New York is a huge city and one that’s incredible to explore. With so many things to see and do, it can actually be quite daunting when it’s your first visit to New York City.

Over the past years, I have been lucky enough to travel to the United States a few times. A country with a breadth of diversity and absolutely breathtaking natural beauty.

I have visited NYC seven times over the last few years. With each time being completely different. You really can never get bored in such a diverse, changing city. The last time I visited, I spotted Ben Stiller & Adam Scott shooting the upcoming movie, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (pretty cool, huh). You never know what things you’ll bump into whilst on your trip.

First visit to New York City: Top tips

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Anyway, before I ramble on, I wanted to share some top tips and sites you should see on your first visit to New York City. You’re going to love it.

Shopping

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Some of my top finds in New York – If you are looking for designer fashion, while you can browse at your leisure on 5th Avenue, Soho and places such as the Lower East Side for more edgy clothing.

For top brands and much cheaper prices, I found Century 21, close to Wall Street was an amazing place! Full of designer clothing and accessories. Although beware, it is very VERY busy. Be prepared for long queues but I assure you its worth it.

Sightseeing

For a much cheaper option than taking a boat cruise to Liberty Island, why not head on one of the many commuter ferries that operate from downtown Manhattan! I waited for ages for the boat cruise but it turns out the Staten Island Ferry would have been much better and it’s free! Just as good view of the Statue of Liberty, and at £/$0 cost!

Also, make sure to go to the Top of The Rock for an epic view of Manhattan. Especially at sunset.

There’s a whole heap of secret spots to explore in New York City, too.

Events happening when you’re in the city

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For me, New York is about adventure, finding things that you cant do in other places. One of the best resources for this is the local (free) newspapers that you can pick up on most sidewalks – they detail many of the upcoming live music events, markets, fairs and exhibitions – a great way to stay afloat of what will be happening when you visit New York.

Where to explore

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One thing I wanted to do last time I visited was to walk the Highline, a new concept that is now taking off in many cities across the globe. If you get a sunny day, why not take yourself for a stroll, jog or a friendly natter along this raised gardens above Manhattan! Awesome!

There is also some great street art to appreciate and buy from vendors as you walk. I loved the eclectic mix of art, fashion and culture here.

Read more on the top places to see in NYC, here

Where to eat

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New York has loads of amazing restaurants you should discover.If you’re looking for a bite to eat, click here for our NYC restaurant post.

If you’re looking for unusual eating spots – check out these.

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Also, for an epic brunch pop over to spots like Bubby’s which is just amazing! You’ll love the waffles.

Word of caution

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Take your walking shoes! fashionable shoes are great to make a statement in New York, but if you end up undertaking 16 hour days in the city, take a contingency pair of comfortable shoes!

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