New York City Shopping

The Big Apple is one of the best shopping destinations in the world, rivaled perhaps only by London, Paris, and Tokyo. Its compact size, convenient subway system, and plentiful cabs (or Uber or Lyft rides) make it easy to navigate with plenty of bags in tow. But what it really comes down to is the staggering number and variety of stores. If you can't find it in New York, it probably doesn't exist.

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you like elegant flagships and money is no object, head to Midtown, where you'll find international megabrands like Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci, as well as famed department stores Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Nearby Madison Avenue has couture from Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, and 5th Avenue is lined with famous jewelry stores like Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. This is also the neighborhood to indulge in bespoke goods, such as handmade shoes from John Lobb. If you like designer pieces but can't afford them, don't despair—there are plenty of upscale consignment shops around the city where you can find last season's Chanel suit or a vintage YSL jacket.

The small, independent shops that once lined SoHo have largely been displaced by the likes of J.Crew and UNIQLO, but if you want to hit the chains, this is a great place to do it, because the neighborhood also provides high-quality people-watching and superb lunches. Poke around on the side streets and in nearby NoLIta for outposts of smaller local and foreign designers and, if you're craving some of old SoHo's artistic spirit, don't discount the street vendors' stalls, which sell handmade jewelry and simple cotton dresses. You never know—you might buy something from a soon-to-be-famous designer.

The East Village and Lower East Side are hotbeds of creativity and quirky coolness, with little boutiques selling everything from retro furniture to industrial-inspired jewelry tucked among bars and old tenement buildings. The Meatpacking District is another great shopping destination to find chic designer stores like Diane von Furstenberg and Catherine Malandrino along with independently owned boutiques.

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For vintage clothes, look no further. The store is enormous, with rack upon rack of secondhand clothes ranging from '80s printed blouses...

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An artist selling hand-carved children's toys and a Japanese tea shop are among the pop-up retailers in this collection of independent...

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Owner Alice Cheng curates a lovely selection of elegant women's clothing. Choose from her own A. Cheng and Confetti lines, Sessùn from...

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Sartorialists come to this fashionable boutique to snag unique wardrobe pieces like drapey sweaters, Cheap Monday jeans, and minimalist...

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The perfectly giftable, Brooklyn-made products at this variety store include Apotheke candles and diffusers, Bellocq teas, Claudia Pearson’s...

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Area Kids–-part of the local Area empire comprising Area Spa, Area Yoga, and Area Kids shops–-caters to kids, not just parents. Classic...

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This is the place to go for eclectic, anything-but-basic separates and accessories. Neuw skinny jeans, kitschy Somewhere Else cut-out...

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Handsdown the best place to lay eyes on the latest cool creations from Brooklyn-based artists and designers, this huge warehouse lures...

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Two floors of books, a vast and varied selection of magazines, and an extensive collection of travel information for New York City and...

Barneys

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This location of the legendary Manhattan retail store is a relaxed place to browse designer collections like APC or Givenchy without...

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