In New York City, you better be ready to shop like you mean it. Some of the suggestions below you’ve heard of, others maybe not. Any one you choose is the perfect starting point for your Manhattan shopping spree.
Need some new Jimmy Choos? Head to Bergdorf Goodman, the legendary luxury store on Fifth Avenue. The store has been memorialized in many films, and today remains a top spot for fashion elitists to shop.
This upscale women’s store sells everything with that iconic brown label – that is to say, the Henri Bendel lines of handbags, jewelry, fashion accessories, home fragrances and gifts. Notably, Henri Bendel was the first retailer to attempt in-store fashion shows and makeovers and to produce its own fragrance.
Ah, that little blue box that sets hearts aflutter. Over the years, Tiffany has played a role in politics (creating White House china), sports (the Vince Lombardi trophy) and Hollywood (where do we start?). Today, it’s fun to window shop as you pass the granite façade, or, if you’re lucky and cost is no object, stop in to purchase a little bauble.
Saks is yet another high-end specialty retailer in Manhattan, but this is probably the biggest Saks store operating today. If you’re searching for anything from shoes to an evening gown, Saks has you covered at this flagship store.
Musicians love 30th Street Guitars for its impromptu jam sessions, its unbelievable array of guitars and parts of guitars, and the enthusiastic zeal with which they can fix almost anything ailing your guitar. There’s nothing quiet or boring about 30th Street, and that’s exactly how loyal fans like it.
For nearly 115 years, the 2.2 million-square-foot flagship Macy’s has greeted New Yorkers from its spot in Herald Square. It’s technically considered a National Historic Landmark, but if you’ve wandered the floors with your mouth agape you know it is, simply, the most perfect department store carrying everything you could ever need. If you’re in the neighborhood on Thanksgiving Day, it’s also the sponsor of the very famous parade bearing its name.
Locals rave about Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, which has a friendly, knowledgeable staff and display after well-ordered display of the hottest in male and female fashion. The doors open early and welcoming chairs are strategically placed for weary shoppers. During the holidays, the festive window displays always attract a crowd.
Fans of this Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer praise the inexpensive, rainbow-colored basics the store carries. And by “fans,” we mean the more than 20,000 people who stream into the New York store on a typical weekend day. For reasons some still can’t understand, Uniqlo has become the hottest retailer in the city. Only visiting? Fear not, the store announced plans to open several stores in U.S. cities.
You’ve been to one Genius Bar, you’ve been to them all, right? Right. Unless you’re talking about the Apple Store in New York City, which lies under a 30’ by 30’ glass cube on the plaza in front of the GM Building. You take an elevator or circular staircase down into the basement of the building, which is now one of the most successful retail spaces in the city. One guarantee? There will always be a line, so bring your patience with you.