New York Shopping Guide
You certainly don't need to hear it from us that shopping in New York City is a marathon and not a sprint. It's simply not possible to shop all the trending spots in New York City on a short weekend excursion or even a full week long trip. You'll need to prioritize where you want to shop in New York and what it is that you can't live without when you venture home from you trip to New York. Here's a list of the most popular New York City Shopping areas and NYC shopping districts so that you can try to come home with what you want!
Welcome to Greenwich Village. This is an area worth exploring for its hidden stores and treasures.
Surviving the World Trade Center attack, "New York's Best Kept Secret," Century 21 is the department store where you can find some of the best bargains in the city with 15 departments of top quality and designer merchandise at 40% to 70% off retail prices!
a wonderland of toys! 767 Fifth Avenue (58th St.)
Upon entering FAO Schwarz, you are greeted by the 3-story clock tower singing "Welcome to Our World of Toys." The adventure is about to begin! Frederick August Otto Schwarz opened his "Toy Bazaar" in NYC in 1870. His prosperous business finally brought him to 745 Fifth Avenue, across the street from this location where Bergdorf-Goodman Men's Shop is now located.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY
Over 220 designer stores populate this hamlet of shopping in upstate New York. Located about 1 hour from Manhattan, Woodbury Common is a shopaholic's dream - designer clothing at bargain prices.
Just around the corner from Midtown hotels, many of the world’s greatest retailers lure sophisticated shoppers.
1000 Third Avenue
(between 59th & 60th Streets)
that New York institution at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street, is perhaps the city’s most trendsetting department store. Dating back more than a century, Bloomie’s is invariably packed with shoppers. In the sixties and the seventies, the store catered to young, affluent Eastsiders, but soon shifted its emphasis from merely reflecting Eastsiders’ taste to actually setting it. Nothing much has changed today — except for Bloomingdale’s even loftier heights of savvy.
In busy Herald Square, the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Avenue at 34th Street, stands one of NYC's most famous icons of shopping - Macy's Department Store.
Since 1902, Macy's Herald Square is one of the last turn-of-the-century department stores in existence.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street)
One of the most famous retailers in the world, this elegant department store has been dressing the well-heeled since 1902.
Remember those long-ago lyrics praising Fifth Avenue’s Easter parade? “On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us. . . .”? This grand avenue, from the mid-Thirties to the low Sixties, captured American imaginations earlier this century as a household word connoting elegance. Today, the most prestigious names in fashion, including Tiffany and St. John, still line the thoroughfare. You’ll find a wide variety of shopping choices, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Trump Tower, in addition to landmarks such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Near here is the world-renowned Christie’s Auction House. Also on the Avenue are Wempe’s, The NBA Store and Michael C. Fina. Extensive renovations at Saks have added new sparkle to the historic building, and Henri Bendel, always elegant, is now in its opulent new quarters at 55th Street. The pretty vest-pocket parks and atriums nearby are delightful havens where you can sit and rest while soaking up the atmosphere.
Come to New York and relax? But of course. Browsing is a joy in this Midtown neighborhood, where scores of bookstores and galleries line the blocks just off Fifth Avenue. Can’t live on books and art alone? The shops on 57th Street, from Second to Seventh avenues, offer plenty of alternatives — antiques, fashion, jewelry and crystal, all state-of-the-art themselves. You’ll recognize Burberry, Chanel, Hermès, Escada, Ann Taylor and Charivari, among others. Would you expect less from a street whose most prestigious edifice is Carnegie Hall? In addition to the Russian Tea Room (as much a New York icon as Carnegie Hall), several hip restaurants rev up the pace of this creative district.
Park Avenue and Environs
On Park Avenue, that strip of well-trimmed greenery — hardly a park, but enough of one to justify the avenue’s name — and those gleaming towers and grand apartment houses belie an underlying truth. The tracks of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central Railroad run right down the center of it, underground and out of sight, of course. Above ground, the only track in evidence is the fast-track of this elegant boulevard and its environs. A haven of antique and art galleries, Park Avenue shops also offer apparel, jewelry, luggage, electronics, china and more. One of many notable boutiques is Scully & Scully. Neighborhood landmarks include the fashionable Waldorf=Astoria, with its art deco design, and the remarkable St. Bartholomew’s Church, where Sunday concerts provide a great opportunity to check out the interior of the magnificent building.
All That Glitters
The pace — and the pulse — quickens on 47th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. In the Diamond District, dozens of old-world jewelers deal in diamonds, precious stones and metals of all quality levels.
