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 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 swallowed up by J. Crew and UNIQLO, but if you want to hit the chains, this is a great place to do it, because SoHo also provides high-quality people-watching and superb lunches. If 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 tenement apartments. The Meatpacking District is another great shopping destination to find chic stores like Diane Von Furstenberg and Catherine Malandrino along with independently owned boutiques.

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Anthropologie

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Bohemian-chic is the aesthetic of this popular women's clothing and home accessories chain. ...

Club Monaco

  • Clothing

In addition to the brand's signature clothing (think of a hipper Banana Republic), this flagship includes an outpost of Williamsburg...

Fishs Eddy

  • Household Items/Furniture

The dishes, china, and glassware for resale come from all walks of crockery life, including corporate dining rooms and failed restaurants,...

Idlewild Books

  • Books/Stationery

Named for the pre-1960's JFK Airport, this travel-inspired bookstore is one of the last of its kind in America. They stock guidebooks,...

Kidding Around

  • Toys

This independent shop is piled high with old-fashioned wooden toys, sturdy musical instruments, and plenty of arts-and-crafts materials.

Madewell

  • Clothing

This J.Crew spinoff is ideal for casual women's staples like jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters with a vintage look. The two-story Manhattan...

Maison Kitsuné

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This decades-old French fashion and music label made its stateside debut in this airy, sunwashed boutique for men's and womenswear classics...

Marimekko

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If you love bright, cheerful patterns, make a beeline to the Marimekko flagship. This 4,000-square-foot store is primarily white, so...

Space Kiddets

  • Clothing

The funky (Elvis-print rompers, CBGB onesies) mixes with the old-school (retro cowboy-print pants, brightly colored clogs, Bruce Lee...

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