Go shopping in New York

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New York is a city that encourages consumption, it can not be denied, its inhabitants are often carried away by the madness of shopping and all visitors return to their countries of origin with suitcases to burst or even with a new one. For that reason we want to indicate you in this article the best places to go shopping and what to buy in New York when you are walking through a certain area. If you have clear what you want to buy, we also have an article in which I indicate the best area to buy a product in New York.

Times of sales in New York

Normally all stores have a permanent section of sales where they expose articles from other seasons and this is added to the special discounts that take place every day that are holidays and the weekend before the holiday (normally these days fall on Monday). In addition there are the typical sales after the Christmas holidays and in summer. The most spectacular discounts are made on the weekend after Thanksgiving (celebrated on the last Thursday of November).

Typical clothing stores such as Gap, Banana Republic, Anne Taylor Loft, Abercrombie & Fitch, ... are all over the city although there are areas where shopping is concentrated. In each area we will highlight the most emblematic stores where to buy in New York, which does not mean that other types of stores can not be found.

Shopping in Midtown

Fifth Avenue

The stores of Apple, NBA or the famous Tifanny & Co. are located on Fifth Avenue between 59th and 50th streets. The famous ones are right opposite the Rockefeller Center department store Sacks with one of the best-known Christmas decorations. At Rockefeller Center you can also find almost all the stores like Anthropology, Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Brookstone (very good for buying very original gifts), NBC Store, L'Occitane, Swarovski, and even a store of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, very taken care of when she has forgotten to buy some gift.

New York is known to have the "most expensive corner" in the world, which corresponds to the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, since Tiffany & Co, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Bergdorf Goodman are on this corner. The prices are untouchable but it is worth going to these shops just to go see, particularly in Tiffany where you can visit the five floors of jewelry and also you "up and down" by elevator. In addition, in the Fifth Avenue are also in the vicinity the shops of Prada, Fendi, Rolex, Gucci, Pucci, Diesel, Cartier, etc ...

However, to buy jewelry and particularly diamonds, it is best to go to the famous 47th street, also known as Diamond District... although only a few can afford to buy these jewels.

Also nearby is the Columbus Circle shopping center (59th Street with Eighth Avenue) that has a large selection of stores.

Madison Avenue

Between 72nd Street and the 58th of Madison Avenue are the big designer stores, some of them also on Fifth Avenue: Versace, Prada, Yves St. Laurent, Ungaro, Giorgo Armani, Valentino, DKNY, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, ... One of the best known sites is the famous Barneys New shopping center York (on 61st Street) that includes all the most luxurious brands in one place. There you can find from beautiful Balenciaga bags to beautiful Manolos. However, Manolo Blahnik's original store is on 54th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Who does not dream of feel for a day Carrie Bradshaw buying some Manolos in New York !!

Times Square

In Times Square, despite having closed Toys'R'Us, where inside the store there was a ferris wheel and representations of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State made with pieces of Lego, there are still great stores, like the Disney store, that will make you return to your youth in that little Disneyland. You will also find a store dedicated exclusively to M & M's. Times Square is full of souvenir and electronics stores, but the best thing is that you do not even think about buying electronics here or you can have problems in case something goes wrong. The best thing is that you go to the page of specific purchases in New York to find out where these and other items in New York can best be purchased.

34th Street between Fifth and Eighth Avenue

This is one of my favorite areas to go shopping in New York. It includes stores of all kinds: shoe stores (Aldo, Sprays, Payless Shoes, Footlocker, Nine West, ...), clothing (Gap, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Loft, Old Navy, H & M, Forever 21, ...) lingerie and perfumery (Victoria Secret, Sephora). On 34 Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue are the famous Macy's department store. Do not forget to ask for the discount for foreigners of the 11% in the Visitor Center (presenting the passport, does not include perfumery or cosmetics). Macy's is also known for its spectacular Christmas decorations.

