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First day back at work after two weeks away is always a struggle but I'm happy to get back into a healthier routine after far too much dim sum and ramen! 😋 I've added Hong Kong and Tokyo to my Stories highlights for those who missed my updates!

We found this pretty street in Shibuya, Tokyo, near the famous and very hectic Scramble/crossing. So nice to see some more traditional streets hidden amongst the super modern tower blocks and huge neon lights.

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Spending a few days enjoying Sicilian views, sunshine, food, and spritz!
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Take me back please!! 🙏🏻 The walk to the calanques near Marseille was tough in the heat but the views made it worth doing! Loved having a picnic in the shade before going for a swim in the clear waters.
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Take me back please!! 🙏🏻...

When you spot a pretty backdrop! 🏃‍♀️ Marrakesh was 10x more beautiful than I had been expecting, with decorative arches, colourful tiled courtyards and orange trees being common sights. I loved the smells as well - argan oil, orange blossom and fresh mint all remind me of Morrocco now.
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I think the cats of Essaouira and Marrakesh deserve to have a post dedicated to them, given how much time I spent admiring them! 😍 #catsofmorocco
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New York: Boro Hotel Review

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Boro Hotel, Queens

I did so much research before booking a hotel for our NYC trip. I spent hours trawling through Tripadvisor, travel blogs, Booking.com and I even had a spreadsheet going (anyone else love a travel spreadsheet?). Although Chris and I were really excited about making the most of the post-Christmas holiday vibes and New Year’s Eve in New York, going in December meant that hotel rooms were waaay more expensive than usual. We wanted to find a cool, modern hotel, preferably with a view, but that wouldn’t break the bank. Boro Hotel was a great combination of (relatively!) good price, incredible view, convenient location, and cool minimalist design.

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The hotel reception is lovely, with comfortable sofas to hang out in and a modern fireplace in the middle. There’s a lot of space for working or lounging, with sofas and tables at the back and a nice cafe/bar area at the front where you can get food and drinks. I’d love to come back in the summer to make the most of the rooftop view and the outdoor seating area on the ground floor.

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The Views

We booked a Corner King Room with Manhattan View Balcony, and it didn’t disappoint! Waking up to the amazing view every morning was such a treat and made us really excited to go out and explore. We also caught some incredible sunsets from our window, the kind that you can’t take your eyes off of and that you want to take a million photos of so that you can remember it. We also had a nice little balcony which would have been great if it weren’t absolutely freezing outside!

Boro Hotel bedroom

The Room

Boro Hotel bathroom

I loved the minimalist design of our room – very scandi-chic. The problem with a minimalist hotel though is that a lot of things you expect to have are missing! When we checked in we were given a list of things that we could request to get sent up to the room: kettle, bathrobes, slippers, mini bar, etc. A kettle got sent to us but we had to buy our own tea and milk. The TV also had a strange selection of channels, most of which were selling stuff like wrinkle cream. Otherwise, we loved the bed and the bathroom was modern and spacious. It would have been nice to have a bath, but there’s an extra charge for that.

The Location

Many tourists think that staying in Manhattan, usually Midtown, is really important so that they can walk around easily. Instead I think everyone should consider staying in Long Island City in Queens because it is so convenient! Boro Hotel is near stations with four different subway lines going into Manhattan. Just get a one week Metro card – you’re only two stops away from Midtown! The W train takes you to Lexington Av/59 St in under 15 minutes.

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Boro Hotel corner room

Boro Hotel prices start around £120, or £160 for a Manhattan view room. If you want a cheaper option (£29 for bed in a dorm) in the same area and with the same rooftop view, try The Local Hostel NYC – it’s cool and modern and is perfect for backpackers, solo travellers or party people. You could even split your stay between the two hotels if you wanted to treat yourself but also save money.

I paid for this hotel myself (no blogger discount or free stay) and would do so again!

