Top 5 Shopping Tips in New York

Everyone will find its happiness in New York, probably one of the most popular cities in the world where to shop. From famous department stores in downtown Manhattan to small farmers markets in Brooklyn, the city has a multitude of trendy products to suit all tastes. The Grande Pomme is a perfect destination for a shopping holiday if you come from Europe since the exchange rate will play in your favor! Throughout this article, we will take you to our favorite places to shop in town.

We have classified the stores into five different categories so you can easily spot the ones you prefer. We also selected stores a little far from the city center, but were just too good to leave them out. Without more ceremony, here are our top 5 shopping tips in New York!

1. The famous New York shopping streets

Photo of shopping in New York Busy buyers on Fifth Avenue in New York

When shopping is talked about, New York’s shopping streets and their luxury boutiques are probably the best known in the world. Who has not heard of Broadway or 5th Avenue? To put it simply, all the streets that run from north to south of Manhattan between 14th and 59th Street are home to many fashionable stores. This article will provide you with an overview of the main shopping streets in Manhattan and their most famous shops.

  • Let’s start with the most famous of them: impossible to go to New York without strolling along Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue runs from north to south of Manhattan; The main shopping area is between 14th and 59th Street. This mythical avenue is mainly known for its luxury boutiques and department stores. Here you will find an Apple Store, as well as the stores Bergdorf Goodman, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Gucci, H & M, Michael Kors, Prada, Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co. and many others.
  • If 5th Avenue is the most famous street in New York, Broadway is not far behind. It’s the longest street in Manhattan and it’s hard to imagine it as one place. Broadway begins at the northern tip of Manhattan and descends into Lower Manhattan in the south. In the Upper West Side neighborhood, you will find many different shops along Broadway. Close to Columbia, the avenue is home to great student shops, while downtown you will find department stores such as American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, as well as small shops. In downtown Manhattan, Broadway is of course famous for its theaters, but this part of the city does not lack cool shops. Finally,
Picture of Broadway, popular shopping street in ManhattanBroadway is a popular place to shop, and it’s the longest street in Manhattan!
  • Technically, Times Square may not be a street, but we think it deserves a place in this list. In Times Square, you’ll find fantastic stores of big names in the industry such as M & Ms Store, Disney Store, Sephora, Toys R Us and Forever 21. If you want to get more information about this mythical place , Read the article Discover Times Square in New York  !
  • Herald Square is just south of Times Square. This place is best known for hosting the largest of Macy’s stores but you’ll also find a very attractive Victoria’s Secret as well as a Gap and many more. As an icing on the cake, you shop in the shadow of the Empire State Building, which does not spoil anything.
  • The streets surrounding Madison Square Park, especially those near Union Square , just south of Madison, are lined with superb shops. Eataly, right across from the Flatiton Building, is the place to go if you love to cook and eat Italian. Union Square is home to a large Barnes & Noble bookstore where you can read for hours, and across the square you will find a Whole Foods supermarket where you can shop. To see what this square looks like, check out our video tour of Union Square  !
  • The southern part of Union Square is also part of 14th Street , which runs from Lower Manhattan east to west. To the west, 14th Street crosses the Meatpacking District and its great shops, while to the east it borders the East Village where you will find many original independent shops.

2. Shopping malls in New York

Image of Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle, ManhattanThe luxurious Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan

If there is a time when you have to visit a mall, it is while you are in the United States. Chance does things right, New York has a few thunderous shopping centers to offer you! Here are our favorites:

  • The Time Warner Center , adjacent to Columbus Circle, is a large shopping mall with renowned luxury boutiques. You will find shops Hugo Boss, Swarovski, J. Crew and others. Do not forget to visit the huge Whole Foods Market in the basement! For more information on this area, check out our video tour of Columbus Circle .
  • The Manhattan Mall , near Herald Square, offers a varied selection of shops. The biggest store in the mall is a JC Penney’s, but you’ll also find Victoria’s Secret, Hallmark, Radio Shack and others.
  • Grand Central Terminal is best known for its lobby where you will find all kinds of culinary delights. However, Grand Central Station is also home to a wide variety of shops ranging from Banana Republic to Swatch.
  • Queens Center Mall is a huge shopping mall in Queens where prices are often lower than in the stores of Manhattan. You will find stores such as Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and Designer Shoe Warehouse.
  • The Staten Island Mall in Staten Island will also offer good value for money. Look for the H & M sales area or browse the great Victoria’s Secret. This great mall has enough shops to keep you busy all afternoon.
  • Newport Center is probably the largest shopping center on our list. This huge shopping mall in Jersey City is home to many fashion stores and you will find plenty to eat. Bath & Body Works, Forever 21 and Kohl’s are just a few of the shops you’ll find at this mall. Prices are also much more attractive than in New York, as taxes are lower in New Jersey. If you want to go see a movie, this mall has a AMC Theaters movie theater, much cheaper than those in town! You can easily get to the Newport Center by taking the PATH subway to Newport and getting off at the first stop after Manhattan.