New York’s renowned designer showrooms, open only to the trade, are found on Seventh Avenue between 34th and 42nd streets. This intriguing aspect of New York’s fashion industry is worth a look.
At 39th Street, just down Seventh Avenue from Times Square, a statue of a tailor at a sewing machine marks the entrance to the Garment District, the largest area for clothing manufacture in the United States. The energy here is great — racks of clothes and trolleys overflowing with bolts of cloth are wheeled in and out of buildings, across roads — and sometimes almost over pedestrians! The Fur District (between 27th and 30th streets) is its own bustling enclave of activity where rich furs and pelts add to the opulence.
Macy’s, on Herald Square at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 34th Street, is one of the world’s largest, most famous department stores. People expect to be able to buy anything at Macy’s — and they very nearly can. For a top-notch shopping center, the Manhattan Mall, on Sixth Avenue and 33rd Street, can’t be beat. Its seven levels and 90 specialty shops offer yet another opportunity for a satisfying shopping experience. You may recognize the exterior of the building as the venerable Gimbel’s, Macy’s chief competitor for 80 years.
Shopping is at its best in the lovely residential neighborhoods on the east and west sides of town, from 58th to 98th streets.
Upper East Side
A bastion of elegance, Madison Avenue is so fashionable, so chic, so continental that even its renowned advertising agencies have a hard time describing it. This delightful thoroughfare is easily on a par with the Rue du Faubourg in Paris. The most prestigious names in fashion make their home here — Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, to name a few, along with elegant Barneys, which carries many of the famed lines. Art galleries, neighborhood boutiques and cafes also line the avenue.
Lexington and Third
Full of interesting shops and cafes, these avenues bustle with local residents frequenting neighborhood boutiques and restaurants. The Citicorp Center (153 E. 53rd St. and Lexington Ave.) is where you’ll find Houston’s, Barnes & Noble, Market Café, Citibank ATMs and more.
Upper West Side
If you head north along Columbus Avenue from Lincoln Center (at West 65th Street) into the seventies and low eighties, you’ll discover the sights, sounds and shopping delights of this lively area. The revitalized thoroughfares of Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, as well as Columbus, offer lovely small shops, antique galleries, toy stores, children’s apparel and more. You’ll be in good company if you stop here for a cappuccino at one of the cafes, browse in some of the excellent bookstores, or plan dinner at any of the scores of good restaurants. And speaking of gourmet food, a cornucopia of outstanding delicacies from patés to fresh baked goods spills forth at Zabar’s, an Upper West Side landmark.
The latest trend in shopping occurs year round at Manhattan’s popular indoor/outdoor flea markets and city-sponsored farmers markets. Check out the Greenflea Flea Market (212-721-0900) on Saturday on the East Side at E. 67th, between First and York avenues (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.); on Sunday, on the Upper West Side, Columbus Avenue at W. 77th Street (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Merchandise runs the gamut from antiques and collectibles, books, prints and records to Hollywood and American memorabilia, crafts and more.
No area of New York has increased in style, ambience and popularity in recent years as has Lower Manhattan, now at the cutting edge of art, fashion and dining.
Wonderful old buildings are the order of the day on and around Fifth Avenue from 14th to 23rd streets — and the good news is they’re brimming with one-of-a-kind shops and unusual merchandise.
West of the Flatiron District, this neighborhood is the home of the city’s main flower market, so sidewalks can sometimes take on the appearance of lush gardens. And there’s a lot going on in addition to the roses: A new generation of entrepreneurs is converting the stately buildings of old into trendy boutiques, making Chelsea a new must-see on any New York City shopping tour.
In the West Village, tree-lined streets are home to fine and funky boutiques, and popular restaurants and clubs that cater to a young, hip crowd. On the major shopping streets — Bleecker, Broadway and Eighth — you’ll find everything from antiques to trendy fashions. The human-scale architecture and pleasant jumble of building styles add to the “village” feel of this easy-going community. At Washington Square, students from nearby New York University mingle with local residents.
The neighborhood South of Houston Street (hence the acronym SoHo) is a favorite haunt of locals and visitors alike — the magnetic energy of West Broadway, the so-called Fifth Avenue of SoHo, is hard to resist. And on Spring, Prince, Greene, Mercer and Wooster streets, avant-garde fashion, art, lifestyle galleries and restaurants are housed in handsome buildings from the 1850s. The newest neighborhood landmark, the Guggenheim Museum’s SoHo branch, is located at 575 Broadway in a redbrick structure that maintains the original cast-iron storefront façades.
