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It’s no secret that New York City is one of my favourite destinations in the world. After many visits over the years it’s about time that I put together a guide for first timers and regular visitors alike.

Stay:

The Standard, Highline is not only one of the coolest places to stay in Manhattan but also boasts some incredible views of the city. No matter what time of year there’s always something fun and exciting happening at the hotel– in winter it’s a ice-skating rink (and a ring-side bar with spiked hot chocolate) and in summer it’s all about canapés and cocktails alfresco on the 18th floor.

Drink:

Pardon me whilst I get a little excited here…

The Campbell Apartment: Once the office of a Texan tycoon, this elaborately decoraed room will take you back to the New York of years gone by. They are know for their “cocktails from another era” and the smartly-dresser bartenders never disappoint.

Bar Jamón: This tiny little Spanish wine bar serves all of their fine (Spanish) drops in small carafes. The tapas menu is excellent, featuring mussel escabeche, an excellent terrine and of course paper thin slices of jamón.

The Dead Rabbit:  Think old New York’s American-Irish roots. Upstairs in the parlour enjoy small share plates and punchbowls. Voted best bar in North America in 2013 and 2014.

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Vintage Clothing:

Start Struck Vintage Clothing, West Village: Great for a rummage, Start Struck has a great range of rock ‘n’ roll band t-shirts, plus beautiful printed dresses from the 60’s and 70’s.

Amarcord Vintage Fashion, Soho and Williamsburg: Prepare to fall in love with everything in this store! Amarcord stock an incredible range of high-end designer, couture, avant garde clothing, hats and jewellery. I recently picked up the most divine Yves Saint Laurent blouse.

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