A millennial take on the Big Apple

Matthew Kelly
Social Media Producer

Millennials. The generation who prefers an Instagram pic of smashed avo on toast over owning a house.

With our OTT brunch blowouts in mind, you’d think we had no money for long-haul travel but us social-media-driven folk jet-set more than any other generation and we’re bringing our overuse of hashtags with us #NoHouseNoWorries

New York City is a crowd favourite… #shocking, but not, because it’s one of the few places in the world where you can star in a drag show and visit an indoor tropical rainforest in the same day.

Another huge drawcard? The city’s unique hotspots made famous by social media. I’m not talking about views of Central Park from The Top of the Rock, but more bakeries with neon pink interiors and bars that serve outrageous cocktails.

New York City is a popular destination with millennial travellers, but not for traditional reasons. Source: Instagram

Here are the millennial-loved hot spots that will make one’s social media feed #TotallyLit.

The Langham

Midtown Manhattan

Located in the Manhattan’s midtown precinct, on Fifth Avenue,  The Langham is a stone’s throw away from trendy neighbourhoods, but still close to the city’s famous landmarks. The Flatiron Building is a 10 minute walk away, perfect for those in tourist mode.

The bathroom’s has sweeping views of the famous Manhattan Skyline. Source: Instagram

We were lucky enough to be invited to stay The Langham, and just uploading a photo of the fresh flowers in the foyer will be enough to make your followers cry with envy. The suites boast contemporary décor, wooden panels line the walls and beautiful artwork and furniture appears around every corner. The holy grail is the bathroom where you’ll get that new profile picture featuring the iconic skyline.  My bath was literally facing the Clyster Building, fingers crossed the windows are tinted LOL.

The Langham’s award-winning restaurant Ai Fiori puts on a delicious breakfast Source: Instagram

Once you’re finished living your Pretty Woman moment, The Langham’s award-winning restaurant Ai Fiori puts on a delicious breakfast.  Try the spinach and mushroom omelette, bacon, a fruit platter with freshly squeezed juice. It makes the perfect breakfast flat lay snap.

Supermoon Bakehouse
Lower Manhattan

After a unique food experience that you can’t get in Australia? The Supermoon Bakehouse serves a delicious range of croissants and cruffins, but not the regular type you can buy at Bakers Delight.  All pastries have a unique twist, some covered with glitter, where others are stuffed with Nutella and rainbow fillings.

In April, we devoured a rainbow croissant… it was delicious. Source: Instagram

The madness doesn’t stop at the food, the bakery’s décor screams Instagram.  The combination of neo-pink light and walls lined with glittery boxes and over-the-top croissants and cruffins will give your followers no choice but to double tap.

The menu changes often, so no guarantees on what type of pastry is on offer. But we promise all items are extra.

Prince Street
Soho

After breaking our F45 fitness program at the Supermoon Bakehouse, we strolled to NYC’s fashion capital Soho. Think picturesque shop fronts and potted tulips lining the streets; perfect for a landscape snap.

Prince Street’s broken down car is the piece of content you didn’t know your Instagram account needed. Source: Instagram

Instagram addicts I hope you’re sitting down: Soho’s main road ’Spring Street’ has a vintage car filled with flowers, we almost cried of happiness thinking of all the content opportunities. Located out the front of the Inter-mix store, the broken-down car is filled with an abundance of local blooms. If you want to get a candid photo of yourself in front of the car showcasing your latest spring frock, we recommend getting it done in the morning, as it can get pretty busy.

Matcha and More
China Town

Let’s be real, taking natural pictures can work up quite the appetite even if you ate your body weight at the hotel’s restaurant.  Chinatown’s Matcha and More is the perfect place to indulge in a snack and rest your feet.

The gold-leaf vegan ice cream is a crowd favourite.  Source: Instagram: @impressiveplates

Home desserts and beverages all containing matcha equal #groundbreaking.  But it’s the perfect way to give your immune system a little boost.  The gold-leaf vegan ice cream was honestly worth the 27-hour flight from Sydney, the combination of sweet and savoury flavours took us to dessert paradise… we may have gone back for seconds.

The Highline
West Side/Chelsea

The Highline was once the New York rail track that connected the city’s west side to Central Manhattan. Today it’s an elevated walking track, featuring mini parks and seating where many locals go to read a good book or enjoy the views of the Hudson River.

High above the ground, the 2.4 kilometre walking track is sprawled across the west side, starting the Chelsea.  Take in the unique views of local architecture and get your photography skills on.

Walking the Highline is a great way to see New York’s famous architecture. Source: Instagram

After you have got your step count up, we recommend The Whitney Museum which is right at the end of the High Line. Showcasing a range of contemporary and local artists, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a feel of the city’s art scene without lining up for hours at the Met.

Bar Fiori
Midtown Manhattan

After a busy (and stressful) day of exploring and taking thousands of pictures, enjoying a nice cocktail is not a question, it’s a necessity.

Bar Fiori is located at The Langham (so afterwards you crawl back to your luxe bathtub). The bar has a bustling city vibe and an impressive drink menu, making it the perfect place to live your Sex and the City dream.  The Blossom Punch cocktail is every young traveller’s dream – the combination of grapefruit and rosé creates the most incredible shade of pink and a good photo opp.

Bar Fiori has an impressive cocktail menu, all which are highly Instagramable. Source: Bar Fiori

There you have it, an Insta-worthy guide to the city that never sleeps. Now there’s no excuse for having a basic feed!

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