Top of the 25 Best Shopping Destinations and Best Gift Ideas
|Adidas Originals Store|
|With an inspired collection, the triple-stripe sportswear company has moved out of the gym and into retro fashion. Young jocks and wannabe D.J.’s come here for anything from key chains, track suits and tees to limited-edition shoes.
Plan B: Opt for streamlined apparel and footwear from the nearby Puma Store, abuzz with young hipsters.
|• Adidas: 136 Wooster St. near Prince St., 212-777-2001, adidas.com
• Puma: 521 Broadway near Spring St., 212-334-7861, puma.com
|Make a Playdate|
|American Girl Place|
|The 43,000-square-foot behemoth is home to a full line of eighteen-inch historical dolls (dressed in period clothes), a café, a bookstore, and a theater that brings the dolls’ characters to life.|
|• 609 Fifth Ave. at 49th St., 1-877-AG-PLACE, americangirl.com|
|For Those With an Alternative Computing Style|
|Apple Store SoHo|
|The two-story space boasts a show-stopping glass staircase and a translucent walkway which glimmers in the sunshine flooding in from skylights. Test-drive everything in sight (iPods, digital cameras, software), play stump-the-tech-experts at the Genius Bar upstairs, or sit in on the free daily instructional seminars.|
|• 103 Prince St. at Greene St., 212-226-3126|
|Because You Can Afford to Look Fabulous|
|Barneys New York|
|Anyone worth her Manolos will tell you that Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship is the final word in edgy designer fashion. The lower floors house sophisticated, expensive items like Prada suits; in the upstairs Co-op department, you’ll find Habitual jeans, Miu Miu dresses, and clingy Juicy tees.|
|• 660 Madison Ave. at 61st St., 212-826-8900, barneys.com
• Barney’s Co-op, 236 W. 18th St. near Seventh Ave., 212-593-7800
• Barney’s Co-op, 116 Wooster St., near Prince St., 212-965-9964
|Score a Suit. Buy a Shoe.|
|Ladies who lunch still come here for endless variations on the daytime suit; younger customers flock to the fifth floor for Michael Kors, Theory, and Diane von Furstenberg dresses. The second floor shoe salon is dazzling enough to get any woman in trouble and the massive bag collection is equally dangerous.|
|• 754 Fifth Ave. at 58th St., 212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com|
|Bag Big Name Brands|
|Plow through “B-Way,” the aptly named, crowded main-floor arcade that feels like Times Square on Saturday, and hit the second floor for trendy, well-priced American brands. Bloomies also carries all the requisite big-name designer labels and houses an extensive selection of lingerie. The SoHo location, opened in spring ’04, caters to a younger, hipper crowd.|
|• 1000 Third Ave. at 59th St., 212-705-2000, bloomingdales.com
• 504 Broadway, between Spring and Broome Sts., 212-729-5900
|The home of department store designer leftovers that are at least—and often far more than—40 percent off. You’ll find everything from Hanes to Helmut Lang for men and women. The linen department deals are even more incredible.|
|• 22 Cortlandt St., near Broadway, 212-227-9092, c21stores.com|
|Return of a Classic|
|In 1862, German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz began supplying New York society with Europe’s finest toys. Today, you’ll find a smattering of ultra-high-end goods and an array of stuffed animals, dolls, train sets, blocks, board games, and even candy.|
|• 767 Fifth Ave. at 58th St., 212-644-9400, fao.com|
|While You Wait|
|Grand Central Station|
|Looking for authentic New York cheesecake? You don’t need to trek out to Brooklyn. This spectacularly restored landmark boasts a Junior’s outpost—along with classy lounge The Campbell Apartment, the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant, and a slew of shops, including Godiva Chocolatier, Kenneth Cole, L’Occitane, Banana Republic, Papyrus and many more.|
|• Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St. and Lexington Ave., grandcentralterminal.com|
|Take a Fresh Food Break|
|The Greenmarket at Union Square|
|Farmers from as far away as Vermont arrive at this outdoor market four times weekly, toting the freshest of produce and an ample selection of flowers. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Plan B: Roam the long corridor at Chelsea Market, stopping for lunch, pastries, produce, or unusual blooms at their wholesale flower market.
|• Greenmarket: Union Square at 17th St., 212-788-7476, cenyc.org
• Chelsea Market: 75 Ninth Ave., between 15th and 16th Sts., 212-243-6005, chelseamarket.com
|Meet the Mod Squad|
|In the disco era, Henri Bendel was the epicenter of modish New York. These days, the shop stays cool with favorites like Earl Jeans and Shoshanna dresses, as well as styles from designers like Sophia Kokosalaki. Visit the Tiffany’s Closet boutique for vintage handbags and jewelry.|
|• 712 Fifth Ave. near 56th St., 212-247-1100|
|The throngs of bargain hunters, thumping music, and huge fitting-room lines could fray even a Zen master’s nerves, but you can’t beat this Swedish chain’s ridiculously low prices on must-haves of the moment like club clothes, ethnic-inspired tops, and cargo pants.
Plan B: For years, European have loved the Dutch brand Mexx for many of the same reasons New Yorkers love H&M—accessible prices, amazingly quick trend-spotting. Prices are a step higher at Mexx and outerwear seems to be their strength.
|• 640 Fifth Ave., near 51st St., 646-473-1164, hm.com
• 1328 Broadway at 34th St., 212-564-9922
• 558 Broadway near Prince St., 212-343-2722
• 435 Seventh Ave. at 34th St., 212-643-6955
• 125 W. 125th St., 212-665-8300
• Mexx: 515 Broadway, between Spring and Broome Sts., 212-965-8975
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