New York City

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.

If 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 such as 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.

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. They're 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 rag & bone along with independently owned boutiques. And if you jaunt over to Brooklyn, you'll discover that some of the city's hippest designers are hanging out at boutiques just across the East River.

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  • 1. ABC Carpet & Home

    Union Square | Household Items/Furniture

    If you love eclectic luxury home goods from around the world, this will be your wonderland. Spread over six floors is a superb selection of...Read More

  • 2. Collyer’s Mansion

    Brooklyn Heights | Household Items/Furniture

    Although this housewares shop is named for New York’s infamous hoarder brothers, it’s actually a thoughtful selection of beautiful textiles...Read More

  • 3. Fishs Eddy

    Flatiron District | Household Items/Furniture

    The dishes, china, and glassware for resale come from all walks of crockery life, including corporate dining rooms and failed restaurants, so...Read More

  • 4. Michele Varian

    SoHo | Household Items/Furniture

    This stylish, multilevel textile designer's shop is a temple to independent designers and artists, featuring a curated collection of everything...Read More

  • 5. RH New York

    Meatpacking District | Household Items/Furniture

    You don't have to be in the market for a plush sofa or a chandelier to appreciate a stroll through the massive six-story 90,000-square-foot...Read More

  • 6. Story

    Chelsea | Household Items/Furniture

    Launched by former consultant Rachel Shechtman, Story is a concept store with a twist. Every few weeks, it partners with a new sponsor to develop...Read More

  • 7. Armani/Casa

    Midtown East | Household Items/Furniture

    In keeping with the Armani aesthetic, the minimalist furniture and housewares here have a subdued color scheme (gold, gray, cream, and black...Read More

  • 8. Find Home Furnishings

    Household Items/Furniture

    A visit to Find Home Furnishings has become a pilgrimage for vintage and one-of-a-kind furniture geeks. One reason is the prices, which are...Read More

  • 9. Homecoming

    Greenpoint | Household Items/Furniture

    There aren’t many places where you can purchase handcrafted floral arrangements and home decor accents alongside coffee and pastries; Homecoming...Read More

  • 10. Marimekko

    Flatiron District | Household Items/Furniture

    If you love bright, cheerful patterns, make a beeline to the Marimekko flagship. This 4,000-square-foot store is primarily white, so the colorful...Read More

  • 11. Muji

    Midtown West | Household Items/Furniture

    If you're into simple, chic, and cheap style, Muji has you covered. The name of this Japanese import translates to "no brand," and indeed, you...Read More

  • 12. The Brooklyn Kitchen

    Household Items/Furniture

    Recreational home cooks and advanced chefs adore this shop that stocks a dazzling array of kitchen tools and supplies, from cookbooks to hard...Read More

  • 13. White Trash

    East Village | Household Items/Furniture

    Looking for a midcentury modern Danish desk? This is your place. Owner Stuart Zamsky crams his store with surprisingly affordable pieces that...Read More

  • 14. Baxter & Liebchen

    DUMBO | Household Items/Furniture

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

  • 15. From the Source

    Household Items/Furniture

    Beautiful, modern furniture made with exotic woods is the specialty at this 35,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom, where you can browse...Read More

  • 16. Las Venus

    Lower East Side | Household Items/Furniture

    Fans of midcentury modern design and sleek lines need to make a beeline here. Las Venus stocks upscale vintage furniture and accessories in...Read More

  • 17. RePOP

    Household Items/Furniture

    RePOP stocks enough midcentury modern furniture to outfit the entire set of Mad Men . Walnut credenzas and wicker coffee tables sit alongside...Read More

  • 18. Olatz

    Greenwich Village | Household Items/Furniture

    Olatz Schnabel modeled her linen shop on a historic Havana pharmacy after a visit to Cuba. The black-and-white checkerboard floors and mint...Read More

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