Your Guide to the Best Shopping in NYC
Manhattan is the mecca of shopping. From flagship stores of the world’s top fashion companies to unique boutiques, all of NYC is truly your mall. As shops reopen and present new wears following the pandemic, here’s our curated guide for some of the best shopping districts, stores and hidden gems in NYC for you to rediscover.
Blocks away from the Roger Smith Hotel, Fifth Avenue is world-renowned. Nearly every luxury designer -- including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and Prada - has a flagship store here, in addition to a bunch of other iconic names like Disney, The North Face, Apple and FAO Schwartz. The most iconic stores are situated between Bryant Park and the southern tip of Central Park on 59th Street – otherwise known as Billionaire’s Row. Even just going for a stroll to see the lavish window displays is worth the visit.
‘North of Little Italy’ lies north of the erstwhile hub for Italian immigrants and has transformed into a popular tourist destination, featuring both for amazing Italian food and a shopping district for trendy boutiques. Here you can cruise amongst design emporiums, chic haberdashers and accessory stores. Insider favorites include Love, Adorned (for hidden treasures and unique jewelry) and McNally Jackson, a neat indie bookstore.
Don’t let the name fool you. What was an area brimming with abattoirs has been transformed completely, yet still retaining it’s cool industrial vibe. The cobblestone streets are lined with fabulous restaurants and the latest designer boutiques such as Jeffrey, Stella McCartney and Catherine Catherine Malandrino, all juxtaposed against tech flagships like Samsung 837 which offers an interactive art installation along with the latest gadgets. Some hidden gems include In Support Of which features local under the radar fashion designers and Muleh, an inconspicuous shop selling rare non-commercial women’s brands from Europe and Japan.
If you’re looking to venture outside Manhattan, Williamsburg is a perfect shopping spot. This hip Brooklyn neighborhood – located on the tip of Brooklyn near the Financial District – continues to evolve and be a go-to for art, culture, food and, of course, shopping. Here you can find some of the trendiest boutiques on the planet, selling both rare new apparel and cool vintage clothing. Some of the local favorites include Alter (featuring curated indie designer fashion) and Monk Vintage (an eclectic selection of rare vintage apparel).