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Lotta Nieminen

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Art Director

New York City Guide

Shopping

  • Creatures Of Comfort

    My dream closet would be having around the clock access to Creatures of Comfort. This beautiful Nolita store stocks mostly clothing (their own line as well as a good selection of other designer brands) and jewelry, but also some beautiful design objects and books. Creatures of Comfort hosts bi-monthly happenings and workshops in their collaborative concept space, which are definitely worth stumbling upon.

  • Sprout Home

    This Williamsburg flower shop is the best place to get the most gorgeous fresh cut flowers. I can easily spend a good half an hour assembling a bouquet myself, but if in doubt or a rush, you can also let the amazing staff take care of the magic for you.

Food

  • Battersby

    During my first visit to this Carroll Gardens restaurant I had a taste of pretty much everything on their menu over the course of 3 hours – and boy, every single dish was to die for! You can watch the owners whip up their delicious fare in the little kitchen at the end of the cozy dining room. Don't miss the kale salad.

  • Diner

    Even if Diner wasn’t a rock throw away from my apartment, I would still travel a great length to dine there. They have one of the best burgers in town, but everything else on the constantly changing menu (which the waiter will write on your paper tablecloth) is definitely worth the try. If you decide to feast there at brunch time, make sure to order one of their delicious bloody marys! Diner shares their kitchen with Marlow & Sons, an equally amazing food hot spot right next door.

Bars

  • Elsa

    Elsa is an Alphabet City bar with great cocktails and a fun vibe. Ever since my first visit, I’ve always ordered the exact same drink, and can never seem to switch it up: Ms Jenkins Cup, their own spin on the Pimm’s Cup, served from a big mason jar, topped with a salad serving’s worth of cucumber.

  • Hotel Delmano

    My go-to neighborhood bar for a nice date over delicious drinks. Gets easily crowded in the evening, but the old-timey cocktails make it all worth it. With that typical Brooklyn speakeasy interior and a staff clothed to match, Delmano still never feels too staged. For snack-cravings, Delmano offers a nice selection of oysters and other small plates.

Adventures

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    This spa in Tribeca is my favorite New York spot when in need of serious pampering. Aire is the perfect escape from all the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can forget about everything by indulging in a long, serene bath. You can drift from one thermal pool to another: warm up in a steaming hot bath, dip in the ice cold plunge pool and float around in the salt water pool. Fun with a friend or solo for some peaceful and relaxing me-time.

  • Spend the day drawing at The Met

    The Metropolitan Museum is a classic, but I discovered it in a whole new way after I started doing drawing trips there. I rarely draw by hand anymore, so this is the perfect place to get some much needed exercise in sketching. Their collections of old African masks and ancient Japanese war costumes are a big source of inspiration. In the summer, the rooftop is the perfect spot for a drink and an amazing view over Central Park.

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