Our final trip on our East Coast trip took us to my favourite US city, New York, the Big Apple! I’ve been to NYC at 4 times now and have some musts on where to stop for shopping and some new discoveries on this latest visit. Below is a list of the locations in order of importance that I stop off for shopping and recommendations on what to see or do.
1. Century 21
For those who love Winners or the equivalent in the United States such as TJ Maxx or Ross, Century 21 is THE store to check out when in NYC. There are several locations, the main one on Manhattan people visit is the one near the World Trade Center stop on 22 Cortlandt Street, just off the N, R, 4, or 5 subway line. What you will find here is a large 4 story building of brand name North American and European designer ladies and mens clothing, cosmetics, handbags, shoes, houseware, etc all at discount prices. I love coming here to look for handbags. My latest buy is a grey handbag by Olivia & Joy. Regular price $72 but I purchased mine for $35! I’ve made it a highlight of my trip to purchase a handbag everytime I visit Century 21, as I haven’t been there once without buying one. The previous visit I had purchased a Matt & Nat bag regular cost $70 and my price was $28. I’ve seen Badgley Mischka bags, Kate Spade, and other large brand names. For clothing, it’s endless too. Definitely a must stop!
2. 5th Avenue
The infamous 5th Avenue shops are a signature landmark of NYC culture. Movies filmed in NYC highlight that, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Sex in the City. Staple shops include Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Prada, Bergdorf Goodman, Harry Winston, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and more! Whether you are looking high end or just window shopping, it’s a must stop even just to take a glimpse of the multi-story Tiffany & Co and glimpse at the window displays at Barneys. For those looking for more lower end items, there’s also a Sephora and Forever21 store on 5th Ave.
3. FAO Schwarz
The largest toy shop in NYC and the oldest toy retailer in North America. For kids or for adults, it’s an iconic stop. Hollywood has filmed several movies at FAO Schwarz, and no matter what age, there is something for you. Whether it’s the giant stuffed animal displays, candy shop, Lego displays, or the signature BIG giant keyboard this visit will keep you entertained.
NYC`s Chinatown is the place to go when it comes to no-name belts, hats, accessories and handbags. This was the first time I stopped off in Chinatown to find the mecca of shopping that`s available. Rows and rows of street vendors and stores selling no-name hats, accessories and handbags shipped straight from Asia. The styles are the latest in terms of matching what the brand-name retailers are selling, but the prices are exceptionally cheap! Some street vendors sell bags at $5-10 while the nicer quality bags are $20+ and depends on your bargaining skills! I purchased a black handbag, excellent pleather and metal handbags, very hip and stylish, bargained from $37 to $27. Men love the belt and belt buckle deals at the stores – my boyfriend purchased a Thundercat belt buckle with belt for $12 when the buckle along would’ve cost him up to $20 at a shopping mall.
5. Times Square
Another landmark of NYC, Times Square has excellent shopping! We came across a large Toys R Us, which even housed an indoor ferris wheel themed with famous cartoons such as the Muppets, Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story, etc. If you have kids, this is a great location to stop off at. Other fun shopping stops include the Hershey’s store (warning, it smells sickenly sweet with the chocolate smell), and M & M World. You can also find souvenirs here, although I find them higher pricing than Chinatown.
I did not stop here on this latest trip to NYC but stopped on my last trip. This is a must as it’s another iconic shopping retailer in NYC. You can find all the latest designer fashion here. Stop by when there’s their signature Brown Bag Sale and you can find some excellent deals.
SoHo (also known as South of Houston) is an area in Manhattan with great shopping boutiques. It’s chic and known for it’s artists/art galleries and chains of stores. My favorite stores in this area include Apple, UNIQLO, Anna Sui, kidrobot, and the MoMa Store.
If you love discount brand-name stores, in NYC you need to also stop off at Daffy’s and/or Filene’s Basement. Both have multiple stores throughout Manhattan and great places to stop for discounted designer clothing and handbags for men and women. Also great locations to buy extra luggage if you run out of room!
Are you a huge Super Mario fan? Love Nintendo? This is a stop you can’t miss as the Nintendo World, located at Rockefeller Center, houses a great interactive two-floor store with giant displays, latest gaming systems to play, and newest products by Nintendo. This time we went we saw the latest toys which included a K’nex set of tracks for racing Mario carts or motorcycles. They sell them here in Canada now at Chapters.
Macy’s Herald Square location is the largest department store in the world. It’s a signature landmark in the heart of Manhattan, near the Empire State Building. I didn’t have the chance to stop off here this time around, but in previous visits have made a visit out here just to explore it’s signature window displays and at Christmas time, houses a beautiful Christmas tree display. Great for bargains with their sales racks.
Do you have a favorite for shipping in NYC? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments section to share with other readers!