NYC: Do it Like the Locals

Happy Monday everyone! I’m still in New York City for fashion week, (be sure to check back on the blog today at 3pm PST for my in real-time fashion week post!) and I’ve been discovering so many awesome new spots. I just had to put together a travel guide for you all! Just like my Paris : Do it Like the Locals post, I’ve asked some true New Yorkers for the best spots around the city for coffee, dining, shopping and more! So please enjoy, and the next time you’re in NYC : Do It Like the Locals!



Spreadhouse Cafe

I heard about this spot through my BFF Linette, and I’m so happy I did! Located in the Lower East Side, this little cafe has free wifi, a killer latte, and the coolest atmosphere. It’s decorated to be the perfect coffee haunt with tons of seating, oriental rugs, hanging chairs and pastries that will keep you coming back. When you’re in a new city, it’s so easy to stick with the usual Starbucks so do a little research and find a new favorite coffee shop. (images via Spreadhouse Cafe Instagram)


Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a little hole in the wall the CINCTeam has fallen in love with! It has amazing live music, great drinks and a really casual and intimate environment. The girls come here every time we’re in town! They say it can get busy, so try to get there early. It’s intimate and cozy, so there’s no need to dress up too much.



La Esquina

La Esquina or The Corner in SoHo is Latin/Mexican food destination. Great for drinks or some amazing tacos (you all know how much I love my tacos!) this inconspicuous spot is a hidden gem! It’s separated into three sections: the cafe, the taqueria and the Brasserie which is the “hidden restaurant.” You go through the taqueria to the Basserie (reservation required) which is basically an underground restaurant! (Images via the La Esquina Instagram)


The Little Prince

Another spot I’ve been told I just HAVE to go to? The Little Prince in SoHo! This little French place is said to have the cutest atmosphere (as you can tell from the pictures above!) and some great wine. So really, what’s not to love? With French favorites like Tartare de boeuf or Ratatouille and even a French-onion-soup burger, I can’t wait to try this spot out!

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5 Senses

You might remember me talking about this spot earlier this year in this post, but I keep coming back! It’s open 24 hours, which is great for a bite to eat after a late show or party. One order of kimchi fried rice, please!


What Goes Around Comes Around

No, I don’t mean the Justin Timberlake song. What Goes Around Comes around is every vintage lover’s dream! It’s highly curated and they stock nothing but the best. I’m talking Chanel, Vuitton, Goyard, Fendi and then some. If you ever find yourself in the city and want to treat yourself to a little vintage treasure, I’d head straight to What Goes Around Comes Around!

Pink Chicken

First of all, how cute is the name? This adorable kids boutique was recommended by some mommy friends and it looks like the perfect spot to pick up a little something for Chloe!


Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

Located in the one and only Plaza Hoel, the Caudalie Spa is on my spa bucket list. Anytime I travel, I love to discover new spas. From Korea to Tulum, spas are kind of my thing! I’m a huge fan of the Caudalie brand and products, so the next time I make it out to the city and my schedule isn’t busy like it is during fashion week, I’ll definitely go!



Getting my exercise in when I travel is super important to me, so when I get a chance- I love to swing by SLT! It’s an amazing pilates class that’s all about strengthening, lengthening, and toning. As crazy as things get when I travel there’s nothing like relieving some stress with a little sweat! A good friend of mine is an instructor there and she introduced me and I’ve been going back ever since.




Rooftop / Skyline

The New York City skyline is incredibly iconic, so get yourself to any rooftop bar/restaurant/garden and get that Instagram! I’d recommend waiting until around sunset for the best lighting. It’s the perfect spot for an OOTD if I do say so myself!



Not only is the coffee good, but can we talk about how cute this place is? I mean, just look at their Instagram! It’s one of those places that just scream, “take my picture!” It’s got several locations around the city, SoHo, Lower East side and Tribeca just to name a few so there’s plenty of chances to get that oh-so-perfect Instagram shot!



  • Boxon says:

    As usual..New York is an interesting city..i love with every of your tips so it can be useful for tourists who want to visit New York.
    Thank you

  • Diana says:

    These spots sound fun! I’ll be saving this post and referring back to it the next time I’m in NYC!

