In my last post I wrote about great shopping areas, but I also missed a few that is worth to mention. Plus a few tips on what cannot be missed!
Upper West Side
Shopping at Upper East Side (5th Avenue and Madison Avenue) is nice, but there are also a few nice stores on Upper West Side. This area is more laid back and not as chaotic. Here you can find a small division of Barneys NY, Banana Republic, American Apparel, Victoria’s Secret, Century 21, book stores, nice delis/food stores, lovely bakeries, lots of small beauty & nail saloons, etc. Upper West Side is a big area though. Here I’m talking about from higher up on 84-85th street down to Lincoln Square at 66-67th street, mainly at Broadway, Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue.
Century 21 is a MUST! Here you can find lovely designer treasures for up fo 65% of retail price. You may be a little overwhelmed when you first walk in this huge and a little messy store, but if you give it a chance you can find some really nice bargains. The one I visited was at Lincoln Square, between 66th and 67th street and Broadway.
I’m not very fond of Midtown. This touristy area (Theatre district and Times Square) are packed with souvenir shops, blingy McDonalds and Hard Rock Cafe signs and people who wants to sell you tickets to different shows and tourist stuff, but also the worlds biggest department store Macy’s is here and is worth a visit. Also you can find a huge Victoria’s Secret here and I paid that store a visit.
Love this area! Here you can find a mixture of high end designer boutiques like Balenciaga, Chanel and Ralph Lauren, but also budget friendly stores like American Apparel, Zara and Sam Edelman. In addition there are lots of cool vintage shops around, especially if you move away from the main area around Prince St. Soho is a classy and stylish area, but also edgy and bohemian. I strongly recommend to spend a day or two here to go shopping and have lunch or dinner here. This area has lots of really nice restaurants as well, but I’ll say more about that in another post.
The cutest and coziest area in Manhattan! West Village is very laid back and bohemian, but it also has a touch of class. You can find all kinds of store in the main street called Bleecker St. This street is very long and here you can shop til you drop. Everything from small souvenir and vintage shops to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors is here. Also you can find cozy little wine bars, coffee shops and restaurants. You don’t even feel like you are on Manhattan here, there are no skyscrapers and a different vibe. Visiting West Village is a must!
As I mentioned in my previous post we went to a flea market in Williamsburg. During weekends you can find flea markets in different areas. We also strolled around in this cool, trendy and very laid back area in Brooklyn. The main street, Bedford Avenue, is filled with all kinds of shops and nice bars and restaurants. But you should also walk around in the side streets and maybe find a hidden treasure in cute little vintage stores. Such a nice and lovely area with a bohemian vibe, very different from Manhattan.
PS. I’m having trouble uploading pictures right now, pics will be added as soon as I can.