5 Sep 2016 63 comments

An Instagram Guide to New York.

You won’t be surprised to learn that New York is my favourite city in the world. It’s just so bustling and busy, the enormous buildings making you feel like an ant. Something is always happening, and there’s something for everyone.

My recent trip was one of my best yet; I knew my way around the city a lot better, I had a whole list of new places to try – some of them popping up out of nowhere since my last visit there earlier this year!
I’ve already got the ultimate Big Apple city guide here, but I thought I’d take it to the next level with my Instagram guide to the dreamy city.

I usually find plant-based food is pretty Instagrammable anyway (all those colours), but by CHLOE. is something else!
The monogram branding is seriously swoon-worthy, and the food is delicious. It was one of my favourite finds during my last visit, so it’s well worth checking out.


Sprinkles Cupcakes
There’s a few of these dotted around the city, but I recommend finding the one on Lexington Ave with the bright pink cupcake ATM!
Everything from the interiors to the branding to the perfectly decorated cakes make this the best spot for Instagram snaps.


Egg Shop
I always try and find time to squeeze in a trip to Egg Shop when I’m in New York – there’s really nothing else like it!
Specialising in perfect plates of egg sandwiches and bowls, this little joint has the cutest interiors and the most amazing food. What a winning combo.


NARS 413 Bleecker
This is the original NARS boutique, and it’s an absolute joy for the eyes! The lines of products, the giant marbled bookcase… it’s basically my dream home!
Plus, they have an exclusive collection (413 BLKR) for you to swatch.


Times Square
Tacky, touristy, insanely busy… Times Sq. really is something else. There’s no way to understand how crazy it is unless you see it for yourself.
I’m not usually down with the overly touristy sights, but everyone has to see Times Square. It’s absolutely awful.


Brooklyn Bridge
I really, really adore New York’s breathtaking bridges, and Brooklyn Bridge really is a dream to walk over. The bridge itself is perfectly photogenic, but it also offers some of the best views of Manhattan Bridge and Manhattan itself. Swoon!


Saks Fifth Avenue
This is just so New York; the yellow cabs zooming past, flags billowing… it’s rude not to put a snap of the booming department storm on Instagram!


Donuts are such a New York staple, so it makes sense for them to feature on your feed!
I love Dough, their offerings are just so delish – and they don’t mind you standing at the counter and getting snap-happy.


Top Of The Rock
You have to do one of the viewing platforms when you’re in the city, and I recommend going to the top of the Rockefeller Center! For one, you get a great view of the Empire State Building, and it’s also a lot quieter (and cheaper) than the other options. Go crazy with photos in every direction!


One World Trade Center
Alternatively, there’s the One World Observatory. This is unreal – it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and you can see for miles.
It’s a bit of faff with all the tickets and queuing (pre-buy tickets!), but it’s worth it. Dizzying heights, incredible views… it’s amazing.


Flatiron Building
This iconic building is situated in Midtown, and it’s definitely something you have to see during your trip.
Stand on the pedestrian crossing and get those flowers in for maximum Insta love.


ABC Carpet & Home
I don’t usually recommend stores to snap as you tend to get a telling off from the staff, but everyone has to witness the beauty that is ABC Home. It’s over a few floors and it’s an interiors dream!
They also sell some amazing beauty brands and fit in a couple of restaurants. Heaven.


Jack’s Wife Freda
This is definitely quite a cult restaurant in New York, and I totally get why. It’s gorgeous!
I’ve been here for dinner and brunch, and it never disappoints. The rosewater waffle is basically the most flawless Instagram snap ever – just make sure you get the menus in!

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The Butcher’s Daughter
Another must-visit, The Butcher’s Daughter is such a beautiful restaurant with a flawless menu. There’s so much to Instagram in here, from the food to the decor… and the beautiful hanging plant feature!


Morgenstern’s Ice Cream
This place definitely gets the award for most beautiful ice cream shop! Morgenstern’s has been doing the rounds on social media for their black ice cream, but I went for salted caramel pretzel and strawberry. Shame it melted in the insane New York heat before I could turn my camera on (seriously!).
It’s still the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten, I’m desperate to go back…


Cha Cha Matcha
I discovered this coffee shop while waiting for friends, and I was so glad I did! The decor is just amazing – pink walls and botanical seats. So. Pinterest.
Get yourself an iced drink and ‘gram the place.


