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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ABC Carpet & Home

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If you love eclectic luxury home goods from around the world, this is your place. Spread over 10 floors is a superb selection of rugs,...

Aedes Perfumery

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

Alexander McQueen

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The New York flagship of this iconic fashion house is full of rich details, like intricately patterned floors, and tiny architectural...

Alter

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

Apple Store

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New York's flagship Apple Store features a 32-foot-high glass cube that appears to float over its subterranean entrance. The Apple-obsessed...

Argosy Bookstore

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Family owned since 1925, Argosy is a charmingly old-fashioned place to browse for both bargain and priceless books. The shop keeps a...

Artists & Fleas

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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...

Baxter & Liebchen

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Meticulously restored Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and Jens Risom originals fill this 5,000-square-foot store specializing in Danish Modern...

Beacon's Closet

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The racks are organized by category and color at this trove of secondhand and vintage clothes, so you can find an entire section of black...

Beacon's Closet, Park Slope

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Of the six secondhand clothing shops in a two-block stretch, this one's the best. The well-organized local chain carries vintage and...

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