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.


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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Aedes De Venustas

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

Arguably the best place to buy fragrance in town, this boutique's super-knowledgeable staff helps shoppers find the perfect scent. High-end...

CAP Beauty

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The new CAP Beauty is a one stop shop for natural skin care, which means that 100% of the products are free from synthetic ingredients.

Chocolate Bar

  • Food/Candy

What sets this chocolate emporium apart is minimalist design, which also turns up in the groovy packaging. Scoop up chocolate bars, whose...

Cynthia Rowley

  • Clothing

This boutique delivers flirty, whimsical dresses that are perfect for cocktail parties. To complete the look, throw on some of her colorful...

Fisch for the Hip

  • Clothing

This high-end consignment store sells carefully curated men's and women's clothing and accessories, from top designers including Tom...

Flight 001

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Frequent flyers can one-stopshop at this travel-themed store that puts a creative spin on everyday accessories. Shop for bright luggage...


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This unprepossessing nook stocks some of the most elegant (and expensive) designers in the world, ranging from Alexander McQueen to Vivienne...

Jo Malone

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

This crisp black and white boutique sets a serene backdrop to sample tangy scents like lime blossom and mandarin, or Earl Grey and cucumber...

Kaas Glassworks

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From the outside, this shop is beyond cute, thanks to its old-fashioned sign and sandwich board. The specialty here is decoupage that...

Khirma Eliazov

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This former magazine editor now designs an elegant line of handbags, clutches, and accessories that are favorites among stars like Blake...