Created in what was once the New York Nabisco factory, Chelsea Market is a veritable paradise for food lovers. The market complex stretches an entire city block, housing an exceptional assortment of vendors between its charming brick walls. Hungry visitors rave about treats like lobster rolls, artisanal chocolates, and freshly baked pastries while others drop by to browse the latest trends at Anthropologie or stock up on their favorite reds at the Chelsea Wine Vault. Alongside trendy shops and gourmet vendors, this fascinating landmark also hosts offices for such household names as Google and the Food Network. Whether you swing by to sate your culinary cravings, shop for homewares until you drop, or enjoy some quality people watching amid mouthwatering aromas, Chelsea Market is a must-do for all Manhattan shoppers.
Larger-than-life billboards, the collective flicker and flash of neon lights, mesmerizing digital screens and a famously atmospheric spirit sum up the allure of the bustling Times Square. Christened after the New York Times, which moved its office to this location in 1924, the vibrant milieu of this busy square deeply echoes the city's ethos. Riveting Broadway marquees, a diverse set of shops, restaurants of every type and stripe, and towering buildings beyond vie for attention. Somewhere amid a sea of tourists who are likely making their way to the iconic red steps for panoramic views of this spectacle, a big crimson tourist bus inches its way toward the next monumental attraction. Meanwhile, longstanding fixtures of this place contribute to its hugely legendary status, from the Coca-Cola sign, the colossal M&Ms World store and Times Square Studios, to the TKTS booth, the Hard Rock Cafe, and Planet Hollywood.
Words like opulence and elegance come to mind when you hear the name Bergdorf Goodman. One of the many esteemed shopping destinations situated on Fifth Avenue, this luxury department store has it all: designer clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, beauty products, homewares, and more. Spend the day browsing brands ranging from Akris to Valentino then stop by the lavish BG Restaurant on the seventh floor. If an indulgent meal isn't enough to restore your energy for another round of shopping, head to the in-house day spa and let soothing treatments with essential oils melt your cares away. There's a reason the fashion elite swear by Bergdorf Goodman.
Discover a department store large enough to get lost in and satisfy all your shopping needs. Stretching almost an entire city block, Macy's Herald Square is not only an excellent place to indulge your shopping whims but also a National Historic Landmark since 1978. Until 2009, it was the largest department store in the world, and while it no longer holds the title, this flagship store still carries just about everything you could ever need. Find great selections of clothing, beauty products, home decor, luggage, accessories, and more at remarkably reasonable prices. If you need a break while exploring, stop at one of the many eateries housed inside, which range from a Starbucks to a contemporary Italian trattoria. Between its superb merchandise, on-site amenities, and historical significance, Macy's Herald Square is absolutely worth a visit.
Yet another stellar offering from the acclaimed Westfield Group, the Westfield Garden State Plaza is an all encompassing shopping delight and one of the biggest malls in the region. Built in 1957, it is one of the oldest shopping centers in the region and spans a whopping 2100000 square feet (195096 square meters). Among the never-ending array of delightful stores, you'll find everything that you'd possibly want from fashion and jewelry boutiques to books, electronics and furniture. A selection of department and specialty stores provides further choices. Dining is a pleasure with a superb selection of restaurants for a sit-down meal and cafes for quick bites. A superb all-in-one package, shopaholics cannot afford to miss.
There are only a handful of suppliers for professional dance gear in New York City, and since 1975 this London outpost has been one of the top retail stores available for this niche. The company features the official ballet point-shoe for the American Ballet Theatre, and they also fit many dancers from the New York City Ballet. The average price for these shoes is $60. They also carry a good selection of dance clothing, with everything from warm-up pants to flashy flamenco skirts.
The awning of this bookstore reads, "For children, teachers, and parents" and indeed, the store, stocking over 60,000 titles and education aids, has something for everybody. The store is run by the Bank Street College of Education and is manned by a helpful and extremely knowledgeable staff, who are very willing to guide you as you make your choice. The store has a wonderful assortment of fiction and nonfiction books, math, reading and science games and learning toys, picture and squishy books for toddlers, CDs, DVDs, stationary, teaching aids for parents and teachers and much more. The store is an ideal place to shop for gifts as well. (The store is closed on Sundays in July and August.)
Owned and operated by a Greek family, Westside Market is dedicated to providing Morningside Heights with only the freshest products. Highest quality meats, bakery and dairy products, frozen items and prepared foods are some of the things you can expect to find. This supermarket also offers catering services.
Garden of Eden, the local chain of gourmet stores started out as an indoor farmer's market on third avenue, but it has expanded to carry a wide selection of gourmet food. In addition to the market fresh fruits and vegetables, there is fresh fish, meat, cheese and poultry available at various counters around the store. There is also a salad bar and a huge counter dedicated to prepared foods like lobster tails and rotisserie chicken. Around the various counters, they have gourmet packaged food including coffee, candy, cookies and sauces.Â
If you're a fan of cakes and sweets, do plan on heading over to the amazing Lee Lee's Rugelach. This NYC bakery is known to serve some of the finest rugelach available. Along with a friendly service, their delicacies are extremely tasty and yummy. Along with a caramelized bottom, you will experience a buttery flavor when you bite into it. You can ask for it in three varieties – chocolate, cinnamon and apricot. They are extremely popular, so do drop by as quickly as possible!
Located in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, is this little bookstore by the corner of the Amsterdam Avenue. The store displays a large number of books in various categories of science, fiction, self-improvement, religion and many more. It is the perfect reading destination for both adults and kids. Portraying more than a library, it is managed by a community of the same name who organize events like book reading, storytelling and debates regularly where people who share the same interests are welcome.