It’s been a hot minute or two since I last put together a blog post to share, so I figured my recent girls trip to New York would be a great way to kick things off again! Since our best weekends are spent trying out new workout classes, brunch spots and walking around the city we figured a great getaway would be to do those things NYC style!

The Butcher's Daughter
The Butcher's Daughter

Day One

After checking in at the Leon Hotel we headed straight to brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter! It’s a cute plant-based brunch spot with all the classics made with quality ingredients. Next stop was Chillhouse to sip signature blends and get our nails did. I tried the Spin My Wheels with black sesame, tahini and, honey, which tasted like peanut brittle! We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out some shops in Lower Manhattan like Cap Beauty and Sezane, who surprisingly served mine and Sam’s favorite coffee & cookies from Maman. For dinner, we went to an organic vegetarian-focused restaurant called Little Beet Table. I loved the dips with seasonal veg and the grass-fed burger, you can’t go wrong! To end off the evening we explored The Morgan Library & Museum and because it was Friday evening we got free admission. Score! Mr. Morgan’s libraries are so so beautiful and at the time of our visit, they also had a Tennessee Williams exhibition that was Stellaaa (my jokes are bad I know).

Chillhouse NYC
Chilhouse NYC

Day Two

The first fitness studio we tried was Physique 57 Signature Class. My thoughts on this class were mixed. The workout was hard and effective but the studio space wasn’t as advertised online. It was an old windowless room with blue carpet...But if there actually is a studio that looks like the one on the website totally try it!

De Maria NYC
De Maria NYC

We refueled with some goods from De Maria. The decor, atmosphere and, food here is right up my alley! Try the GF-Banana bread, it tastes just like my nan's but slightly healthier. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Lower Manhattan and twacking around the local shops. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘twacking’, it’s the Newfoundland word I frequently use to describe browsing/window shopping. Definitely check out Paper Source if you are a stationery lover, & Other Stories for clothes and Artists & Fleas for unique souvenirs. Later in the day we headed inside to look around the Chelsea Market and sipped a pint of Irish red to celebrate St. Patrick before walking the Highline. Dinner was a little tricky on this particular evening. We tried to get a table at Jajaja, an all-vegan Mexican spot in Chinatown but it was completely packed. It’s rated one of the best places to eat in the city and I’m determined to try it next time I visit. Thankfully, we did have a backup reservation at a Mex-Californian restaurant called Lalito in the same area. I loved the pork carnitas and Shannon highly recommends the vegan caesar salad!

Soho, New York
NYC Friends

Day Three

‘Where Brooklyn at?!’... I couldn't get that song out of my head the entire day we explored Brooklyn. I’m such a tourist. The second class we tried was The Bar Method Mixed Level class in Williamsburg and it was so good! Highly recommend. We loved the instructor and the studio was a beautiful old brick building with exposed beam ceilings. After the class, we grabbed a small bite at By Chloe and Coffee at Sweatshop before dropping Shannon off at C3. Sam, Zoe and I posted up in a brick-lined polish brunch spot called Dziupla that had all the classic Brooklyn vibes we were looking for and tasty eggs benny. Later we met up with Shannon (our Bluboho jewelry expert) and checked out the jewels at Catbird and Scosha! One of the touristy things I actually loved in New York was walking across the Brooklyn bridge. We walked across around 6 pm when the sun was setting and got to see such a gorgeous view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Tonight’s dinner was at an intimate British-inspired farm to table restaurant called The Fat Radish. The staff was the absolute best and it was conveniently close to our hotel. We only managed to sing the Beauty and the Beast song ‘Be our Guest’ a couple times to walk there.

Happy Bones NYC
Sweatshop, Brooklyn
Sweatshop, Brooklyn
Basketball Court, Brooklyn

Day Four

Our final day in the city was a relaxing one! We slept in a little and took our time getting ready before checkout. The final stop on the brunch tour was Egg Shop and boy it did not disappoint. I’m a HUGE breakfast person so the Egg Shop B.E.C with avo was heaven. Everything there is locally sourced and they serve great coffee from their cute neighbors at Café Integral. After eating the best breakfast sandwich known to mankind, we grabbed a Coconut Matcha latte from Cha Cha and headed to Outdoor voices and the Glossier showroom (it's a must)! We also popped into Sel Rose Cafe to check out the decor, as Shannon's friend was the creative behind the floral wallpaper. Before heading to the airport we ticked off our final item on the agenda, which was a quick walkabout of the New York Public Library on 5th and 42nd!

Sel Rose, New York
Sel Rose, New York

Besides our Brooklyn day, we spent most of our time in Lower Manhattan. Compared to other parts of Manhattan I explored on my last few trips, the food and shops in this area have been more my speed. If you’ve already done the touristy NYC things and want to have an inspired yet relaxed weekend with friends it’s where you need to be!

The Leon Hotel

Let me know your favorite spots in New York or if you plan to visit :)