Newcomers to New York City are in for a treat if they enjoy a regular dose of retail therapy. Shopping in New York City is a unique experience and the city really does have something to suit all sorts of tastes, budgets and needs.
From renowned department stores in Midtown Manhattan to the weekly markets in Brooklyn, New York City boasts a host of trendy shopping opportunities to fit a variety of different lifestyles.
Department store shopping in New York City
Macy’s Herald Square
Macy’s is a must for any prospective New Yorker. The store is huge and covers an entire block. Even for those on a tight budget, it’s worth visiting just for the window displays. There are lots of other Macy’s stores scattered throughout the city, but the flagship store in Herald Square is the one that draws the most visitors.
Bloomingdale's is famous for their little brown bags, but there's also a lot more to this Midtown Manhattan department store. It's known for having the best selection of designer clothes and luxury brands – so if new arrivals have a well-lined purse, this is the store for them.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Located in the heart of Fifth Avenue, Saks is a New York institution. Those after a luxury shopping experience will find that this is the ideal spot as shoppers are treated to impeccable service and expertise from the staff.
Street shopping in New York City
Despite the cold winters, New Yorkers don’t confine themselves to shopping indoors at mega malls. To visit some of the best shopping spots in the city, new arrivals will need to be willing to brave the elements and hit the shopping streets.
Fifth Avenue is probably the most famous shopping street in New York City, best known for its luxury boutiques and big department stores. Famous names found here include the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Gucci and Tiffany & Co.
Markets in New York City
For a different shopping experience in New York, the city’s many flea markets and farmer's markets have plenty to offer. Whether looking for vintage fashion or furniture, original art pieces, the freshest vegetables or the most delectable baked goods, New York City’s markets won’t disappoint.
Bronx Night Market
Taking place the last Saturday of every month, the Bronx Night Market is a must-visit for foodies and arts and culture buffs alike. Visitors will have the pleasure of discovering the works of local visual artists and designers while enjoying mouthwatering Italian, Caribbean, Mexican and soul food dishes associated with the Bronx.
Union Square Greenmarket
This is a farmer's market of homegrown produce, gourmet foods, flowers and herbs. Much of the fare is organic. On weekends, it's also common to find food tastings and book signings. Visitors may well catch a local chef purchasing goods for their own restaurant and will have the chance to meet local farmers, bakers and harvesters.
This is a great urban experience with a very pleasant atmosphere. With more than a hundred vendors to browse, shoppers can find everything from impeccably preserved art deco furniture to pinball machines and local homemade apparel. The chic Brooklynites make these markets a weekend meet-up must, taking the time to enjoy some of the delicious ethnic delicacies on offer. Visitors are sure to enjoy the people-watching as much as the shopping.
►Check out Lifestyle in New York City for info on nightlife, eating out and entertainment in the Big Apple
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