In many ways, I think that New York City is designed for solo travelling. The hotel rooms are tiny, you can often pick up single seats to Tony-winning Broadway shows and, perhaps best of all, as a single diner you can get a seat at the bar of some hard-to-get-into restaurants. Plus, for a photographer, NYC is like a visual candy store and as a solo traveller I can feel free to stop and sample any time.

I was happy to spend my birthday weekend on a solo trip to New York that was a combination of new experiences and old favourites. Here’s a little guide:

The Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side opened about a year ago and I was lucky enough to take advantage of some introductory rates. The room was tiny but a perfect jewel box and the bathroom had amazing natural light.

Buvette is a tiny slice of Paris in the West Village. The scrambled eggs are pretty much perfection, as was my window seat.

Cafe Colette in Williamsburg is a great place for brunch and has one of the best views from a barstool that I know. I love that distressed blue wall.

Russ and Daughters Cafe also serves up a fabulous brunch. House-smoked salmon eggs benedict on potato latkes. Oh yes.

ABC Kitchen in Union Square offers up another gorgeous barstool view and great food from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The new Whitney Museum is a gorgeous building housing a collection of work by a diverse group of artists.

Taking a class at Milk Bar was a little birthday treat to myself. Such a fun evening plus an amazing birthday cake to take home.

Le Labo is a craft perfumery that is a little slice of heaven for a scent-lover like me.

Chelsea Market is crowded and crazy but home to some amazing food and great shops.

ABC Carpet & Home is so beautiful, I just want to move in and stay forever.