We treated ourselves today to a heartwarming Volcano Coffee Latte at Rococo Chocolates Motcomb Street along with a delicious brownie. I couldn’t recommend this place more!
My New York trip that happened less than 15 days ago is something I obsessed over for weeks. I couldn’t wait to get my visit visa and actually land in the city. I am well acquainted with some of the best hotels and brands in London and just getting the experience of another city was something I have been hungry for ages. However, its not just the glamour. I have always wanted to visit the neighbourhoods, the cafes, bookstores and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of the city.
I must say New York is much more relaxed overall as a city if you were to compare it to London. People tend to take life a bit more easy and the morning commuters to work seemed to be a bit more sociable even though they were equally in a rush to get somewhere.
My trip consisted of walking around for hours, just getting a feel of Madison Avenue, 5th Avenue, Times Square, the West Village, Upper West Side, Upper East Side and the list goes on and on!
I must recommend to all visitors and especially those who want to get a real New York experience. Dont plan everything. Let a few things happen naturally and stumbling upon little streets and stores is the most enjoyable part of NYC. I particularly enjoyed discovering The Plaza Food Hall! I mean, what an amazing idea! One of New York’s most iconic luxury hotels actually managed to open a very European yet stunning food hall in their basement open to foodies, guests and tourists.
My favourite building was The Trump Tower on Madison Avenue. The black exterior with the welcoming door men just does the magic. If you get a chance do walk through it. Do also visit the Four Seasons New York for a morning coffee. The cafe is situated right above the lobby so you get a chance to enjoy people watching and don’t feel too enclosed.
Above all, I love how New York does start coming back to life at 5:00 am. The Starbucks’ start opening up at 5:30 and that is the best time to take a walk around in your vicinity watching yellow cabs lining up and if you happen to be near Time Square, actually getting a sight of the lights without the crowds.
The Bouchon Bakery I went to is located in the Time Warner building that overlooks Columbus Circle and Central Park. I vowed to walk everywhere in New York even though everyone warned me that my feet would eventually kill me but I was quite adamant.
Took me 25 minutes to walk from the Paramount Hotel to The Columbus Circle which I very much enjoyed. I had a meeting at the Mandarin in an hour so decided to snoop around the shopping mall. The thing about American shopping malls is that they are very spacious. This is exactly what I felt about the Time Warner building. Very open aired, wide and it just allows you to breathe. The glass building is another plus point. You’re able to enjoy the views even from the 2nd floor as you face Manhattan, the CNN building and Central Park.
Bouchon Bakery’s restaurant was where I decided to have a bite. A bit on the pricier side but yet amazing service, a delicious salmon and good cold coffee had me sold. I enjoyed relaxing there and admired the views.
I do recommend this place as a meeting point but also as must go place for its baked goodies as it is New York’s gem.
I actually didnt get a chance to take a picture but this is a snap of the view from the same floor as Bouchon Bakery. One thing I regret is not checking out the massive Whole Foods below which I will do next time for sure!
Dont you just love the views?
I believe I should start blogging about my New York adventure by starting to write about Sant Ambroeus, the gorgeous cafe in the Upper East Side right next door to The Mark. Credit goes to the Hotel Manager of The Mark for guiding me to this gem. I don’t think it could have gotten any better.
The cafe is the epitome of what you would see in movies. A classy spot for the New Yorkers to stop by to pick up their morning coffees and iced lattes on the way to work or back from their morning work outs. The cafe was buzzing with business meetings and friends meeting up for breakfast.
I was headed to a meeting at Madison Avenue right after so I decided to order some breakfast and quite a big one. I opted to have the pancakes along with a latte. The good thing was they were not greasy and came with a good portion of fruits taking the guilt away from me. I had heard that coffee would not be amazing in New York but the latte was actually good. The only thing that did surprise me was the size of the latte more geared towards a flat white.
The location is amazing and the cafe really did introduce me to the life on the Upper East side – couldnt have asked for more! Definitely a taster of the local life.
To book your next breakfast please visit: http://www.santambroeus.com/ristorante.html