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The Most Aesthetic Things to Do in New York, According to a Fashion Designer

See where to dine and shop in NYC!
The Most Aesthetic Things to Do in New York, According to a Fashion Designer
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See where to dine and shop in NYC!

If you're spending the holidays in the city that never sleeps, you better come prepared—and we don't just mean preparing your double tap-worthy OOTDs, but also securing your jam-packed itinerary. Below, we curate a New York City itinerary every fashion girl (or guy) will love. See the most aesthetic things to do in the Big Apple!

1. Check in at an iconic luxury hotel.

Perhaps the most famous hotel in New York City, The Plaza Hotel is definitely a part of history and a must-see if you’re into lavish apartments with impeccable interiors. You better tick this off your New York City bucket list, too, if you want to live out your childhood dreams of living at The Plaza à la Eloise! While the nightly rates can be a bit pricey, you'll definitely get the most bang from your buck with its Instagrammable spots and the best night's sleep.

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2. Start shopping!

New York, the city that never sleeps, is also a fashion mecca! It's home to Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and everything else you can find along Madison and Fifth. Think of them as the holy grail of luxury department stores where you can shop to your heart's content. (You might want to hurry into Barney’s New York, though, as the iconic shopping destination of New York’s elite is reportedly closing soon). As Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Shopping is my cardio,” and you'll get your week's worth of exercise in a full day of shopping in NYC. What's more, they’re all just a few steps away from each other!

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3. Dine like royals.

Out of all the restaurants I’ve tried in New York, Vaucluse, The Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware, and Sant Ambroeus, climb atop of my list.

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Vaucluse offers high-end French dining experience, with both food and service that don't disappoint. Just picture it: Ambient lighting, luxurious interiors, great food—all accompanied by the soft music of clinking champagne flutes and New Yorkers gossiping in the background. Meanwhile, The Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware offers a more casual approach, but not short on jaw-dropping interiors with grand chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. You’re practically transported into a jardin in Versailles with city skyline views of New York City. Sant Ambroeus (the one Madison Avenue), on the other hand, still goes for a luxe vibe with a cozier feel. The space feels a little tighter than the first two, but hey, if it's good enough for Blair and Serena, it's good enough for all the Gossip Girl die-hard fans like myself, too! Oh, and just a heads up, reservations are a must!

4. Go on a museum tour.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must for those who genuinely love history and art! It's also a perfect spot for OOTDs, too, FYI!

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You can also visit The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for those who favor contemporary and current artworks. Meanwhile, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is made for fashion enthusiasts so keep an eye out for ongoing exhibits in the galleries around Chelsea as well. During my stay, I was able to catch a Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery.

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5. Go boutique hopping.

More shopping, you ask? Why not! SoHo is home to many standalone boutiques for all things fashion! There's Christian Dior on one corner and Maison Martin Margiela just a few steps away. Of course, there's Chanel, Balmain, and more! End your afternoon shopping jaunt at Le Cou Cou or Ladurée—a couple of macarons and a few sips of tea won't hurt! Don't sleep on the Meatpacking District for more luxury shopping (and dining) as well.

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6. Have brunch.

Is your NYC trip actually complete if you didn’t have Sunday Brunch in New York? Mimosas, freshly brewed coffee, and your favorite breakfast plate will have you conquering the day ahead! My top picks would be The Villard at The New York Palace Hotel and a little taste of Paris in New York over at The Astor Court at the hotel St. Regis.

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7. Hail the iconic yellow cabs and ride the subway.

Give the Uber app and your designer shoes a rest and hail NYC's famous yellow cabs. Better yet, get around the Big Apple like a local and use the subway! Don't forget to turn heads with the coolest commute-friendly OOTD while you’re at it!

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8. Get cozy in warm winterwear.

No matter the weather, never sacrifice your ensemble. In New York, you can never be overdressed–even if you’re just walking around Central Park or hanging out at different cafes around Brooklyn. My tip is to invest in at least three statement coats, and your IG feed will be brimming with stylish OOTDs in no time.

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