Central Park
Of course, Central Park just had to make the cut. There’s so many corners to photograph, it’s all so mesmerising. I love the way the skyscrapers show through the trees, it really is an urban jungle.
Take a walk and snap away.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
The reservoir in Central Park is the most incredible place ever. It’s quite deep in to the park, but it’s worth just getting the subway to if you’re short on time.
It offers the best views of the city, in my opinion – and it’s beautiful in summer and winter.
New York really is an Instagrammer’s dream, so be sure to check out some of my recommendations if you’re in the city. This makes me want to look at flights for another visit… three times in a year isn’t excessive, is it?!

Will you be bookmarking these places?

  • Beautiful shots! πŸ™‚

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • missgetaway

    Absolutely love this. NYC is on top of my travel bucketlist. Hope to get there soon and try out your recommendations. Fab guide Kate πŸ™‚

    Love, Kerstin

  • I can’t even describe how desperate I am to go NYC! I adore that cupcake shop!

  • This a great post, I’m heading to NYC in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to go snap hunting! Thank you!


  • I love your pictures Kate! It all looks so wonderful (heart eye emoji)
    – Ambar x

  • Wellwell Girl

    i want to visit new york! x

    jess x | https://wellwellgirls.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Holly Cooke

    I’m dying to go back to New York, and seeing your Insta snaps has just fulled this even more! x


  • I just want to go to New York now ahh


  • i love New York so much! need to visit again soon and try out some of your food recommendations! need to go the cupcake ATM for sure!!

  • You always find the best things to photograph! I went to NYC for the first time in March this year and am itching to go back and take even more photos.

    Ella xx


  • Tiffany Tales

    I’m off to NYC in June, so I will be taking this guide with me.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Ooh how fun! The snaps are just simply gorgeous, Kate!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • claudia wright

    Your photos are making me drool at my desk! Would love to visit New York- it’s on my list for 2017/18!

    Claudia xx

  • Lys

    Your photos make me so excited for my trip to NYC in November! I’ll definitely be checking out a lot of your recommendations.

  • This city is so photogenic! Love it! xoxo

  • Oh so gorg! I can’t wait to go back! xx


  • Sooooooo I kind of need to get myself to New York asap, don’t I?!

    Sophie Cliff

  • I can’t believe I haven’t been to New York yet. I’m absolutely desperate to go!

  • Oh my gosh, this post is just everything! Food, New York and Instagram, basically all my favourite things put together. And now you’ve made me even more desperate to plan a trip to NY… xx


  • Such beautiful photographs, I’ve always dreamt of visiting New York. Everything is so amazing, I can’t believe they have a Sprinkles ATM. I’m so desperate to visit!

    jen / enter my too faced giveaway x

  • Absolutely beautiful! I want to go to NY sooo bad, I hope I go soon. I think you can find there the best coffee shops ever, and after seeing those photos I have no doubts! Thanks for sharing X

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  • jodie.keith

    I really wish when I went to New York recently I took more ‘instagram’ photos – we were so busy just taking selfies and group photos that I completely forgot! You can see what I got up to in my trip here, if you’re interested – http://wp.me/p6WnWJ-tx

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  • Jen

    Only you could post an Instagram guide to anything, Kate! Gorgeous photos! I grew up in New York and haven’t been to many of these places — now I have a guide for my next visit. x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Such amazing pictures! <3



    Such a good selection of places! I’m in love with these snaps ?

    Do you go really early in the morning? Some of these places get so busy, but in your photos there’s no one ruining your perfect frame? Teach me sensei!

  • Need that cupcake atm in my life!!

    Grace xx

  • Love this post. I just want to go to NYC again even more!


  • Love these photos, and that sprinkles ATM!! xx


  • Kate how do you take such dreamy photos, teach me your wayssss!

