Almost every woman can relate to the fantasy of strutting into a high-end boutique in New York and leaving with an array of unique dresses and shoes like Carrie in Sex in the City. And what man wouldn’t want a perfectly tailored suit or one of a kind cufflinks and watches to turn heads? New York is among the top shopping destinations in the world for good reason. From high-end shopping on 5th avenue to thrift shopping in Brooklyn, Manhattan has it all. Read on to discover the best places to shop in NYC.
The High-End Shopper
When it comes to the best shopping areas in NYC, 5th Avenue is first to come to mind for many. With classics such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Harry Winston, 5th Avenue is the shining star of shopping in Midtown of NYC.
For those on a tighter budget, 5th Avenue is still well worth the trip! Stick to window shopping with luxury brands. Your money will go further in stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, American Apparel, Anthropologie and Banana Republic. 5th Avenue is over six miles long, but you can find the highest concentration of shops between 39h street to 60th. Shopping continues between 14th and 23rd.
As a rule of thumb for shopping on 5th, the more expensive shops can be found uptown (50th-60th), while the less expensive shops will be found as you travel downtown.
The Shopper Who Wants Variety
If you’re looking for the highest concentration of the best clothing stores in New York City, SoHo is the best place to shop ‘til you drop.
Located South of Houston (pronounce it House-ton, like a real New Yorker!) SoHo has a range of high-end designers like Michael Kors, and household names like Express and H&M.
SoHo is a go-to for locals and tourists alike. Take a break from shopping to try some of the amazing restaurants that SoHo has to offer.
The Unique Gift Hunter
Located in the Meatpacking District on the West Side of Manhattan is Chelsea Market. The old Nabisco Factory (where the Oreo was produced!) is now home to trendy restaurants and retailers.
If you’re looking for one of a kind jewelry or vintage apparel, head to Artists & Fleas on the west entrance of the market. Additionally, pop up shops come and go towards the east entrance, featuring local retailers.
The Vintage Hipster
Take the L train to Williamsburg and find an array of thrift shops, flea markets and hip clothing stores. In the summer, take in beautiful views of Manhattan as you stroll the Brooklyn Flea market hunting for vintage treasure.
Year round, thrift shops entice shoppers hoping to find the perfect outfit for a steal. Not into thrift shops? Find hip attire and houseware sprinkled throughout Williamsburg.
Make sure to check out Concrete + Water, Catbird, Swords-Smith, Alter and Brooklyn Denim Co.
The Seasonal Shopper
When it’s December 1st and you realize that you haven’t done any of your Christmas shopping, take an immediate trip to Union Square, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle Holiday markets.
From unique jewelry to art, Christmas ornaments to handmade candles, these markets have a ton of options for the procrastinator gift giver. Open November 16th – December 24th.