The Meraki Guide is a food, lifestyle and travel blog by Shirley Wang, an Oxford graduate currently based in Hong Kong.

Love Letter to New York

Love letter to New York

It was around this time last year that I first visited New York. I always thought I'd like the place - I'm a big city person at heart, so the hustle and bustle as well as the ever-changing food and cafe scene, multiculturalism, rich history and the city's significance in so many disparate fields ranging from art and literature to fashion and finance, really appealed to me.

A mere seven days spent in the city was all it took for me to decide I need to move there someday. 


New York photographs beautifully, and below are some shots I took from my trip last year. Mind you, a picture might say a thousand words, but these photographs don't do New York justice.

Travel there and experience the incredible city for yourself if you get the chance.

The New York Edition Hotel
New York skyline
The Apartment by The Line
The High Line

Below is a list of places I managed to cover during my trip. A full-length New York travel guide is in the making, so stay tuned.  

To stay

  • New York Edition: understated luxury meets contemporary minimalist design, the brainchild of Ian Schrager who pioneered the luxury boutique hotel industry. 
  • The Quin: book the terrace suite for a balcony that overlooks Central Park. 

To eat & drink

Restaurants & Dessert Shops  

  • Maialino: delightful Italian cuisine. 
  • Buvette: this little French bistro and wine bar will transport you to Paris. Get the "steamed" eggs (which they make using the steaming wand of an espresso machine!) 
  • House of Small Wonder (Brooklyn): a small eatery inspired by European gardens, offers western dishes with Japanese influences. Order the tsukune (chicken meatball) rice. 
  • Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream: burnt honey vanilla (one of my all-time favourite ice cream flavours) and green tea pistachio are a match made in heaven. 


  • Toby's Estate & La Colombe: to get your caffeine fix. 
  • Chalait: for green tea-themed food and beverages. 
  • Greecologies: better known for selling Greek yoghurt, this cafe also offers beautiful coffees and green tea beverages. Well-worth popping in to take a look at the stunning Grecian interior too. 

To shop 

Looking forward to 2018.