High-end boutiques, eclectic markets, and vintage stores line the bustling streets of New York City, from the Financial District to Madison Avenue. The city is the perfect place to enjoy the fall shopping season, distinguished by everything from new autumn fashions to Black Friday bargains.
From the hip, artistic streets of SoHo to the tantalizing craft shops and antiques of Greenwich Village, here are some of the best places to shop in New York City this fall.
SoHo, short for ‘South of Houston Street,’ is one of the premier shopping districts in the city. The neighborhood has undergone extensive renovation—once a factory and warehouse hub, it became an artists’ enclave in the 70s and 80s, before transforming into its current-day role as a home for luxury stores, elegant art galleries, and fashionable crowds. Shoppers can find almost anything in SoHo, from jewelry to paintings to designer brands. Located on the streets of SoHo are stores like Louis Vuitton, Rag & Bone, Moschino, the MoMA Design Store, David Yurman, and Intermix.
A swanky uptown shopping destination, Madison Avenue is lined with major designers. It is known for its elegance and classic New York City energy, and for being a little less touristy than nearby Fifth Avenue (though Fifth Avenue is still definitely worth a visit). There are more than 150 luxury boutiques in the uptown stretch of Madison Avenue, including brands like Alexander McQueen, LoveShackFancy, Diptyque, Céline, and Ralph Lauren.
Fifth Avenue is the famous home of countless flagship stores and iconic New York establishments like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Between 49th and 60th is where shoppers will find the greatest selection of stores, from mass retail brands to high-end designers. Though it can be a tourist hotspot, the sheer number of stores on Fifth Avenue makes up for it. In this luxurious thoroughfare, shoppers can find brands like Zara, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Aritzia, Free People, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
The West Village is a charming respite from the bustle of uptown shopping avenues. The tree-lined streets of the West Village are quieter and filled with fascinating independent shops, making it the perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family. West Village is also home to Bleecker Street, where shoppers can find many luxury brands, but the rest of the district is filled with shops like Aedes de Venustas, a high-end bath-and-body shop, Castor & Pollux, a quirky high-end boutique, Considerosity, an artisanal gift shop, and OHWOW Book Club, an artist book showroom.
Nolita—a portmanteau for ‘North of Little Italy,’—is both historic and whimsical, home to many excellent independent shops. It has a bit of the same flair as SoHo, with fewer crowds and a fresh energy. Shopping in Nolita is unique and fun: shoppers can explore stores such as Love Adorned, a vintage jewelry shop, Industry of All Nations, a sustainable artisanal clothing brand, McNally Jackson, an iconic NYC bookstore chain, and DECIEM, a beauty and skincare brand.
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