The Ultimate Guide to New York City

New York City is my favourite destination and every time I go back, I always find something new to see and do. If you’ve never been before or if its a return trip you’re heading on, this post will hopefully give you some ideas on things to do, where to stay, where to shop and some top tips for your next trip. This is The Ultimate Guide to New York City!


Things to do in New York City

  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock
  • Times Square
  • Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Tour
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • The Highline
  • Central Park


  • Chinatown
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Guggenheim
  • The Met Museum
  • Iceskating
  • The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • Broadway
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • New York Public Library
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Where to Shop in New York City

  • 34th Street between 5th & 8th – high street heaven
  • Macy’s Department Store – 34th Street
  • Times Square
  • 5th Avenue


  • The Mills at Jersey Gardens – Outlet Shopping
  • Woodbury Common – Outlet Shopping
  • Century 21

Where to stay in New York City

  • Manhattan NYC – An Affinia Hotel
  • Hotel Metro
  • Roosevelt Hotel
  • The New Yorker

When is the cheapest time visit to New York City

January / February is the cheapest time to visit New York City. The summer months can be expensive as can November / December ahead of Christmas. On average, expect to pay approximately €1,200 for 5 nights with direct flights based on 2 adults sharing. Anything below this is a good deal from Ireland. In off peak season, you might get 5 nights for €699 per person but be sure to bring loads of warm clothes! Winter is in my opinion the best time to visit New York City & you can find out why HERE.


Top Tips for visiting New York City

  • For the true NYC experience from the start, get a yellow cab in from the airport to your hotel. These are official taxis and have a set rate of approx $55 plus tip to get you into Manhattan. When you arrive into NYC airports, transfer companies will try to offer you lifts. Do not go to these, yellow cabs are the best way.
  • Be prepared for small hotel rooms. New York City hotels are famous for their tiny rooms so try to pack somewhat light by not having too many suitcases. The floor space is very limited so try to stick to one suitcase and one hand luggage hand bag. If you do shop, buy your extra bag at the end!
  • If you plan on shopping, be sure to head out to The Mills at Jersey Gardens! This is my favourite place to shop in NYC and its packed with bargains on everything from Uggs to Abercrombie & Fitch hoodies. Its much cheaper than Manhattan and its a short public bus ride from Port Authority on 8th Avenue. The buses run to and from Jersey Gardens on the hour.
  • To get around the city at a low cost I recommend you purchase a multi day hop on / hop off bus tour. These go all over Manhattan and if you have a 2-3 day ticket, you can use the buses as your means of transportation!
  • Be prepared to tip EVERYONE! Its not in our culture here in Ireland to tip but its certainly the culture in NYC and they will let you know about it. Be weary, tips can be high so make sure you’ve allocated money for them.
  • When booking your trip to New York, book the earliest flight out the latest one home – this way you’re getting to enjoy all that NYC has to offer in your limited time.
  • For delicious food and drinks, at a great price I really recommend you eat in Heartland Brewery at the base of the Empire State Building on 5th Avenue. This is my favourite restaurant in New York City & they make the yummiest chicken wings! They also brew their own craft beers!


Lastly, when you’re there, pause and just take in here you are. New York City is the most amazing city in the world and its just buzzing with life from all angles. My favourite thing to do as I explore is to stop, take a deep breath and look up. The size of the city just amazes me. There’s no where like it!

Have you been to NYC? Share your tips for a New York trip in comments below!

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  1. It’s my dream to go to New York with my Mam! Loved this post Kathleen, will refer back to it if I ever get the chance to go to NYC! X

  2. Planning a trip to America with my sister this year and stopping over in New York for a few days so I’ll be bookmarking this post.! xo

  3. I have been to NYC a couple of times now and hope to go again soon and these tips are great…great post!

  4. Danielle Lilliwhiterose

    New York is still on my list of places to see but I would print out your guide to have with me!! Thanks for all the brilliant places to visit and tips on where to stay and flights xx

  5. Man, I miss New York! Great post missus.

  6. What a fab post Kathleen! New York is well and truly on my list of places to visit x

  7. It looks amazing I will put it on my list of places to see. If only I could win the lotto I’d travel the rest of my days happily.

  8. You’re right there is nowhere else like it! Apart from my hometown it’s my favorite city in the world. Some great tips here x

  9. Brilliant tips Kathleen, sounds like you had a great time there. x

  10. Going to New York in June with my daughter for our birthdays handy hints from you

  11. I’m going in October with my daughter can’t wait we’re both looking forward to seeing as much as possible in 5 days

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