New York City. Capital of the world. You’ll find top designer stores, the best restaurants, and world-class museums. The city has so much to enjoy (and photograph!) that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of it all. So where do you even start? Explore the trendiest locations in N.Y.C. with this fashion-minded and Instagram-ready travel guide.
The Apartment by the Line
This is the speakeasy of designer stores—if there were ever such a thing. You’ll have to find the hidden elevator on Greene Street in SoHo and take it up to the third floor. Inside, the store is designed to look like a chic loft-style apartment—complete with a clawfoot bathtub, a closet filled with J. W. Anderson tops and Khaite jeans, and a light-filled living room—where everything inside is for sale. Satisfy your curiosity as to what it would be like to live in SoHo and fill your Instagram feed with the lifestyle of the rich and famous. 76 Greene St. (theline.com).
Get an energy boost from ChaCha Matcha. With its huge selection of matcha offerings, you’re sure to find a perfect match. From lattes to ice cream to the fabulous matcha “Dought’ssants” with matcha ganache filling, there are plenty of options for your flatlay shots. The bright green drinks and desserts pop against the retro pink decor. 373 Broome St. (chachamatcha.com).
If hardware stores were cool, they’d look like Schoolhouse Electric. This shop is chock-full of trinkets, 1940s-style light fixtures, and vintage wall clocks. It’s also supercolorful, so it’s easy to spend your afternoon photographing every angle of the store’s unique stock. This is the perfect place to shop for great souvenirs to bring your BFFs. 27 Vestry St. (schoolhouseelectric.com).
Get your art on at this contemporary gallery. The Gagosian Gallery has five different spaces in New York City with rotating exhibitions—there are two in Chelsea and three more locations in the Upper East Side. Head to the West 24th Street location for the Richard Serra exhibition (on view until October 22), which features four new giant steel sculptures by the artist. The natural light coming in through the glass ceiling makes interesting shadows against the larger-than-life installations. Various locations (gagosian.com).
Think pink! The bright rose-hued tables and glasses at this Lower East Side café complement the pastel blue seats. Sit by a quiet corner and order from a healthy selection of avocado toasts, grain bowls, and egg sandwiches—all flavorful and, of course, Instagrammable. 116 Forsyth St. (cafehenrie.com).
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Take a quick trip across the East River to Brooklyn to play a round of shuffleboard at this retro location. You can choose to play in one of the club’s seasonal leagues or take on a single game with your friends. It’s a great spot to spend a late afternoon, enjoying a cocktail while a DJ spins a range of top tunes. Definitely pay a visit to the bathroom, where you’ll find cool flamingo wallpaper. The vibrant backdrop could take your selfie game to the next level. 514 Union St. (royalpalmsshuffle.com).
Reynard at the Wythe Hotel
Hop over to Williamsburg for brunch at this jewel of a restaurant. Located inside the Wythe Hotel, the eatery will leave your Insta feed hungry for more bright shots of the airy decor. You, on the other hand, will be thoroughly satisfied by the restaurant’s yummy menu, which includes deviled eggs with curry, pork ribs, and a fried green tomato sandwich with bacon and pickled jalapeños. 80 Wythe Ave. (reynardnyc.com).
Bar Hugo and Azul at Hotel Hugo
This hip rooftop space located near TriBeCa is as chill as it gets. There are two different bar spaces: One is Azul, a lively and colorful cantina inspired by the soulful streets of Havana. The other is Bar Hugo, which includes an indoor area where you can enjoy the views of Manhattan even on a rainy day. Though it might get a bit crowded, it offers a sunset view of the glistening Freedom Tower that is well worth the visit. 525 Greenwich St. (hotelhugony.com).
Take the Metro-North train up to the town of Beacon in upstate New York and discover this unique arts center. It’s the perfect one-day getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The museum opened its doors in May 2003 right along the Hudson River in what was formerly a Nabisco box-printing factory. Today, the collection includes crushed-metal installations by John Chamberlain, fluorescent-lights displays by Dan Flavin, as well as a series of excavated geometric pits by Michael Heizer. The space gets incredible natural light, making it easy to spend your day photographing the art. You can also walk to the nearby town center and freshen up with some coffee or tea at one of the many local shops. 3 Beekman St. (diaart.org).
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