hotbed for award-winning restaurants, it hosts a world-class, thriving entertainment scene and is beautifully different in every season, so whenever you stay, you’ll be sure to have a memorable break.
City breaks in New York give you a chance to pack in some amazing sights.
The top picks have to include Times Square, The Empire State Building and The Statue of Liberty. But don’t forget that you can also go shopping along Fifth Avenue, or walk down Wall Street, home to some of the world’s major financial institutions.
For those looking to have a slightly easier pace, the ideal destination would have to be one of the city’s picturesque parks. Central Park is of course, the most famous. It houses Central Park Zoo, lakes, ice rinks, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the beautiful Conservatory Garden. But other parks are worth exploring too, like the lovely green oasis that it is Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Art and culture
New York has been called the cultural capital of the world, and with good reason.
Here, you can catch a theatre show along Broadway, maybe visiting big playhouses like the Gershwin and Hilton. You can trek along the Museum Mile, nipping into one of the many venues there like the Museum for African Art, El Museo del Barrio and Museum of the City of New York. Or you could stop off at world-class galleries dotted around the city like Canada, Cheim & Read and Adam Baumgold Gallery.
Dining out in this buzzing city is really an experience like no other. Whether it’s indulgently big portions of gorgeous food, tasty snacks on the go, or trendy little coffee shops, there really is something to suit every whim and fancy.
There are so many popular restaurants to choose across the city, so the best thing is to seek out what’s near you. But some big hitting favourites include Lincoln Square Steak, Daniel for French dishes, Faicco's Pork Store for Italian food, and Colicchio & Sons for great American cuisine.
To end the evening in style, head to one of the city’s eclectic and vibrant bars, like the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, the trendy Seamstress or the relaxed and fun Mess Hall.