A visit to the platinum boutique corridor is shopper’s paradise. Along the 22-block stretch, international designers like Vera Wang and Yves Saint Laurent entice shoppers with eye-popping window displays starring their latest creations.
Madison Avenue, between 57th and 79th streets, Upper East Side
Don’t be deceived by the simple bottles and jars. Kiehl’s Since 1851 is a first stop shop for many top models and stylists. White-smocked assistants can recommend lotions, facial scrubs and super-rich creams.
109 Third Ave., East Village 10003
Put on your best Audrey Hepburn outfit and check out the dazzling gems and pearls in New York City’s favorite jewelery emporium. Grab a morning bagel by your New York City hotel and be the first to see the equally dazzling window displays.
727 Fifth Ave., Midtown 10022
iMacs, iPods, iPhones, oh my! The glass edifice is hard to miss, but inside is where the action is. The latest gadgets and gizmos fill the store, which stays open 24 hours every day. Gamers head to the glass staircase, where 14 interconnected computers stand ready to play.
767 Fifth Ave., Midtown 10019
Crane your neck among the skyscraper-tall stacks, filled with “eight miles of books,” new and old. Looking for a first-edition James Joyce or John Grisham? Head to the third floor and sift among the near-mint copies of rarities.
828 Broadway, East Village 10003
Watch goodies go from bean to bar in the glass-walled space of this chocolate factory, while sipping a cocoa in the café. Take some chocolate home from the shop, where you can buy bars, truffles, cocoa and brownie mixes.
350 Hudson St., SoHo 10014
Tables jammed with homemade jewelery, leather belts and purses line Spring and Prince streets in SoHo. But it’s the tables with art books that have the real deals. Pick up a coffee-table collectible by Annie Leibovitz or Diego Rivera far cheaper than retail.
Spring and Prince streets, SoHo
Getting lost in America’s largest department store is a New York City shopping ritual. The 10-story behemoth takes up an entire city block, and carries nearly everything, including designer fashions, jewelery, house wares, luggage and even furniture. Ride the wooden escalator for a floor-to-floor tour.
151 W. 34th St., Midtown 10001
A visit to this Times Square megastore delights kids of all ages. Wander among thousands of stuffed animals, a Barbie showcase, educational toys and hundreds of video games. Most fun is a ride on the indoor Ferris Wheel. Look for the life-sized dinosaur.
1514 Broadway, Midtown 10036
Unlike Fifth Avenue or SoHo, the quiet streets in West Village offer shoppers a laid-back experience. Find a smart dress in a one-of-a-kind emporium on Hudson Street or a sharp pair of loafers at a men’s shop on Greenwich Avenue. Stroll down Bleecker Street past music stores and food shops. Plenty of cafés invite you to rest your feet.