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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B&H Photo & Video

  • Cameras/Electronics

Low prices, good customer service, and a liberal returns policy make this a favorite with pros and amateurs alike looking for audio and...

Drama Book Shop

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

If you're looking for a script, be it a lesser-known Russian translation or Broadway hit, chances are you can find it here. The range...

Forever 21

  • Clothing

The pounding music, plethora of jeggings, and graffiti-covered NYC taxicabs parked inside appeal to tween shoppers. But even if you are...

Gap

  • Clothing

Gap may be as ubiquitous as Starbucks, but it is still a go-to place for classic denim, khakis, and sweaters in a rainbow of colors as...

Macy's

  • Department Stores

Macy's headquarters are in the midst of a multiyear renovation, and visitors can expect a glossier, grander look with acres of marble...

Manolo Blahnik

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

These sexy status shoes are some of the most expensive on the market. The signature look is a pointy toe with a high, delicate heel,...

Morrell & Company

  • Wine/Spirits

This high-end, sprawling wine shop also includes a wine bar and auction division. Come by for a free tasting or if money is no object,...

Muji

  • Household Items/Furniture

If you're into simple, chic, cheap style, Muji will be your trifecta. The name of this Japanese import translates to "no brand," and...

Museum of Arts and Design

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This well-curated gift shop stocks crafts like beautiful handmade tableware, unusual jewelry, and rugs, often tied into ongoing exhibits.

Museum of Modern Art Design and Book Store

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The MoMA's in-house shop stocks a huge selection of art reproductions and gorgeous coffee-table books about painting, sculpture, film,...

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