From the glitz of Broadway to the shining skyscrapers of Wall Street; from the lush serenity of Central Park to the blare and bustle of Times Square: there’s nowhere on the planet that compares to New York City.
Take in some of the world’s best art and theatre at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the New York Philharmonic. Eat your way through some of the world’s best food in the always-changing and always-excellent restaurants of the five boroughs. Snap some breath-taking pictures at iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State building. No matter how you choose to spend your time in New York City, rest assured: it’ll be unforgettable.
It’s hard not to love New York City. At first, the pace of it all can be overwhelming - they don’t call it the City that Never Sleeps for nothing - but it never takes long before visitors start to see why New Yorkers are so passionate about the city they live in. They are a hard-working, dedicated bunch who never fail to enjoy the unforgettable experiences the city has to offer: fantastic food, delicious drinks and unforgettable moments that can’t be replicated anywhere else. All that produces an energy and a draw that can’t be denied.
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When is a good time to visit New York?
With its constant activity and year-round attractions, there’s never a wrong time to visit New York City. It may make more sense for travellers to plan trips to NYC based around what kinds of things they want to do. For theatre-goers, the city holds twice-annual Broadway Weeks in January and September, where many popular shows offer two-for one admission. For the culinarily inclined, a late summer visit will find many of the city’s inhabitants away for summer holidays, making restaurant reservations easier to come by. There will always be something unforgettable happening while you visit New York—for many travellers, it’s just a matter of figuring out what they want that unforgettable thing to be.
How do I get around in New York?
Like so much in the Big Apple, you’ve got choices. The NYC subway is a common choice, and subway stops are scattered throughout the city. Although it’s not uncommon to hear New Yorkers gripe about the service, travellers will likely find the subway an efficient, affordable choice. In addition to the iconic yellow New York cabs, rideshare apps like Lyft or Uber have now become more popular than taxis. The city also has plenty of bike hires, either from private businesses or from Citi Bike, New York’s bike share system. Riding on main roads may be overwhelming, but plenty of dedicated bike paths exist for interested riders.
Attractions in New York: there’s almost too much to see
Between Hollywood movies and glossy spreads in magazines, travellers sometimes get the surreal feeling that they’ve already been to New York City - but nothing compares to the real thing. Museums and monuments, galleries and galas: they don’t call it the City that Never Sleeps for nothing. Here are just three iconic place to get started:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Walk the High Line
- Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is packed chock-full of masterpieces from across history and the world. From ancient Egypt to Indigenous America, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to take in all that the Met has to offer.
Walk the High Line
Once an abandoned rail track, the High Line has been reclaimed and now offers a beautifully landscaped - if somewhat unusual - park on Manhattan’s west side. Get a birds-eye view from 10 metres above West Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and Hell’s Kitchen.
A verdant public space directly in the centre of Manhattan, Central Park is one place New Yorkers couldn’t live without. Sprawling over 843 acres, you can wander through the Conservatory Gardens, go for a walk among the trees or settle in for a game of chess.
For even more about the wonders that await in the City that Never Sleeps, see our detailed New York guide.
Cultural highlights of all varieties
As a city of go-getters and up-and-comers, New York has its fair share of art and design wunderkinds. While just about everything under the sun is available in NYC, it’s worth doing the legwork to find something unique.
For travellers looking to take in the arts, there are no shortage of options. See big-budget shows on the stages of Broadway and touring exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art or catch some improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre and wander into an intimate streetside art gallery — you can’t go wrong. The choices are yours to make, you just need to get there — so book a flight to New today!
Artists & Fleas: Their locations throughout the city aim to bring human connection back to the shopping experience by curating a selection of artists, designers, creators, and tastemakers to gather together under one friendly roof.
Eating and drinkling in New York
If you’re looking to wow your taste buds, take your pick: whether you’re looking for Michelin star-worthy cuisine from world-class chefs or you’re in the mood for simple, cheap eats that will knock your socks off, NYC has you covered. Try a slice of famous New York pizza or track down one of the city’s many roaming food trucks for a quick lunch while you explore the city.
Fast food for a fast city
All the people flocking to New York over the centuries has resulted in one of the most richly diverse culinary cultures on earth. Don’t be afraid to ask New Yorkers what their favourite restaurants are, either - they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction for some delicious eats. New York is a very hectic city, so the typical New York specialties are usually reflecting this by being fast food. Most famous are the hot dogs, best eaten during a baseball game. Another typical New York invention is the pastrami bagel. A Lower East Side landmark, Katz’s Delicatessen has been serving up their famous pastrami, brisket and corned beef since the late 1800s. Katz’s Deli is a New York City institution: nearly everyone in the Big Apple has eaten there at one point or another. For the satisfying dessert, try a New York cheese cake.
Shopping in New York
Want to find that perfect souvenir to bring home? New York City features plenty of major retailers on Fifth Avenue for serious shopping sprees. As you are already on the most famous shopping street in the world, you may as well visit the legendary Tiffanys or the luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman.
Parallel to the 5th Avenue is Madison Avenue, where every brand in fashion, sports and electronics seems to have a flagship store. The gigantic department store Macy’s at Herald Square and the famous Bloomingdales with ist famous little brown bags are worth some hours each to explore. But NYC is also the home of many independent designers, artists and artisans who sell their wares at smaller markets. Making the trek down to places like Artists & Fleas or the Canal Street Market is a great way to find something one-of-a-kind to take home.