Paulina’s New York Top 10

I have always wanted to go to New York, ever since watching episodes of Friends back in the day. With so many movies, shows and series set in New York, I am sure everyone feels similar. It’s almost like a second home, with certain places so familiar you feel you have been there already. So to say that my expectations were high was an understatement.

New York City Skyline

On the day of our flight, my husband and I were dancing around packing with “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys blaring in the background. We were lucky enough to fly pretty much direct (Cape Town – Johannesburg and then Johannesburg to John F Kennedy airport) on flight SA203. I really believe it is worth spending that extra penny on a better connection. It’s already a very long flight and with the time difference, too many stop overs will mean you are completely dead when you land.

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Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York

We stayed at Strand Hotel and I can’t recommend it enough. It is absolutely gorgeous and has a brilliant view of the Empire State Building from the roof terrace. It’s a great place to wind the day down over cocktails after a long day of shopping.

View of New York from Central Park

Here are my top 10 Highlights of the trip:

  1. Being a girl, I speak to the womenfolk when I say the shopping is mad. The best store by far is Macy’s. It’s 8 floors (if I recall correctly) of pure magic!
  2. Cocktails at the Mo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Lots of beautiful people and the best cocktails I have ever tried. Check the price though! At $25 per cocktail it’s easy to rack up quite a bill.
  3. Burgers at the Shake Shack with chilli cheese chips and custard milkshake. Only the Americans could come up with such a combo.
  4. Friendly Americans – WOW – don’t take out a map as 10+ people will stop to give you directions, recommendations, review your itinerary etc. New Yorkers love their city.
  5. Broadway. You have to go to at least 1 show! It’s such a typically New York thing to do.
  6. It really is the city that never sleeps, one night we went to Bowlmor in Times Square and had a late dinner in their sports bar feeling very much like “locals”.
  7. New York is known for some awesome pizza and Grimaldi’s is as authentic as they come.
  8. The Statue of Liberty. Take a boat, go to the Island. There is something about that sight that makes you shiver.
  9. With so many famous comedians coming from New York City, you have to make your way down to a comedy club and catch a show. I recommend the Gotham Comedy Club. American humour translates well, but can be a bit harsh. If you don’t want to get picked on, don’t sit up front.
  10. Times Square at night. When you get off the subway you will be blown away. The lights, smells, people, buildings, and cars catapult you into another world.

Overall an awesome trip but plan for a day or two of down time when you get back as the time difference can really get to you.

Times Square scene

Statue of Liberty

The Empire State Building at night

Our Readers Comments

  1. wow i love nyc and some day i wish to visit it its just that i dont have the resources,money and so on…i am from south africa so it would take a miracle for me to get there #sad#

  2. I can just dream about new york and wish to visit one day lol

  3. I am going to NYC.Since i was a little girl,i always wanna go there.And i will go there. Soon,very soon.

  4. I was there in December2013 into mid January 2014. The people are amazing, friendly and very helpful. I got an amazing experience to be able to go to the top of Tower One and stand outside on the rings.the view was outstanding. You have to visit the Frick Museum andThe intrepid museum.Xmas in New York is the best.

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