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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Send us a tip on great places to view autumn colours – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 13th, 2017
Red, yellow, orange, gold … From the Kielder forest to Kyoto, we want your suggestions on places to see spectacular autumnal coloursNew England and Japan are famous for their forests changing colour at this time of year, but when it comes to great autumnal vistas and leaf-peeping there are no...
The best walks in northern France: readers' travel tipsThursday the 7th, 2017
Canals, wetlands and amazing coastline in Normandy and Picardy offer great hiking – plus excellent fish cafes and crêperies for refuelling in afterwardsThe GR21 running 186km from Le Havre to Le Tréport takes in Normandy’s classic coastline, green countryside, architecture and second world...
Send us a tip on outdoor activities in Colorado – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 6th, 2017
We’d like to hear about your discoveries – from climbing spots, to cycling trails, places to fish and lesser-known skiing resorts – for a chance to win our weekly prizeHave you visited Colorado recently in pursuit of the great outdoors? Perhaps you fished along the state’s 8,000 miles of...
Secret beaches around the world: readers’ tipsThursday the 31st, 2017
Whether miles from civilisation or just round the corner from more famous seaside haunts, these less-visited beaches chosen by readers offer beauty and seclusion and – sometimes – warm seasThe 6km-long main beach in Alcudia is one of the best and busiest in Spain. Yet at the end of the...
Send us a tip on walks in northern France – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 30th, 2017
We’d like to hear about great walking routes and trails, from Normandy to the Belgian border, for a chance to win our weekly prizeFrom afternoon promenades to serious randonnées, France is a great country for walkers. This week we’re concentrating on the north, from Normandy to the Belgian...
Great canoe and kayak trips around the world: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 24th, 2017
Sea kayaking off Mallaig is a very different experience to gliding down a river in tropical Nicaragua but our tipsters have encountered wonderful scenery on all these adventures Ometepe island, in Lake Nicaragua, must be one of the few places in the world where you can kayak between two...
Send us a tip on secret beaches around the world – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 23rd, 2017
We’d like to hear about your discoveries – whether it’s a rocky cove in Chile or an unfrequented stretch of white sand in Scotland – for a chance to win our weekly prizeChancing across a quiet beach that’s not in the guidebooks or not reachable by road can make a holiday. You might have...
The best of northern Spain: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 17th, 2017
Forget crowded Med beaches: the four coastal regions of España Verde offer cool cities, wild shores and great walking in verdant coast and mountainsIf you’d rather stray far from the tourist trail, the Basque Coast Geopark is a delight. It’s a protected area of the coastline around Mutriku,...
Send us a tip on canoeing and kayaking – and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 16th, 2017
We’d like to hear about great canoe or kayak tours and holidays around the world, plus your favourite places to ‘go for a paddle’, for a chance to win our weekly prizeTaking to the water in a canoe or kayak is one of the best ways to get a different angle on coasts, lakes, canals and...
10 of the best restaurants near Florence’s major attractionsMonday the 11th, 2017
Exploring Florence’s cultural riches builds up an appetite – so we asked a foodie tour guide for her tips on the best places to dine on Tuscan classics, as well as pizza and pasta, an olive stone’s throw from the tourist hotspots Vini e Vecchi SaporiThis tiny space packs a flavourful punch...
Homage to the Scottish Highlands: walking in the CairngormsSaturday the 9th, 2017
This week Scotland was voted the world’s most beautiful country by Rough Guides. It was no surprise to Christopher Nicholson, who’s been enchanted by the Cairngorms since childhood. Plus 10 places to eat and stay in the regionYou don’t need to visit a place to fall in love with it. As a...
Journey’s end: Germany summer tour ends in Franconian SwitzerlandSaturday the 9th, 2017
Kevin Rushby and family finish their odyssey in ancient Franconia, land of forests, fairytales – and its fair share of breweriesPrevious weeks: one | two | three | fourShortly after picking up our campervan, I am in a roadside cafe when someone asks where we are heading. “North,” I say,...
‘Underground city’ set to become Chicago’s next attractionSaturday the 9th, 2017
Not many people know about the Pedway, a network of tunnels connecting shops and businesses beneath downtown Chicago, but it could become the city’s oddest tourist destinationIn some ways it’s just like any other Chicago neighbourhood. There are three Starbucks, a gym, a department store and...
Rare views on Rapa Nui: an Easter Island adventureThursday the 7th, 2017
A hiking, cycling and camping trip is a more affordable way to explore Easter Island’s famous statues, volcanic landscapes and how the islanders still celebrate their traditionsIt was nearly midnight when my plane landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The sky...
10 of the best language with activity holidays around the worldTuesday the 5th, 2017
Spanish and tango? German and skiing? Or even Japanese and manga? Learn a language in the native country and add some extracurricular fun with these holiday courses that offer a skill or some culture, tooFours hours of lessons a day plus the benefit of one-to-one tutorials is the deal at the...
Comfortable up there? Tripod glamping in north CornwallSaturday the 2nd, 2017
Sleeping options at this new retreat in a former quarry range from tree tents to pods on legs. It’s perfect for surfers, coastal walkers and anyone who loves ‘roughing it’ • Plus more unusual camping optionsIn a disused slate quarry on Cornwall’s north coast, we follow a rough track...
