What are your go-to New York guidebooks? When I’m travel planning I tend to read local blogs and websites (like this one and this one) and magazines (like this one). But I’m loving the sound of this beautifully designed collection of New York City guides written by locals.



There are 7 in total and each one points you to local hang-outs and hidden places you might not read about in traditional guidebooks, as well as encouraging you to see well-known places in different ways. They’re also printed on nice paper and  fold up neatly, so you don’t look like a tourist!


I love the sound of ‘How to Find Old New York’ (40 places that belong to an almost dying breed – well-worn luncheonettes, hidden bookshops, vintage cinemas… and not a chain in sight), ‘Brooklyn, A Bar for All Reasons’, and ‘Eating Queens’.

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Herb Lester collage

Eating Queens


The set costs £20, or you can buy them separately for £4. Find The Collected Guides here and separate guides here.

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