NYC City Guide! | My Favorite Places To Visit at Christmastime

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New York City is one of my favorite places to be during the Christmas season. I have such sweet memories from this time of year when I lived in Manhattan. There is a warmth and coziness that comes over the city in December. The sparkly lit trees, seasonal displays, and Christmas tunes filling the air feel magical. 

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When I first moved to NYC, Justin would visit on weekends and we would pick a different neighborhood to explore each time. Now that we are married and live in Pennsylvania, our top favorite spots to go back to are Central Park, K-Town, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Soho, Little Italy, Tribeca, and East Village. Rather than picking stores, sights, and restaurants to hit all throughout the island, we love seeing a whole area in a day by foot - tasting and shopping as we go to get the feel of that section. 

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UPPER WEST SIDE (Where I lived, more relaxed atmosphere)

The Grange

Filtered Coffee

Fumo Pizza-Bar-Pasta

Yoga to the People (Pay by donation classes!)

Bareburger

Birch Coffee 

Club Monaco Upper West Side (Best sale section in the city)

Momofuku Milk Bar (Dessert shop)

Jacob's Pickles

ZARA Upper West Side (there are many in the city, but I love this one!)

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CENTRAL PARK (A touch of nature)

Umpire Rock

Gapstow Bridge

Museum of Arts and Design

Pressed Juicery

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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MIDTOWN / GARMENT DISTRICT / K-TOWN / FLATIRON DISTRICT (Classic NYC experience)

The Time New York Hotel

Ace Hotel New York

Top of The Rock (Observation deck)

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) - FREE admission Fridays 4-8 pm

The Skylark (Rooftop bar)

Izakaya Mew (Japanese restaurant, reasonably priced!)

Browns Bagels (Gluten free bagels!)

32nd St. (Korea Town) - miss KOREA BBQ, Delimanjoo, Koryo Books, Tony Moly, The Face Shop

Chalait (Matcha, espresso, cafe food)

Inday (Indian counter-serve eatery)

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Co. 

Barn Joo (Korean tapas near Union Sq.)

Mood Fabrics

The Thrifty Hog

ABC Carpet & Home

Union Square Greenmarket / Holiday Market

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CHELSEA (For art lovers! We like going to the Market for dinner)

The Standard, High Line Hotel

The Highline (1.45 mi long, elevated walking path)

Chelsea art galleries, CLICK HERE for a list

The Whitney Museum of American Art

STORY (Shop with changing themes!)

Aesop Chelsea (Herbal cosmetics + soaps)

Chelsea Market

Citizens Of Chelsea (Insta-worthy avocado toast)

The Meatball Shop

El Quinto Pino (Tapas)

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WEST VILLAGE / GREENWICH VILLAGE (Great for an afternoon of shopping + coffee)

Washington Square

Aux Merveilleux de Fred (French bakery, Justin asks to go here every time)

Bluestone Lane (Australian espresso cafe)

Hu Kitchen (Completely paleo eatery)

Beacon's Closet (FASHION + VINTAGE LOVERS - GO HERE)

Faherty Brand

Strand Bookstore

Alabaster Bookshop (Adorable vintage bookstore)

"F•R•I•E•N•D•S" Apartment (from the show!)

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SOHO / TRIBECA / NOLITA (Best brunch + Saturday morning shopping)

Canal St. Market

Ruby's Cafe

Jack's Wife Freda

Happy Bones (Espresso, coolest tortoise spoons)

The Butcher's Daughter

Cha Cha Matcha

Two Hands Cafe

Maman NYC

Egg Shop (Breakfast sandwiches)

Oca (BEST CREPES!)

By CHLOE. Soho (Vegan 'fast food', trendy lunch spot)

Taiyaki NYC (Japanese funky ice cream shop)

Fair Folks & A Goat (Pictured above) 

Hawkins New York

Glossier Showroom

Ritual Vintage Clothing

illesteva (Sunglasses + eyewear)

BLK DNM

The Vintage Twin

The Kooples

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

Acne Studios Greene St.

Goods For The Study Mulberry (Beautiful stationary + office organization store)

Westerlind 

Stutterheim Raincoats

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EAST SIDE (Good food + must-see museum)

The Met (Art + history museum)

Boba Guys (House-made bubble tea)

Freeman's

Dimes (Great for breakfast or lunch)

The Smith (Hearty brunch fare, pictured above)

Russ & Daughters

Van Leeuwan (Hands down favorite ice cream + they have dairy free flavors!)

Ludlow Coffee Supply

Panna II Garden (Indian restaurant, famous for it's light display)

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