New York - Shopping
New York is a city that loves to shop. From the dazzling department stores of 5th Avenue to the sleek boutiques of the Lower East Side, there are more opportunities to find the perfect gift in Manhattan than any city on earth.
Barneys is the place to head for edgy fashions and one-of-a-kind homewares (660 Madison), while Bergdorf Goodman is a more traditional store, with excellent shoes, accessories and leather goods (754 Fifth). FAO Schwartz (767 Fifth) offers excellent crafts, gifts and jewellery, and games. Saks Fifth Avenue store offers a glittering procession of labels, luxury goods and cosmetics. For high end fashion, Madison is the place to head, featuring flagship stores from the world’s in-demand designers – from home grown greats such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren to Italian megastars of the fashion world, Prada, Versace and Fendi. French fashion is represented by Chanel and Dior. And, for tourists who prefer to window shop than bag a bargain, Tiffany’s and Van Cleef and Arpels are jewellers locked in mortal combat, on opposite sides of 5th Avenue.
Greenwich Village offers a dizzying array of up-to-the-minute fashions, funky gifts and collectables from comics to CDs. Bleecker Street and 8th Street’s cool fashions and footwear, and Carmine Street and Seventh Avenue’s delis and galleries are all worth an afternoon’s wander, as are the boutiques and perfumeries of Christopher Street.
Another upcoming area is the Chelsea/Meatpacking District west of here. With over 150 galleries, Chelsea’s ‘Art Quarter’ tag is deserved – and the area between 20th and 26th streets, between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, is lined with art stores, antiques and retro home wares stores.
The Meatpacking District has bloomed recently, with Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen setting up stall. But look out for Jeffrey New York, an offshoot of a cool Atlanta department store, with its fabulous shoes, menswear and leather goods.
Herald Square, where 34th Street, Sixth Avenue, and Broadway meet, is home to the American institution that is Macy's. The biggest department store in the world is home to an unbeatable selection of fashions, cosmetics, gifts, shoes, and home wares.
Soho is still a fashionable place to shop, with cobbled streets and cast-iron arcades, while you’ll find most of the recognisable brands on SoHo’s Broadway - check out the perfumes and cosmetics giant, Sephora, and A/X Armani Exchange, and hunt for bargains at the H&M hyperstore. Bloomingdale's chain – a trendy US department store, on a par with John Lewis - has a downtown branch on Broadway, and the Apple Store, SoHo is geek central!