New York is one of my favourite cities in the States. It hold special memories for me as it was the first place that I visited in the USA and is the city here that reminds me most of London. I love strolling the streets wandering from neighbourhood to neighbourhood taking in the change of architecture, restaurants and people. We picked the perfect time to visit, we avoided the upcoming storm and as it was a bank holiday lots of people had left town for the weekend meaning we never had to wait for a table and there was a relaxed feeling as everyone soaked in the last days of summer. I have an extensive and ever growing list of places I want to try in NYC and we managed to tick off quite a few this trip including the Bluestone Lane Collective Café. I have learnt about Australia’s strong coffee culture from Aussie friends (a couple interesting reads on the topic include this one and this one) so couldn’t wait to try this spot founded by business partners from Perth and Melbourne. This spot didn’t disappoint, the café has an Australian feel from the decor to the menu and reminded me a lot of Farm Girl, a favourite Australian spot in London. I have wanted to visit Australia since I was a small child so until then I am getting a taste of it through coffee shops. While strolling through Tribeca we came across Maman which serves an array of treats including pastries, artisanal breads, quiches, ice cream and heartier lunch options. No design detail is missed here; I swooned over the packaging for their ice cream bowls and take-away coffee cups, each table has an eclectic mix of mismatched chairs and even the lamps have pretty patterns on the inside.