Shopping in New York

If you are a bona fide shopaholic, then there are plenty of opportunities across the world to indulge your habit, particularly if your first love is fashion. From Tokyo and Hong Kong to the traditional European couture capitals of London, Paris and Milan, there’s a wide world of styles out there.

But for many, New York is at the top of the list for retail enthusiasts.  As the backdrop to innumerable films and TV shows, New York is instantly recognisable – even to those who have never set foot on the main island of Manhattan.

Barneys, Bergdorf and Bloomingdales The ‘3 Bs’ form the bedrock of swanky New York shopping. Anyone who has enjoyed the fashionista excesses of Carrie Bradshaw and the Sex and the City girls will feel right at home in Barneys, Bergdorf and Bloomingdales – though remember that they also cater for men and children.

Barneys is revered as the headquarters of the über-luxurious shopping experience, and is a temple for fashion-obsessed New Yorkers – it’s very much a shop for the girl who knows her Christian Louboutins from her Manolo Blahniks.

Bergdorf Goodman is another shop for the luxury-obsessed. Located on the expensive Fifth Avenue, the store is said to be a staple of popular culture, with its glamour credentials established in classic old films such as How to Marry a Millionaire and That Touch of Mink. Meanwhile, New York men tend to dress smartly – and one of the best-established brands for sharp suits is Brooks Brothers, which is headquartered on Madison Avenue.

Colossal department store Bloomingdales and smart Saks Fifth Avenue round off the list of upmarket New York fashion meccas.