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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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

  • Clothing

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

Artists & Fleas

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

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

Bedford Cheese Shop

  • Food/Candy

A cheese lover's dream, this small fromagerie sells everything needed for a gourmet antipasto. The more than 200 artisanal cheeses are...

Brooklyn Charm

  • Crafts

An amateur jewelry designer's paradise, this shop stocks more than a thousand charms and stones and sells everything needed to make necklaces...

Catbird

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Known for its trademark stackable rings, the tiny store also sells soft cashmere hats, candles, and gift items, all curated with an emphasis...

Desert Island Comics

  • Books/Stationery

The sign above the storefront says Sparacino’s bakery but the shop is actually home to a comic book utopia. Desert Island packs all...

Dépanneur

  • Food/Candy

Foodies have many reasons to stop at Dépanneur: artisanal products, cookbooks, food magazines, gourmet sandwiches, pastries, and coffee...

GGrippo art+design

  • Clothing

Argentinian GGrippo moved to Williamsburg 20 years ago and set up this very design-conscious shop focused on sustainable goods. At his...

ID New York

  • Clothing

Williamsburg's dapper gents head to this small boutique for high-quality apparel and accessories. Scotch & Soda, Life After Denim,...

Jane Motorcycles

  • Specialty Stores

Taking the boutique–coffee shop combo to the next level, Jane Motorcycles sells—you guessed it—motorcycles and coffee. Owners Adam...

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