Most people who visit New York are hoping for – make that expecting – some serious retail therapy. Be sure to take your plastic, because you will be spoiled for choice.
You’ll find every major chain store you can think of in New York – and then some. And there are also thousands of independent specialty shops for you to browse. It really is a serious shopping experience, and you’ll need to plan to get the most from it. Here’s a roundup of savvy shopping tips and where to go to shop ‘till you drop in New York. Enjoy!
Bargain shopping in New York
Not everything in New York is expensive. It’s a huge city with a wide variety of shops, and there are bargains to be had if you know where to look. You can get huge discounts on designer clothes, jewelry, books and music, as well as lots of other items. St Marks Place, in East Village. There’s a great street market, and the area has been compared with Camden Town in London, with its mix of quirky independent shops.
If you’re into designer gear, head for Century 21 in Brooklyn, and save up to 75% on normal prices. It’s a bit of an extreme sport bargain hunting here though – some people will do anything to get at the bargains, so forget about being ladylike, just get in there and snag those bargains. You know you want to!
If you’re a fan of one stop shopping, maybe you should check out some of New York’s department stores. There are some famous names, and many people will buy anything, just to go home with a bag from Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s. Ladies might like to check out the first floor marble salon of Saks on Fifth Avenue, where there is a huge selection of cosmetics and perfumes. The ten floors cover just about everything you might want to buy, and as it’s next to St Patrick’s Cathedral, you can take that in when you’re tired of shopping.
Macy’s – dubbed ‘the world’s largest store’ – has 10 floors of goods for you to peruse, and if all that seems a bit daunting, you can book an appointment with one of their personal shoppers. While you relax, they’ll find what you need and bring it to you for inspection. If you’re into gourmet food and cooking, check out The Cellar in the basement for a fantastic selection of food and cook shop items.
Fifth Avenue is synonymous with wealth and luxury, and the shopping experiences certainly keep that reputation – earned in the days of the Great Gatsby – alive. Check out the glitzy Armani store, with its swish Italian restaurant and cocktail bar. Then there’s the iconic Tiffany’s jewelry store, which actually looks most understated when compared with the more opulent stores along the Avenue.
Other big names along Fifth Avenue include the toy store FAO Schwarz, the Apple store, the Bergdorf Goodman department store, Trump Tower and the Rockefeller Center. Even if you don’t find anything to buy, there’s plenty to look at.
Once you’re all shopped out, head for the Plaza Hotel and afternoon tea in the famous and historic Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court. There you can people watch under the beautiful stained glass ceiling.
What some people like to do if they do not have a lot of money to spend when they are in New York is to just spend a bit of time in this area and get a few nice things to celebrate and then spend the rest of their visit in the discount areas instead. This allows them to be a little speedy, but they will be able to save money on the rest of their gifts with going to the more discount areas.
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