Shopping in New York – the Best Spots & Insider Tips

New York really does offer everything you need for a successful shopping trip: world-famous labels, small insider shops hidden away in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and even large outlets just outside the city gates that can be reached quickly. Plus the latest trends and long opening hours. Here we will tell you the best shopping tips in New York Insider Tips and show you where you can go on a shopping tour at low prices!

Where is the best place to shop in New York?

New York is the absolute fashion metropolis, which makes shopping in every neighborhood a special experience. The famous Fifth Avenue is world-famous. However, it is precisely districts like SoHo, Williamsburg, the Meatpacking District or Greenwich Village that convince us the most. Not too commercial, very individual and something for every taste.

This is New York. The special thing about it is that almost every label or the retail chain has its flagship store in New York. That means that you can buy clothes there that you can’t find anywhere else. This is where you test, exploit a trend and test the buying behavior. One of our first shopping tips in New York Insider Tips is, in any case, to visit exactly these Flagship Stores to get hold of real rarities.

Exciting to see and makes shopping in New York even more exciting. And: It guarantees that you will come home with one or the other item that nobody else has yet!

With our shopping guide for NYC, we show you where you can shop best in New York and where shopping in New York is really worthwhile. Some stores offer up to 15% discount on top of the normal price saving!

Shopping in New York – Information and tips

The opening hours of the shops are much more flexible – some are even open 24 hours a day. Most are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. So you can easily integrate your shopping tour into your stay.

The fashion metropolis New York has one of the most famous shopping miles in the world with its world-famous 5th Avenue, where you can spend a fortune. Designers such as Calvin Klein, Prada, Armani, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana have settled here and are just waiting for you to take advantage of the shopping offers

But the retail chains we know are very popular in New York City – these include Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Footlocker, the famous Niketown on 5th Avenue, or in SoHo, Adidas, Apple and H&M – it’s worth shopping here too. Shopping in New York means one thing above all: Your credit card is glowing and your suitcases will be very heavy on the way back! Another New York Shopping Insider tip from us: When entering the department store or store, lookout for signs that may indicate ongoing discount campaigns.

New York Shopping Tips: Value Added Tax, Taxes, Import Regulations, Special Sales

All prices that you see on your shopping tour in New York are always shown without VAT / Taxes. So the net prices. On top of that, there is an 8.875% VAT for most purchases. This figure is made up of the VAT of the city of New York (4.5%) and the state of New York (4.375%). Some outlets, such as the Jersey Gardens Outlet, are in New Jersey for good reason: there is no sales tax there! Thus, those who want to save a lot of money and want to keep the shopping in New York cheap will drive to the adjacent federal state New Jersey.

Please also consider the import regulations of your return country. There you are only allowed to import tax-free goods up to a certain amount. The prerequisite for this is that the traveler is over 15 years old. Tax depending on each country.

What you should not miss in any case are the Black-Friday-Deals after Thanksgiving. The sale on the day after Thanksgiving allows you a 24-hour shopping marathon and many bargains await you.

Save money? The best Outlets & Malls in and around New York

You can also save money by visiting the numerous outlets in NYC – there you can find everything up to 80% below the regular price. The focus is mostly on the sale of (not bad at all) discontinued models of the last season and partly also on goods produced especially for the outlets. This should definitely be on your “Shopping in New York” list! One thing is for sure: the real bargains are outside of Manhattan because that’s where shopping during your New York trip is really fun.

Here you’ll find the best outlets in and around New York, where you’ll not only find many designer stores in one place but also get a real discount on designer clothes!

Woodbury Common Premium Outlet

Less than 1 hour from Manhattan, you’ll find the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, which includes over 220 designer stores. You’ll find famous designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland, Michael Kors and many, many more! And from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street at 8th Avenue) you can easily get there and back by bus (ShortLine/Coach USA). In addition, you will also benefit from a discount booklet worth several hundred dollars if you are the holder of a New York Pass. Since the New York Pass is already so profitable in the city, this is a small additional bonus on top! Or you can simply take the bus, which will take you directly from Penn Station to the outlet (information about tickets can be found here).

Opening hours of the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet: Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 21:30, Sat: 10:00 – 21:30, Sun: 11:00 – 20:30

American Dream Mall

Attention shopping fans: The New York City area will soon be home to one of the largest shopping malls in the country – the American Dream Mega-Mall. After many years of waiting and constant delays, the huge shopping and entertainment complex is finally scheduled to open this autumn.

Tangier Outlets – Riverhead New York & Deer Park New York

The Tangier Outlets are also located in the immediate vicinity of New York – about 1.5 to 2 hours away. And there are two on Long Island: the Riverhead and Deer Park Outlet. I know them both personally from a shopping tour, where I stocked up my whole family with sports stuff. At that time we rented a car and visited these two outlets for shopping. If you visit the outlet in summer, you should definitely make a side trip to the beach!

By car to Riverhead Outlet: Long Island Express Way Exit 72 (coming from Manhattan). You have to enter this address into the navigation system: 200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901

Arrival by car to Deer Park: Long Island Express Way Exit 52 (from Manhattan). You have to enter this address into the navigation system: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY 11729

Opening hours of the Tangier Outlets: Mon-Sat: 9:00 – 21:00, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00

The shops in the Hudson Yards

The Hudson Yards Mall, which was designed by Elkus Manfredi, offers its visitors luxury shopping and is one of New York’s newest shopping malls. Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Forty-Five Ten, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Dior and Piaget line up door to door with many other luxury labels. The most popular mainstream stores such as Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo are also represented.