With so many cheap flights to New York delivering travellers all over the world to this cosmopolitan city, more and more shopaholics worldwide are exploring the great variety of stores in the Big Apple. With the great number of cheap hotels in the city, you do not have to worry about breaking the bank on accommodation alone. Below are some of the most popular shops and shopping districts you may pay a visit when you fly into New York.
Downtown New York
The Financial District in Manhattan are packed with brand name stores. You can also find a huge discount department store in Lower Manhattan, which is located across Ground Zero. If you are looking for electronics, visit the large-scale mart situated north of City Hall. For familiar American brand name stores, take the subway to East River through Fulton Street. In the same area, you will also find a great deal of outdoor malls that offer a wide array of products with a good price tag. The Financial District, on the other hand, offers high-end stores and world-renowned retailers.
If you are looking for a good bargain with an eclectic selection of goods, Chinatown may be the place for you. When you are in the district, remember to visit Canal Street, Mulberry Street, Mott Street, and Elizabeth Street. While you shouldn’t expect to find any high0quality items, you sure will spot many cheap handbags, sunglasses, and perfumes. However, beware of the electronics there since they rarely work.
Fashionistas all love SoHo not only for its trendy and edgy clothing stores, but also for the neighbourhood’s environment: historic and artistic architecture and cobblestone streets make shopping even more enjoyable. Close to Chinatown, Soho is located on Houston Street near Canal Street. You will find not only high-end retailers and fashion chain stores, you will also see plenty of unique boutiques where you can hunt down one-of-a-kind fashion items.
The East Village
This area is known for its quirky and bohemian atmosphere. You will find many unexpected items here just by casually browsing the little stores that line St. Marks Place. This permanent street market features T-shirts and bohemian jewellery at a bargain price. If you are specifically looking for special boutiques, go down East 9th Street for up-and-coming designer stores.
As one of the great landmarks of New York, Times Square is not only filled with tourists, but also chain stores that carry a wide array of products. Wander into the side streets and you will be able to find small stores that carry handmade candles and soaps that are perfect as souvenirs.