Hey! It's been a while since I've written a blog post and I'm currently traveling in America for my full time job so I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to share some of my zerowaste/plant based/wellness recommendations from the Big Apple!
When traveling to a new country or city I use instagram, google and travel blogs to seek out spots I might want to go to. I'll look at hashtags such as #newyorkvegan to see if anything stands out or check out websites such as Well and Good, who tend to have good travel guides then I'll mark them as 'want to go' on my google maps so I can find them easily.
The Butchers Daughter – In West village, this spot is perfect for brunch before heading to the highline. They offer LA inspired vegetarian and vegan food. I went for the weekend waffles and a turmeric latte. Also the staff here were super friendly and made me feel totally at home even though I was dining solo. It seemed fairly busy though so be prepared to wait for a table, it’ll be worth it though.
PS Kitchen – I strongly recommend the burger, it was SO good I had it twice! I had to check several times the first time that it was actually plant based. The rest of the menu also looked really good and 100% of the profits go to charity as well which I was impressed by.
Cinnamon Snail – If you’re visiting Madison square garden or Penn station, then this is the perfect spot. They had an extensive range of vegan treats such as donuts. I went for the maple tempeh sandwich and cookie dough donut. I’m already planning my next visit.
Kollectiv – Packed full of crystals and CBD infused products, Kollectiv is the ultimate wellness café downtown.
By Chloe – Yes there is one in London but they’re still worth a visit and they have more locations in New York. Remember to take your reuseables though as they only offer biodegradable cutlery and cups. My personal favourite thing on the menu is the pesto meatball sub.
Follain – If clean beauty is your thing then you must check out Follain. They have so many amazing brands under one roof that offer clean vegan beauty and skincare that is plant friendly.
Y7 studio – Hands down best yoga class I have ever been to and the most I’ve ever sweated in a workout class. They have locations all over the city as well so you’re sure to find one close to where you’re staying. Plus, they sell sustainable activewear brand Girlfriend Collective in their studio. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve never done yoga before however as the room is very dark and its mostly verbal instructions.
Rumble - I loved this boxing class! The instructor (Kendall) was amazing and the whole class was really easy to follow as she demonstrated everything and then screens displayed the instructions during the sets. It was a really tough but fun workout, I left with that post workout buzz.
If you’re staying in an Airbnb or have cooking facilities here’s a few spots you can stock up on some package free ingredients.
4ThStreet Co-op – I was so impressed by their range from fruit and veg to plastic free tofu and bulk flours. Definitely worth a visit, don’t forget your grocery bags!
Wholefoods – I was staying by the Wholefoods at Columbus circle which had a massive bulk section and you could even by freshly made pasta and cookies in bulk. I think most of the other wholefoods I went into around the city offered this also. One thing I did notice was there was only plastic bags around to fill up so make sure you BYO.
Package free Shop – How could I visit New York without making the trip to Brooklyn to visit The Package Free Shop, owned by Lauren Singer (Trash is for Tossers). It did not disappoint! I was so impressed with the size of the shop and the range of products on offer. I really hope we will see more shops like this in the very near future.
Buffalo Exchange - I was skeptical about thrift shops at first as I don't tend to have any patience when it comes to charity shops but within minutes of being in buffalo exchange I had an armful of things to try. Not all clothes in here are second hand but they are pretty reasonably priced.
Everlane - I love this brand, so I was excited to visit the shop. They pride themselves on transparency, quality and ethical manufacturing. It's really great for smart basics.
Reformation - Again another brand I've been following for a while and was keen to checkout. The stores only had one size of each style out on racks with screens on the walls you could order your size and it would be in the changing room waiting for you. The changing rooms even included an iPad you could request more styles, a port to plug your own music in and you could change the lighting. They've really thought through the whole retail experience and of course the clothes are gorgeous.
Let me know if you’re visiting New York and head to any of these locations. I’m currently in Philadelphia so I’ll pop a post-up soon about Philly’s reccomendations. All the pictures were taken on my Fairphone 2 so I apologise for the quality!