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New York City shopping

New York remains one of the world's most exciting shopping cities, but the proliferation of big multinational chains on the avenues and the sheer variety on offer can make a shopping trip daunting. One way to render the experience more manageable is to think of the city as a series of villages. To that end, we've divided this guide into the major neighborhoods, highlighting the retail experiences in each area that offer either true one-of-a-kind gems or are the ultimate expression of their brand (more than a few upscale brands, for instance, have their flagship stores here).

Each neighborhood has its own distinct flavor. The West Village (which, for the purposes of this guide, encompasses some 20 blocks between Horatio and West 14th Streets) is the haunt of fashion editors and cool downtown girls with plenty of disposable income, who shop for everything from French antiques to haute couture. Soho is home to an array of world-class design stores and avant-garde fashion, while the East Village and Lower East Side offer a more eclectic shopping experience—the chance of finding a bragworthy bargain here is pleasingly high. Venture to the storied midtown area, around Fifth and Madison Avenues, and expect to be dazzled by luxury: This is where fashion houses and jewelers vie to outdo one another with high-design spaces and showstopping collections.

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ABC Carpet & Home, Gramercy

Despite the fact that the average New Yorker's apartment could generously be compared to a shoebox, the residents of Gotham sure do love their homewares. And...more

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Barneys New York, Midtown East

What makes Barneys New York a must-stop for the fashion-forward isn't the comprehensive selection of popular designers (Prada, Manolo Blahnik) or the witty...more

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Bergdorf Goodman, Midtown East

Most department stores have cloned themselves endlessly, populating malls all over America. But there is only one Bergdorf Goodman. In fact, it has such...more

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Century 21, Financial District

This department store, known for selling designer fashions at heavily discounted prices, achieved a second degree of fame when it was seriously damaged in the...more

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East Village/Lower East Side/Nolita, New York City

Some of the city's most idiosyncratic and memorable shopping can be found in the East Village and the Lower East Side, neighborhoods which so far have remained...more

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Henri Bendel, Midtown East

In years past, if Bergdorf Goodman was the glamorous older sibling and Barneys the avant-garde individualist, the original Henri Bendel was the fun,...more

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Isabel Marant, Soho

New York ingenues hailed the arrival of French brand Isabel Marant's first U.S. store in 2010 as a fashion coup. A certain kind of cool girl was left...more

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Jeffrey, West Village

Jeffrey Kalinsky is nothing less than a New York legend: The former Barneys shoe buyer has made thousands of fashion-hungry downtown men and women very happy...more

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John Varvatos, East Village

John Varvatos had a lot to prove in 2008 when he opened his flagship store within the hallowed walls that once housed the legendary Bowery nightclub CBGB. The...more

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Kiosk, Soho

Kiosk is a well-curated design shop that sells products from different countries, available for several months at a time. The inaugural exhibit in December 2005...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



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