Shopping Malls in New York City

New York City is probably one of the best places to shop in the world.  Your favorite designer probably has its own boutique or flagship store in NYC. With a city so compact, individual stores make more sense than having enormous complexes. Malls in New York are everywhere, you just need to know where to look.

The city finds a way to squeeze in shopping malls but they’re not the traditional shopping centers you’ll see in suburban America. Shopping centers in New York City are very specific and only have a certain number of stores. In this guide, we will discuss some of our favorite shopping centers or malls in New York City.

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The Shops at Hudson Yards

The shops at hudson yards

Hudson Yards is a new neighborhood that finally opened to the public in early 2019. There’s an Equinox Hotel, The High Line, The Vessel, and of course The Shops at Hudson Yards. You can take the 7 train to 34th St – Hudson Yards which drops you right in front of this shopping center. Here, you can find some of your favorite stores such as Coach, Kenzo, H&M, Uniqlo and the high-end department store, Neiman Marcus. That’s just to name a few of the popular ones.

Aside from shopping, you’ll also be treated with many dining options like the infamous burger chain, Shack Shack, as well as Momofuku, Belcampo Blue Bottle Coffee and many more. The food market, Mercado Little Spain is located on the bottom level of the shops.

In addition, the complex will be used to access the outdoor viewing platform “The Edge” which will open in early 2020.

The Shops at Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle and Time Warner Center

Just like Hudson Yards, this is one of the few shopping malls in Manhattan. The Shops At Columbus Circle inside the Time Warner Center is an enormous shopping center that is home to some popular luxury brands. Whole Foods is conveniently located in the basement and the mall is connected to the A C B D subway lines. It’s also in a great location because it’s directly across from Central Park.

After walking around Central Park and shopping in New York, you can head to the luxury restaurants such as Per Se at Columbus Circle. Per Se is one of the most well-known restaurants in the United States which was founded by Chef Thomas Keller. Make sure to make reservations for this fine-dining establishment.

Westfield World Trade Center inside The Oculus

Westfield World Trade Center

Opened in August 2016, Westfield World Trade Center is arguably one of the most unique looking malls in NYC. It’s a shopping mall that’s filled with amazing stores, but it’s also a transportation hub. The PATH train is stationed here which brings you to and from New Jersey and the MTA lines such as the 2 3 R W A C J Z 4 5 can be found here as well. Oh, The Oculus itself is a great place to take pictures.

Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place

This downtown NYC shopping center, which is oddly enough, connected to The Oculus, features multiple luxury brand stores. Here you can find Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Theory and many other high-end shops. In the winter, especially during the holiday season in NYC, they have events such as light shows. Outside, they even put up an ice rink for people to enjoy.

Food is abundant here as well. On the second floor of Brookfield Place is a food market called Hudson Eats. To get here, you can take the same trains that we stated in the Westfield World Trade Center section above. Brookfield Place is probably one of the malls in New York that is overlooked at.

Garden State Plaza in New Jersey

Garden State Plaza

Ok, so technically the Garden State Plaza mall isn’t in NYC, but it doesn’t mean it should be overlooked either. This shopping center is the biggest one in all of New Jersey with more than 300 stores, restaurants, and for your entertainment, an IMAX movie theater. Also, this is more of the traditional mall that you’ll see throughout America. They have stores that cater to everyone and you can also get there via public transportation. If you do have a car, it’s just right across the George Washington Bridge.

About the author

Being a photographer and creative in general, New York City, I think is the perfect place to be. I moved to NYC from Boston in 2013 and never looked back. Loving New York has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share those images with you all.

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