Shopping in New York City
is every fashionista’s fantasy. We can bet that since you watched the final episode of Sex and The City all those years ago, you’ve wanted to hit the Big Apple for some serious retail therapy. Believe us, so have we - in the run up to Christmas every single year!
A girly weekend full of clothes and cocktails sounds amazing and we think November is the best time to go as you’ll get great bargains in time for Christmas.
3 of the best shopping areas in New York City
So if you’ve always wanted to do the Sex and the City thing on a budget, we’ve got you covered in this blog.
There are 3 great shopping areas in the city that you should get to: Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and Lower Manhattan.
1. Browsing on Fifth Avenue
All the big names are here: Chanel, Dior, Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton are but a few of the designer stores located on probably the world’s most famous shopping street. One hour of shopping here could blow your budget for the weekend so we’re recommending you do your window shopping on Fifth and your actual shopping elsewhere!
Must-visits on Fifth are Tiffany & Co
. (where Charlotte from SATC picked her engagement ring) and Bergdorf Goodman for some seriously understated elegance. A spot of department store shopping in Saks of Fifth Avenu
e is also recommended - grab the newest trends in beauty & fragrance before they hit home. After all that, pop into the iconic Plaza Hotel for a spot of afternoon tea. Pure decadence!
2. Shopping on Madison Avenue
Not as busy perhaps as Fifth but still bursting with designer names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe and Armani; Madison Avenue is probably our second favourite street for luxury shopping in New York. Although the street is uber-glamorous, shop assistants are friendly and welcoming and will be happy to see you browse their stores.
World-famous Jimmy Choo takes centre stage for shoe enthusiasts while Christian Louboutin also holds firm as designer of choice for elegant feet. However, our favourite retail spot on Madison has to be Barneys New York
. This luxury department store has been around since the 1920s and although it has gone through many renovations, it still remains the mainstay of Madison Avenue shopping. The many floors of designer clothing & accessories will make it very difficult to leave without buying a little treat. Freds at Barneys is also an excellent place to have lunch with the girls before getting back to some serious shopping.
As Sarah Jessica Parker once told Vanity Fair, 'If you're a nice person and you work hard, you get to go shopping at Barneys. It's the decadent reward.'
3. Downtown for bargains
The mother of all bargain stores is without doubt Century 21
, opposite the Ground Zero site. Remember on SATC when Carrie went into the no-frills store while she was on jury duty. Well, it hasn’t really changed. Don’t expect much in the way of luxury shopping - you will be waiting for ages to get into a changing room and you may end up bumping into more people than you can shake a stick at - but for designer bargain hunting, it can’t be beaten.
Nearby Chinatown also has its fair supply of designer bargains. The streets around Chinatown are filled with knockoff handbags and accessories so be careful about what you buy. Always bargain down the price and examine items for quality. Chinatown is also home to some excellent eateries, making it the perfect stop to have some dinner after a hard day’s shopping. Check out the Peking Duck House for some authentic Peking duck and perhaps a late cocktail or two in nearby Soho.
Christmas shopping in New York City
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