We are so excited to announce our money can't buy competition, just launched at samanthawills.com! With our friends at QANTAS & Vogue Australia, we are sending one lucky winner and a friend to NYC to experience the concrete jungle at a time when it is most alive; during Fashion Week. Flying in the most luxe of ways (on QANTAS, of course), not only will you receive a prize pack worth $10,000 (including goodies from David Jones, Burberry & Original Mineral), you will also enjoy cocktails with Samantha herself and receive the best tips this (very fashionable) NYC resident has to offer.

In the meantime, Samantha has given us an insight into some of her favourite spots in NYC, whatever your mood (and whether or not you're a tourist or a long time resident!).


I’m a Downtown girl! I’ve been living in New York City’s Meatpacking District for 5 years now – I design all of our collections in my loft apartment that has a small studio set up in it.  From bars & restaurants to fitness (to work off the cocktails!) here are my recommendations for Downtown Manhattan!


MALAPARTE – West Village - 753 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Without a doubt the restaurant I eat most at in NYC! Coastal Italian, and THE most delicious grilled calamari you will ever come across!

Cash Only (as all the best Italian places are!)

BESPOKE KITCHEN – West Village - 615 Hudston Street, New York, NY 10014

A new edition to the neighbourhood, with delicious cocktails and a menu catered just to YOU! Choose your meat (or vegetables), your preference of light or heavy flavour and let your waiter know what you want excluded (gluten free, diary, shellfish etc). From this, the chef will create a bespoke meal based on your selections for each person at the table!

BUDDAKAN - 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Touristy? Yes. But you can blame Big & Carrie for having their engagement dinner there? DO NOT miss out on going – if only for the Edamame Dumplings alone. I order 3 plates just for myself. They will change your life. You’re welcome.

THE SPOTTED PIG - 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Good for celebrity spotting - you will have more than enough time to look as the wait is never less than 1.5 hrs to dine there.

THE OTHER ROOM - 143 Perry St, New York, NY 10014

A gorgeous little wine bar, with an awesome vibe. Perfect for pre or post dinner drinks.


KAVA – 803 Washington St, New York, NY, 10014

I am at KAVA at least once a day. My coffee of choice: an almond milk flat white. Hopefully James is there; if he is, tell him I say hi.

FIKA - 555 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

You will find these dotted around the city - REALLY. GOOD. COFFEE. I call past the one on 6th ave on my way home from SOUL CYCLE. Walk past the Starbucks, find a FIKA. You’ll thank me for it.



At its most beautiful in summer, but worth a walk at any time of the year – go from Meatpacking to Midtown along the Highline. Nature, art & often live performances await.


THE WHITNEY - 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Downtown's newest place to get your culture fix. Go for the art, stay for the sunset view from the rooftop bar.



I love to run along the Hudson River - if you aren’t catching a rooftop sunset, I would suggest doing the Hudson River run (or walk) around sundown. It’s a beautiful sight!


My BFF got me onto SOUL CYCLE & I’m beyond obsessed. I ride about 6 times a week. My all time favorite instructor is Mantas - when you high five him after class, tell him I sent you! My other suggestion is to also look at the theme rides – a full ride to Taylor Swift music? Yes.


No matter if you are staying in an Air Bnb, with a friend or in a hotel – Fresh flowers are so accessible in NYC! With every corner sporting a bodega, pick up fresh roses for $10 a bunch, or if you find yourself in the flower district (28th between 6th & 7th) walk along to find your perfect bloom from the wholesalers.



CHLOE & BLOOMINGDALES in Soho are my first stops! You can get lost (and spend the equivalent of a house deposit in the SOHO streets!)


O+M SALON - 55 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

The best in the business. I get my colour, cuts & blow outs done with Janelle at O+M. An Aussie brand doing amazing things in the big apple. Make your appointment now (and be sure to pick up my fave product ‘Surf Bomb’ when you are there).


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