Nowhere Is New York When it Comes to Shopping

"I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet," quipped Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. As the fashion capital of the U.S., New York City is in a league of its own, making it easy to make sure your wallet leaves a little lighter than when you came. 

The question then isn't what you'll buy, but rather where. For those who love window shopping and spending major bucks, Fifth Avenue is a great place to start. You'll find top name designers and high-brow window displays begging to be gawked at. 

If you head south to Nolita (north of Little Italy) and roll your shopping experience into Soho, there's no shortage of one-of-a-kind shops and cute boutiques to keep you busy for days. Or, if you're looking to get a little quirkier, head across the Williamsburg Bridge to this hipster haven where you can pop into cheese shops, vintage stores and pick up a cup of joe at one of the many neighborhood cafes. 

Below, we take a glimpse at ten of the top shopping districts in New York City. 



Although Brooklyn and Manhattan were once pegged against each other, it is high time that we see that there is great value in both districts. Extremely hip and fashionable, the streets of Williamsburg have an impressive array of street murals...  Read More



With a name like the Meatpacking District, it is somewhat surprising that this New York neighbourhood is now a glamorous location. Once the headquarters of the meat industry, this neighborhood has been transformed completely (but former...  Read More



NoLita, (North of Little Italy), was once the tenement filled home base to thousands of immigrants who came to New York for a better life. Now, chic and super cool, the streets are filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques, shoe stores, jewelry...  Read More

Upper East Side


Madison Avenue from 59th street to the 90's is home to Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Luca Luca, Hermes, Carolina Herrara and almost every high fashion designer. Hotels like the Mark, Pierre and the Carlyle, where major celebrities and...  Read More

Union Square


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...  Read More



One of the most populated Chinatowns in the United States, NY's is a dazzling trip into authenticity. In fact, New York has one of the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. The bustling, rough and tumble neighborhood spans for...  Read More



SoHo (short for South of Houston) was once home to New York's factories from sewing to iron foundries. Now, the warehouse buildings have all been converted to loft spaces used for living - if you're super rich - and an array of high fashion...  Read More

Lower East Side


The Lower East Side was once one of the roughest neighborhoods in town, but it has been reborn into a haven for the trendy. Roughly located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street, the shopping in the lower...  Read More

West Village


This legendary part of town is divided into east and west sections by 5th Avenue and bounded by Houston Street, 14th Street, the Hudson River, and Broadway. Stroll the streets, be inspired, be yourself: it's Greenwich Village. The "Village"...  Read More



Fifth Avenue has been the center of shopping elegance in New York for some time. Located between 39th and 60th Streets, Fifth Avenue is a must for any fashion-focused tourist. Start spending at Saks Fifth Avenue and work your way up to the...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

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