Shopping Guide to New York City

  • Explore Midtown. Visit the three B’s: Bergdorf, Barney’s (which started off as men’s discount suit retailer), and Bendel’s – plus their more conservative cousin – Saks. Then head to Zara, Mexx, and the flagship H&M store to find similar fashions (but lower quality)  for signficantly less.
  • Stop at Chelsea. Chelsea is as close to suburbian shopping as Manhattan gets with a Loehmanns (deals okay, sales staff horrible), Bed, Bath & Beyond, Old Navy (which has a large plus size section), and T.J. Maxx. However, you can find great deals while supporting worthy causes at the nearby Housing Works Thrift Shop, where I found a beautiful, barely worn, Donna Karan Collection evening dress for $45 (retail price- $1500+). Also take a stroll by the Find Outlet, which is really more like a boutique, with discounted finds from designers like Chloe , Paul& Joe, etc.
  • Shop Downtown. As long as authenticity doesn’t concern you, Chinatown is the perfect place to bargain hunt. The street is a knock-off mecca. Plus head to Gabay’s outlet, a little known shoppers paradise off the beaten path.
  • Bring Credit cards – New Yorkers rarely carry more than $20 in cash. Sad but true – it’s just not safe nor practical. Try to stay away from traveler’s checks, as well. Many merchants regard them as a nuisance.
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  1. anir says


    Best Kept Secret in NYC- Daffy’s in Harold Square
    across from Macy’s Dept Store. Filled with mega
    designers and fab italian shoes for kids!! Its a hunt at times, but so worth the Victory.

  2. Tanya says


    I am going to New York in May 06.  Was wondering if there were any coupons, not online ones, that I could print off and take with me from your site?

  3. Clara Mathieu says


    There is a new fragrance shop in Nolita which is simply amazing. Going to this shop is like rediscovering why God gave us a nose… to smell Le Labo perfumes.

  4. Danielle Zanetti says


    Hi, I’m form Brazil and gioing to NY next month…Where can I find a Manolo Blahnik sale or outlet???

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