So, I don’t think it has gone unnoticed that I went to New York a few weeks ago on a shopping trip together with some good friends. I had never been to America before and as a European there were somethings that I wasn’t accustomed to that I thought I might share with you guys. So if you’re about to go to New York for a bit of shopping, here are some tips for you.
- New York is very big. It’s a lot bigger than just Manhattan so it’s best to plan out where you want to go shopping and look up where the stores are before you even get on the plane (so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises once you get there). I had made a list of places that I wanted to go to just to realize that some of those places weren’t possible for us to visit. Like Ulta. I thought, since Ulta is a big chain in the U.S that they were going to have a store in Manhattan. Yeah, they don’t. They are in the Suburbs. So if you have the time to go to either Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens you’re good. But we didn’t so I unfortunately had to skip Ulta (sheds tears). What I’m trying to say is, New York is big. Plan out where you want to go beforehand and try to plan out your shopping so that a lot of the stores are close to each other so you don’t have to walk around more than you need to. Trust me on this, your feet are going to thank me.
- Please get a MetroCard for the Subway. We made the not-so-smart decision that we could walk to a lot of the places that we we’re going to because we lived close by. My feet were literally dying. We spent like 8-10 hours walking everyday for four consecutive days. As I have pointed out earlier. New York is BIG. A couple of blocks might not look like much on the map, but in reality, It’s a lot longer. Oh, btw you need sneakers. Also, you can fill the MetroCard with as many dollars as you want so you don’t have to buy a one week pass if you’re only staying for a couple of days. Each ride costs 2,75 dollars.
- Good places for shopping are Times Square and Union Square. I liked Union Square better because it wasn’t as crowded as Times Square. Times Square has stores like Levi’s, Sephora, American Eagle, Forever 21 (biggest I’ve ever seen!), Sunglass Hut, Disney Store, Duane Reed, Muji, MAC, Inglot etc. Union square was my favorite because they had Ricky’s NYC (best store for hair products), Sephora, Duane Reed, CVS, and a Nordstrom rack. If you want to go to a outlet store I definitely recommend you going to a Nordstrom rack because they actually have great clothes for half the price, whereas Century 21 was a huge disappointment for me. We were there for hours and I only bought a sweatshirt and some socks from Puma. Also, the Victorias Secret store was a bit of disappointment to. I just bought some panties and a set of matching sweats and hoodie.
- Make a list beforehand on what you want to buy. It saves you a lot of time, and money.
- The price you see on the shelf or on the tag is not the price you will end up paying. Since for some strange reason tax isn’t included in the price you see on the tag, you have to pax extra 8-10 percent once you get to the cash register. Keep that in mind so you won’t be surprised when they ring up your total.
- You can definitely pay with your credit card. When it comes to paying for your meals I would recommend you pay cash since they take your card and walk away with it to the register. You won’t see how many times they swipe your card until its too late.
- Starbucks has great free wifi. You don’t even have to go in to the store to use their wifi. We would stand just outside and it still worked fine for us.
- Don’t underestimate american drugstores like Duane Reed and CVS. They stock brands like Milani, Nyx, L’oreal, Essie, Revlon etc. I loved them, and the best part is that they’re cheap and literally everywhere. Some are even open 24 hrs. Awesome!
- If you’re one of the lucky few who can shop more expensive and exclusive items I would recommend that you go to fifth avenue right next to Central Park. That’s the exclusive part of fifth avenue where the luxury stores are. I mean, I recommend it even if you can’t afford to buy anything. Window shopping and just looking around was pretty amazing. Plus for me, it was a great motivation to look at all those things, it made me want to work harder to achieve my dreams so that maybe one day, shopping there won’t be just wishful thinking.
If you have any questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment below!