If there’s one thing that New Yorker’s like to do, it’s shop. From the world-famous luxury retailers of Madison Avenue to the swanky boutiques of Soho, there’s something for every taste and style. Here is look at some of the best neighborhoods to find things to fill your closets—and maybe pick up a few gifts as well.
The Upper East Side
The Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue is the obvious go-to for luxury jewelry and designer clothing. Walk along and score the latest looks at Lanvin, Tod’s, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, and Fred Leighton. Not to mention that all the world’s best department stores are in the area including Bergdorf Goodman’s, Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s and even Fivestory. Long a bastion of good taste, the Upper East is filled with old-world favorites and new wonders like Alexis Bittar and Milly.
Soho’s artsy past has evolved to include trendy new boutiques in place of the old shops, although there are a few places that hearken back to the neighborhood’s quirky heritage like Pearl River, a Chinese home emporium or The Evolution Store, filled with odd decorative touches like fossils. These days, Soho is considered the best shopping area because of the diverse array of shopping options. There are trendy of the moment fashion names like Acne, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Phillip Lim mixed with classic stand by’s like J.Crew and Levi’s alongside Burberry, Chanel, Prada. And the shopping isn’t limited to clothing. There are also plenty of places to pick up a new piece of furniture or perfect piece for the mantel, including everything from Alessi, Muji, Taschen to CB2 and Room & Board.
Just next to Soho is Nolita, filled with lesser-known shops and one of a kind labels as well as standards for the fashionable set like Opening Ceremony to Jil Sander and Derek Lam. Ladies boutiques include Poppy, Saja, Calypso, Vince, and Sigerson Morrison, while men’s stores include Odin and Gant and Lord Willy’s and White Chalk. There are also home décor shops and the McNally Jackson bookstore.
The West Village
The historic West Village has an eclectic mix of well-known brands and under the radar boutiques, making it the perfect spot to shop for gifts or those oddities that you didn’t even know you needed. Freshen up your home with a scented candle from Diptyque or Aedes de Venustas. Or freshen up your care routine from the hallowed halls of the C.O. Bigelow apothecary shop. For rugged but comfy menswear, there’s Freemans Sporting Club, and for trendy women there’s Otte. For a sweet bauble or sparkling something, there’s Lucite, which also cares Alexis Bittar and there are some classic finds to be found at French import A.P.C. And if you’re looking for something ahead of the current fashion wave, there is Maison Martin Margiela.
And for significant brands and chains for staples like jeans and sweaters, you can find nationwide chains around the city, although there seems to be an abundance of them in the crowded Midtown area.