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New York City is truly the best place for a successful shopping spree. The city really has something for everyone with world-renowned brands and labels on every corner, small insider boutiques hidden in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and big outlet malls located just outside the city.
Every district in New York features its own best areas for shopping. You can shop big name brands on the infamous Fifth-Avenue and the Meatpacking District or unique boutiques in city parts like SoHo, Williamsburg, and Greenwich Village. One of the best parts of shopping in the fashion capital New York City is that many brands have a flagship store here. That means you can find pieces in New York that you won’t find anywhere else. Trends are established here, new ranges and products are launched and the reactions of customers are tested. Shopping here is simply an amazing experience and it’s something you will definitely understand when you explore some of NYC’s finest spots for shopping.
This NYC shopping guide will show you the best places to shop and where you can score the best deals. Many stores offer a 15% discount on top of regular savings that you experience due to exchange rates and generally lower prices! We hope this guide helps you shop your heart out in New York City, a shopping trip here, is definitely one to remember!
Opening times are very flexible in manhattan – some shops are even open 24 hours a day. Most however, are open 10:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00am to 7:00pm on Sundays. This means you will have plenty of time to go shopping without having to watch the time.
New York City is also home to Fifth Avenue, one of the most famous streets for shopping in the world. Designers like Calvin Klein, Prada, Armani, Hugo Boss, and Dolce & Gabbana have flagship stores here and are just waiting for you to cash in on their latest deals. Less expensive but equally big retail chains that you will be familiar with from the UK, are also popular in New York – this includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Footlocker, Nike on FifthAvenue, adidas, Apple, and H&M, for example. One thing is for sure, you won’t be going home empty handed!
The numerous Outlet Malls around NYC have some great deals that you can take advantage of – you can find sales of up to 80% off! Items available at outlet malls often include some of last season’s pieces, and also editions that are specifically manufactured for outlet sales. Going to an outlet mall should definitely be on your Shopping in New York itinerary! You will find some amazing deals if you travel slightly outside of Manhattan which can really make the longer trip worth it!
If you want even better deals, make sure to check out sample sales in NYC. To find out more about what they are please read about it here.
All prices indicated on goods in New York do not include the sales taxes. You need to add 8.875% sales tax to the total of all purchases. This number is comprised of the sales tax of the city of New York (4.5%) and the sales tax of the state of New York (4.375%). Several outlet malls, for example the Jersey Outlets, are located outside of the city for this very reason, here there are reduced tax rates on most goods and no sales tax on clothing items!
Please be mindful of the customs regulations when you return to your country, as you are only allowed to bring in a certain amount of goods in tax free. You can bring in goods worth up to £390 into the United Kingdom.
Enough of all that – where in NYC can you shop? Check out our best tips for a perfect shopping trip in New York below!
The Shops at Columbus Circle is a small, manageable mall located directly at Central Park. We like shopping here because of the well known brands and the fact that it is not as crowded. You can find Columbus Circle directly in the bottom west corner of Central Park near 8th Avenue.
Address: 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 10023
Opening times: Mo – Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
SoHo can offer you everything in terms of shopping that will make your heart skip a beat. The entire area around Broadway in SoHo is one of our favorite shopping areas in downtown Manhattan. SoHo has its own artistic charm and is home to many stores ranging from luxury brands and boutiques to more common brands like Forever 21 and H&M – SoHo truly has something for everyone. With some great unique cafés in the area you will not struggle to find a spot to rest your feet after a day of shopping. Our tip: come early in the morning during the week. There is much less of a crowd which guarantees a far more relaxed shopping experience. More about SoHo here.
The Meatpacking District, near the beginning of the High Line in downtown Manhattan, is one of the most contemporary areas in the city. It is definitely going to make you whip out your credit card with its numerous exciting shops, bars and restaurants. The well known TV show Sex and the City also showed the girls of the cast buying their fancy dresses here. In addition to the expensive boutiques, you can also find a UGG Store, an Asics store with a broad selection of their newest products, and an Apple store. If you are tired of shopping, you can stroll through the Chelsea Market to find a bite to eat – the Food Market sells something to please every kind of palate. You can also combine your shopping trip in the Meatpacking District with a visit to the Whitney Museum, which reopened at this new location in May 2015.
