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New York is synonymous with huge shopping trips unrivaled by even the biggest cities in the world. Thousands of holiday makers from across the globe flock to New York every year, and no trip is complete without a shopping trip; some people even visit the Big Apple simply to shop until they drop.
Why do people view New York as the shopping paradise over any other city in the world? Milan, St Tropez, Marrakech and Toronto are all popular shopping destinations, but none are more beloved than NYC.
Many people visit this shopping haven thanks to the frankly massive variety of options on offer. Where other cities may focus upon exclusive high-fashion and high-cost designers, New York provide these exclusive labels without allowing them to dominate the market.
Likewise, some places may have a cool, indie and vintage vibe but little in the form of the mainstream; NYC is a hub of indie designers and vintage boutiques placed right alongside the high street stores you know and love.
If you’re planning your first trip to New York or your first major shopping trip in general, you’ll need to forward plan to make the most of your time there and ensure that you visit and see everything you want to.
Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the massive stores which have become an ingrained part of New York culture. Huge American and European designer labels fill this massive store which takes over an entire city block. Visit in the spring or autumn to take advantage of the store wide sales on offer.
Barneys’ Madison Avenue is another high-fashion must visit for the ultimate cutting edge designer pieces from the up-and-coming and established names alike.
On the flip side, Bloomingdale’s features some of the best American brands at more affordable prices alongside other designer pieces. If you’re on a budget though, Macy’s houses goods from all of the big name American brands and a spectrum of price ranges to suit any purse.
If you have the ultimate, unlimited shopping budget, be sure to head to Madison Avenue for fifteen blocks of pure designer fashion. This area offers exclusive high-fashion boutiques from Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Hermes and Chanel, to name just a few. Even if you don’t have an unlimited credit card handy, a visit here is worth it for the window shopping alone.
Sportswear is making a big splash in New York fashion at the moment and some of the biggest names in the sporting world now have flagship stores in NYC. The Adidas Original Stores is the place for retro inspired street wear including track suits and limited edition shoes much-favoured by DJ’s and jocks.
The NBA Store is a must-visit for any basketball fan; from posters to trainers, everything is on offer in this popular destination. The ground floor even features a court for budding players to test out their skills.
Niketown is another huge sports name in the city which rivals that on offer at Adidas. Everything is on offer here so take your time to find the very latest in street and sport wear.
Shopping in New York is more than just clothing. Children and toy lovers alike will love to visit American Girl Place, Toys R Us and FAO Schwarz. These are stores that take the toy business seriously, so beyond the rows of covetable toys on offer, you’ll find working fairground rides, cafes and restaurants, and even theatre productions.
Tech-savvy shoppers will want to visit the stunning Apple Store in SoHo. Two stories of the latest and greatest technology developed by the mammoth brands are available to test before you buy, though even if you’re not looking to buy you’ll want to visit. The store is designed stunningly with a feature glass staircase and windows and walls cleverly situated to make the most of the sunlight which beams through.
Take a trip to Strand Book Store if you’re a fan of literature. The store, which was established in 1927, is the cheapest second hand store in the city and contains every kind of book you could wish to discover, all at reasonable prices.
This is just a small amount of what New York has to offer in terms of shopping.
Other shopping recommendations include Dubai for the annual shopping festival, and London for the quintessential British style on offer throughout the high street stores,