New York Undercover: Our Top 10 Places To Shop in NYC
Whether you’re a seasoned local vet or just visiting for a few days, the number of shopping options can be overwhelming in New York. For those tired of wondering where to go for unique pieces, we broke it down in a comprehensive yet simple guide that every FMM girl must bookmark. Happy New York Shopping!
#1: TriBeCa: Edon Manor
391 Greenwich St. (near Beach St.)
Type: High end accessories
This fashion-forward store, decorated to reflect an English library, is chalk-full of designer shoes, handbags, sunglasses, books and more. With fresh-off-the-runway pieces, this store carries all the Givenchy, Chloé and Proenza Schouler you dream about if you don’t want to make an uptown trip to the luxury department stores.
#2: Soho: Intermix
98 Prince St. (near Mercer)
Type: Fashion boutique
Consider this store “fast fashion” as you’ll have a quick sampling of fun, well-curated designer pieces. Always on trend, Intermix is a great spot for pulling together your last-minute, night-on-the-town look.
#3: Soho: Alexander Wang
103 Grand St. (between Greene St. & Mercer St.)
Type: Designer boutique
The architecture and interior decor of his flagship store encapsulates Alexander Wang’s fashion design philosophy perfectly. A steel cage at the store’s entrance, minimal black and white decor and even a fur hammock set the tone for this downtown designer’s fresh, new approach to getting dressed downtown.
#4: Lower East: St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 Third Avenue (between 8th and 9th St.)
Type: Independent book shop
While the selection isn’t as broad as your Barnes & Noble, this independent bookstore has all the charm to draw you in. If St. Mark’s Bookshop doesn’t carry the title you’re looking for, the associates are happy to order it for you. Obscure international magazines, fantastic collection of fashion and art books plus plenty of browsing space makes it easy to lose a few hours here.
#5: NoHo: Bond No. 9
9 Bond Street
Type: Fragrance boutique
As a brand that pays complete homage to this great city, Bond No. 9 perfectly captures a scent from each New York neighborhood. This boutique carries women’s, men’s and unisex eaux de parfums that represents uptown, downtown or city-wide sophistication.
#6: Gramercy/Flatiron: Eataly
200 Fifth Ave
Type: Italian supermarket
Overwhelming? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Eataly, a 50,000 square ft. mega-market of imported food, brings the best Italy to Manhattan: cured meats, breads, cheeses, pastries and even sit-down restaurants.
#7: East Village: Cadillac’s Castle
333 E. 9th St. (near Second Ave.)
Type: Designer discount, vintage clothing and accessories
Designer resale shops in the city are a dime a dozen. Cadillac’s Castle is unique because of the ownership: they know the back-story of nearly every consignment/vintage piece in the store. If you’re looking to build a designer wardrobe with gently used or new items from designers like Chanel, Moschino and Jean Paul Gaultier at about one-third of the cost, this is your spot.
#8: Flatiron: ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway (at 19th St.)
Type: Home outlet, furnishings
Simply put, ABC Carpet & Home’s flagship six-floor store is flooded with everything you’d ever want to decorate your home or apartment with: fairytale-like chandeliers, gorgeous antique carpets and unique European furniture sets. Magnifique.
#9: Fort Green Brooklyn: Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Ave. (near Clermont)
Type: Flea market
Drawing around 200 vendors each Saturday, this is the place where you say, “I’ll have one of everything, please.” This market is the largest of its kind in New York and carries a wide range of new and used treasures ranging from clothing, home goods and accessories. It’s also a unique brunch spot with an entertaining people-watching crowd.
#10: Midtown East: Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue
Type: Luxury department store
Bergdorf marks the quintessential New York ladies-who-lunch scene of eight floors dedicated to pure designer bliss. Don’t forget to take notice of the sweeping Central Park views.
Photos: Laura Kudia, Town & Country – Edon Manor, Alexander Wang – Vogue