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Travel Guide: Best Neighborhoods in New York City

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As a sprawling, larger-than-life city, New York is a a rich mixture of different neighborhoods. From hectic southern end of Manhattan, to the hippest hangouts across the water, the changing faces of all the different districts create one of the most diverse cities on the planet.

These are the best neighborhoods in New York City.


For a wild night out in New York, head to Soho. Only the elite can really afford to live in this well-to-do area, but because of that trend, it’s home to high-end bars, restaurants, and shops. After dark the streets come alive – music spills out of clubs and lights flood the streets.

During the day, Soho is good for a stroll and an opportunity to gawp at its beautiful buildings. This district’s vibe also merges into Nolita and Tribeca, both areas adjacent to Soho.

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Brooklyn and Williamsburg

Known for a number of years as two of the most happening areas in New York, neighbouring districts Brooklyn and Williamsburg are a hive of activity. Dive bars, independent coffee shops, thrift stores and countless events going on every day all contribute to this area’s buzzing atmosphere, as well as the thousands that call it home.

Couple your trip to Brooklyn and Williamsburg with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, which offers unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline.



Any big city would be incomplete without a thriving Chinatown, and NYC’s is one of the world’s most hectic – and thus loveable. Stroll through the packed streets by day or night to experience the district’s sights, sounds and smells, sipping on bubble tea as you walk.

Chinatown is especially good for budget eats. The hundreds of restaurants here are affordable and you get a lot of bang for your buck – like all good Asian eateries, plates are piled high.

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Lower East Side

Almost as fancy as Soho but a little more rough around the edges, the Lower East Side (and East Village, in fact) are more vibrant neighbourhoods on the south end of Manhattan. Full of foodie hangouts and cool design stores, you could spend a whole day wandering around the Lower East Side diving in and out of its most interesting enclaves.


Midtown East and West

Home to some of New York’s most jaw-dropping sights – the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, and the Chrysler Building – Midtown East and West are areas that any visitor to New York won’t want to miss. Sat right in between the two is Times Square, and even though it’s hugely touristy to want your picture taken in the middle of it, it’s an irresistible bucket list moment.

In this area you’ll also find Fifth Avenue, the best place for shopping addicts in New York – even if you can only afford to do some window shopping…


What do you think are the best neighborhoods in New York?