A Local’s Guide to Manhattan Shopping

Whether you’ve admired Carrie Bradshaw’s chic ensembles on Sex and the City; listened to Old Blue Eyes crooning about his “vagabond shoes” in New York, New York; or watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly nibbling a Danish while clad in head-to-toe Givenchy, you’ve probably come to associate Manhattan with its very stylish residents (real or imagined). But you can’t dress like a Manhattanite without shopping like a Manhattanite. Here’s where to start your own Manhattan style story.

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is packed with department stores (Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s, Saks); flagships of brands like Gucci and Harry Winston; and outposts of Topshop, H&M, and Sephora. If you’re on a tighter budget, it’s also an ideal place to window shop, particularly during December, when its windows famously transform into extravagant fantasy-inspired tableaux.


Once known as an artists colony, Soho has now become synonymous with fashion and design. Its stretch of lower Broadway holds a slew of designer flagships and chains similar to those on Fifth Avenue, while side streets and avenues are studded with independent boutiques; vintage stores; designer-fashion emporia, like Intermix and Kirna Zabête; and venues for sample sales.

Bleecker Street

A quieter alternative to the Soho shopping streets, the West Village’s Bleecker Street boasts outposts of labels such as Cynthia Rowley, Prabal Gurung, and Anine Bing. It earned a special place in the hearts of New York’s fashionistas when Carrie Bradshaw visited the original Bleecker location of famed Magnolia Bakery.

The Meatpacking District

Home to the High Line and the new location of the Whitney, the Meatpacking District is the Manhattan fashion neighborhood of the moment. Stock up on clothing by the brands whose outposts line the cobblestoned streets, like Trina Turk, Eberjey, Zimmermann, and Vince, or browse the shops at the buzzed-about Hudson Yards shopping center.

The Lower East Side

The so-called L.E.S. has been a capital of the Manhattan counterculture since the nineties, and its alternative-fashion scene is no exception. Today, indie-music venues and tattoo parlors share the streets of this neighborhood with one-of-a-kind shops run by designers and curators with unique, edgy, and offbeat tastes.

After a chic New York City shopping spree, you’ll need a place to drop off your bags. Check out the luxurious residences at Sutton Court and start planning your extended stay.

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