Best Shopping: The historic intersection of Union Square is located where Broadway and the former Bowery Road came together in the early 19th century. It is now a mega shopping zone with everything from Whole Foods to Forever 21 to Nordstrom Rack populating the area. During the holidays it is particularly lovely, with outdoor tents featuring all sorts of gifts, handmade soaps, scarves, and craft items. Home to the Greenmarket, Union Square is also where all the local, organic and fresh food and flowers are showcased on Wednesday and Saturdays by New York farmers in an outdoor setting. Cozy coffee bars like Think Coffee are student favorites, as NYU is nearby. Many of the city's finest restaurants are here, too like Union Square Cafe and Blue Water Grill.
Local Expert Courtney Sunday Says:
Best Shopping: "Enjoy a glass of wine in the lounge at the W Hotel and sit in the window to people watch and to give your wallet a break."
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: From the biggest farmer's market in the city to the best Christmas market, Union Square is always hot when it comes to shopping.