Everyone has their way of exploring a city, my favorite is to find its most picturesque spots. I’m not into museums, but I’m in love with architecture — the older and more colorful the better. I never book tours, but I do search for the best views in any city and the top places to see the sunset. I love just walking the streets and finding unexpected little nooks that give each city its charm. If you see it like me, then you’ll love this list I made of “Instagram-worthy” locations in New York, which I’m sure I’ll be updating every time I go because there is still so much more to see.
Stone Street in the Financial District
They say it’s the first paved street in NYC, how cool is that? This little cobblestone gem is filled with bars and restaurants, and a perfect place to enjoy a summer day.
William Street (next to Stone Street)
We actually came down this street when looking for Stone, and I had to jump out! Looks like a tiny part of Europe right in the middle of NYC.
Souvlaki Gr Restaurant
A restaurant?! Haha, yes! When it looks like Greece in NYC, it’s worth a stop. I came across this place a few weeks ago while I was walking to get pancakes from my favorite spot in the whole wide world (read more about that here). I fell in love with the decor and had to try the food later on that week. Not only is this place adorable, but the food is DELICIOUS! So go for the picture, but stay for the gyros and greek fries.
I love it when there are spots in the city that don’t seem to belong. Washington Mews is near Washington State Park and serve as housing and offices for NYU. It’s a gated area but open to the public during the day. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Doesn’t it look like a completely different town?
Manhattan Bridge over Chinatown New York
If you’re coming from Chinatown, start heading up the bridge and near the entrance you’ll find this lovely little spot.
Top of the Rockefeller Center
Of course, I had to include this view! You’ll find the top of the rock on many lists, but that’s because it gives you some of the best views of NYC and Central Park. It’ll cost you $26-$32 per ticket to get up to the outdoor viewing deck. Make sure to buy your ticket online beforehand, especially if you want to be up there during sunset!
This bridge is mega crowded but perfect for pictures. The only way we were able to get it this empty is by waking up before New York did. Seeing the sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge is worth putting on your list.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
I love the view of Manhattan from this park!! This is another great place to catch the sunset and some of the best angles of the city. Hands down one of my favorite spots in New York.
Washington Street in Brooklyn
Who wouldn’t want that background? Great spot for pictures!
Street Art in Little Italy and Nolita
I know there’s art all over NYC, but I saw so much of it in these specific areas.
The Charm of Lower Manhattan
I couldn’t narrow this one down, but if you stroll through my favorite neighborhoods of Soho, Greenwich Village, and the West Village you’ll be sure to find plenty of great architecture and charming nooks.
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