Another neighborhood with an acronym, TriBeCa (the Triangle Below Canal Street) rates raves for ambience. Loft living here combines with light commercial activity, and the area abounds with boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Canal Street, which marks TriBeCa’s northern boundary, is a bustling casbah of bargain retail outlets.
Welcome to the largest Chinese community outside the Orient and a delightful cross-cultural experience. Chinese, Thai, Malay, Burmese and Vietnamese nationals all call this area home. On Mott Street, small specialty stores abut restaurants, and street vendors abound. More than 200 restaurants are here in New York’s most ethnically distinctive neighborhood.
Mulberry Street north of Canal is lined with shops selling wonderful Italian foods — and that’s not to mention the superb Italian restaurants in the neighborhood. Probably the greatest concentration of regional cuisine outside Italy is here — let your nose guide you.
Lower East Side
The shops and emporia of the Lower East Side offer a glimpse of New York’s immigrant roots. In the bargain district encompassing Orchard, Grand, Delancey and the adjoining streets, more than 400 stores and boutiques offer designer fashions and famous-maker merchandise at large discounts. On Sunday, bargain hunters descend in a retail frenzy to paw through the discount merchandise — an only-in-New York experience.
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Escape the 21st century for this wee village trapped in the 1930s, while the kids ooh and aah over tiny farms, cottages, windmills and a working model railwayThe world’s oldest model village, loosely capturing nearby Beaconsfield between the wars. It was opened in 1929 and its little...
The Isle of Wight … kids dig itSaturday the 13th, 2017
With buckets, spades, farm animals and dinosaur remains, a short break on the Isle of Wight is a predictable hit with kids, but there are unexpected delights for grown-ups, too‘Dinosaur poo!” I screeched, sounding like an overexcited nature presenter. I was trying to enthuse my seven-year-old...
Activity holidays for single-parent familiesSaturday the 6th, 2017
Five thrill-seeking holidays for single-parent families, offering watersports, bike rides – and endangered turtlesDecca Aitkenhead’s family fitness holiday in IbizaAcorn Adventure specialises in active camping holidays for families in Wales, France, Italy and Spain. Accommodation is in tented...
Best beaches in Europe: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 18th, 2017
Your favourite European (non-UK) beaches include a Dutch island and the Faroes, as well as plenty of azure seas and glorious sunshine in the Med• Enter this week’s readers’ tips for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherTexel – an island in North Holland province – amazed us with...
Share your tips on Oregon and Washington state for a chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 17th, 2017
The Pacific Northwest is a great destination for adventure. Tell us about memorable camping trips, secret beaches, hikes, and places to eat and stayAs well as mountains, forests and thundering rivers, America’s northern Pacific states are also hotspots for craft beer, innovative food, music and...
10 of the best US hiking trails: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 11th, 2017
From a rocky wonderland with views of Las Vegas to the green ridges of the Appalachians, our readers share their tips for great walks• Enter a tip for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherThis five-mile round-trip hike within Zion national park takes you from the Virgin river to the top of...
Share your tips on beaches in Europe for a chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 10th, 2017
Tell us about coastal gems you’ve found: not only rocky coves and unspoilt sandy strands but great beach cafes, playgrounds and places to stay or eat in on the sandsWhether you like beaches lined with restaurants or tiny secret coves you can only reach by hiking, we want to hear your tips. From...
10 of the best restaurants in Italy: readers’ tipsThursday the 4th, 2017
Whether you want the Neapolitan pizza once savoured by Julia Roberts or simple rustic cooking, our readers have travelled all over Italy discovering wonderful, authentic places to eatEnter next week’s readers’ travel tips: US hikingFamily businesses; idiosyncratic service; simple but...
Share your tips on hiking in the US for a chance to win a £200 hotel voucherThursday the 4th, 2017
Tell us about your experiences on trails in the American wilderness: the wildlife, scenery, places to stay and people you met. From the badlands to swamps of Florida, share your walking tipsWith so much amazing geography the US is a brilliant place for getting-way-from-it-all, long-distance...
10 of the best things to do in Belgium: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 27th, 2017
Boring Belgium? ‘No’, say our tipsters, who have explored art nouveau in Brussels, kayaked in the Ardennes – and even stayed at a bowel hotel• Enter next week’s readers’ tips: ItalyThis chapel/art installation by Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh is modelled...