The atmosphere at Herald Square is significantly more hectic than the aforementioned spots. As a hotspot for tourists it requires some strong nerves or a serious dedication to shopping. However, if you don’t mind a slightly busier shopping experience and a higher noise level, you will find that a great shopping experience awaits. In addition to the huge department store, Macy’s (which is impressive just by itself), there are many other flagship stores all around Herald Square. The new flagship store of H&M has also opened here, which is of course a brand you can find internationally as well as in the UK, but the NYC shop does it better. In close proximity you will also find a Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Mango, Levis, Footlocker, Gap, and Forever 21. These are just a few of the more popular retail shops you will find here. Our tip for this shopping location is the same as the previous one, make sure to come early and during the week if possible. Once you arrive at Herald Square you will quickly find yourself adapting to the fast pace of New York as you explore the large, busy, shops.
On the Upper East Side around Lexington Avenue, you will find a nice mix of luxury brands and more common brands like Zara and H&M. The Upper East Side is also home to Bloomingdale’s, one of the most famous and beloved department stores of New York City. When you purchase an item here it will be placed in one of their signature, world-renowned, Little Brown Bags for you. If you are trying to compare Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and maybe even deciding between them, we recommend Bloomingdale’s for a more exclusive feel. Lexington Avenue is also not short of other shopping opportunities. You will find one great shop after another making this a great alternative to Fifth Avenue.
You can, of course, also find great shopping opportunities in other Manhattan neighborhoods. East Village, Union Square, or Lower Manhattan also belong on this list of great places to shop. If there’s one thing you won’t have any problem doing in New York City, its spending your shopping money!
Macy’s is not only the oldest, but also the most recognized department store in New York. Spanning over 7 floors, you will find anything and everything your heart desires. Note that with a New York Pass you can get an 11% discount on your purchases.
Macy’s Location: 151 West 34th Street (between Broadway & 7th Avenue)
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am – 8:30pm
Beacon’s closet is a great shop where you will find all sorts of vintage clothes and other accessories. There are several locations throughout New York City, the Manhattan store is near Union Square between 5th and 6th Avenues near 13th Street.
Opening times (Manhattan): 11:00am – 8:00pm daily
Bloomingdale’s is a very well know and popular department store in New York. The brown shopping bags (with little brown bag or medium brown bag written on them) are well known around the world and you will probably see hundreds go past you throughout New York City. This is due to the huge selection comprised of quality items. When you visit one of Boomingdale’s NYC locations you will even often see men roaming the store to secure the perfect gift for their significant other.
There are several Bloomingdale’s locations throughout Manhattan – just find one that is close to you! Additionally, if you have purchased a New York Pass make sure to take advantage of your 15% discount when purchasing in store!
Locations: 1000, 3rd Avenue (between 59th and 60th Street); 504 Broadway in SoHo
Opening times: Mon – Tue: 10:00am – 8:30pm, Wed – Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tiffany & Co. is a very popular brand that is recognized globally, it has even been the topic of some major Hollywood films. The brand has several locations in New York but their flagship store is without a doubt the retail space on 5th Avenue. There are several stores throughout town, meaning you can admire the beautiful jewelry at 9 other stores. Ranging from small price tags up to some very large ones you can find everything at Tiffany & Co. that sparkles and shines. If you want to save some money, definitely take a detour around the NYC shops – with the amounts of amazing looking pieces inside it will be hard to persuade yourself you don’t need any of it.
Location: 1727 Fifth Ave., at 57th Street
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm, Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Victoria’s Secret is also one of the brands that is firmly rooted in New York City. Victoria’s Secret sells beautiful lingerie, intimate apparel, and underwear but also carries swimwear fashion and shoes. With over 40 locations throughout New York, use their store finder to get to the location that is closest to you. Victoria’s Secret should undoubtedly be part of any New York City shopping trip!
Another popular retailer is OMG – The Jeans Store, a shop sells all types of jeans from well known to lesser known brands. You will definitely be able to find jeans made by the classic jeans brands Levi’s, Wrangler, Dockers, and Calvin Klein here, at very competitive prices.
OMG has 9 locations in New York – click here to access the store locator. The company’s flagship store is on Broadway, between Canal and Walker Street.