For lovers of electronics, and of photography in particular, I recommend you shop around B&H, located at 420 9th Ave. (corner of 9th Ave. with 34th. street), it will be difficult for you to leave the store without buying anything.

Photography shop B & H
Photography shop B & H


If you want to go see some of the most famous and spectacular Broadway musicalsAs the Lion King, Aladdin, Chicago o The Phantom of the Opera, the best thing is to buy tickets well in advance before your trip or it is more than likely that you do not have tickets the day you want to go see. For this, I usually recommend, apart from looking at the price on the official websites of the musicals, buy tickets at WePlann: The advantage of this website is that it is all in Spanish, including all the information of theaters and musicals. In addition, it allows you to choose seats in the most important musicals and you can pay easily and safely in your local currency.

If you do not care especially what musical to go, you can buy same-day tickets with great discounts that are offered at the last minute in places like TKTS Times Square, just below the Times Square steps, which is usually crowded, or in the TKTS of South Street Seaport or Lincoln Center, that are less saturated. As an advantage you will get a good discount, but as a disadvantage you will not sell tickets for the most demanded musicals (they do not have tickets for the Lion King, for example), or only have good locations in shows with less hook, but if you do not have preference for a musical especially and do not mind doing the queue, they only make sales at the box office on the day of the show, you can get tickets at good prices. For more information about the locations of the different points of sale, visit the TKTS New York official website.

For more information, we have a complete article with tips and recommendations for buy tickets for musicals in New York.

Go shopping in SoHo

Walking down Broadway from Houston Street to Canal St. is another area where shopping is concentrated with shops of all kinds, some more alternatives that give fame to this bohemian neighborhood. Shoe Stores (Aldo, Sprays, Footlocker, Steve Madden Shoes), clothing (Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Quilo, Old Navy, Lucky Brand Jeans, Esprit, Levi's Store, Yellow Rat Bastard, Adidas, Armani Exchange, Prada, Calypso), decoration (Crate and Barrel). Strolling through the side streets you can find a multitude of more original small shops than those of well-known brands. You can also find a branch of the famous department stores Bloomingdale's although the main headquarters is located on 59 Street between Third Avenue and Lexington. In Bloomingdale's you can also request the 11% discount for foreigners presenting the passport in the visitor center, as in Macy's and Sacks. Here you will also find a beautiful Apple store (at 103 Prince St), ideal to sit down for a moment and use your WiFi to stay in touch with your family and friends or consult a new plan in our New York guide.

SoHo is trying to create the so-called Spanish Mile with shops and restaurants in our country, you can find Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Custo (sometimes with cheaper prices than in Spain), Mango, Zara, etc.

The madness of Chinatown

Chinatown is famous for selling handbags and watches (mostly imitations of the big brands) and souvenirs of New York. In addition, Chinese food products can be purchased and there are many Chinese tableware and pottery stores. When buying handbags and souvenirs, you have to bargain!

Outlets of New York and New Jersey

For those who want to make a lot of purchases of clothes or footwear and do not mind losing a whole day buying clothes, shoes and accessories, the largest and most recommended outlets are in New Jersey. The best known outlets are Jersey Gardens and Woodbury Premium Common Outlet, which are approximately half an hour and one hour from New York respectively. To go to them, you have to go to Port Authority and take a bus that takes us and brings us to these gigantic outlet.

The 15 of May of 2019 has opened its doors the first outlet in New York, Empire Outlet, so there is no need to go to New Jersey to know this gigantic outlets. Located right at the Staten Island terminal of the ferry, 80% of stores are open right now and it is expected that by the end of July it will be fully open.

And for those who do not want to waste so much shopping time, you can always visit the Century 21 outlet, located just opposite the Oculus, in the Financial District, where you will find clothes and footwear of all brands at a great price.

I hope that with all these tips it has been clear to you what to buy in New York and where, if you have any questions we will be happy to receive your questions and suggestions in the comments, the chat or through the contact form of our website.

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