GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN NEW YORK: FROM 5TH AVE TO CHINATOWN
From world-renowned malls to chic boutiques, famous streets and hipster markets, it's fair to say that New York City is unrivalled when it comes to its shopping scene. Crowned with a reputation for being one of the best destinations for retailtherapy in the world, the Big Apple can cater to every request - whether it's high-street fashion, vintage pop-ups, quirky antique stalls or expansive outlets you're after. Discover the city's popular districts and get ready to cross the doors of the most elite department stores around...
You don't have to spend big to explore the best of this spectacular city either, browse our recommendations for things to do in New York on a budget for itinerary inspiration...
The Woodbury Premium Outlets are about an hour and a half north of Manhattan, but totally worth the journey. Free your calendar and find a comfortable pair of shoes, because you'll want to spend the whole day exploring this place. There are more than 200 stores to browse here, some of them offering luxury including Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace and Calvin Klein, with others providing more maintstream garments, such as Lacoste, Gap and Timberland - whichever you're here for, Woodbury is an ideal venue if you want to satisfy your shopping needs in one, jam-packed day.
If you want shopping, dining, entertainment and a little culture thrown in too, visit Colombus Circle - the uniquely located shopping centre at the main entrance to Central Park. In addition to over 50 shops and boutiques, you've got a sophisticated selection of dining options to indulge in with venues including Bluebird, Porter House and Landmarc.
Crowned as one of the most popular neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, Soho offers everything a shopping enthusiast could want (minus the frustrating shuffle of foot-traffic). A few of our favourite haunts, aside from world-renowned brands like Bloomingdale's, are the smaller boutiques that line the bustling cobbled streets including American Two Shot - a designer store complete with a quaint coffee shop out front - Birchbox, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, & Other Stories, Anthom, Blue in Green and a whole lot more.
Regardless of how much time you have to play with in NYC, it's always a good decision to dedicate a day solely to shopping - saving the remaining days of your trip for soaking up attractions in the city, right? We think so.
Famous Fifth Avenue should be at the top of your tick-list when visiting this metropolis, where you'll step out of the hustle and bustle of fast-paced Times Square and straight into a world of sophistication and splendour. This iconic street is where you'll find the movie-worthy building of Tiffany & Co, celebrity haunt and premier luxury mall Bergdorf, Saks, plus designer labels Prada, Louis Vuitton and more. Wander down Millionaire's Row (as it's also known) and you'll discover not only elegant, expansive stores but plenty of sights to soak up too - look out for St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York's Public Library, The Empire State Building and more.
If you're visiting during the winter and want to get into the spirit of things, why not embark on a Fifth Avenue Walking Tour? You'll admire the street's famously festive department window displays, learn about the area, pass must-visit attractions and of course, get the lowdown on some shopping highlights - once you know your way around, re-visit for some all-important Christmas shopping!