The Fashion Girl's Guide to Doing NYC Like a Local

There are countless travel books telling us how we should see New York City. Check out the museums! Eat at a famous deli! See a Broadway show! they advise. But anyone can get recommendations from a guidebook or one of the many traveler websites. We want to know how to plan a more bespoke, less obvious itinerary. The source? Well-traveled creatives who have an eye for stylish, Instagram-worthy spots. Luckily we knew just the person to ask: blogger Nichole Ciotti of Vanilla Extract, who visits NYC frequently and knows all the under-the-radar spots that true locals frequent.

Ahead, you’ll find Ciotti’s ultimate guide to the city that never sleeps, featuring shopping hot spots, people-watching destinations, and the standout Tommy Hilfiger at Macy’s pieces she packs for her stay.