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5 Things to Do in NYC | Around the World in 30 Days

New York City is the city of dreams. Actors pour their hearts out on Broadway, musicians serenade us in the subway, and bankers risk it all on Wall Street. This city is huge and has something for everyone. With so many options, what will you do on your upcoming trip? Whether you are visiting for a day, a weekend, or a week, here are my recommended 5 things to do in NYC:

1. Relax Over Brunch

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Those who say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day never enjoyed a good brunch. Brunch is the perfect way to get energy for the day’s adventures with nutritious menu staples like eggs benedict and caesar salads. Plus, brunch is usually a bit later in the morning—perfect for any late risers!  Try Joseph Leonard if you’re in the West Village; you’ll get a real feel for the community at this relaxed neighborhood restaurant.

2. Be a Tourist

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As I’ve mentioned in a past blog post, I used to live near NYC and visit often. But, regardless if you’re a New York native or visiting for the first time, you can always take time and enjoy some of the touristy things. Enjoy the lights of Times Square after dark, or go in the day and line up for discounted broadway tickets at the tkts booth.

3. Grab a Slice of Pizza

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You need to try some authentic New York-style pizza. Sorry, the Pizza Hut version just doesn’t compare. Fresh-from-the-oven, these pizzas have thin crusts and are often sold in large slices. If you’re really hungry, share a whole pie with a couple of friends at Lombardi’s Pizza, the first pizzeria in the US.

4. Take a Walk

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Once you’ve had enough of the crowds at popular attractions, head off to discover your own New York City. A great way to explore is by foot. You’ll find lots of little shops, explore the booths at community fairs, meet local artists, and more! And, thanks to the grid system, navigation is simple and stress-free.

5. Enjoy Cake and Coffee

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Anyone who knows me knows I love cake. And when I visit NYC, I always need a slice (or two!) from Ferrara. This family-owned bakery has been serving Italian treats to the Big Apple since the 1890s. If you’re looking for some New York-style cheesecake, look no further! Ferrara’s cheesecake is very light but also is very rich in flavor. Make sure to ask the staff to top it off with some strawberries and homemade whipped cream!

Have you ever been to New York City? What are your 5 things to do in NYC? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tokyo-based expat and freelance writer, blogger, and artist. Wife to a Parisien. Let’s chat luxury, food, and travel. Can speak 日本語(ish) and français(beginner) Twitter: @fleurdelilah Instagram: @fleurdelilah

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