New York City can be an intimidating place. It’s massive and expensive, but also the dream of many – so how do you get the most out of travelling to New York? With one Travelette currently based in NYC and two former New Yorkers on the team, we thought who could share more to the point travel tips for New York than us? After a bit of brainstorming and link sharing, we came up with our Top 10 travel tips for New York City:

Our Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City

1) How to Navigate the Subway

Use an app like Hop Stop to help navigate the subway – makes it less intimidating! (Google Maps also works well)

2) Riding the Subway

If an empty train car rolls up on an otherwise crowded train, do not ride it! There is a reason that train car is empty yet I always see tourists getting excited and piling into it, only to be miserable and running out of it at the next subway stop. (Nikki)

Our Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City

3) Bathroom Breaks

If you need a clean bathroom but there is no Starbucks or McDonalds around – find a hotel. The bigger the better, as most have conference/banquet rooms used by non-hotel guests.

4) Shopping Essentials

Always stop and shop at the department store Century 21 and for fragrances at Bond No 9. (Annika)

5) Get out of Central

Don’t stop at NYC central – also explore Bushwick, Williamsburg or Green Point! (Katja)

Our Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City

6) Staying Fit

To keep up with your yoga practice on the road, sign up for the traveling yogi pass at Bikram Yoga LES. (Annika)

7) Going Out

The Meatpacking District is not the best choice to go out in Manhattan by far (too touristy, too pricey) – I love the bars in the East Village and the more club-like bars in the Lower East Side. (Nikki)

8) The Best Restaurant in NYC

For the best restaurant in town (or at least my favorite) head to Bar Pitti and have Rigatoni Pitti! (Annika)

Or head to any other of these local favourites: The Travelettes Guide to Local Eats in NYC

Our Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City

9) Coney Island

Head to Coney Island for a little day trip and the best hot dog you’ll have in your life – it is so wonderfully bizarre. (Annika)

10) Take Up a Habit

Of course we mean the coffee-drinking kind of habit – we’ve rounded up our 8 favourite coffee houses in NYC here.

Our Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City

Dying to visit? For more local and insider tips for New York City, have a browse through our NYC section! And if you need help finding a place to stay, check out some of the centrally-located options we’ve scouted out for you below:

Budget (min. $100 per night): Aloft Manhattan Downtown Financial District

This comfortable, stylish hotel is located a few minutes from the metro, with Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge within easy reach. The beds are comfortable, room facilities are good and the staff are friendly – everything you need from a city hotel!

Mid-range (min. $171 per night): The French Quarters Guest Apartments

Located on New York’s Restaurant Row in Hell’s Kitchen, these boutique-style apartments are a 10-minute walk from Times Square and the Theater District. A continental breakfast is served every morning, and the elegant rooms and terraces are furnished in an opulent style reminiscent of New Orleans architecture, adding some quirky novelty value.

Luxury: (min. $220 per night): Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows in its incredibly stylish and comfortable rooms, there is no doubt that the pièce de résistance of this gorgeous, 54-floor hotel is its rooftop bar, where you can sip a cocktail as you watch the city light up as night falls. Located right in the heart of NYC on Times Square, it is close to iconic locations such as Broadway and Central Park, and is well-connected to several bus and metro stops.

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This is a post by Kathi Kamleitner.

Kathi Kamleitner was a regular contributor at Travelettes from 2013 to 2019. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she packed her backpack to travel the world and lived in Denmark, Iceland and Berlin, before settling in Glasgow, Scotland. Kathi is always preparing her next trip – documenting her every step with her camera, pen and phone.

In 2016, Kathi founded Scotland travel blog to share her love for her new home, hiking in the Scottish Highlands, island hopping and vegan food. Follow her adventures on Instagram @watchmesee!