In life, there are people who stand in favor of double dipping and those who stand against it. Food and lifestyle blogger Sophie Svoboda has made it her raison d’être, operating a blog named after that oft-maligned habit that stands in support of catering to life’s most decadent impulses, again and again, without pause or judgement. Her site scours the planet for the best it has to offer, from navigating the streets of Singapore to braving flurries in the Austrian Alps. And if you’re looking for guidance on where to stay, this is your girl. Svoboda has had the privilege of lodging in the most remarkable hotels around, including–if you’ll allow us to toot our own horn–SIXTY LES. While there, this travel pro provided us with her idea of a perfect spring day in New York City. Enjoy.
“A couple blocks away from SIXTY LES, you’ll find Dudley’s,” says Svoboda. “It’s a quaint Australian brunch place that will serve you anything from the perfect avocado toast to an amazing burger.” Dudley’s has long been a favorite of locals and transients alike. As the weather warms up, this place opens its windows and makes good use of its corner location.
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Svoboda continues: “After brunch, stop by Tictail just across the street to shop some up-and-coming designers and browse the cute art and interior design.” Tictail takes the less-is-more approach when it comes to merchandising, which means you won’t be digging through anything sub-par to find the superb. Their bag is to support emerging artists and designers from around the globe. No mass-marketed goods here.
90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Need a mid-morning pick-me-up? “Have a coffee break at Toby’s Estate,” Svoboda suggests. Toby’s got its start as a small-batch roaster in Brooklyn before taking the trip over the bridge. For you coffee snobs out there, here’s the breakdown: they offer single-origin coffee from vetted farmers.
44 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
Time to put that caffeine to good use. “Take a walk over the nearby Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the weather in Brooklyn Bridge Park with these incredible views,” Svoboda says. SIXTY tip? Endure the line at Grimaldi’s, which serves one of the best pizzas in town. It’s worth it. Trust.
“Finally,” Svoboda says, “come back to SIXTY LES and enjoy a cocktail and the amazing view from Tiki Tabu.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Tiki is open 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays.