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Things to do in New York

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in New York. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite New York attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in New York to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in New York.

  • (Le) Poisson Rouge

    Created by musicians, (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR) on Bleecker Street is a indie venue for music, dance, and theater located just a few blocks south of... More
  • 105 Riv

    105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down the street. Expect 105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but a... More
  • 52nd Street Project

    The 52nd Street Project was founded by actor/playwright Willie Reale in 1981 with the aim of improving the lives of the children living in New York... More
  • A.b.k. Custom Leather Craft

  • A.P.C. Surplus store

    Last season’s clothes are about half-price. More
  • ABC Carpet & Home

    Entering this six-floor, boho-luxury emporium transports you straight into a gypsy king's lair. The ceiling drips with chandeliers in every imagina... More
  • Abingdon 12

    p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Located in a pre-Civil War townhome just off Abingdon Square in the West Village, Abingdon 12 is a shop full of curi... More
  • Absolute Bagels

    Serving what are, arguably, some of New York City’s best bagels, Absolute Bagels is a small, unassuming shop on the city’s famed Upper West Side. T... More
  • Acorn, a Brooklyn Toy Shop

    At this fairy tale of a store, you'll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Wal... More
  • Adirondack Museum

    Embark on a Gilded Age expedition here for exhibitions of the region’s history: logging, boating, and handmade furniture. Pick up lunch at the muse... More
  • Adirondack Park

    Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area. More
  • Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

    This brightly lit, pink-and-white walled Soho boutique takes its name from the Spanish fashion designer, who started her career in women’s clothing... More
  • Ajna Bar

    Located in the Meatpacking District, Ajna (nee Buddha) Bar serves cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and sushi in an opium den-like setting, complete ... More
  • Alessi

    Specializing in stainless steel household goods, this Italian-based kitchenware company’s flagship U.S. store sits in New York’s Soho neighborhood.... More
  • Alison Wines & Vineyards

    In a peeling red dairy barn from the 1800s, the tasting room pours Merlots and fruit wines, two regional specialties turning the Hudson Valley into... More

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