Local New York Guide for first timers


Whether it’s for seeking the best food spots for locals to indulging in a Sex and the City inspired girls trip. New York can be lived and experienced in so many different ways. Here’s our local guide for those that wander among the big city streets hopping on small adventures to make memories for a lifetime, but don’t want to follow the traditional tourist routes. 

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Iconic burgers & dog watching

One of the most beloved burger & milkshake joints in the world, Shake Shack, sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square park. Revisit a piece of fast food history by getting yourself a delicious treat and walk towards the dog park where the New Yorkers let their pups run free. Hearts & stomachs promised to be filled with love (&delicious food).

Shake-shake New York

Urban golfing with a view

Of course New York is filled with the coolest pilates and hot yoga classes. However, if you really want to try something you’ll never have the chance to experience anywhere else in the world, the New York Golf driving range at Chelsea Piers is your go-to. With a fully automatic ball tee-up system, you can smash as many balls you want. Whether you’re a beginner or a trooper, you’ll have guaranteed fun and an awesome view.

Golf New York Sky Scraper

Sailing on the Hudson

To see the coolest New York skyline, head out to Brooklyn and jump on a tour with Brooklyn Sail via Airbnb or Get Your Guide. With a small sail boat hosting up tp 6 people, New Yorker Ian takes you to the statue of Liberty and lets you take the best shots in front of the Manhattan skyscrapers.

Sailing on the Hudson River New York

Food & partying in Brooklyn

To feel like a true local, Brooklyn has everything to offer. From the great vintage designer stores to specialty coffee bars and affordable, cool restaurants. Bonnie’s is an amazing spot for Cantonese fusion food and stellar cocktails.

After dinner New York nightlife can be discover at The Mirage, one of the best clubs with an amazing sound system and impressive visuals on their massive LED-screens. It’s an open air club, so make sure to dress for the occasion.

The Mirage - New York

Immersive museum visit at Mercer Lab

New York has some of the most visited and renowned museums in the world. From MoMa and Whitney Museum to The Met and the Guggenheim or Metropolitan of Art. If you want to try something more interactive where you can get your Instagram page filles with the coolest shots, try passing by Mercer Labs. This Museum of Art and Technology gives you 4D sensory spaces to embrace with every sense.

Mercer New York City

Next to Mercer Labs you can find Century21, one of the biggest outlet stores in New York where designer brands can he found at huge discounts and some vintage Levi’s. You need to visit on a good day to score a cool find, but it’s worth the visit and test your luck!

Drinks in NYC with a view

Have you really been in New York if you haven’t visited a rooftop bar? Our favorites are Le Bain, located in the iconic hotel The Standard Highline, and the rooftop bar on the top level of Public Hotel designed by the famous architect Ian Schrager.

More in a lowkey people watching vibe? Head down to Nolita where you can find the cosy bar Rintintin. Perfect to end an afternoon of shopping.

Rintintin New York

Shopping spree with the hottest local brands

No more breakfast at Tiffany’s. The hottest jewelery brand in New York is Homer, created by the talented musician Frank Ocean. His shop is hidden inside the esteemed New York Jewelers Exchange. From the packaging to the experience inside the small shop, it’s worth every minute and dollar.

For streetwear lovers both the mens, womens and kids stores of Kith are a fixed value. For a more niche segment head out to the skate brand Awake New York.

Kith New York

Last minute gifts for your friends back home? There is no denying that everyone has a wishlist at Glossier.


As you can see, you don’t need to follow the traditional tourist brochures to experience New York like a local. Follow this guide,  and feel like a New Yorker!

X Shanice

*Shanice is our guest editor who lives in Brussels and knows all the best spots in Belgium! Follow here on IG @shanice_engel

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