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Ten Can't-Miss Places to Shop in New York City

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If you're coming to New York City to shop, plan to set aside at least a few days to see all of the city has to offer. For shorter stays, must-hit neighborhoods include Nolita, Meatpacking, the West Village, and Williamsburg—and, thanks to recent newcomers, Murray Hill and the Upper West Side.

After the jump, see our map of the ten stores you definitely need to hit up before returning back to LA, ranging from the high-end stores all the way uptown to the best indie jewelry store in Brooklyn and one major fast fashion flagship.


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Barneys New York

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You can spend a whole day (and easily get lost) at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue, but if you'd rather get straight to the point, head to the recently-revamped Upper West Side store for the best of the department store's designer and contemporary collections. [Photo: Barneys]

Fivestory

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Since it opened in 2012, Fivestory has garnered plenty of attention for its extremely well-edited selection of high-end merchandise. Expect beautiful (and pricey) designer goods from Peter Pilotto, Balmain, and Preen, and mainstream lines like Alexander Wang and Carven. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
Like Beyoncé says, bow down bitches: the Zara flagship on Fifth Avenue is massive, and puts every other outpost to shame. The lines for the fitting rooms get intense, though, so make sure you set aside plenty of time before you visit. [Photo]

Dover Street Market

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The Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market is a game changer for New York City retail: it's located in a neighborhood that's definitely not known for its fashion, and is arguably the epitome of the high-end boutique alternative to Manhattan's traditional concept of a department store. It's seven floors, and carries everything from Supreme tee shirts to custom Prada—with a lot of CDG labels scattered throughout. [Photo]

OWEN NYC

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A true testament to a new boutique's staying power is how well it stacks up against its competition, and in Meatpacking, Owen has its fair share of that. However, in just a short period of time, Owen's not only made a name for itself in the neighborhood, but has also developed a loyal clientele—thanks to its mix of established contemporary designers and hip, under-the-radar brands. [Photo by Driely S.]

Personnel of New York

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As NYT Jon Caramanica wrote, the potential outfits inside Personnel of New York "prioritize comfort, but they don't lean on it like a crutch." That means easy, reasonably priced merchandise from both established and up-and-coming NYC- and LA-based designers like Mara Hoffman, Objects Without Meaning, and more. [Photo by William Chan]

American Two Shot

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'Eclectic' is the most common denominator when asked to describe this Soho newcomer. Cheeky vintage streetwear hangs with lines like Porter Grey and Timo Weiland, and events like 'zine release parties and art shows are the regular. [Photo by William Chan]

Catbird

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Catbird might just be Brooklyn's cutest jewelry store, thanks tiny bracelets and stackable rings from designers like Bittersweets NY, Blanca Monrós Gómez, Elizabeth Knight, Jacquie Aiche, WWAKE, and so many more. If you're not in the market for a new necklace, there's also a lovely selection of candles, bath products, sleep masks, and knick-knacks to peruse. [Photo by Brian Harkin]
Jennifer Mankins' Brooklyn mini-empire has three outposts, but the 'Burg location is the biggest. The big, warm, LEED-certified space carries Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, and other designers so of-the-moment that if you only shopped there for the rest of your life, you'd still look hip. [Photo by Driely S.]

SWORDS-SMITH

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This spacious, airy Williamsburg boutique sells both men's and women's clothing and accessories from indie labels like Degen, Lauren Moffatt, and Filson, alongside their own in-house line. [Photo by Rebecca Dale

Barneys New York

You can spend a whole day (and easily get lost) at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue, but if you'd rather get straight to the point, head to the recently-revamped Upper West Side store for the best of the department store's designer and contemporary collections. [Photo: Barneys]

Fivestory

Since it opened in 2012, Fivestory has garnered plenty of attention for its extremely well-edited selection of high-end merchandise. Expect beautiful (and pricey) designer goods from Peter Pilotto, Balmain, and Preen, and mainstream lines like Alexander Wang and Carven. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Zara

Like Beyoncé says, bow down bitches: the Zara flagship on Fifth Avenue is massive, and puts every other outpost to shame. The lines for the fitting rooms get intense, though, so make sure you set aside plenty of time before you visit. [Photo]

Dover Street Market

The Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market is a game changer for New York City retail: it's located in a neighborhood that's definitely not known for its fashion, and is arguably the epitome of the high-end boutique alternative to Manhattan's traditional concept of a department store. It's seven floors, and carries everything from Supreme tee shirts to custom Prada—with a lot of CDG labels scattered throughout. [Photo]

OWEN NYC

A true testament to a new boutique's staying power is how well it stacks up against its competition, and in Meatpacking, Owen has its fair share of that. However, in just a short period of time, Owen's not only made a name for itself in the neighborhood, but has also developed a loyal clientele—thanks to its mix of established contemporary designers and hip, under-the-radar brands. [Photo by Driely S.]

Personnel of New York

As NYT Jon Caramanica wrote, the potential outfits inside Personnel of New York "prioritize comfort, but they don't lean on it like a crutch." That means easy, reasonably priced merchandise from both established and up-and-coming NYC- and LA-based designers like Mara Hoffman, Objects Without Meaning, and more. [Photo by William Chan]

American Two Shot

'Eclectic' is the most common denominator when asked to describe this Soho newcomer. Cheeky vintage streetwear hangs with lines like Porter Grey and Timo Weiland, and events like 'zine release parties and art shows are the regular. [Photo by William Chan]

Catbird

Catbird might just be Brooklyn's cutest jewelry store, thanks tiny bracelets and stackable rings from designers like Bittersweets NY, Blanca Monrós Gómez, Elizabeth Knight, Jacquie Aiche, WWAKE, and so many more. If you're not in the market for a new necklace, there's also a lovely selection of candles, bath products, sleep masks, and knick-knacks to peruse. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Bird

Jennifer Mankins' Brooklyn mini-empire has three outposts, but the 'Burg location is the biggest. The big, warm, LEED-certified space carries Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, and other designers so of-the-moment that if you only shopped there for the rest of your life, you'd still look hip. [Photo by Driely S.]

SWORDS-SMITH

This spacious, airy Williamsburg boutique sells both men's and women's clothing and accessories from indie labels like Degen, Lauren Moffatt, and Filson, alongside their own in-house line. [Photo by Rebecca Dale