Nothing puts a spring in our step or a pound in our hearts faster than tripping down the New York City streets, doing the shopping thing. Eating in NYC comes awfully close but let’s just say those Magnolia Cupcakes we find along our way are our reward for the hours of hunting for NYC treasure.
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And back to shopping. We can never get enough card swiping, and no matter what you say, that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing, too. So make sure you’ve packed your comfiest shoes because it’s gonna be a long day of pounding pavement and scouring stores for the chic, unique finds you deserve. Although there are countless ways to turn New York City shopping into your own personal mecca, no trip there is complete without hitting these four.
HERE’S THE SCOOP ON NEW YORK CITY SHOPPING
SoHo We don’t bother with the big box stores along Broadway because they’re too touristy for our taste. Instead, we love the slower stroll through the SoHo ‘hood, especially around Prince and Spring Streets. Here, you’ll delight in stumbling across one-of-a-kind cool spots (think Will Leather Goods) or stores that feature just one brand (Joe’s) or second hand boutiques (Amarord Vintage). Check out some artsy shops, too, like the Museum of Modern Art Design Store and Rachel Comey for vintage-inspired dresses and shoes. There are also many galleries to lose hours inside but remember: many are closed on Mondays. For a full list of shops and galleries, click here. (Photo credit: PilotGirl via photopin cc)
Greenwich Village We love The West Village and it’s southern neighbour TriBeCa for quiet streets perfect for browsing, gifts and shoe shopping. There are specialty bookstores and record stores, antiques, crafts and gourmet food markets, too—and yes, there are way too many to mention. Plus, the fun is in wandering around and discovering them yourself. Check out Bleecker Street west of 6th Avenue and follow Bleecker down to our favourite Boutique Alley. There you’ll want to hit both the more well-known shops, such as Intermix, Marc Jacobs and the newest Michael Kors as well as all the little unknown ones in between. Check out Pippin Vintage Jewelry, Otte NY, and Mick Margo for a blend of retro and on-trend pieces that are unique.
Union Square/the Flatiron District This area is a hot spot for shopping and eating with big names like DSW and the new Nordstrom Rack. Check out the stretch between University and Broadway that’s filled with fine antiques galore. Just north of Union Square, you’ll find the famed shopping emporium ABC Carpet & Home (note: make reservations to eat there!). In November and December, the Greenmarket—the city’s biggest farmers’ market—transforms into a Holiday Market that’s brimming with handcrafted jewellery, art, clothes and just about any gifts you can imagine. PS. There are side streets around lower 5th Avenue that house small-name gems as well. Go poke around.
Midtown As much as we love to discover the new and different, there’s something so New York about shopping midtown in solid department stores that never disappoint. Especially on cold or rainy days, we can get lost inside these NYC haunts. Don’t leave the city without your Big Brown Bag from from the original Bloomingdales in midtown Manhattan. You’ll know it by the classic checkered marble floor, eight floors of luxe brands and inevitable shopping spree sales. Next, stop by Barney’s where you can treat yourself to a celeb-worthy meal at Fred’s, or hit Bergdorf Goodman to feel like a queen amidst the high-end luxury designs of greats such as Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen. (Photo credit: vpickering via photopin cc)