Indulge your passion for fashion with a trip to NY

Client: Hotels.co.uk, January 2009

Summary

If you’ve got a passion for fashion, then New York’s the place to go. With its unparalleled range of shops, boutiques and department stores, even the most fashion conscious of you will be spoilt for choice.

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For those who thrive on the thrill of retail therapy, there’s arguably no better place to indulge one’s shopping passion than New York City. From designer boutiques and high street fashion to department stores and bargain basement warehouses, it boasts unparalleled shopping opportunities, making it one of the most popular destinations for people looking to spend abroad.

Split into five boroughs, New York can seem overwhelming at first. However, a bit of forward planning will ensure your shopping trip goes smoothly and allow you the time to visit the places you’ve been drooling over.

To experience the very best in haute couture and high-end fashion, Madison Avenue is the place to start. Stretching across 15 blocks, the area is home to an army of celebrity designer shops such as Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani, as well as flagship fashion boutiques, including Prada, Hermès and Chanel.

Head to Fifth Avenue, if it’s the department stores that tickle your fancy. With such renowned names as Saks, Bloomingdales and Bergdory’s, there’s enough to make even the most hardcore fashionista foam at the mouth. Not only that, but many of the stores have exclusive restaurants and spas housed within them, thereby catering for all your needs under one roof.

Bargain hunters, meanwhile, should visit the New York Garment District, where it’s possible to indulge in some of the city’s legendary sample sales and discount stores. Located in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the area has been hailed as the center for fashion manufacturing and design in the US since the early 20th century.

If the choices on offer are just too mind boggling and you haven’t a clue where to start, don’t despair. There are a number of guided shopping tours available, designed to help the shopper out. Whether on a private or group tour, you’ll be taken around the city’s best shopping spots, as well as some of the more unusual or harder to find places.

If you have a thirst for fashion, it’s only right you satisfy it with some New York shopping. In addition to the numerous retail opportunities available, there are some fantastic locations to stay, meaning you can rest your feet after a long day pounding the pavements.

Keywords: shopping; New York City; Madison Avenue; Fifth Avenue; Saks; Bloomingdales; Bergdory’s; Garment District; New York shopping

Image Credit: Joey Lax-Salinas

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