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. Altman Luggage

    Lower East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Having trouble fitting all your purchases into your bag? Altman sells top-of-the-line luggage from Rimowa, Samsonite, and Tumi at discount prices...Read More

  • 2. Anya Hindmarch

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Although arguably most famous for her "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" tote, Hindmarch's real standouts are buttery leather shoulder bags and satchels...Read More

  • 3. Bally

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    If you want to channel your inner princess, you can't go wrong with the ladylike pumps and high-heeled boots here. The mostly leather accessories...Read More

  • 4. Bottega Veneta

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The signature crosshatch weave graces leather handbags, slouchy satchels, and shoes; the especially satisfying brown shades extend from fawn...Read More

  • 5. Christian Louboutin

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Lipstick-red soles are the signature of Louboutin's delicately sexy couture slippers and stilettos, and his pointy-toe creations come trimmed...Read More

  • 6. Cole Haan

    Midtown East | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This brand is known for its comfortable but stylish footwear—many shoes have Nike Air cushioning in the heel. All kinds of shoes from sandals...Read More

  • 7. Devi Kroell

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    You may have spotted her snakeskin hobo on celebs such as Halle Berry and Ashley Olsen. This serene space is a perfect backdrop for the designer...Read More

  • 8. Fendi

    Midtown East | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Once known primarily for its furs, Fendi is now synonymous with decadent handbags, and its Madison Avenue flagship is a temple to them. The...Read More

  • 9. Flight 001

    West Village | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Frequent flyers can one-stop shop at this travel-themed store that puts a creative spin on everyday accessories. Shop for bright luggage tags...Read More

  • 10. Fratelli Rossetti

    Midtown East | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Don't come here expecting sexy, skyscraper stilettos or any overly trendy looks: this Italian leather-goods company excels at classic shoes...Read More

  • 11. Hermès

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The legendary French retailer is best known for its iconic handbags, the Kelly and the Birkin (named for Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin) as well...Read More

  • 12. Jack Rogers

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Beloved by prepsters everywhere, this brand is most famous for its Navajo sandal, worn by Jackie Onassis. You can still buy the Navajo at the...Read More

  • 13. Jimmy Choo

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Pointy toes, low vamps, narrow heels, ankle-wrapping straps—these British-made shoes are sometimes more comfortable than they look. ...Read More

  • 14. John Lobb

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    If you truly want to be well-heeled, pick up a pair of these luxury shoes, whose prices start at around $1,200. Owned by Hermès, John Lobb offers...Read More

  • 15. Kate Spade

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The Kate Spade flagship is in a pretty uptown town house, so it feels like shopping in a well-appointed home—albeit one with oversize chandeliers...Read More

  • 16. Leffot

    West Village | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Simple and understated, this store focuses on one thing: selling top-quality men's shoes. Owner Steven Taffel, who previously worked at Prada...Read More

  • 17. Louis Vuitton

    Midtown East | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    In the mammoth 57th Street flagship, shoppers get their fill of LV-emblazoned handbags and accessories, as well as the more subtle Damier check...Read More

  • 18. Manolo Blahnik

    Midtown West | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    These sexy status shoes are some of the most expensive on the market. The signature look is a pointy toe with a high, delicate heel, but there...Read More

  • 19. Robert Clergerie

    Upper East Side | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Although best known for its chunky, comfy wedges, this French brand is not without its sense of fun. The sandal selection includes beaded starfish...Read More

  • 20. Salvatore Ferragamo

    Midtown East | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Elegance and restraint typify these designs, from handbags and footwear to fragrances and leather goods—all well represented at this multilevel...Read More

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