Ok I know Christmas was so long ago.. but here I am finally publishing there awaiting blog for our Christmas in New York!!
I’ve always dreamt of a white Christmas, or even just a cold Christmas, just like the movies we grew up watching, in Australia we spend Christmas by the beach or pool, filled with lots of food, cold drinks and festivities, it’s a really fun time of year, but it’s certainly so much different than a cold Christmas in the northern hemisphere, and I was so ready to experience this!
We unfortunately didn’t get to see any snow, but we did experience some of the coldest days ever! When we were up on Brooklyn bridge it was -12 Celsius which I believe is truely the coldest weather I’ve felt, and not like other cold climates, New York when it is cold, has a painful burning cold that makes it impossible to warm up.. but I still just looove it sooo much, its actually my 3rd visit to NY!
Here’s a quick guide of what we got up to, where we ate and stayed;
We stayed in the area of Soho, lower Manhattan, at 11 Howard, which was a really great location for us, we were walking distant from some of my favourite food location & a great shopping area.
We had 7 nights in New York over Christmas, we arrived a few days before Christmas & got into the festive season..
this is what we got up to over the pre-Christmas;
Windows at 5th Ave (Christmas decorated shop fronts)
Saks on 5th Lightshow
Union Square Market
Dyker Heights (a suburb just outside the city that all decorate their houses in Christmas lights)
Ice Skating at central park
Ice skating at the Rockefeller centre
Elf the musical
Central Park (walked through on Christmas morning)
Plus a lot of shopping!
After Christmas we;
Went up the Rockefeller observatory as early as possible (this morning was SO cold!)
East Village vintage
Now my recommendation is to remember soo many people have the same idea of spending Christmas in New York and it is an extremely busy time for tourism, so we were pretty shocked and frustrated at times with the crowds, especially at the main areas such as Rockefeller, Saks on 5th, Times Square (but its always busy), windows at 5th. So just be prepared to brace the crowds!
Ok now to some great tips WHERE TO EAT!! I’ll just list all the places we ate and put a little tip when necessary, there was SO many good places in NY we ate so well!!
Butchers daughter– vegetarian/vegan super quick with orders, SO YUM!
Matcha cha cha -get the turmeric matcha latte!!
By Chloe- fast food vegan, super cute, love this place!
Oficinia 1M -only got takeaway pasta
Avant Garden SOOOOO GOOOD, went here on the last night for dinner, make a booking its super tiny, But SO damn good, one of my fav vegan restaurants ever!
NIX- vegetarian restaurant, great food heaps of vegan options also, we made a reservation in advance for dinner as it gets really busy, highly recommend for a nice meal
Jajaja Mexican- vegan mexican restaurant, which is SO good, again another highly recommend!
Van Leewuens vegan ice cream- not all vegan but so many vegan option, such a yummy treat and never busy because its so cold outside no-one really wants to freeze and eat ice cream.. except us!
Dõ cookie- now I didn’t love this one.. was just like a cup of cookie do, and I found it really sickening, I mean the line went out the door so clearly everyone else loves it!
Blue Stone Lane- this is a Australian chain of cafes in New York, and we loved it here, Australian style coffee, Vegemite and Avo on toast! mmm SO GOOD
Lombardis– NY style pizza, very classic, but always a fav.
Jacks Wife Freda- I mean it was good, but not my fav, I guess if you ate a lot of meat or cheeses it would be better suited
Also the hotel 11 Howard did a great acai bowl and Avo toast!!
There was so many more places on my list, but I think we got to try a fair few great spots!
All images below were edited with doyoutravelxgypsealust presets
So that was basically our trip in a summary, I had so many DMs from followers with recommendations, so thank you guys! this below was my full list of to do and to eat, thought id include it, so that if you are planning your trip you can use it to help!
New York to do;
Butchers daughter ✔️
Matcha cha cha ✔️
Citizens of Chelsea
Rolf’s (Christmas decorations)
Levian bakery(73rd Street)
Fine and raw chocolate
Shojin fine dining vegan
Pietronolita (pink Italian )
Sant ambroeus hot choc
Avant garden ✔️
Sun in bloom
Jajaja Mexican ✔️
Ellen’s stardust diner
Little choc apethory (vegan)
Mother of pearl
Clinton Street pancakes
Van leewuens vegan ice cream✔️
Dõ cookie ✔️
Blue stone lane✔️
Dumbo park Brooklyn bridge early ✔️
Jackie Kennedy reservoir
If it snows-6ave radio city music hall
Ice skating at Central Park✔️
Ice skating at rollerfella centre✔️
Windows at 5th ave✔️
Saks on 5th light show ✔️
Santa village Brooklyn
Meat packing area
Open door helicopter over the city flyNYon
Library at nomads hotel
Bryant park winter market ✔️
230 5th rooftop Igloos
MET museum / rooftop
Mott Street (China town)
Union square market ✔️
East village vintage ✔️
Bush wick street art
Dyker heights ✔️
Times Square ✔️
Burgers from By Chloe
Butchers Daughter Avo Toast
Now I wanted to throw in a special little mention here for The Funky Loft, for having us come spend the day in her incredible airbnb loft for a photoshoot! it was SO cute & so picturesque! Next time in visiting the area I would looove to stay here and have our own space.
I’ve included pictures below from the space& a link here, you can book it to stay or even for a photoshoot Link Here
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