New York is a city you need to visit at least once. Between its art galleries, architecture, music venues, hidden gems and international history, the city that never sleeps is unreal. From buzzing areas to chilled neighbourhoods, we’ve shared where is best to stay in New York.
New York City has everything to offer backpackers (fact), whether you’re looking for the best parties in town, a shopping day to challenge your inner Carrie Bradshaw, a peaceful reading spot (it is possible indeed), a trendy music gig, hidden gems, cool coffee shops (just like Central Perk please), street art, tattoo parlours… Anything, just name it! Even nature lovers might be surprised.
New York can also feel overwhelming for some travellers, especially if you’re exploring the city for the very first time. But it’s super easy to walk from one neighbourhood to another (remember to bring the right shoes with you), it’s even more fun when you’re getting lost. Each area has its own feel and vibe; you could for example start your day walking around the Meatpacking District looking for a nice coffee shop, then walk down to Greenwich Village to try some amazing pastries, have a reading break in Central Park, get lunch (massive pizza please) around NoLita (you might want to go shopping here as well), and party the night away between Soho and Midtown Manhattan. You’ll be able to recover with a massive brunch in Williamsburg the next day while listening to cool music… See, endless options!
If you want to make the most of your trip to New York, the best way of getting around is by taking the subway or the bus (you can pretty much go everywhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn), or by foot (the best way to discover a city at your own pace if you ask us). If you’re more of a subway type of backpacker, you will pay $32 for 7-Day Unlimited Pass or you’ll pay $2.75 for each ride. You can also rent a bike, if you’re brave enough to ride in Manhattan (might be easier if you want to explore Brooklyn).
Still wondering which area of New York will be perfect for you? Don’t worry we’ve got your back: here’s our guide on where is best to stay in New York, and the best things to do in the city that never sleeps!