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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Diane von Furstenberg

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At this light-filled New York flagship, try on the iconic DVF wrap dress in myriad patterns. The blouses, shorts, and skirts are equally...

Jeffrey

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The Meatpacking District really arrived when this Atlanta-based mini Barneys opened its doors. You can find an incredible array of designer...

Kamakura Shirts

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Located amidst the high-rise office buildings of the Financial District, it's only appropriate that the recently opened, high-end Brookfield...

Rebecca Taylor

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This designer is known for her soft, feminine work, which runs the gamut from sexy to understated, all with a slightly vintage flair.

Ten Thousand Things

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You might find yourself wishing for 10,000 things from the showcases in this elegant boutique, which recently moved to TriBeCa from its...

Trina Turk

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Make a beeline to this boutique if you like bright, happy colors and 1970's-influenced clothing. The shop, designed by Jonathan Adler,...

Catherine Malandrino

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Celebs like Halle Berry love this French-born designer for her sexy-without-trying-too-hard looks. Shop for silk V-neck gowns or one-shouldered...

Charles Nolan

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Despite the downtown location, the vibe here is decidedly uptown. Formerly an exclusive designer for Saks, Nolan offers impeccable craftsmanship...

Destination

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The model pigs guarding this store fit right in with the Meatpacking District. Inside are clothes and accessories that are imaginative...

Iris

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As the Italian shoe manufacturers for stylish brands like Marc Jacobs, Veronique Branquinho, and Chloé, Iris's sole U.S. store is able...

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