Best Places to Shop in New York City

North America’s top shopping destination is without a doubt, New York City. The Big Apple is big on fashion and takes pride in being one of the World’s Fashion Capitals. The NYC metro area is home to some 19 million people, and enough shopping areas to outfit each person in the must-have fashions of the season.

Leading the way among NYC metro area shopping destinations is Manhattan, home to every major department store, hundreds of independent boutiques, fashion powerhouses, and all the big name retailers. So grab your credit cards, watch a video on how to flag down a cab, and let’s get started with our shopping tour of Manhattan!

One of Manhattan’s hottest and most famous shopping areas is Madison Avenue, which runs through Midtown and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Madison Avenue defines New York’s Haute Couture scene. With stores like Jimmy Choo, Betsey Johnson, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Hermes, Christian Louboutin and Barneys New York, you should have no problem filling your closet(s). Fifth Avenue is another one of Manhattan’s must-see areas. The section which runs through Midtown Manhattan and parallels Madison Ave. is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, at least as far as retail rents go. Fifth Avenue is an upscale shopping paradise, particularly in the area between 49th St. and 60th St. Here, you’ll find such famous names as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and even a few affordable brands like H&M. Next, head over to SoHo, one of the Country’s most stylish neighborhoods and shopping destinations. SoHo is home to many bohemian upscale boutiques and fashion leaders like Prada, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale’s, Laundry by Shelli Segal, and Marc Jacobs. You’ll also find a few popular brands that might leave some room on your credit cards like H&M, Ann Taylor Loft, and Guess. Just east of SoHo and North of Little Italy is Nolita, an up and coming neighborhood filled with trendy boutiques, restaurants and bars. Some of the fashion leaders in Nolita include Tory Burch, Alice & Olivia, Cynthia Vincent, and Sigerson Morrison. Located on the west side of Lower Manhattan are Greenwich Village or “The Village” and “West Village”. A once bohemian enclave, The Village’s are home to many off-Broadway Theatres, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and some top names in fashion (most found along Bleecker St.) including Intermix, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Coach, Juicy Couture, Marc Jacobs and many others. Need more? Check out Union Square around E. 14th St. and Park Avenue near the Flatiron District. Union Square is home to tons of restaurants and fabulous shopping opportunities at stores like Nordstrom Rack, Anthropologie, Armani | Exchange, bebe, Coach, Miss Sixty, DSW, Filene’s Basement, Forever 21, Kate Spade and on and on. Not to be out done is Lincoln Square, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Lincoln Square is home to more than 70 stores, including those at the Time Warner Center’s Shops at Columbus Circle. Lincoln Square is home to stores like Sephora, J.Crew, Eileen Fisher, BCBGMAXAZRIA, bebe, BOSS Hugo Boss, Coach, Cole Haan, Jacadi and Zara. And we’re not done yet! The Chelsea District located on Manhattan’s West Side is another area worth plotting out on your shopping GPS. Chelsea has many great boutiques and galleries as well as the famous Chelsea Market. Stores here include Alexander McQueen, Barney’s Co-op, Stella McCartney, and Christian Louboutin among others. If you find yourself in the touristy area of Midtown Manhattan (Times Square & The Empire State Building), you’ll have fun shopping around at big stores like F.A.O. Shwarz, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. Midtown is also where you’ll find the famous Rockefeller Center, home to such shopping delights as Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, and Michael Kors. There are also several great restaurants and the famous ice skating rink. And finally, if you happen to find yourself on Manhattan’s Lower East Side without a thing to wear, just hop on over to the South Street Seaport located along the waterfront. The South Street Seaport features a smaller collection of unique stores and restaurants along with some traditional favorites like Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach, J. Crew and Guess.

Moving away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and into the hustle and bustle of the areas surrounding Manhattan, there is an enormous selection of fantastic shopping destinations. Here are some of our favorites:

Americana Manhasset, located on Long Island’s North Shore. This shopping center boasts over 50 designer boutiques to rival anything you’ll find in Milan, Paris, or even nearby Manhattan. Stores include CH Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Cartier, David Yurman, London Jewelers, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels. Bridgewater Commons, located in Bridgewater, NJ west of NYC is where some 180 specialty stores and restaurants combine with anchor department stores Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s, to make this mall one of the area’s most frequented shopping destinations. The Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold, NJ south of NYC, is the third largest shopping mall in the state. Freehold Raceway Mall is home to popular department stores and retail favorites including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, A|X Armani Exchange, Charlotte Russe, Charming Charlie, and Coach. Palmer Square in Princeton, NJ southwest of NYC is a beautiful open-air shopping delight located across from Princeton University. Stores here include J. Crew, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren and several nice boutiques. Also in Princeton is the Marketfair Mall, where you can shop at favorites like Anthropologie, Gap, Gymboree, Pottery Barn and White House | Black Market.

The Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ southwest of NYC is an upscale mall featuring scores of specialty stores, a massive food court, a 12 screen movie theatre and anchor department stores Macy’s and Nordstrom. The Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack north of NYC offers something for everyone in the family, including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, H&M, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Old Navy, Target, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, DSW, Charlotte Russe, Sephora and on and on. The popular Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, NJ north of Manhattan boasts over 2,130,0000 square feet of retail space, which equates to a whopping 290 upscale stores and restaurants. This retail mecca is so vast, even New Yorkers are apt to cross the border. The Garden State Plaza has a top lineup of department stores including Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, NY is located just across the East River from Manhattan. This massive shopping destination takes up nearly one million square feet of valuable real estate, and offers shoppers over 170 stores like bebe, Coach, Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Guess. The Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, NY is the largest shopping destination on Long Island. Roosevelt Field Mall is 270 stores strong, including four desirable anchor department stores; Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Rockaway Townsquare in Rockaway, NJ northwest of Manhattan is where you’ll find such shopping favorites as Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Coach, bebe, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, J. Crew and many others.

The Westchester Mall in White Plains, NY north of Manhattan in downtown White Plains is an upscale indoor shopping delight. Designer stores are plentiful, and include names like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Theory, Burberry, Coach and Gucci. And the department store lineup includes Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ west of NYC is another upscale mall that features one designer label after another. The mall is home to such shopping favorites as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, MaxMara, Wolford, Chanel, Coach, Cole Haan, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo. The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ features a fashion spread equal to anything in the Country. Stores include Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Hermes, Wolford, Tiffany & Co.,Movado, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue The Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, NY houses some of the most luxurious specialty shops and department stores found on Long Island. Over 100 retail stores coalesce to create a supremely satisfying shopping experience. The malls department store lineup includes Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ northwest of NYC measures in at a whopping 1.5 million square feet, making it among the largest malls in the U.S., and the fourth largest mall in the state of New Jersey. At The Willowbrook Mall, you’ll find great shopping opportunities at stores like Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, Coach, Guess and so many more.