The frenzy of Wall Street, the galleries of Soho, the green lungs of Central Park: Manhattan still has the assets – and the charms – to back up its considerable confidence.

Manhattan has many faces. More than a global icon of the arts, finance and fashion, it's a real, pulsing city, with a fascinating past. Trendsetters sashay between cutting-edge restaurants and bars, while world-class institutions like the Met and the Guggenheim offer deep cultural cred. This fabulously diverse borough is begging to be explored, from the gaudy buzz of Midtown to leafy West Village and beyond.