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
The H&M stores at Times Square & Herald Square are futuristic and modern and not much like their other stores throughout the world. Since its grand opening in the fall of 2015, H&M trends originate and are tested in these two stores. With a huge selections of new items and ranges as well as entertainment by a daily DJ, the brand has created a very special atmosphere in these two stores. Even the store personnel seems to celebrate working at H&M in Times Square or Herald Square. Take note of the fact the store re-arranges, re-decorates, and replenishes inventory daily, meaning items are always arranged differently. This can become a difficulty when trying to find that one piece of clothing you tried on yesterday but decided to sleep on buying. H&M has a total of 35 NYC locations meaning that you will see many of their shops around, however, their flagship stores at Times Square and Herald Square are by far the most impressive.
Location: 4 Times Square 1472 Broadway; 1328 Broadway at Herald Square
Store Hours: daily 9:00am – 1:00am
If you are looking for a great deal in New York, you don’t necessarily have to go to an outlet mall. Century 21 sells many brand name products at unbelievably low prices. Century 21 is a big department store with an even bigger selection. From Tommy Hilfiger, Prada, Michael Kors and Gucci, to Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste the department store carries active wear, traditional suits, leather jackets, high heels, sneakers, sunglasses, purses, underwear, and more. While the large quantities of products in store often create a feeling of shopping from a bargain bin this is made up by the fact that many are being sold at up to 80% off their original prices. Just remember, the early bird gets the worm.
Our Favorite Location: 22 Cortland St, New York, NY 10007 (directly at Ground Zero)
Store Hours: Mon – Wed: 7:45am -9:00pm, Thur – Fri: 7:45am – 9:30pm, Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, and Sun: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Steve Madden is not just a brand from The Wolf of Wall Street (in which the designer Steve Madden plays himself), Steve Madden is well known in the US and produces many ranges of quality shoes. Both men and women can find the right pair of shoes here for any event or outfit. You can buy a pair starting at $40 meaning that you will even find shoes here if you are on a budget. Distinct and unique – that’s what the Steve Madden shoe collection is all about. Our favorite SM store is on 5th Avenue but there are several other locations throughout New York (There is also a Steve Madden outlet store in Jersey Gardens).
Locations: 540 Broadway
41 W 34th St
720 Lexington Ave
Store hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm
You will find a large variety of the current collection of designer Michael Kors Watches, bags, leather accessories shoes in his stores in New York City. His stores are very popular with tourists due to the fact that there are tremendous price differences between the USA and Europe. A new, large store has been opened on 101 Prince Street in Soho. While this one is slightly smaller than the store space on 5th Avenue they both stock the same products and have similar designs. There is also no difference in price between the locations meaning you will save no matter which store you will visit.
Midtown 133 5th Ave
SoHo: 101 Prince St New York
Store Hours: Mon -Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Nordstrom started off in the west coast and has gradually made its way to the east coast. It’s very similar to Bloomingdales in terms of brands that are being carried. With men’s fashion on the rise and a trend that keeps rising, Nordstrom has finally built their first store in Manhattan. On top of that, it’s a store focused for men. The prices can be a little steep, but there are a lot of high quality brands to choose from.
Midtown: 235 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Store Hours: Mon -Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Nordstrom Rack is a great place to find great value on clothing that used to be sold at a regular Nordstrom. These items are either off season or had too much inventory in the store. You can usually find great deals with the same high-quality products sold at Nordstrom.
Union Square: 60 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Store Hours: Mon -Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Midtown: 865 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 8:00pm
New York City is also home to many great outlet malls. Many of these malls are huge and feature numerous designer stores across their expansive grounds. You will definitely find some great deals here and not only on last seasons items. Make sure to check these out as you will often find large discounts on designer items too!
The Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, which has over 220 designer stores, is less than 1 hour from Manhattan and gives you savings of up to 65%. The expansive outlet mall includes shops like Dolce & Gabbana, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland, and many, many more! A roundtrip outing to the mall is not a hardship with regular bus connections (ShortLine/coach USA) from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street at 8th Avenue). If you are the owner of a New York Explorer Pass you can also reserve a bus to the outlets and take advantage of the included discount booklet valued at several hundred dollars. As the Explorer Pass already saves you significant amounts of money on attractions in the city, this is definitely a bonus!
Operating hours of Woodbury Common Premium Outlet: Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 9:30pm, Sat: 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11:00am – 8:30pm
The Tanger Outlets are also not far from NYC – you can get there in about 1.5 hours and enjoy the shopping paradise on Long Island. Both the Riverhead and the Deer Park Outlet are great places to shop. We bought stacks of athletic wear here for reduced prices on our last trip to NYC. Since we had rented a car it was easy for us to swing by and snap up some great deals. If you are going to these outlets in the summer, I recommend taking trip to the beach which is not far away!
