Shopping near Downtown Manhattan

Manhattan ShoppingManhattan is not only divided into neighborhoods, but has also several shopping districts. In the vicinity of Ninth Avenue to Fifth Avenue and between 34th and 42nd Street, the Fashion District is a densely concentrated area that features top-notch designers and manufactured fashion. This area, also known as the Garment District or Fashion Center, maintains a vibrant atmosphere in midtown Manhattan with unique lofts, retail stores and historic warehouses.

For anything that sparkles, shoppers can find everything from home decor to table ware and jewelry in the Crystal District. This five-block territory spans the area between 63rd and 58th along Madison. The stores here include Cristal Baccarat, Stuben's, Swarovski's, Daum and Lalique. Diamond and jewelry buyers will find the sector along 47th Street/Fifth Avenue/Sixth Avenue to their liking. Stores like Tiffany & Co., Wempe, and Fortunoff are part of the over 2,500 businesses in this area that is known as the Diamond District.

In addition, neighborhoods also offer various options. SoHo, located just north of Lower Manhattan, is one of the most eclectic global shopping destinations. Because SoHo features a unique mix of shops from high-end boutiques to artsy shops, it is a good place to start for travelers who are not sure what they are looking for. The area includes some cobblestone streets, so be prepared by wearing appropriate footwear when going on long shopping excursions.

Located in a college neighborhood, Union Square has a young vibe and is ideal for shopping away from stereotypical crowds. However, its farmer's market attracts tens of thousands of visitors each day. Travelers will also find discount chain and big-name retail stores mixed in with boutiques as well as pop up shops set up by young artists and local designers.

Manhattan's Upper East Side, home to Park Avenue and Madison Mile, is known for its world-class shopping. Along this stretch, shoppers will find the finest boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores, including shops owned by celebrities.

Shopping in Manhattan would not be complete without stopping at any of the major department stores: Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney's & Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, and the famous Macy's on 34th Street. While these chains operate stores all over the country, the iconic Manhattan locations are housed in especially impressive buildings and encompass as many as ten floors on a whole city block.

For shoppers who are looking for bargains and inventory that changes daily, Century 21 in Lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center site, is a discount department store haven. Another popular downtown shopping destination is Pier 17, which is a mall with a historic ambiance that provides stunning Brooklyn Bridge vistas from its high outdoor deck.