nyc itinerary: girls trip

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Okay, what's better than a fun girls trip? Honestly, not much. Of course, you can go to the beach or Nashville or wherever, but I think New York is the move. I may be biased, but there is just so much to do here with your girlfriends that it can't be beat. New York is known for being a fairly masculine city, but I'm happy to report that a ton of new, girly spots have been popping up lately that are perfect for a trip with your best friends, your mom, your sisters, whoever! 

STAY

The Ludlow Hotel
When I think of stylish hotels in the city, my mind immediately goes to The Ludlow. You've likely seen their famous bathrooms on various Instagram it-girl accounts. The whole place is super Insta-worthy, so you and your friends will have no shortage of fun photo ops. There's also a great lounge space and a restaurant, Dirty French.

McCarren Hotel & Pool
For a summer trip with a more laid-back vibe, check out McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg. It's less pricey than hotels in the city, but the neighborhood is perfect (my favorite) and super close to Manhattan. The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop bar and a sunny pool deck, the perfect spots to hang out on a hot summer day.

The Jane
For major Wes Anderson vibes, book a room at The Jane. The decor is beyond gorgeous and it's located in the West Village, so you'll be close to all of the cutest spots in the city. The hotel is home to one of the prettiest new restaurants, Old Rose, which I'll mention below. 

The Public Hotel
Public Hotel is similar in design to The New York Edition, but less expensive and a bit of a younger vibe. It has an art exhibition space that doubles as a dance club at night, a beautiful hotel store, and several restaurants including a lush rooftop. 

The Roger Hotel
I stayed at this cute boutique hotel near Flatiron last summer and thought it was so darling. I was initially drawn to the black-and-white striped awnings outside (of course), but they also have a chic lobby space and really cute rooms. As a smaller hotel, I'd say this one offers less of an 'experience', but it's a really nice option in a super convenient location.

Airbnb
For larger groups, renting an Airbnb is a fun and more cost-effective option. If you do this, I definitely recommend spending extra for a really great space to call your home base. Yes, you'll be out and about for much of the day, but having a nice apartment to come back to will feel like a fun sleepover. You can even order Seamless and have a cute night in. Some options I like are here, here, and here.

EAT

Old Rose
Like I mentioned above, Old Rose is located in the Jane Hotel and, to me, it's kind of the new While We Were Young. It has the white marble, checkerboard floor vibe that looks beautiful in photos. The menu is really good too, with lots of elevated comfort food like margherita pizzas, sourdough avocado toast, waffles, and a great drink menu.

ABC Kitchen
For a splurge dinner, try the super chic Jean-Georges restaurant ABC Kitchen near Union Square. It's inside the beautiful home store ABC Furniture & Home (which you should definitely peruse) and is decorated like something out of Architectural Digest.

Sweet Time Dessert Cafe
This is a super cute little place with an indoor cherry blossom tree and a cute neon sign. They serve cute little desserts that weirdly remind me of Lush bath bombs. Things like galaxy mousse cake and pastel dessert drinks.

The Cafe at Sel Rrose
Another very chic spot, the restaurant Sel Rrose has a little cafe that serves coffee, prosecco, morning pastries, and small plates. This would be a great place for a very low-key brunch.

Milk + Roses
In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you'll find Milk + Roses, a restaurant with the dreamiest, magical garden ambience and rustic Italian food. They offer baked goods from Balthazar as well as things like focaccia, ricotta ravioli, and panna cotta.

Blank Slate Tea
This place just opened up in Flatiron and it's super pink. Stop by here for a quick meal or to pick up a variation of wellness teas (or boba!) that come with a very cute pink coffee sleeve.

The Broken Coconut
Everytime I walk by this place with a friend, we always exclaim how cute it is. There's tropical wallpaper and pink neon signs as well a menu that offers acai bowls, coconut yogurt, overnight oats, and grain bowls for a healthy eating experience.

DO

Check out Roman & Williams
Even if you don't eat a La Mercerie (which you should), stop into Roman + Williams Guild in Soho to browse the art-like furniture and to smell the flowers at the shop in the front.

See Anastasia on Broadway
There are tons of shows to see in the city, but I think Anastasia is the perfect one for a girls trip. I don't know any girl who doesn't love the movie! 

Get manicures or pedicures at a cute salon
Round up your group and head to one of the cute mani-pedi spots in the city like Essie's flagship salon, Primp + Polish, Sundays Nail Studio, Paintbox, or Chillhouse.

Go to The Whitney
I recommend the Whitney over the other museums for this trip because of its location and general vibe. The new location is right on the water near the High Line and offers some really great views. The collection is quite varied (from contemporary artists like Alexander Calder to classic, American artists like Grant Wood), so there's something for everyone. 

Wander around Williamsburg & Nolita
These two neighborhoods in particular have a lot of great boutiques to pop in and out of. In Williamsburg, you'll find a lot of independent and vintage spots intermixed with places like Madewell and SpaceNK. In Nolita, you have mid-range designer spots like Everlane, Ulla Johnson, and Totokaelo as well as the McNally Jackson bookstore.

Party at Le Bain & House of Yes
If you want to really go out, there are two spots I recommend. Le Bain is a discotheque at The Standard. It's rather chic and French-inspired. On the flip side, House of Yes is a crazy performance space and dance club in Bushwick where you'll wear themed costumes and encounter all sorts of wild performance art through the night. I really like House of Yes for a girls trip because it definitely isn't the kind of place where you'll find creepy dudes.