A New York shopping guide
It’s no secret that shopping in Manhattan is a favorite pastime for both New Yorkers and tourists. With countless boutiques and several big department store chains throughout the city, this chic island is a fashionista’s paradise. Up for a day (or week) of shopping? Here are the highlights. Just remember to bring your credit cards.
Shop in FiDi
Shopping in NYC’s Financial District gives buyers more choices that they’d think. Sure, Wall Street and One World Trade come to mind when we think of FiDi, but there are a host of shopping spots to check out here too. Westfield World Trade Center – the largest shopping complex in NYC – should be at the top of your list. You’ll discover a bevy of high-end retail stores and amazing food choices too. Plus, this area of town is evolving quickly. Interested in more shopping spots in the Financial District? Check out these stores.
Shop in the South Street Seaport
Adjacent to and sometime considered part of FiDi, the South Street Seaport has made great strides since Hurricane Sandy. To be honest, I must make the trip down there to wander around for a day and see all the new shopping that has cropped up. Lower Manhattan has become a shopping destination now and the Seaport District is one reason why.
Shop in Tribeca
The hip, stylish and famous shop in Tribeca, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Lower Manhattan neighborhood boasts a bevy of boutiques. You may be able to cover FiDi and Tribeca in the same day. See our top Tribeca picks here.
Shop in Union Square
Union Square is the gateway to Greenwich Village, one of the city’s most renowned neighborhoods for shopping. It’s the home of the Union Square Greenmarket and the Union Square Holiday Market, among countless other retailers. See where we recommend to shop in Union Square.
Shop on Lafayette Street
When shopping in Manhattan, don’t forget about Lafayette Street. There’s a good bit of European influence in this part of town and you’ll notice this, especially in shops. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (a huge designer furniture store) is also located on Lafayette. It’s a must-visit when furnishing any New York City apartment. See our other top shopping spots on Lafayette Street.
Shop in Soho
No New York shopping guide would be complete without mentioning the stores in Soho, one of the city’s quintessential fashion districts. Broadway houses tons of big brands such as Nike and Prada. But don’t stop there. Be sure to hit Greene Street, Elizabeth Street, Wooster, and West Broadway. Did you know that there’s a Bloomingdale’s in Soho? It’s located at 504 Broadway.
Shop on Orchard Street
And while you’re in the vicinity, move south of Houston until you reach the Lower East Side. Take a walk on Orchard Street, which was once the place to shop for designer fabrics. Although the street has changed in recent years, you’ll still catch Zarin fabrics and Joe’s Fabrics. Another oldie but goodie is A.W. Kaufmann for lingerie and sleepwear. Peruse this street for clothing, luggage, jewelry and more.
Shop in Greenwich Village
In the Village, be sure to venture to Mercer Street. It’s a long and diverse shopping street for records, books, home accessories, clothing, etc. On the East Side, shoppers will love browsing the funky stores on East Ninth Street. Walk to Pinkyotto and Fabulous Fanny’s, but don’t stop there. You’ll discover even more cute places on this long shopping street.
Bleecker Street offers a slew of shops too. Some of my favorites include the iconic C.O. Bigelow, Murray’s Cheese, and Faicco’s, an Italian deli. In the West Village, here are more of my go-to shopping picks. While you’re there, be sure to take a tour of the neighborhood.
Shop in the Meatpacking District
Shopping in the Meatpacking District may not be the most affordable, but window shopping comes pretty cheap. Christian Louboutin is the ultimate swoon-worthy spot, so much so that I’ve yet to step inside! Here’s an overview of Meatpacking District shops.
Shop in Hell’s Kitchen
About 30 blocks north of Meatpacking is Hell’s Kitchen, one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Shop our favorite spots, especially Fine and Dandy for some of the most unique men’s accessories in NYC. And we love the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market at 39th and Ninth Avenue. It sets up shop every Saturday and Sunday year-round (weather permitting).
Shop in Gramercy Park/Flatiron
Gramercy Park shopping is pretty sweet, because of places like Karen Karch and Bedford Cheese. But in between stops, even though you can’t step inside Gramercy Park because it’s private, you can stare at it from outside the fence. Unless, of course, you’re lucky to know someone with a coveted key. 🙂 You’ll be pretty close to the Flatiron District too, so make sure to browse shops like Marimekko (one of our faves) in this trendy area of town.
Shop on the East Side of Manhattan
The Upper East Side is where classics reign supreme, especially on Madison Avenue. And just south of that area is Midtown East, home of a small design district (around 59th and Third Avenue) where you can search for antiques and home furnishings. When shopping on the Upper East Side, you’ll run into icons like Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue. And while we’re on the East Side of town, let’s walk south a ways and peruse the stores in Murray Hill.
Shop on the Upper West Side
While there are now tons of chain stores in my neighborhood, Columbus Avenue boasts a terrific selection of independent stores (with fewer chains). I recommend strolling in the West 70s and 80s and you’ll get a taste of Upper West Side life along with fantastic shopping. Make your way to Amsterdam Avenue and buy NYC-themed gifts and souvenirs along with other cool tchotchkes at Magpie – one of my favorite boutiques in town.
Shop in Harlem
Speaking of unique, Harlem has its share of one-of-a-kind stores and that alone makes the trek worth your while. Ride the subway to 125th Street and start exploring this historic neighborhood. And be sure to check out the Apollo Theater while you’re there!
Also, don’t forget about NYC’s major department stores: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s (at 59th Streeet), Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman, not to mention Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, and Century 21.
Where are your favorite shopping spots in New York? Manhattan is indeed a shopper’s paradise, but we cannot forget about all the fantastic shops in Brooklyn. 🙂 If you have any areas to add to this New York shopping guide, please leave a comment!
This article is part of a partnership with CubeSmart, a self-storage and logistics company with locations in the NYC area.