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The breadth and depth of shopping in New York City can be daunting—where to start? Err, where to stop? Racked NY editors Tiffany Yannetta and Nicola Fumo have mapped out eleven essential NYC stores that make the city's shopping scene one-of-a-kind.

Get your luxe, Old New York fix at Bergdorf Goodman uptown, then cool off from all those four figure price tags with the world's largest Uniqlo down the block. For a boutique experience, a new wave of young store owners are cropping up with exciting edits—Owen, Dagny + Barstow and Fivestory all represent different parts of the city and different points of view, with a common thread of cool. A steady stream of French imports, a waterfront flea market (with incredible people watching) and a mostly-under-$100 cure for fast fashion fatigue can all be found in the city's streets, if you know where to look (hint: it's after the jump)


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1. Fivestory

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18 E. 69th St.
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-1338
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Go for the marble floors. Go for the witty accessories. Go for the shoe garden. This boutique is redefining the Upper East Side, one Define Deletterz eyeball necklace at a time.

2. Bergdorf Goodman

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754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-7300
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For the ultimate luxury shopping experience (or for an afternoon of playing pretend) head uptown to Bergdorf Goodman, where nine floors—including a salon—await your (and your wallet's) arrival.

3. UNIQLO

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666 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(877) 486-4756
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The Japanese megabrand's flagship is the largest store on Fifth Avenue and the company's biggest in the world. Apparel for men, women, and kids straddles the line between inexpensive—okay, downright cheap—and quality (within reason). New Yorkers flock to Uniqlo for their $40 denim, which comes with complementary on-site hemming. Basics in silk, cashmere, cotton, and linen upgrade the usual fast-fashion experience.

4. Owen

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809 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 524-9770
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The cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District have a plethora of designer and chain shops to peruse, but Owen on Washington Street arguably has one of the best collections if you're looking for hip, young designers. Fun fact: the walls and ceiling are composed of 25,000 paper bags.

5. MiN New York

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117 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 206-6366
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Sephora might be your go-to spot for fragrance shopping, but if you're looking for something beyond Flower Bomb, head to MiN on Crosby Street. The store specializes in niche, unusual, and often hard-to-find perfumes, and the process begins with creating a personal scent profile with one of the shop's employees.

6. Dagny + Barstow

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264 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 675-2346
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This Bowery boutique is the incarnation of your hippest friend's closet. Everything from neoprene dresses to printed denim hang on the racks, and on the accessories tables, you'll find bags by Reece Hudson, spiky earcuffs by Annelise Michelson, and a great collection of sunglasses.

7. Maje

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10 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 666-0000
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The chic Parisian brand is growing quickly stateside, but this was their first New York effort. Helmed by Judith Milgrom—sister to Sandro's founder—the label offers effortless French girl style in spades. Outerwear and knits are perennial standouts; a jacket will run you around $500.

8. Pixie Market

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100 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-0953
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The best thing about this Lower East Side shop—in addition to a rotating collection of cute finds—is that mostly everything is priced at under $100. Store owners Gaelle Drevet and Magda Pietrobelli have a knack for choosing an eclectic mix of merchandise that's always on trend, but never in an offensive, overbearing type of way.
450 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-2290
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One of the more recent additions to Manhattan's French retail invasion, Iro does sexy in a fresh way. Leather moto jackets, skintight denim, drapey blouses, and short shorts in unexpected textiles and prints lend that little something special to an outfit.

10. Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg

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When it opens on April 7th, the Brooklyn Flea in its new Williamsburg location will be the easiest way to kill an afternoon in city. Shop everything from handmade jewelry to artisanal mayonnaise, while chowing down at the various stands at the Smorgasburg.

11. Bird

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203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-1655
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Recently, the New York Times dubbed Jen Mankins, the owner of Bird, the definer of "Brooklyn's look." Her first outpost opened in Park Slope back in 1999, and ten years later, the Grand Street store (the company's largest) arrived. It's well-stocked with indie classics like Rachel Comey, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Girl by Band of Outsiders.

1. Fivestory

18 E. 69th St., New York, NY 10021
Go for the marble floors. Go for the witty accessories. Go for the shoe garden. This boutique is redefining the Upper East Side, one Define Deletterz eyeball necklace at a time.
18 E. 69th St.
New York, NY 10021

2. Bergdorf Goodman

754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
For the ultimate luxury shopping experience (or for an afternoon of playing pretend) head uptown to Bergdorf Goodman, where nine floors—including a salon—await your (and your wallet's) arrival.
754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

3. UNIQLO

666 5th Ave., New York, NY 10019
The Japanese megabrand's flagship is the largest store on Fifth Avenue and the company's biggest in the world. Apparel for men, women, and kids straddles the line between inexpensive—okay, downright cheap—and quality (within reason). New Yorkers flock to Uniqlo for their $40 denim, which comes with complementary on-site hemming. Basics in silk, cashmere, cotton, and linen upgrade the usual fast-fashion experience.
666 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

4. Owen

809 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
The cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District have a plethora of designer and chain shops to peruse, but Owen on Washington Street arguably has one of the best collections if you're looking for hip, young designers. Fun fact: the walls and ceiling are composed of 25,000 paper bags.
809 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

5. MiN New York

117 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Sephora might be your go-to spot for fragrance shopping, but if you're looking for something beyond Flower Bomb, head to MiN on Crosby Street. The store specializes in niche, unusual, and often hard-to-find perfumes, and the process begins with creating a personal scent profile with one of the shop's employees.
117 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

6. Dagny + Barstow

264 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
This Bowery boutique is the incarnation of your hippest friend's closet. Everything from neoprene dresses to printed denim hang on the racks, and on the accessories tables, you'll find bags by Reece Hudson, spiky earcuffs by Annelise Michelson, and a great collection of sunglasses.
264 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

7. Maje

10 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
The chic Parisian brand is growing quickly stateside, but this was their first New York effort. Helmed by Judith Milgrom—sister to Sandro's founder—the label offers effortless French girl style in spades. Outerwear and knits are perennial standouts; a jacket will run you around $500.
10 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

8. Pixie Market

100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002
The best thing about this Lower East Side shop—in addition to a rotating collection of cute finds—is that mostly everything is priced at under $100. Store owners Gaelle Drevet and Magda Pietrobelli have a knack for choosing an eclectic mix of merchandise that's always on trend, but never in an offensive, overbearing type of way.
100 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002

9. Iro

450 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
One of the more recent additions to Manhattan's French retail invasion, Iro does sexy in a fresh way. Leather moto jackets, skintight denim, drapey blouses, and short shorts in unexpected textiles and prints lend that little something special to an outfit.
450 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013

10. Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg

90 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
When it opens on April 7th, the Brooklyn Flea in its new Williamsburg location will be the easiest way to kill an afternoon in city. Shop everything from handmade jewelry to artisanal mayonnaise, while chowing down at the various stands at the Smorgasburg.

11. Bird

203 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Recently, the New York Times dubbed Jen Mankins, the owner of Bird, the definer of "Brooklyn's look." Her first outpost opened in Park Slope back in 1999, and ten years later, the Grand Street store (the company's largest) arrived. It's well-stocked with indie classics like Rachel Comey, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Girl by Band of Outsiders.
203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211