    Gemma Louise

  • Ashley Christabelle

    You do the best guides for NY! I can see why as it’s filled with so many beautiful locations. I’m dying to try that rosewater waffle, sounds like a dream. x


  • In love. Places and food looking incredible <3

    Kate | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

  • Katie

    How many days would you suggest going to New York for?

  • Hopefully if not this year then next year, I will go to NY so I can explore the city and see some of these places. These photos are amazing, craving for waffles now πŸ™‚

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I’m visiting soon and I’m so excited to eat my weight in food at The Butcher’s Daughter and by Chloe ahhh! Also thanks for all the amazing viewing spots, they look stunning! Something tells me NY is gonna be my favourite city too…

    EsmΓ© // CloudEsmΓ©

  • Brilliant guide! Those cupcakes look delicious! I really want to visit New York x


  • I’m such a big an of this Cupcake ATM! πŸ™‚



  • All of your photos are making me miss NY so much! Hahaha I can’t wait to go back and visit again! And thank you so much for all of these great recommendations! <3 πŸ™‚ Can't wait to try them! And yes, by CHLOE looks so delicious and Instagram-worthy!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Alicia Johnston

    Thanks!!! I am in New York for Christmas this year and had been compiling a “Must Photograph” List already (Is that sad? haha) so this post was perfect!
    Thanks Kate xx

  • Kristin

    I love New York! It’s seriously the most amazing place. I’ve been twice and can’t get enough of her! This made me want to hop in the car and go! (Even though it’s 11 hours away).

  • It’s my dream to go to NYC one day!! It’s just SO far from Australia, hopefully in the next year though πŸ™‚ Love this guide! xx


  • It is so fun to see a city through the creative lens of someone capturing images. New York has so many vignettes. Beautiful post!

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

  • iheartcosmetics

    Beautiful photos, plus I saw the blog cover photo and was like OMG FEED ME NOW! XOXO

  • oh my gosh! this makes me book a ticket and go right now. it’s such a guilty pleasure reading this post! I am definitely bookmarking this post because it will totally come in handy. gosh! girl those photographs are freaking so gorgeous <3 thank you for this post gorgeous! im going to have to follow your insta now πŸ˜€

    Rabiah | amourvitaa.blogspot.co.uk

  • Argh I just got back from NYC on Saturday morning and this is making me miss the place even more – so many beautiful photos and such great parts to visit. Hope you had a fantastic time!

  • Oh my…I have to go to New York! Lovely photos πŸ™‚


  • emily couture

    I definitely need to go to New York now! Lovely photos and great tips and ideas πŸ™‚

    emily xx


  • Maggie

    I love your guides to New York they are always so helpful!


  • New York is so much fun to visit! I would love to go back there one day and eat all the delicious food!


  • I’m headed to NYC for the first time next month – this is definitely helpful!

  • the perfect little guide for my upcoming trip! Thanks for sharing!
    xx Mirjam // http://www.miiju.ch

  • This is a great guide! It also made me really hungry.

    JaynieShannon Beauty & Lifestyle


  • adore all of these!


  • Okay whenever I next go to NYC, I’m taking note of all these places especially by Chloe! Lovely lovely shots and places to visit πŸ™‚

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Sophie Stewart

    These pictures make me want to go NYC even more! I’ve never been before but would love to go one day! Sophie x


  • Wow, these are fantastic recommendation! What a super thoughtful post about every category especially FOOD (::insert heart-eyed emoji here::)!!!

  • These are great recommendations, I’ve saved this itinerary for the next time I’m in NYC πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • Pictures are worth a thousand words. Thanks so much!
    Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?


  • I love this post! Pinning this for my next trip to NYC πŸ™‚
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

  • Lourdes Martin

    I’m a New Yorker and I think you hit up at a lot of great spots!! Great job!!



  • A

    New York is incredible!!! I lived there for 3 months and it was the most exciting time of my life! The food, the shopping, the bars, the parties, the men hehehe ? LOL. I felt like Carrie the whole time – great post. Brought back some awesome memories! X

  • Madeleine Baron

    New York is a really pretty place! All your pictures are taken with you phone, the city looks so nice!

  • You make wanna go back to NYC so bad! So much more food and places to capture!

    Char xo || http://www.memoirsmusings.com