The LA River, a favourite Hollywood backdrop, cleans up its actSunday the 3rd, 2017
A plan to beautify a stretch of river made famous by dozens of movies is the springboard for an upsurge of bars, cafes and music venues in Los Angeles’ Elysian Valley, also called FrogtownVisitors to Los Angeles would be forgiven for not knowing that the city has a river. For decades the...
'Natural beauty … and the best bean sprouts in the world!' Why Ipoh, Malaysia, really sizzlesFriday the 1st, 2017
Novelist Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s childhood home in central Malaysia is in a pretty valley and has lively night markets that serve the finest of the stir-fry staple Ipoh’s setting, among limestone hills in the Kinta valley, is magnificent. Whether you approach by road or rail, you’ll be...
10 of the best lakeside towns and villages in EuropeTuesday the 29th, 2017
You don’t have to be by the sea to enjoy beaches and watersports. These lakeside resorts offer sunbathing, boating, hiking and great views Straddling the border between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid sits on the lake of the same name, one of the deepest in Europe. The Church of Saint Jovan Kaneo...
A walking tour of Bath: the ultimate spa breakWednesday the 30th, 2017
With its imposing Georgian architecture, regal connections and the ‘healing’ waters of its Roman Baths, it’s easy to see why the city inspired Jane Austen• More UK city walksWhat a difference a queen makes. It was the royal visits by Anne in the opening years of the 18th century that...
In praise of Tooting, south LondonThursday the 24th, 2017
‘Captivating’ Tooting has been named one of the best neighbourhoods in the world, alongside exotic hotspots in Rio, Seoul and New York. Sound unlikely? Not if you live there, says the Guardian’s online Travel editor Brookyln’s Sunset Park, Frelard in Seattle, Botofogo in Rio and ......
10 of the best beach bars in GreeceMonday the 21st, 2017
Step out of the sea and straight into one of these drinking dens, many offering top-notch food and cocktails – plus a party atmosphere after sundown • More in: France | Portugal | SpainFrom modest beginnings as a few friends who learned to catch the waves at Kolibithra beach, Tinos Surf...
Art and culture on the rise in revitalised AalborgMonday the 18th, 2017
With its revamped waterfront, arts scene and pretty old town, Aalborg, Denmark’s most northerly city, makes a perfect Scandi short breakThe industrial spirit of Aalborg once ran through Denmark’s fourth city as deeply as the Limfjord, which slices North Jutland from coast to coast. But with...
An idyll no more: why I’m leaving GoaWednesday the 7th, 2016
The beautiful, laid-back Goa of old is disappearing amid pollution, over-development and fears over personal safety. It’s time to leave, says resident Deepti Kapoor Sometimes, when the sun is setting over a village called Aldona, and the evening bread is delivered on the backs of bicycles, you...
'Pure inspiration': our writers pick their favourite cycle ridesSunday the 17th, 2017
A morning climb up the Corcovado in Rio, a Hampshire school commute, and a magical Scottish 100-mile trip are among our favourite routesNinety minutes up, 20 minutes down, and five in between to catch the breath, rehydrate and gawp in wonder at misty mountains, tropical forest and the shimmering...
The alt city guide to LeedsTuesday the 12th, 2017
With a capital of culture bid in the works now is a great time to explore Leeds’ DIY and underground scene where friendly music, art and food venues flourish and the nightlife is among the best in the country‘Leeds is quite modest,” insists Bryony Bond, creative director at the Tetley...
25 of the best yoga holidays and retreatsSunday the 1st, 2017
Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxingYou can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western...
Scotland has been voted the world’s most beautiful country – here’s whyMonday the 4th, 2017
If the blue (if chilly) waters of Calgary Bay don’t charm you, perhaps the delicious dread of Glencoe will. As Scotland tops a poll as the most stunning place on the planet, a local suggests the sights for which eyes were inventedA delightful mix of smugness and lack of surprise is being felt...
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 travellerThe updated 2017 version of the best travel appsFor a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport network a friend would...
10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaksSaturday the 19th, 2016
The historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops of these towns banish any notions of a backwater. And they sparkle in the Christmas season – perfect for a weekend break or day tripYou’d expect the home of the Bakewell pudding to know a thing or two about keeping...
Budapest city guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 20th, 2015
The Hungarian capital comes into its own in summer. We have the lowdown on the best of the city’s unique outdoor bars and thermal baths, plus escaping to Buda HillsFew European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate...
JLL Real Views - Can Saudi Arabia Build a Popular Tourist Destination? - By Neasa MacErleanThursday the 31st, 2017
Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a...
Last Americans Rush to North Korea Ahead of Travel Ban - CNNMonday the 28th, 2017
A looming US travel ban has prompted some daring American globetrotters to fast-track their vacations to North Korea.
Pain in Spain: Are Tourists Still Welcome? - BBCThursday the 17th, 2017
As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?
Vancouver Island Boasts One of the Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in the WorldMonday the 24th, 2017
A resort in Vancouver Island ranks among the most expensive hotels in the world, according to a survey conducted by Luxury-Hotels.com.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater VillasTuesday the 11th, 2017
The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including...
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