If you’ve lost track after our first full day in New York and the New York Marathon the following day, we’re now on Monday. This was our final day in the city as we were due to catch a flight that evening.
We didn’t really have any set plans, and just wanted to wander around the city and stretch out our legs after our run. Our unplanned walk took us through Times Square first, a place which never fails to amaze me with its sheer energy.
My running shoes were utterly destroyed in the marathon (it was somewhat on its last legs anyway) so I took the opportunity to venture into the Nike shop nearby. I managed to score a great deal on some Nike Frees that I’ve been wanting, getting them for nearly 50% off what they would’ve been in London. Score!
From here, we wandered towards Midtown and the Flatiron building, picking up an iced coffee from Toby’s Estate Coffee (omg, most expensive coffee I’ve ever had) along the way and passing by the Lego store. Check out the impressive Lego artwork on display!
Walking further along 5th Avenue, we found ourselves at the Union Square Farmers’ Market. I was really impressed with the range of fruits and vegetables available, and also the sheer variety on offer! I was especially excited about the kale – yum!
Continuing our walk down, we found ourselves back in East Village. We were absolutely famished by this point and decided to jump at the opportunity of getting some fresh noodles from the Momofuku Noodle Bar. The restaurant was due to open in 10 minutes and we were the first ones in line so we got that one spot on. 🙂 It was worth it!
I wanted some dessert after, so we made the short walk to the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream parlour nearby. OK, this was hands down the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever had from a store! I opted for the salted caramel flavour and it was as creamy as anything else. Seriously good!
We decided to head west at this point, to slowly start making our way back to the apartment to pick up our luggage. We made a short stop at Washington Square Park, stopping to sit at one of the benches to watch the pigeons and students walk by.
Walking back up, I couldn’t resist a quick detour and pop in to Chelsea Market. There were so many lovely things to see, smell and eat here, but I unfortunately just didn’t have the time and had to be content with a quick walk through it and a couple of quick snaps on my phone.
From here, we took the subway back to where we had left our luggage and made our way to the airport to catch our flights back to London. All in all, it had been a great little break, with plenty of good food and a great run through NY. I’m not sure when I’ll be back, but hopefully won’t have to wait another 8 years to return!
Have you been to New York recently? What’s happening there now?