My town


The first time I went to New York was for work. I was being photographed for the US edition of Vogue by master snapper Steven Meisel. So I had to go often. I liked it so much I stayed.

I’ve always lived in the same street, but the city has so many museums, shops, parks, cinemas and theatres to see…. A few months ago I shared with you some of my favourite places. I love NY so much I wanted to let you in on some more cool spots this week.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do all the touristy stuff. This is just in addition to that.

In the Lower East Side, check out Cafe Chabron it’s incredible and makes you feel like you are in a Parisian establishment.

Chelsea is worth a  wander because of all the new buildings being put up there. Art junkies like me should visit Gagosian and Pace Wildstein galleries.

In Uptown I also love the Neue Galerie, run by Roland Lauder and featuring Austrian art –  Klimt, Egon Schiele etc. It’s beautiful and the cafe has fabulous Austrian food.

The Meatpacking District has changed so much. It’s really interesting with about 1,000 shops – DVF, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen. Just down the road from these is Jeffrey, a department store with a great selection of shoes.

Also check out Scoop, my top tip for this area

When it comes to food and people watching try restaurants like Pastis. Sex and the City fans, this features in an episode when Carrie is dating the Russian.

Nolita is another of my favourites with Cafe Gitane for breakfast and Cafe Habana, which serves the best Cuban food in the city. Make sure you have their Mexican style corn.

In Soho head for Intermix (Lanvin pumps, all the US designer brands and cool jeans), Uniqlo and Curve.

My pick of restaurants includes Sushi Yasuda, Pop Burger (you can’t come to NY and not have a burger!), Serafina for pizzas and Nobu Robert de Niro’s Japanese in Tribeca.

Really fashionable right now are Lavo for brunch at the weekend and Le Baron in Chinatown.

A gym to work it all off? Exhale Madison Avenue.