American royal watchers—of which there are plenty in this office—are buzzing with excitement over the fact that on Dec. 7, Kate Middleton is making her first trip to New York! (Oh yeah, and her husband Prince William, too. Sadly, the adorable Prince George will be sitting this one out. )
On the three-day itinerary? A gala at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art to benefit their alma mater, the University of St. Andrews, a trip to the September 11 museum, and a Nets game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, among many, many, many other things.
While the pair’s schedule is jam-packed, sources tell People that the Duchess is hoping to find some free time to explore the Big Apple and, of course, go shopping. And who better to provide the princess with some recos than the tastemakers from within InStyle's own NYC offices?
From shopping to dining, working out and relaxing, see the spots our editors believe are fit for a princess.
“The Natural History Museum. The butterfly exhibition is so special and sure to enchant. While pregnant it is important to make memories that will last a lifetime. Also, Bergdorf Goodman layette shopping followed by tea time. The most beautiful items for babies in N.Y.C. are there. And to have tea at BG Restaurant right now is a treat, as you have the view to Central Park and the leaves changing.”
“Bonpoint on Madison for their days of the week onesies. It's my go-to shower gift present. They are adorable.”
“Ballet Beautiful is a form of exercise started by ex-ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers, who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan. She had a baby last year and just launched a new prenatal exercise program at her studio in SoHo, where she does classes and private sessions. She will also come to you.”
“The only one I would suggest is a dinner at Per Se. And enjoy the Caudalie Spa at The Plaza.”
“If they happen to get a little homesick for Brit-inspired fare, Will and Kate should take a cab out to Chip Shop in Park Slope. The place is run by Chris and Vicki Sell, who moved here from England and immediately noticed the lack of authentic British cuisine. They have great British comfort food like fish and chips, bangers and mash, puddings, and of course, fried chocolate bars.”