Current coupons: the outlets always offer a coupon booklet (be sure to pick one up at the information counter!) that will give you extra discounts on your purchases. These range from buy 1 get 1 free deals to discounts of up to 60%. You can find current coupons on this page.
Getting to Riverhead Outlet by car: Long Island Express Way Exit 72 (from Manhattan). Enter this address into your sat nav: 200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901
Getting to Deer Park Outlets by car: Long Island Express Way Exit 52 (from Manhattan). Enter this address into your sat nav: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY 11729
Operating hours of Tanger Outlets: Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
The Jersey Gardens Outlet is one of he most popular shopping destinations near New York City. Located in New Jersey, it avoids the high taxes of New York City, so that you are almost saving an extra 9% on clothes and shoes!
How do you get to the Jersey Gardens Outlet?
It has multiple public transportation options. A 34-minute bus ride will take you straight to the outlet mall. You start at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (between 8th and 9th Avenue and 40th to 42nd Street (Google Maps) – the blue MTA Trains A, C and E stop here. Once you are in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, go to the Lines 111 and 115 of NJ Transit. You need to buy roundtrip tickets (to and from) in advance and indicate the bus number you want (111 or 115). Buses drive on a regular schedule, (approx. 1 per hour). The PDF bus routes for Line 111 and Line 115 can be found here.
The ride will take you a little over half an hour depending on traffic. Your return bus will leave from the same spot that you were dropped you off.
Operating hours Jersey Gardens Outlet: Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Approx. 200,000 square meters filled with 400 stores – Garden State Plaza promises the ultimate shopping experience. It is the largest mall in the state of New Jersey, and it is only 12.5 miles away from Manhattan. If you are an avid shopper, your pulse will double once you arrive in the small town of Paramus, New Jersey. You will also be saving here as you shop due to New Jersey not having a sales tax on shoes and clothing.
Due to its size the selection at the Garden State Plaza Mall is huge. Outlets often feature many unknown brands trying to pedal their leftover products from previous season – but not here. Our jaws dropped when we looked at the map to see which stores could be found in the mall. In addition to the big department stores like Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Nordstorm, Lord & Taylor, and Neiman Marcus you will also find other great name brand stores like Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Superdry, Apple, and Abercrombie. The list goes on with Converse, Gap, Hollister, Steve Madden, H&M, GUESS, COACH, MAC Cosmetics, and Lacoste. And this is just a small sample of what you can expect. Check out the complete list of stores in the Garden State Mall!
This small, unassuming shop in beautiful SoHo has lots of treasures for lovers of luxurious clothes. This second hand store sells items from Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and even Hermes. From bargain basement deals to purses for $20,000.00, you will find a wide selection of stuff at different price ranges here. This includes everything from new clothes to second hand items discarded by those with too much money. If you are planning on buying a Louis Vuitton bag or something of the likes during your time in New York City, be sure to take a look at A Second Chance – your bag might just be waiting for you on one of its shelves.
Location: 155 Prince Street in SoHo
This second hand store in New York is probably the most well-known. New Yorkers bring whatever no longer fits, what they no longer like, or simply is no longer worn to this store. Shoes, jeans, dresses, skirts, shirts, bags, simply everything you can imagine can be found at the Buffalo Exchange. Depending on location, inventory is more mainstream or more funky. For example, in the hip district Williamsburg, items are a lot more trendy than they are in the upper-crust East Village. But you can find deals everywhere.
Addresses: Queens 29-16 Ditmars Blvd.,Williamsburg 504 Driggs Ave., 109 Boerum Pl. Brooklyn, East Village
332 E. 11th St., Chelsea 114 W. 26th St.
This thrift store has multiple locations in NYC and is blowing up quick. Supermodels such as Gigi Hadid and Taylor Hill shop here sometimes, so you know it has a pretty trendy collection.
543 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
1132 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065
This store is absolutely huge – hence the name Niketown. Spread over multiple floors you will all the different Nike ranges sorted by their respective sports. You can buy shoes, clothes, and accessories for everything from basketball to skateboarding. Not only is the selection larger here than anything you will be used to from Europe, the prices will definitely make you want to buy something!