New York City’s Prettiest Restaurants

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Pretty NYC Lunches & Brunches

When I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip, I like to do A LOT of research. Whenever I have a free minute, during my commute or my lunch break, I love to browse through Instagram, Pinterest and blogs in search of inspiration and cool places to visit.

The thing I was most excited about when planning our New York trip and daily itineraries is food. NYC is so full of delicious food options and a variety of cuisines. London is pretty good for that too, but NYC just has an incredible amount of great Mexican, Korean, Italian and American food (duh) that we don’t really have over here.

While scrolling through Instagram, I found out about so many really pretty restaurants that are worth a visit for both their food and their decor. After all, if you’re going to pay for a nice meal it might as well be in a beautiful setting!

This is the first part of what will probably be a series of NYC food posts… I have a lot to say on this topic!

Tiny’s

I had marked the location of Tiny’s on Google Maps after seeing a picture of the building, so when we happened to be in the neighbourhood at lunchtime it was an obvious choice. The menu is a little limited but the meatballs are great and it’s lovely and cosy inside.

Where: 135 W Broadway (between Thomas and Duane, in Tribeca)

Best for: getting warm and cosy by the fireplace in the back

Everyone’s talking about: the kale salad and the meatballs


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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By Chloe

I had this one on my list because of its great reviews but didn’t get a chance to try it (boyfriend wasn’t keen to eat vegan!). Definitely next time! Update: by Chloe has opened in London! It’s nice to have more vegan options here too.

Where: 185 Bleecker St (West Village), but also Flatiron and Soho. More locations coming soon.

Best for: hungry vegans

Everyone’s talking about: the guac burger and the air baked sweet potato fries. Try Sweets by Chloe for vegan desserts too!

 


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Everyone I asked said we should go here. I loved it! The decor is very pretty and the menu has a good mix of delicious treats and healthy eats.

Where: 224 Lafayette Street (Lower Manhattan) and 50 Carmine Street (Greenwich Village)

Best for: all-day breakfast lovers

Everyone’s talking about: green shakshuka, duck bacon, and rosewater waffle.


 

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Pietro Nolita

I’m a sucker for pink restaurants, and this one is entirely pink! Its owners met while working at Dolce & Gabbana so as you’d expect the interior is pretty dreamy. The idea for it is to create an American diner-style place serving healthy Italian food.

Where: 174 Elizabeth Street (in Nolita, obviously!)

Best for: adding some colour to your ‘grams thanks to its pretty all-pink interior (and exterior!)

Everyone’s talking about: pasta! Make it wholewheat or gluten-free for an extra dollar or two.


 

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La Pecora Bianca

My friend who lives in NYC recommended this one and after a quick look at the reviews I really want to go there. There is nothing more satisfying than freshly made pasta!

Where: corner of 26th and Broadway (NoMad)

Best for: fresh pasta and quality ingredients

Everyone’s talking about: gramigna pasta and kale lasagne


 

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The Butcher’s Daughter

Another recommendation from a local, The Butcher’ Daughter is great if you’re trying to eat healthy or stay away from the bacon. Don’t go there if you’re looking for fluffy pancakes!

Where: 19 Kenmare St (Nolita) and 581 Hudson St (West Village)

Best for: healthy vegetarian food and (expensive) cold-pressed juices

Everyone’s talking about: avocado toast (popular at all the pretty NYC spots it seems!) and salads


Two Hands

I’d heard about this place a few times before going to New York as it seems to be one of those places that everyone loves. Started by two Australians, this place is bright, modern, and filled with plants.

Where: 164 Mott St in Little Italy (cafe) and 251 Church St, TriBeCa (restaurant and bar)

Best for: avocado and coffee lovers

Everyone’s talking about: gluten-free walnut and banana bread with espresso mascarpone. It’s a must try!


 

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NYC's prettiest restaurants for lunch or brunch!

Phew, that was a lot of pink and avocado! Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourite pretty restaurants and I’ll add them to the list. I certainly wish I had all of these great spots on my radar on our first day in New York.