So day two in the Big Apple started like every Sunday should begin – with a brisk 5km run up 5th Avenue and around Central Park followed by a saunter back to the hotel, Starbucks in hand. Despite being on holiday Rob and I still love to squeeze our daily fitness fix in and there is honestly nothing better than starting the day with a run together. If I had one tip for anyone travelling to New York then I would say ditch the taxi rides and subway tickets, pop on your comfiest shoes and walk. There is nothing better than exploring a city like New York on foot as every street and avenue has something new and interesting to take in and discover that you won’t want to miss.
After we had warmed ourselves up after braving the icy temperatures in our finest lycra we headed out to walk the High Line which is a historic freight rail line elevated high above the streets of West Side Manhattan. The walk offers some spectacular views of the Hudson to your right and the Meatpacking District to your left and gives you the opportunity to hop off at various points which we did once we hit Chelsea Market. Despite being to NYC twice before I had never ventured to Chelsea Market before, and neither had Rob, so we were both really looking forward to seeing what this indoor urban food haven had to offer. Comprising of shop after shop of interesting food delis, stalls and restaurants, not to mention a section selling trinkets, flowers, jewellery, clothes and interesting homewares, it is a great place to visit if you are hungry and want to while away a hour or two. Every sweet and savoury treat is here for your delectation from crepes, waffles, cupcakes, artisan breads, Mexican tacos, hearty soups and fresh pastas. It even had a Anthropologie store at the very end. We also popped over to Gansevoort Market which is much smaller but equally as tantalising!
Suitably fed and watered we carried on heading south towards the West Village and then onto SoHo which are some of my favourite areas in the city for simply wandering around and doing a spot of window shopping. Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery on Bleeker Street was a must (we shared a Red Velvet and Vanilla Buttercream and ate them on a bench in the sunshine) before paying Kate Spade Saturday a visit to see if any great bargains were to be had. Having been on our feet from 8am to 5pm now and feeling the need to counteract the sugary injection of cream cheese frosting from earlier we stopped off a The Butcher’s Daughter which is a green, veggie-friendly cafe and juice bar that whips up a mean fruit smoothie. Colourful, fresh and nutrition it was just what we needed after pounding the pavements all day.
Finally back at our hotel we took to the internet to find us something light and relatively healthy to have for dinner and our radar landed on Bareburger which was only four streets down from our hotel. Organic, natural and eco-friendly, this burger joint really has it all with plenty of veggie choices, the option to design your own burger and mouthwatering sweet potato fries! I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area and craving a black bean burger in a brioche bun with handfuls of alfalfa and tomato fig jam (my personal creation!)