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|14 Sep|3 mins

A Weekend Shopping Guide to New York

Where to go and what to buy in the Big Apple
Lucy E Cousins
14 Sep
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Firstly, who doesn’t love New York? No one, that’s who.  And it’s no wonder. Not only does it have sightseeing GALORE, but you might also spot a cheeky celeb (or four) as well as take literally thousands of Insta-perfect images to flood your friends’ feeds.

But when you’ve finished lining up for the Empire State Building and buying hotdogs at Madison Square Gardens, saddle up your wallet and throw your most stylish (but comfortable) flats on because New York has some of the world’s best weekend shopping… and here’s where to find it:

SATURDAY

Start the weekend bright and early and head to Chelsea, New York’s Fashion District, after walking along the Highline – New York people watching at its best. Grab a cold brew negroni (it’s holidays!) from Cookshop, a local favourite, before checking out the vintage gems at New York Vintage on Madison Avenue.  You might not be able to afford anything but you’ll love browsing the racks of glam gowns, vintage couture and old-Hollywood originals stretching back a hundred years. It’s a celebrity and stylist favourite.

For lunch, head to the newly opened restaurant at Tiffany’s, The Blue Box Cafe – it’s fitted out in Tiffany blue, with classically New York furnishings and is luxe as. Make a booking ahead of time to not waste half the day waiting for a table.

Early afternoon, take the subway down to SOHO, New York’s most eclectic neighbourhood for shopping. International stores like Celine sit side-by-side with New York-founded Yellow Rad Bastard (for graphic tees and counter culture-inspired clothing) and vintage haven What Goes Around Comes Around.

Advice
|14 Sep|3 mins

A Weekend Shopping Guide to New York

Where to go and what to buy in the Big Apple
Lucy E Cousins
14 Sep
Share:

Firstly, who doesn’t love New York? No one, that’s who.  And it’s no wonder. Not only does it have sightseeing GALORE, but you might also spot a cheeky celeb (or four) as well as take literally thousands of Insta-perfect images to flood your friends’ feeds.

But when you’ve finished lining up for the Empire State Building and buying hotdogs at Madison Square Gardens, saddle up your wallet and throw your most stylish (but comfortable) flats on because New York has some of the world’s best weekend shopping… and here’s where to find it:

SATURDAY

Start the weekend bright and early and head to Chelsea, New York’s Fashion District, after walking along the Highline – New York people watching at its best. Grab a cold brew negroni (it’s holidays!) from Cookshop, a local favourite, before checking out the vintage gems at New York Vintage on Madison Avenue.  You might not be able to afford anything but you’ll love browsing the racks of glam gowns, vintage couture and old-Hollywood originals stretching back a hundred years. It’s a celebrity and stylist favourite.

For lunch, head to the newly opened restaurant at Tiffany’s, The Blue Box Cafe – it’s fitted out in Tiffany blue, with classically New York furnishings and is luxe as. Make a booking ahead of time to not waste half the day waiting for a table.

Early afternoon, take the subway down to SOHO, New York’s most eclectic neighbourhood for shopping. International stores like Celine sit side-by-side with New York-founded Yellow Rad Bastard (for graphic tees and counter culture-inspired clothing) and vintage haven What Goes Around Comes Around.

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Follow that up with the French-inspired Balthazar for dinner or Harold’s Meat & Three for a modern take on traditional NYC food, and then head to Beauty & Essex – the hidden bar at the back of a pawn store. Take a moment to shop at the pawn store before ordering a sleek cocktail, there are usually some random offerings.

SUNDAY

No visit to New York would be complete without a weekend visit to the famous Brooklyn Flea Market, which runs from April to October. Sprawled out in the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge, the market is held every Sunday in DUMBO; or you can visit their Manhattan location on Saturdays. You’ll find everything from clothes, to vintage handbags and retro paraphernalia.

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Grab some morning tea there before meeting your guide for the Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour with Like a Local. This relaxing walking tour takes you past not only the best local foodie havens, but it also includes an insiders shopping guide to Williamsburg. Plus, you’ll end up visiting the famous Brooklyn Brewery as well. This tour allows you to shop in peace, while being led to some of the best and sometimes most hidden shops in the borough, including Catbird, the jewellery and beauty shop Vogue is currently obsessed with.

After the tour, you’ll end up near Artists and Fleas – a marketplace where you’ll find over 40 artisans, vintage clothing stalls and foodie vendors all under one roof. If it’s raining head here first as it’s undercover and a great place to find locally crafted bags, jewellery and clothing.

Once you’re finished (or your wallet is virtually empty) head to current ‘It’ bar, Westlight for a drink. This 22-floor rooftop bar offers delicious cocktails with a backdrop of spectacular views of Manhattan. Order one or two, put on your best SATC Samantha attitude and blend in with the beautiful people.

Image via Instagram @calebthill

Lucy E Cousins
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