• "My favourite thing about living in the 'burg is that it has more of that village feel that we find back home. Getting off the train after a long day in Manhattan, things just slow down." (Image credits: supplied).

  • "My favourite thing about living in the 'burg is that it has more of that village feel that we find back home. Getting off the train after a long day in Manhattan, things just slow down." (Image credits: supplied).

  • "My favourite thing about living in the 'burg is that it has more of that village feel that we find back home. Getting off the train after a long day in Manhattan, things just slow down." (Image credits: supplied).

  • "My favourite thing about living in the 'burg is that it has more of that village feel that we find back home. Getting off the train after a long day in Manhattan, things just slow down." (Image credits: supplied).

An Australian Expat’s suggestions for New York City

Lucy Babbage is our go-to girl when it comes to what’s cool and good in New York City. Previously based in Brisbane, she made the leap to the ‘Mecca of opportunity and adventure’ a near two years ago, and it’s only been good things since. Her guide to NYC of where to eat, shop and explore features a mix of local favourites, and those ‘must dos’ for visitors to tick off the list.

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Why New York City and since when?

I took a gap year and was a nanny in NYC during university. I always knew I wanted to return at some point and work here professionally, so in 2012 I took the plunge and moved back here and have been loving this crazy Mecca of opportunity and adventure ever since.

In one sentence describe your now town?

How about in one word? Indelible.

What are you doing between the hours of ‘9 – 5’?

It sometimes ends up more like 10:30am and 10:30pm but I’m the head of team and culture at a fintech startup called Betterment.

Which pocket of NYC do you call home and what does it offer that others don’t?

Williamsburg. My favourite thing about the ‘burg is that it has more of that village feel that we find back home. Getting off the train after a long day in Manhattan, things just slow down. It’s nice to be able to just stay in the one neighbourhood all weekend and still have everything you’d want – great restaurants, coffee, bars, shops, movies, etc. – at your fingertips.

Easily the best spots to get coffee in NYC are… If I’m catching up with a friend: Toby’s Estate on N 6th ad Berry St in Williamsburg right by my favourite store Madewell. My go to on the way to work is Blue bottle on Berry St & N 4th St in Williamsburg. A weekend coffee run is never complete without a delicious tomato & brie breakfast baguette: Deppeneur on Whythe and N 3rd St.

If after a long celebratory meal we’ll head to any of the following restaurants… Glasserie, (Greenpoint), Lil Frankie’s (East Village), Rosemary’s (West Village) and Lafayette (Soho).

Saturday brunch is best spent tucking into the fare at… Café Mogador (Williamsburg), Café Collette, (Williamsburg) and Buvette (West Village).

The best route for a walk/run (perhaps to ward of jetlag) is found at… the Williamsburg waterfront, the Central Park Reservoir or Hudson River Greenway.

I’m easily talked into savouring a Sunday lunch at… Joseph Leonard (West Village); ABC Kitchen, (Flatiron) or Radegest Bier Hall (Williamsburg)

The city’s slickest independent boutiques are… Nolita & Greenpoint

Special gifts for loved ones can always be found at… Baggu & Catbird.

One of the coolest precincts for a browse would be… Soho.

If stocking up on beautiful produce and supplies for home entertaining, best to get them at… Eataly in the city, or Deppeneur in Williamsburg.

A unique mini break outside of the city is… Hyannisport in Cape Cod, Hudson River Valley in New York, Newport on Rhode Island, or Northfork on Long Island.

Lucy has supplied Pepper Passport with seasonal itineraries she’s designed that really show off New York City. Keep watching for we’ll publish them in the weeks to come. 

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