is full of things to see and do for college students and 20-somethings, but how do you choose? What are some off-the-beaten path options that won’t bust your budget and won’t leave you feeling like just another tourist? We’ve got you covered.
McNally Jackson Books
Located on Prince Street, just a few blocks away from Little Italy, McNally Jackson Books is one of New York’s most beloved independent book sellers. With a light-filled café and an airy store, both perfect for reading, McNally Jackson acts as the go-to for college students craving the printed word. McNally Jackson also has publishing services, appealing for readers searching for unique buys or up-and-coming authors. And if you need a break, head over to McNally’s sister art and office shops on Mulberry: Picture Room and Goods For The Study.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 274 1160
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met — one of the largest art museums in the world — is also easy on the wallet. With a “Pay What You Wish” price for entry, students don’t have to worry about overspending for their ticket. With more than 400,000 works, the Met has something for every art lover, but with so many works, be sure to plan what you want to see in advance. If you need a bit of a break from all the famous art, stop by The Petrie Court Café for high tea.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710
Coffee Shop Stops
New York City is full of coffee houses — and we’ve gathered a handful to keep you going, no matter where you are. If you’re around Brooklyn, stop by Toby’s Estate, a light, bookish shop that roasts its own coffee. Bibble & Sip is also another must for sightseeing students—and this bakery/coffee shop serves up delicious Asian-inspired treats, making it an oasis nearby touristy Times Square. And last, but definitely not least, head over to Bluebird Coffee Shop if you’re downtown. Post up at this quaint, wood-lined coffee shop for a space to recharge or wind-down.
Toby’s Estate, 125 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 457 6160
Bibble & Sip, 253 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 649 5116
Bluebird Coffee Shop, 72 East 1st Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 260 1879
Brunch, like the coffee shop, is an institution in New York City. New Yorkers brunch like no other — and Jack’s Wife Freda is a good place to start. With Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like rosewater waffles, this simple space is always bustling, so be prepared to wait. If you’re hungry for something healthy, head over to trendy Dimes, also perfect for lunch or dinner. However, sometimes waffles and healthy foods aren’t enough. If you’re craving eggs, you need to try Egg Shop — a restaurant featuring eggs on all its menu items.
Jack’s Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 510 8550
Dimes, 49 Canal Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 925 1300
Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 666 0810
Shopping in SoHo
SoHo, which stands for “South of Houston Street,” is the trendy shopping destination. However, trendy doesn’t have to necessarily mean expensive. Stores like & Other Stories and Aritzia are perfect for 20-somethings and are decently priced. If you want to go on a slight splurge, spend some time looking around COS, a Swedish store selling something for the minimalist wardrobe.
& Other Stories, 575 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 767 3063
Aritzia, 524 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 965 2188
COS, 129 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 389 1247
Though on the pricey side for the college student’s budget, this four-star hotel chain from Portland is seriously hip. Spend the day in the Ace Hotel’s comfy, atmospheric lounge and you might feel like you’re hanging out in a grand library. You could also just pop inside for the old-school photo booth, which takes fun black and white photos.
Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 679 2222
Located right next to Little Italy, Chinatown is a foodie’s heaven, full of cheap restaurants that don’t skimp on the quality. Try Shanghai Café Deluxe for dumplings, dim sum or dinner, and then grab some exotic ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Besides the endless amounts of restaurants serving yummy food, Chinatown is a prime place for walking around, full of charm and something to look at around every corner.
Shanghai Cafe Deluxe, 100 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 966 3988
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, 65 Bayard Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 608 4170
Lower East Side
Often referred to as the LES, this artsy, charming neighborhood in Manhattan is a go-to for anyone looking to stay up late and to have a guaranteed great time. Originally an immigrant neighborhood, the LES is now known for its top-notch nightlife, delicious dining options, chic shops and contemporary galleries, making it the hangout for those wanting a New York neighborhood vibe.
The Lower East Side, from East Houston Street to FDR Drive, New York, NY, USA