7 unique shopping experiences in New York City

Shopping in New York can be a dizzying experience. To get the best out of your time there, think about where you’d like to go and make a plan. To help with your travel inspiration here are seven of the best shopping experiences in New York:

1. Macy’s

151 West 34th Street New York, NY

Since 1858, millions of New York shopping experiences have started at Macy’s. Still on the upper west side, Macy’s is so huge (at over a million square feet, it earns its name of ‘the world’s largest store’), well-known and longstanding, other stores such as Old Navy, H&M and the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, have moved into its orbit. While Macy’s stocks big brands like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder and MAC, its recent renovations have found room for luxury shops including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry in case you plan to make some unique credit card purchases.

2. Bloomingdale’s

1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and Lexington Ave, New York, NY

No list of the best places to shop in New York would be complete without that other titan of New York shopping, Bloomingdale’s. Bloomingdale’s main floor arcade is a constant hive of shoppers chasing well-priced American and international labels of all prices and persuasions. At Christmas time, Bloomingdale’s explodes with a riot of colour and noise providing a shopping experience the likes of which you’re unlikely to forget.

3. Saks Fifth Avenue

611, 5th Avenue, New York, NY

If you haven’t got time to browse the hundreds of fashion boutiques for which New York is famous, why not go to where the best come together? This landmark of luxury brands is a shopping mecca where you’re liable to learn more about style from people watching than a lifetime reading fashion magazines. As well as showcasing the work of American names like Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford and John Varvatos, Saks Fifth Avenue houses the cream of international couture including Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Valentino and Erdem.

4. Artists and Fleas

88 10th Ave at W. 15th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY

Every day, this warehouse in downtown Manhattan plays host to dozens of designers, meaning that shopping for a one-of-a-kind piece has never been simpler. Vintage threads and bargain-priced secondhand couture hangs next to cutting-edge jewelry and accessories, while art school graduates play with the outer limits of wearable fashion. This is some of the very best shopping New York has to offer.

5. Eataly

200 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Tired of shopping? It happens to the best of us. Once again, New York can bring you the best of what the world has to offer in endlessly new and exciting forms, and manages to bring you the familiar in a way you never thought possible. Take Eataly. It’s a department store housing dozens of shops, cafes and restaurants all built around a love of Italian gastronomy. Prices ranging from a thrifty espresso to luxurious imported homewares.

6. New York Vintage

117, West 25th Street, New York, NY

Even the choosiest shopper can find something they weren’t expecting at this secondhand store. While the store is packed with the most exclusive and elite designs from history, clothes are for rent, not for sale. With Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama as customers, they must be doing something right.

7. Blue in Green

8 Greene Street, New York, NY

Off a side street in ultra-hip SoHo lies this temple of jeans. One of the most highly regarded stores of its type, the humbly appointed Blue in Green stocks only the finest jeans – selvage denim, pure indigo dyes, hand-stitched, the works. Another New York shopping one-off.

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