Share your foodie tip on Italy for a chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 26th, 2017
There’s such pride in freshness, tradition and quality that it’s hard to eat badly in Italy. Tell us about a rural trattoria or city pizzeria – anywhere that’s stood out for youWith so many categories of restaurant – osteria, rosticceria, tavola calda, etc – it’s pretty clear that...
10 of the best Irish bars in New YorkMonday the 15th, 2017
A New York Irish pub may have been voted best bar in the world – and be making an appearance in London this summer – but ‘old country’ boozers are in decline in the city. We raise a glass to both the classics and those reviving the traditionIn some New York neighbourhoods every other bar...
Top 10 restaurants and tapas bars in Huelva, SpainTuesday the 16th, 2017
A byword for great produce, this small city in Andalucía with 200 restaurants is Spain’s gastronomy capital for 2017. Picking 10 of the best is no mean featXanty Elias is the city’s culinary A-lister. Having trained for two years at San Sebastián’s three-starred Arzak, he returned home...
10 of the best wild camping sites in ScotlandMonday the 8th, 2017
Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide ScotlandScotland is famous for its scenic wild places and uplifting sense of remoteness. With the exception of the recent bylaws banning wild...
‘It was like being Alice-in-India’: artist Natasha Kumar on Bundi, RajasthanThursday the 11th, 2017
The light, dust, colours and street life mean this town is as artistically inspiring as St Ives is to other paintersI heard about the step wells of Bundi, in southern Rajasthan, about 10 years ago. I was travelling in the Thar desert, which divides India and Pakistan, and in that landscape of...
Giro d’Italia: 10 great restaurants en route, and places to watch the raceSaturday the 6th, 2017
The 100th Giro, which started this week, races from Sardinia to the Dolomites. For cycling correspondent Colin O’Brien, the journey is also a gastronomic pilgrimageFollowing a grand cycling tour as part of the press pack can be a gruelling task. You spend lots of time in cars, and most of your...
Taj Mahal gets a facelift – and slaps on a mudpackFriday the 5th, 2017
Pollution means India’s most famous monument is in urgent need of a thorough clean, but tour operators fear that the work may put off visitors The Taj Mahal, Agra’s near four-century-old monument to love, is beginning to show its age. Air pollution is turning its ivory-white surface yellow....
Winchester wander: a stroll through England’s ancient pastThursday the 4th, 2017
One of Europe’s largest cathedrals, beguiling old buildings and reminders of a mythical past all feature in this walk around King Alfred’s capital • More city walks in Manchester and NorwichStart this two-mile saunter where English royal history began; with Alfred, the only English monarch...
Cabo de Gata, Spain: exploring Europe's only desertSaturday the 29th, 2017
The arid beauty of Cabo de Gata, in Almería, has inspired works by Lorca and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone – and has one of Spain’s least-developed coastsAfter several hours walking along stark cliffs and ridges, I come down a hillside dotted with white asphodels and find myself on...
Top 10 things to do in Hội An, VietnamWednesday the 26th, 2017
Fabulous fresh food is the order of the day – every day – in this ancient riverside town. But explore the temples and beaches by bicycle and all those grilled dishes and pho will have been well-earnedVietnam’s former imperial capital, Huế, has the sights – temples, tombs and the Purple...
‘Accra’s Jamestown is electric – it's like Hackney Wick on steroids’: Zoe AdjonyohFriday the 28th, 2017
The chef and pop-up entrepreneur traced her family roots in the Ghanaian capital – and discovered a city fizzing with fresh food, art, music and viewsFor me, there’s a real mystery about Accra, as well as it provoking a sense of inquisitiveness. It means so many things: it’s where my dad is...
Prague's cryptocurrency cafe: perfect brew of beans and bitcoinsWednesday the 26th, 2017
The terms espresso bar and ‘anarchic ethical hacker collective’ don’t usually go together but this radical bitcoin-only hub in the Czech capital is no ordinary cafePrague has long been home to opulent coffeehouses, where everyone from Kafka to Einstein gathered to debate the burning issues...
10 top tips from our Rio de Janeiro correspondentMonday the 24th, 2017
From the birthplace of samba to sundowners by the sea, our man in Rio knows where to go for a good night out, as well as the best spots for taking in the breathtaking tropical beauty of the ‘Marvellous City’Run, walk, hire a tandem or pedal a swan boat around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, known...