Location: 57th St between 5th and 6th Avenue
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 7:00pm
If you are looking for the best pair of trainers, sport shoes or a new training outfit, this store has the best and biggest selection next to Niketown. Organized according to sports with different departments for men, women, and children, this store carries it all. Prices are fair and their product selection is always up to date. If Nike comes out with new gear or the latest trend from Adidas, you can be sure to find them here. We particularly recommend the Foot Locker location next to Macy’s as it lets you combine your shopping trip with other sights, and it is by far the biggest Foot Locker in the city.
Location: Midtown West Herald Square / 34th Street from Macy’s
Store hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 9:00pm, Sat – Sun: 9:00am / 11:00am – 9:00pm
This is one of our favorite stores because we are huge adidas fans. We all have a par of adidas shoes and most of our running gear is from here too. This huge store is located in the heart of SoHo and it offers a broad and up to date selection of merchandise. The original series has brought back many classic designs and is gaining popularity by the day. There are several stores such as the 5th Avenue store, the flagship store in SoHo and another one on Wooster Street near Broadway.
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 11:00am – 7:30pm, Sun: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Porsche Design (website) has taken the classic design of their cars and applied it to a whole range of products from shoes and clothing to jewelry, and other accessories.
The designs are always understated, clean and modern looking. While the brand is relatively expensive the prices are still cheaper in comparison to those in Europe. Since we are a fan of Porsche anyways we can never resist at least having a look in here!
Locations: There are now three locations in NY: 624 Madison Ave (near 59th St.), Porsche Design SoHo (465 W Broadway, near W Houston St. – in the same block as adidas originals store) and also at 540 Madison Ave (near 55th St.)
This is another one of our favorite brands – classic designs, great shirts, jackets, and much better prices in comparison to Europe. HUGO BOSS stores always worth a visit as they carry a large range of clothes with something for everyone. You will find one in the previously mentioned Shops at Columbus Circle Mall. You can also find HUGO BOSS super stores at 555 Broadway near Spring Street and in the Meatpacking District. Use the Store locator to find a shop near you.
Kenneth Cole is a classic and modern menswear brand with a great unique style. Our favorite shop is on Lexington Avenue due to its manageable size and the selection but the one at Grand Central Terminal is also very nice and probably their biggest store. If you are in Soho you can find one there as well. Use the store locator below to check out the closest Kenneth Cole to you.
The Apple store on 5th Avenue is world-renowned and an architectural marvel. Only wha large glass cube bearing the Apple logo gives you the hint that below lies a mecca for Apple devotees.
There are now several Apple locations in New York, with the biggest store being inside Grand Central Station. Also, when you have completed your High Line Park walk in the Meatpacking District, you can find an Apple Store there too.
Warning: Danger of addiction! Every time one of us visits this store we come home with far too many M&Ms in a huge bag. They have every color imaginable and for some reason its irresistible to get a bit of each one. Why, I don’t know – they all taste the same anyways as the color is just food coloring but all of us swear by our favorite color. Most of us blame the huge plastic dispensing tubes displaying the delicious looking sweets across the whole store.
If you are a fan of M&Ms this is definitely a must on your shopping to-do list in New York.
Location: 1600 Broadway, between 48th and 49th Street (at Times Square)
Opening times: Mon – Sun: 10:00am – midnight
B&H is an absolute must for all photographers and videographers. For more than 35 years, B&H in New York has been synonymous with competent advice in the area of cameras and professional photography accessories. Anyone who is in the market for a new digital camera and also wants to take advantage of attractive pricing should give B&H a try. Interesting to see is the overhead trolley system that brings customer orders and purchases on a rail system to the cashier. Really unique and fun to watch and also adds to their great customer service.
Location: 420 9th Ave. at 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 9:00am – 7:00pm, Fri: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Sat: closed & Sun: 10:00am – 6:0pm
A wonderful store and not just for the bookworms among us! This Barnes & Noble is huge, there are books as far as the eye can see. They also have several floors dedicated to souvenirs from around NYC. You can buy postcards, magazines, toys, DVD’s, picture frames, notebooks and guest books, or grab a Starbucks for a coffee break. We really recommend browsing through Barnes & Nobles as they have a really creatively chosen set of products. The store also hosts book signings and lectures if you are lucky enough for there to be one while you are there.
Location: 555 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10017
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm
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