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Things to do in Upper East Side

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Upper East Side. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Upper East Side 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 Upper East Side 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 Upper East Side.

  • Blue Tree

    Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys... More
  • BrellaBar

  • Cornelia Day Resort

    This 22,000-square-foot self-proclaimed "day resort" on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is stocked with decadent touches, like cashmere throws and butlers... More
  • Fragments

    Magazine editors pull jewelry for shoots, and buyers from stores around the world discover new designers at this specialist in the latest adornment... More
  • Gagosian Gallery

  • Guerlain Spa

    The New York outpost of renowned French spa Guerlain is located inside the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Treatment rooms are decorated in soothing ... More
  • Hermès Men's Boutique

    Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès has evolved into one of the world’s most respected brands of ready-to-wear and personal accessories. The brand ope... More
  • Make

    On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry, a... More
  • Roberta Freymann

    If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing, ... More
  • Save Venice Book Party

  • The Frick Collection

    Pittsburgh-born, 19th-century robber baron Henry Clay Frick spent his coal-and-steel millions filling his opulent Fifth Avenue limestone home with ... More

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