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The best places to shop in New York

by Travelbag on 14 May 2015, 15:05PM

The Best Places To Shop In New York

New York City is known for many things, but perhaps the most famous activity in the city is shopping. Shopping until you drop! With flagship stores on every corner, and incredible department stores on every avenue – you’ve got yourself a must-visit location for anyone who loves to shop. Even if it’s just window-shopping that you love. And trust us, there are plenty of amazing places you can window shop too. If it’s your first time in the city, the choice can be pretty overwhelming. Which department stores are the best? Which should you visit first? Who offers the best value? And what shopping districts are a must-see when stopping in the city? You could spend a week in New York City and still not even scratch the surface of all the wonderful and diverse shops on offer. We’d suggest wearing some comfy shoes (shopping takes it out of you, trust us!) and setting aside a full day, or even two, to get around all the key shopping locations we’ve listed below. We compiled all the information you need into this handy guide to shopping in NYC.
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Bloomingdales 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; bloomingdales.com. 212-705-2000. 504 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 212-729-5900; bloomingdales.com Bloomingdales was made famous by Rachel in ‘Friends’ who worked at the department store in the early seasons of the TV show. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you’re after luxury, designer goods, and plenty of them – this is the place for you. You’ll get lost in the shoe department where you can find some of the most famous designers in the world. It’s definitely a place where you can shop until you drop!


727 Fifth Ave., nr. 57th St.; 212-755-8000. tiffanys.com. Everyone has heard of Tiffany’s and it’s no wonder. Made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s this luxury jewellery shop is a must-see for tourists visiting the city, and a spot where hundreds of couples get engaged every year. It’s everything you’d imagine – spacious, sparkly and overflowing with diamonds. If you plan on treating yourself in the city – there’s no better place to splash some cash than Tiffany’s. You’ll even walk away with one of the iconic little blue Tiffany bags.

Grand Central Terminal (market)

42nd St., at Park Ave.; grandcentralterminal.com Located inside NYC’s famous and iconic train station, you’ll find an adorable little food market, perfect for anyone wanting to browse fresh produce and baked goods. From the quirky little pastries, to the huge iced birthday cakes – there’s something for everyone here, and if you’re hungry you’ll end up spending a fortune. This market is especially fun is you visit during a national holiday (such as Halloween or Independence Day) as the shop owners and sellers will theme their produce to whatever date you’re visiting on. For example, visit on Halloween and expect an array of orange goodies, huge pumpkins, and haunted, spooky cupcakes.

Grand Central Station 


151 W. 34th St, nr. Broadway; 212-695-4400; macys.com . Macy’s is the world’s largest department store, the giant company behind the huge Macy’s Day Parade, and is one of the landmark shopping destinations in the city. You’ll have seen Macy’s in several movies and TV shows, and the logo is instantly recognisable. The best time to visit is mid-morning on a weekday when the crowds will be a little smaller and easier to manage. There are dozens of departments and floors to explore: from women’s wear and men’s wear to home and kitchen décor. You won’t run out of things to shop for in here – that much is for sure. Our favourite details are the wooden escalators on the ground floor – from the original structure of the building. See if you can spot them, they’re definitely something special.

Toys ‘R’ Us

1514 Broadway, nr. 44th St.; 646-366-8800; toysrus.com For one of the most photographed shopping destinations in the city, you can’t get better than Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square. The shop is huge, and is fondly loved by children and adults alike. The shop itself feels more like a fun fairground, with a giant Ferris wheel right at the heart of the building – and yes, it actually works! Look out for the superhero section too – and see if you can spot the life-size Superman hanging from the ceiling. He’s hard to miss!

NBC Experience: Rockefeller Centre

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, United States: www.nbcuniversalstore.com The NBC Experience is a large store located in the Rockefeller Centre home to merchandise and souvenirs from all their top TV shows. If you love TV, cheesy t-Shirts and funny gifts – this is a really fun place to look around. The TV studios themselves are actually nearby too – so you might bump into a celebrity or two as they enter or leave the building! Check out their website to see who may be in the area on the days you’re visiting.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., nr. 15th St.; 212-243-6005; chelseamarket.com Fancy heading downtown away from the huge crowds of midtown? Then head to Chelsea Market and explore all the delicious food and produce on sale. It’s a quirky market, known for its independent sellers and quirky shops and you’ll find things here that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. It’s somewhere you’ll want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner – and will leave with bags full of yummy food to eat later at your hotel.

Madison Avenue

Madison Ave, 57th St. to 72nd St. Madison Avenue is one of New York’s leading shopping districts, and it’s one you certainly won’t want to miss out on. The shops on Madison Avenue are famously expensive – but it’s not necessarily about the buying! The shops along Madison Avenue are famous for their beautiful window displays just as much as the products inside the stores so taking a stroll down the avenue and looking at the windows, can be just as much fun as maxing out your credit card! The best time to visit Madison Avenue has to be Christmas – when all the shops go above and beyond expectations.

The Apple Store

767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10153: www.apple.com Who doesn’t love visiting The Apple Store? As one of the most popular stores in the city – it’s one you simply must tick off your list. The shop is actually located below ground – but it’s the modern and unique exterior that will have you snapping photos for your Instagram. The ground-level part of the store is completely glass, and in the centre of the glass cube is a staircase down to the shop itself. It’s incredible to see, and something you’ll love exploring. So what do you think? Have we given you enough shopping inspiration for your trip to NYC. And remember, if you are planning on shopping in the city – booking a central hotel is highly recommended. You’ll want to drop your bags off when they get too heavy – so having a hotel close by is the best tip we can give you!

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