There are a dizzying number of retail outlets in New York City. Iconic department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s and Macy's are worth a visit and plenty of bargains can be found here, especially pre- and post- Christmas. For toy shopping, there is FAO Schwarz or the Toys R Us megastore at Times Square.
Fifth Avenue is a must-see and has mesmerising window displays, especially during the festive season. Don’t miss Tiffany’s or Abercrombie & Fitch. There are also big-brand stores along Fifth Avenue including Sephora, H&M and Zara.
SoHo is an eclectic shopping enclave, jam-packed with the usual big name brand stores, as well as small boutiques, and some fantastic niche stores specialising in unique perfumes, jewellery, shoes and designer clothes.
On weekends, Prince Street and West Broadway in SoHo come alive with street vendors who sell a variety of interesting and well-priced items – jewellery, art, posters and books. For unique finds and the chance to spot a celebrity, head to the charming West Village.
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Stores Throughout The City
Bargains galore can be found at discount designer racks including Century 21, TJ Maxx, and the Gap Factory Outlet in Brooklyn. Shoe lovers will be in heaven at the multilevel Designer Shoe Warehouse, known as DSW. Check its website for stores throughout the city. Serious bargain hunters should take a 90-minute bus to Woodberry Common Premium, which has 220 outlet stores offering up to 80% off.
Fifth Ave, Between 57th & 58th St
This luxury department store has been serving the rich and famous since 1899. Here, you will find high-end designer clothes for men and women including Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Versace; all laid out in beautiful surrounds. Even if you can’t afford much at this luxury Fifth Avenue store, located just south of Central Park, it is a joy to browse. You can get a sneak peak on the Bergdorf website.