10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parksSaturday the 22nd, 2017
To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernessesCanada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular...
After the earthquake: Umbria's culinary magic is winning back visitorsSaturday the 22nd, 2017
Two powerful earthquakes laid waste to parts of central Italy last year, but resilient producers in fabulously foodie – and beautiful – south-east Umbria are determined to look forward, not back‘Would you like to meet the pigs?” said Giuseppe Fausti. It seemed a strange idea, popping in...
10 of the UK’s best boutique festivalsTuesday the 11th, 2017
When it comes to festivals, size matters – though often small is best, as we found in our roundup of dance and DJ-driven events around the UKCheck out our guide to the best UK city and day festivals here Just outside Glasgow, Kelburn Garden Party is a colourful event held in the grounds of an...
Top 10 national parks in CaliforniaTuesday the 17th, 2013
Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood … California’s national and state parks are home to some of the most iconic views and landscapes on the planet. Here’s how to explore themIt sounds like a place to avoid, but don't let the ominous name scare you away. Most of the year, this vast...
10 of the best Las Vegas casino secretsWednesday the 16th, 2011
Want to look like a Vegas hotshot? Then learn the bar, casino and free-stuff rules from Las Vegas Weekly's Rick Lax• As featured in our Las Vegas city guideIf you sit down to play poker and the dealer greets everybody at the table by name, leave. These players are locals. They play every day....
10 of the best travel apps … that you'll actually useSaturday the 2nd, 2016
No one needs a smartphone full of gimmicky apps. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best tools for the digital-savvy traveller’Appy days: Tell us your favourite travel app in the comments belowFor a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport...
Top 10 campsites in ColoradoFriday the 19th, 2013
From basic campsites to luxury log cabins, Colorado has plenty of options for staying in the great outdoors. With the Colorado Trail and San Juan mountains as a backdrop, there's also cool hiking, climbing and cycling to be hadPeople flock to Little Molas ostensibly for its proximity to Andrews...
Top 10 beaches in MaineFriday the 20th, 2013
For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for familiesJust 20 minutes south-east of Portland, this 1.6km crescent-shaped, dune-backed beach is a favourite with young families, who appreciate the gentle surf, lifeguards,...
California's top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budgetWednesday the 11th, 2012
Few places are as synonymous with the beach as California, but staying on it can be expensive. So here's our pick of 10 affordable and brilliantly located beach pads, from campsites and cabins to budget innsThese bohemian, higgledy-piggledy beach cottages sit in the heart of Crystal Cove State...
10 of the best ways to enjoy New York … on a budgetTuesday the 28th, 2015
New York is the most expensive city in the US but our guide to cheap and even free sightseeing, ferry trips and world-class museums, plus affordable accommodation, make it possible to visit on a budgetTop 10 free things to do in New York Continue reading...
Top 10 campsites in Nevada, USAFriday the 19th, 2013
Nevada's prime camping spots offer everything under the stars from family-friendly state parks to remote and romantic getawaysA million years ago, Nevada's desert was drowned under a massive lake. Evidence of the silver state's lacustrine past can be seen at Cathedral Gorge state park, near...
Top 10 beaches in Hong KongWednesday the 4th, 2012
Hong Kong isn't all banks and skyscrapers. There are plenty of great beaches to swim, sunbathe, surf and windsurf on, says Vaudine England – and don't be put off by the shark nets• As featured in our Hong Kong city guideMost visitors to Lantau Island aim for the orderly sands of Silvermine...
Turneffe Island Resort Redefines Private Island AdventureThursday the 10th, 2016
World-class private island concept resort marks 15th anniversary with resort-wide renovation and relaunched experience-based website
IHG Expands in Germany with % Hotel SigningsFriday the 26th, 2016
The new developments will be in three federal states across the country and reflect IHGs successful strategy in the region, one of the key drivers being working with Multiple Development Agreement (MDA) partners to place properties in the right locations where there is guest demand.
Amanzo'e in Greece is Most Expensive Hotel in EuropeMonday the 4th, 2016
The Amanzo'e, located in Southern Greece's Peloponnese region, leads the Luxury-Hotels.com rankings with a minimum rate of Euro 1779 over the summer. Second most expensive is the Le Dune hotel in the South of Sardinia (Euro 1645).
UEFA European Football Championship - Where to Stay on Game Day? By Katharina SickoraTuesday the 7th, 2016
TrustYou ranks the most popular hotels near all ten of the European Championship stadiums in France