New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and with so much on offer you’ll never find yourself bored in the Big Apple. But what might surprise you is that it is possible to get a real taste for the city in just 48 hours.

So whether you’re enjoying a romantic weekend away or have limited time to explore on your business trip, check out our guide to making the most of your time during a short break in New York City.

Day 1

Morning: The city is famous for its great breakfasts, so head to the award-winning Jack’s Stir Brew on Front Street and enjoy an organic coffee to start off your day. After that, head to Pier 17 for a fantastic view of Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy a leisurely amble around the area’s upmarket shops and 19th-century warehouse buildings.

Then top off your first morning with a visit to the iconic Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Commuter Ferry will take you past and show you some of the city’s breath-taking sights along the way. Best of all, the 50 minute round-trip is completely free!

Afternoon: Head over to the Lower East Side where you’ll find a vibrant Jewish population, and a hip, artsy student crowd. Wander round and soak up the atmosphere or visit the famous Katz’s Deli for the city’s finest pastrami sandwich.

If you’re hankering for a spot of retail therapy, head to the world’s largest department store, Macy’s, or splurge at the luxurious Bloomingdale’s, Barneys and Saks.

Evening: After treating yourself to some delicious dim sum in Chinatown, head over to West Village where you’ll find nightlife to suit all budgets and tastes. There are stylish bars around Sixth Avenue and exclusive clubs in the Meatpacking District, while Christopher Street is the vibrant centre of New York’s gay scene.

Day 2

Morning: Start off the day with a French toast fry –up at Lexington Candy Shop before wandering to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you’ll find more than a million art works from across Europe, Africa, the Islamic world and the Americas.

Afternoon: You’re bound to be tired after a busy morning of exploring, so take some time out to relax and unwind at the iconic central Park. If you’re not the type to just sit back and rest your legs, the park is also home to a zoo, ice rink, mini amusement park and a lake where you can rent a boat and take in the amazing views of the city skyscrapers.

Be sure to pencil in some time for a visit to the Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Centre and you’ll be rewarded with the very best view of the city. You can also admire the Empire State Building from here too, without having to contend with the crowds.

Evening: It wouldn’t be a trip to New York without a visit to a show, so spend your last evening in style and catch a production at Broadway. Or, for a cheaper alternative, visit an Off Broadway show. You’ll find plenty of plays on offer from an array of respected playwrights.