New York remains one of the world's most stimulating shopping destinations, the city offers customers the chance to find anything they could possibly want to buy, it is a real paradise for shopaholics, visitors will find everything from cutting-edge designer dresses to flea market goods, there are enough stores to keep even the most enthusiastic shopper busy for the season.
Shopping offer in New York includes fine jewellery, cosmetics, gift items, vintage clothing, books, modern art, electronic equipment, cameras, computers, music, videos, musical instruments, sporting goods, house-ware, articles of daily use and more.
New York boasts a large number of expensive shops, markets, department stores, bookstores, luxurious boutiques, discount stores and shopping malls that facilitate the consumer experience. Some of the main department stores of New York include Macy’s, Kings Plaza, Saks, Staten Island Mall, Takashimaya, and others.
The trendiest boutiques are located thorough Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and the Lower East Side. Many of the finest department stores and boutiques such as Tiffany & Co, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Men, Versace, are located on Fifth Avenue and are jointly referred to as the Fifth Avenue Shopping District. Many top designers have stores along Madison Avenue.
The East Village and the Lower East Side offer a more trendy shopping experience with vintage shops, eclectic music stores and designer boutiques. West Village is the site of Chic Boutiques. SoHo is home to an array of high-end design stores, stylish art galleries as well as modern furniture showrooms.
Chinatown is a fabulous place to shop for inexpensive gifts that can be used as souvenirs. NoLiTa houses hip retailers and chic home-design stores. Visitors will find renowned antiques dealers in Greenwich Village.
The city also provides tourists with the opportunity to collect souvenirs to make their trip to New York memorable, a must buy is the classic T-shirt of New York City.
There are also many markets selling natural products located around the city, the most important of which is at Union Square (open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm).
Shops in areas such as SoHo and Madison Avenue open late at 12:00 pm. Department stores are open on average Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 08:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 06:00 pm.
New York is also home to world-famous auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's.