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5 More Non-Touristy Things To Do in NYC

5 More Non-Touristy Things To Do in NYC

I'm a pretty lucky girl because I just flew back from my second trip to New York City this year. When I went last time, I was there for long enough to discover some of the city's best non-touristy attractions which I rounded up in this post. Now that I've been back again, I've found a few more non-touristy pastimes that are definitely worth checking out on your next sojourn in the big apple. Here's what I recommend for your next trip:


Spend The Day in Soho

Soho is one of my favourite Manhattan neighbourhoods and I always have to spend a day wandering the streets there when I'm in the city. Soho is a great place to shop, particularly if you want to avoid the more touristy big box stores like Macy's. (Although I do also enjoy a little trip to Bloomingdales.) Step out into Soho without too much of a plan and see what fun shops and restaurants you stumble upon.

Shop At The Strand

If you're a booklover, you can't forget to make a stop at the Strand Bookstore. This multi-level shop is full with everything from bestsellers to an exquisite rare book collection. The Strand is also a great place to shop for gifts and non-touristy souvenirs. 

Eat A Cupcake at Magnolia Bakery

Remember when Carrie and Miranda ate cupcakes on a bench while discussing Carrie's latest crush? That was outside Magnolia Bakery, known for some of the best cupcakes in New York. Head to the original location in Greenwich Village for the full Sex and the City experience, or stop by one of their other locations across Manhattan to get the goods waiting in line.

Have Cocktails at The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit is aaallll the way downtown but it is known for being one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Over the last few years, it has won countless awards including the "Best Bar in the World" the "World's Best Cocktail Bar" and the "World's Best Drink Selection".

Attend a Reading at the KGB Bar

The KGB Bar is really nothing fancy, but it is a literary hotspot with author readings and events almost every night of the week. Whether you prefer poetry, fiction, or nonfiction the KGB Bar has it all... although not necessarily all on the same night. Since its opening in the 90s, the KBG Bar has become a New York literary institution. 

If you've seen the Statue of Liberty and done enough spins through the Met, it's time you checked out some of these local NY hangouts.

What are your favourite things to do in New York City? 

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