3. New York Department Stores

Image of Macy's on Herald Square, ManhattanThe huge Admiral Macy’s store on Herald Square in Manhattan

Manhattan is known for hosting some of the country’s most renowned department stores. Below is a list of some of the city’s largest stores.

  • The Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square is definitely worth a look. This shop occupies a whole block and even if you do not want to buy anything, the windows are a real pleasure for the eyes. This Macy’s store is just one of those you can find in town. The huge Macy’s in downtown Brooklyn is also very friendly and much less crowded. Also note that if you are not an American, you can get a 10% discount card on the Macy’s website.
  • Century 21 is located in the southern part of Manhattan and is the ideal place to find promotions on designer clothes. Here’s a tip for your shopping days: Never buy designer clothes in a luxury boutique without checking out the shelves of this discount store. It is likely that you will find the same article, but much cheaper. By rummaging through the items to clear out you are almost sure to find hidden treasures. There is also another Century 21 on 66th Street West, near the Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side.
  • Bloomingdale’s , in downtown Manhattan, is a magnificent department store that is never crowded. You’ll find a wide selection of designer clothes like Michael Kors, Hugo Boss and Steve Madden.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue is an institution in New York. The store you will find on 5th Avenue in Manhattan is, without much surprise, the original Saks Fifth Avenue. This elegant flagship store is very pleasant to visit and the service is truly impeccable.

4. Famous markets in New York

Picture of Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan. Photo of Francois Roux.The Union Square Greenmarket is the place to go for fresh produce in Manhattan. Photo of Francois Roux.

To discover a whole other facet of New York, visit one of the many flea markets or farmers markets of the city. Whether you are looking for a specific model of vintage lamp or the freshest vegetables from the corner, the New York markets will not disappoint you.

  • There are several famous flea markets in this city. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market offers a wide selection of antiques, vintage clothes and even original artwork; It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. The Brooklyn Flea Market, in Fort Green, is often less crowded than Hell’s Kitchen, but you’ll meet a lot of locals. In addition to antique and vintage items, this flea market also offers original artwork and eccentric jewelry.
  • When you talk about markets in New York City, the city’s Food Markets quickly come to your mind. There are several very good farmers markets in NY. The Union Square Greenmarket is the place to go to buy fresh local produce on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. At Smorgasburg in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, more than 80 different vendors are waiting for you behind their stalls! Every Saturday and Sunday, you can find in this market goods coming from the four corners of the world. Chelsea Market, Grand Central Market and Columbia Green Market are also very good markets.

If you really want to enjoy fresh and exotic products that you can buy in the markets, you should consider staying in a New York vacation rental  ! These apartments have kitchens fully equipped, so you can cook as soon as you feel like it and it will also save you the price of a restaurant! One of the other advantages of an apartment stay is that you will feel like a real New Yorker. During your stay, do not forget to explore all the markets and shops in your neighborhood!

5. Discount Shopping Centers in New York
The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens in New Jersey

Our latest category lists something very popular in the New York area: discount shopping malls. These shopping malls or giant factory outlets are a bit far from the city, but the value for money is excellent. All shops in these malls will offer you great discounts, which is well worth the trip out of the city limits!

  • The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens offers some of the best prices in the New York area. This huge shopping mall houses stores like Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Ann Taylor, Forever 21 and other equally popular. By taking a bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, you will reach the Jersey Gardens in less than 35min.
  • The Woodbury Common Premium Outlet is a factory outlet where you will find virtually only items from luxury stores. The discounts are very interesting, but expect to spend a lot of money on clothes from Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Prad and so on.
  • Westbury has several factory outlets. The Gallery at Westbury Plaza , is the most popular of them, it’s a Bloomingdale’s outlet. This factory store is much smaller than the other two on our list, but for many it’s a good thing because it’s easier to locate it. You will find here many luxury brands at reduced prices.

We hope you enjoyed this top 5 shopping in New York City! There are of course many other great stores that we did not have time to talk about. What is your favorite market in New York?

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