    Diana |

  • Carmen says:

    Those spots all sound so amazing! I will definitively keep them in mind for when I am back in NYC next time. It’s just a fantastic city!
    xx, Carmen –

  • Rae says:

    Thanks for sharing these suggestions. I’m off to New York later on in the year so have saved your post to refer back to!

  • Susan Hooey says:

    Oh, that designer vintage shop sounds like just my thing. Writing that one down.

  • NYC = jazz, and Smalls is a great suggestion.
    Plenty of free jazz (in both senses of the term) and many other genres of music and more at Central Park on the weekends. Skating, dancing, biking, hiking, boating, open-air massage, painters, jugglers, acrobats, you name it. All of humanity is there, chilling and enjoying with respect for each other.

  • Marylane says:

    New York still New York.. Ahhh my favorite city in the world. Anyway, nice tips girl. Beautiful as always.


  • Kellie says:

    Great suggestions!! Can anyone recommend a few great places to stay in Mid Town?
    Can’t wait!!!!!

  • Alisha Ricki says:

    Awesome post!!! There are a lot of other great places you should try for eats and drinks, if you’re ever in my city again – shoot me a line and I’ll send you a list of my fave restaurants =) Enjoy the rest of NYFW

  • Joanna says:

    So many amazing places! New York is on the top of my bucket list and who knows, maybe next summer I’ll go 🙂 I love your approach – asking the local people for recommendations is the best way to discover cool spots that often aren’t menntioned in guidebooks.

    Have fun at Fashion Week!

  • nia nastiti says:

    Pretty picts. Love the foods and the scenery background on your photo 🙂

  • Carolina Kim says:

    Loving all the posts and videos on where and what to eat! Thank you! Keep ’em coming! aka keep on eatin’! 😉

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    I must visit that coffee shop the next time I’m in New York <3 🙂 It looks so chic! And yes, I remember 5 Senses from your previous posts about NYFW! Nothing like some good old Korean food to make one feel comfort away from home 😀 Loving these guides so much Chriselle! Thank you so much for sharing!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Jennifer says:

    These are such great tips and suggestions!

  • patricia says:

    Love this post and love your outfits!
    Come and visit my blog! XOXO

  • Jada Nicola says:

    Thank you for this list! When I am in NYC I will have to try some of these places!

  • Jessica Lam says:

    I loveee the formatting of this post! Def going to check out a bunch of these places next time I’m in NYC – thanks Chriselle!

  • DEMELER says:

    You nailed it with this one! I’m a local New Yorker and I love all these spots, I need to try Smalls Jazz Club tho!

  • Shloka says:

    It’s been much too long since I visited New York last and It think it’s time I went back and did it your way!


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  • Sophie says:

    I’m a big fan of city guides, thanks for sharing your favourite spots!
    I post every Monday and Thursday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  • Sharon Wu says:

    Amazing tips! Makes me want to visit NYC again soon 🙂 xo, sharon

  • diana says:

    Love everything! The photos are amazing, thank you for the tips!
    || D I A N A ||

  • sahara says:

    Oh Perfect love these tips <3 love the off the shoulder top <3


  • JN says:

    Everything sounds so good! Great list. I would love to visit New York again someday. 🙂

  • Polly says:

    Reading your blog and watching your snaps is making miss NYC so much! It’s one of the greatest places I’ve ever traveled to! Hope you’re having an amazing time!


  • pia says:

    the best way to explore the city is by listening to locals!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • Luz says:

    I’m looking forward to get back to New York and try all the sopts you recommend!!!!

    PS: Awesome pictures, as usual! 😀

  • Mireia says:

    I definitely have to go to this places! Amazing pics!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Natali says:

    NYC is the city of dreams and I’m loving every little bit that makes that city what it is! Thanks for the tips!

  • Thuy says:

    Thanks for this! The first time i went to NYC was for less than 48 hours and my friend wasn’t really in touch with what I wanted to see lmao. Maybe it’s because he was a guy and not a female or a blogger. So I’ll save this for my next and longer trip to NYC 🙂 I want to see all the boroughs! 🙂

  • Love these tips, NYC is my fave city 🙂

    Mel x

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Great tips and beautiful looks as always! Have fun at NYFW! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

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