New York City's Best Shopping Locations
Planning a holiday shopping vacation? Manhattan's retail scene is the best of the best, with luxury brands from Dior to Chanel and Givenchy, spanning throughout a multitude of neighborhoods and stylish enclaves.
For the first time visitor, navigating these different neighborhoods can be daunting. Our recommendations start you off with the best of the best, so you can head home knowing you've visited the most luxe locations the city has to offer.
Situated at the portal of Lower Manhattan where millions of global travelers walk accross – Westfield World Trade Center has become an instantly identifiable landmark like no other. This architectural marvel and the most complete retail destination in New York City showcases 80+ fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, and technology brands under the magnificent roof of the iconic Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus. Anchored by Eataly NYC Downtown and Epicerie Boulud, fresh food and fine dining also take center stage. The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center has become Lower Manhattan's newest meeting places and home to a multitude of community events, headline entertainment, art and cultural programming, and social activities.
The famously arty neighborhood of the ’70s and ’80s has evolved into one of New York City’s prime shopping districts. SoHo (an acronym for South of Houston Street) still features galleries, though these days the work within them tends toward the more high-end commercial—matching the luxury boutiques and independent-designer outposts that characterize the area. Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, take a break with a meal at one of the neighborhood’s many excellent restaurants or a drink at one of its elegant boutique hotels.
Leafy home to the City’s elite, the Upper East Side is a place for pastry, pearls and pocket squares. Refined culture and shopping are the name of the game up here. Case in point: Museum Mile, whose institutions include big names like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum alongside gems like Neue Galerie and the Frick Collection. The shopping options offer a chance to get a new wardrobe from luxury boutiques and high-end department stores.
The unrivaled destination for style and sophistication, offering a diverse selection of over 50 retail shops and boutiques. Located at the official entrance to the Upper West Side, the Shops at Columbus Circle are a local favorite for perusal and purchasing. Pair your experience with a trip to Central Park, located just outside the entrance, or make your way up to the Lincoln Center for an enchanting performance of the New York City Ballet or Metropolitan Opera.