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Shopping in New York

Shopping in NYC, New York City Shopping

When it comes to shopping in NYC, your options are all but limitless. Are you ready to shop like it's your job? In New York, you'll find many of the best department stores in the world, including Bloomingdale's and Macy's NYC, and countless Fifth Avenue boutique shops, such as the quality leather goods store A. Testoni. You'll also find iconic NYC specialty shops like Saks Fifth Avenue, fun open air markets like the Green Flea Market, and famous NYC toy stores like FAO Schwarz. Continue reading below to learn how to get the best shopping deals in NYC!

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Famous Stores in New York City

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Looking for the best places to shop in NYC? You're in the right place! Check out these popular tourist shopping destinations and iconic NYC department stores:

  • Bloomingdale's: First opened in 1927, Bloomingdale's is easily one of the most famous stores in NYC. Occupying a full city block on Manhattan's Upper East Side, this massive NYC department store offers a huge inventory of designer fashions, including clothes and accessories by Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and D & G. Don't miss great deals on sunglasses, handbags, and jewelry!
  • Macy's: The largest store in the world from 1924 until 2009, Macy's spans a full city block and boasts 11 floors of merchandise. From mattresses and furniture to table linens and cosmetics, Macy's NYC has everything you could ever hope to find in a department store. If you can, visit this store during the holiday season, when you and your kids will have the chance to meet Santa.

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The entrance to the 34th Street Balcony Level of Macy's in New York

The entrance to the 34th Street Balcony Level of Macy's in New York

The Top Destinations for Shopping in New York City

SoHo
By far one of the best shopping neighborhoods in New York City, SoHo has a unique vibe that no other part of Manhattan can compare to. The neighborhood specializes in big name stores like J. Crew, Bloomingdale’s Pottery Barn, H&M, Prada (etc). You can find all these stores and more from Broadway to Sixth Avenue, so many visitors end up here whether they set out to shop or not. After or before a few hours of shopping you can enjoy some of the top NYC attractions, a Broadway show or a delicious meal. This is the go-to neighborhood when you’re looking the check out all of this season’s trends.

Nolita
This neighborhood gives SoHo a good run for its money, competing for the best shopping neighborhood in NYC. You don't want to come here if you're traveling to NYC on a budget, but that doesn't stop many people who spend time buying big here. Many of the boutiques carry clothes from all over the world. When you come here, expect high fashion, high prices and all the best accessories to pair.

Lower Manhattan & The Financial District
You'll recognize most of the stores you find here, but these are generally much larger and the food court is way better than the one you would see at your local mall. Even though the shops are all familiar, the neighborhood also contains some of New York’s finest history and  amazing harbor views to enjoy while you shop.

Union Square/Flatiron District
This is the hottest hangout in Manhattan that combines shopping with some of the best restaurants and cafes. You’ll find everything here from Barnes & Noble to the farmers market, with all of the people you’d expect at each place, and everyone in between. Union Square is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Grab lunch, shop around, people watch and end the night at a nice bar or fancy club.

Lower East Side Manhattan
The deals aren’t as great as they used to be in this neighborhood that the savvy shoppers flock to, but it's still possible to find all the latest bags, shoes, travel essentials and more at a great price on the Lower East Side. More and more trendy boutiques are arriving to the scene, specializing in the latest fashions that appeal to travellers in their 20s, as well as unique knick knacks you never imagined would exist (but won’t go home without if you like that kind of thing.)

Greenwich Village
When you aren’t setting out for clothes, head to Greenwich to spend the day shopping for all the other fine things this city has to offer. Throughout the specialty stores in this neighborhood, you’ll find crafts, bookstores, record stores and gourmet markets. Check out all the boutique food shops on Bleecker Street, or continue past Christopher Street (the gay hub of Greenwich) where you’ll find all the other boutique fashion stores.

Chinatown
This is a place that people live for or avoid at all cost. You can easily negotiate a great price for your knockoff handbags and t-shirts, but don’t expect anything real in this neighborhood. This is a great place to come for souvenirs to take home with you (if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on the snow globes and t-shirts in Times Square) and gifts for other people, or just strolling around and people watch.

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NYC Hotels Close to Fifth Avenue Shopping

Fifth Avenue has a well known shopping district.

Fifth Avenue's shopping district is known worldwide.

Many of the best New York hotels stand just minutes from Fifth and Sixth Avenues, making NYC shopping a breeze! Here are two of our favorite Upper East Side hotels:

  • Park Central Hotel: This beautiful Manhattan accommodates NYC Tourists with every agenda! Shoppers love staying here because of the convenient location to 5th Avenue and 57th Street which are within walking distance.Park Central often offers fabulous NYC hotel deals that help many travelers upgrade their stay to a convenient and luxurious hotel!
  • The Surrey NYC: Nearly unsurpassed in hotel accommodations, The Surrey NY boasts an acclaimed on-site restaurant, an internationally renowned spa, and a private roof garden with breathtaking views of Central Park and the vibrant Upper East Side.

Of course, Fifth Avenue is just one of many fun places to shop in NYC. You might also enjoy browsing the flea markets in Chelsea, where you'll find the following cheap NY hotels:

  • The GEM Hotel Chelsea: Just steps away from Chelsea shopping and some of the best restaurants in New York City, The GEM Hotel Chelsea is the perfect hotel choice for those leisure travelers who would rather spend money on clothes than on NYC hotel rooms.
  • Sheraton Hotel Chelsea: Another excellent mid range NY hotel, Sheraton Hotel Chelsea features clean, comfortable guest rooms, generous amenities, and an on-site Mexican restaurant. This good mid range hotel in NY stands less than a half-mile from popular NYC attractions such as the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden.

For more good deals on NY hotel rooms, check out our Moderate Hotels page.

5th Avenue Shopping in NYC

One of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City, Fifth Avenue is widely regarded as the most expensive street in the world, surpassing even the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris and Bond Street in London. While Fifth Avenue north of 60th Street is largely occupied by famous NYC museums, Fifth Avenue between 49th and 60th Streets is lined almost solidly with the best shops in NYC. This popular Manhattan attraction is a must-see for anyone planning a trip to the Big Apple. Even if you don't intend to buy anything, window shopping is fun in New York City!

Popular Places to Shop in Manhattan

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Here's a list of a handful of New York City's most popular places to shop:

  • Bloomingdale's: 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000. 504 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 212-729-5900;
  • Macy's: Macy's spans a full city block - 151 W. 34th St., nr. Broadway; 212-695-4400
  • Barney's: 660 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-826-8900
  • American Girl Place: 609 Fifth Ave., nr. 49th St.; 877-247-5223
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 611 Fifth Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-753-4000

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Want to know one of the best things about shopping in NYC? All clothing and footwear purchases under $110 are free of sales tax! That's 4% you'll save!

  • Items Exempt from NYC Sales Tax: All clothes and clothing materials purchased in NYC, including hats, ties, shoes, scarves, diapers, and fabrics, are exempt from NYC sales tax.
  • Items Not Exempt from NYC Sales Tax: All watches, handbags, jewelry, umbrellas, rented suits, sports equipment, and pet or doll clothes are not exempt from NYC sales tax.