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When shopping in NYC department stores, you will recognize our famous and iconic department stores from movies, television, photographs and other media. These designer stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and others, offer more than a combined 7 city blocks and 50 floors of shopping heaven! Here are highlights and descriptions to keep in mind when planning your department store shopping in NYC.

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You’ll notice many of the boutique and department stores unique to NYC will have the most distinctive selection when shopping in New York City, since they only have to stock their one or two stores – no mass ordering, trucking, warehousing, etc.

This allows them the ability to work with emerging designers, locally and globally, even highlighting young, but talented designers, from our world famous Fashion College, FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and the TV Show, Project Runway.

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Department Stores

Here are highlights and brief descriptions on Shopping in New York City at Department Stores…

Shopping in NYC – Bloomingdales

Bloomingdales is an overall great department store, easy to navigate, great sales, good designer selection for teens and up. The main store has everything: babies, kids, teens, trendy and super luxury designers and housewares. The SoHo store is smaller, but hip and trendy.

Bloomingdales Shopping in NYC

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Nordstrom Flagship Store

In 2019, NYC welcomed its very first Nordstrom store in Midtown. Nordstrom offers 7 floors and 320,000 square feet of shopping, restaurants, cocktail bars, beauty services and tons of other exquisite luxuries. Have the cobbler work on your shoes, while the tailor is perfecting your new jeans to your exact shape, while sipping cocktails and ordering food to where you are in the store! The store boasts 100,000 pairs of shoes, 10,000 tubes of lipstick, and 6,000 pairs of jeans for starters…

Nordstrom Shopping in NYC

Shopping in NYC – Bergdorf Goodman

Bergies is one of my favorite stores (especially now that we’ve lost Barney’s and Bendies)! Highlights are the cosmetic selection, spacious store, lots of up and coming designers, very helpful staff and organized with little boutiques by brand, like mini-stores within a store. The men’s store is huge and a separate building across the street.

Bergdorf Goodman Shopping in NYC

  • Good to Know: Bergdorf’s is now owned by Neiman Marcus and a very similar store.
  • 754 5th Ave, 57th/58th, Midtown East

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Shopping in NYC – Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus (same owners as Bergdorf’s) opened it’s first NYC store in 2019 at the "Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards." It is a 188,000 square foot store spanning three floors and indulges visitors in luxury. Along with the world’s most elite designer brands, the store offers foodies The Zodiac Room, Bar Stanley, Cook & Merchants and a fresh Chocolate Bar. NM also showcases interactive fitting rooms, digital and in-person consultations at their Digital Styling Lounge and hair, nail, brow, and makeup services at BLVD. Other stores in the Shops and Restaurants include Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Cartier, Chanel, Coach, Dior, Fendi, H&M, Kate Spade, Sephora and many more.

Neiman Marcus Shopping in NYC

Shopping in NYC – Saks Fifth Avenue

Shopping in NYC | Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks has, hands down, the best shoe department on the planet. They even have their own zip code (10022-SHOE). Excellent dress selection, very large store.

Shopping in NYC – Macy’s

Shopping in NYC |  Macy's

While we all have a soft spot in our heart for the landmark, Macy’s, founder of the most famous Thanksgiving Day Parade and backdrop of the movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” this store is huge (2 city blocks, 9 Floors), crowded, in a congested area with little else around it and lacking sales staff.

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CLOSED Barneys New York

Shopping in NYC | Barneys New York

Barney’s – my other favorite department store! Stocked with unique merchandise, first to market many new designers, amazing shoes, very nice staff, excellent dining at Fred’s on the 9th floor. Barneys New York has two CO-OP locations, which are smaller, but also carry great merchandise.

CLOSED 2018 – Lord and Taylor

Shopping in NYC | Lord and Taylor

Lord and Taylor has elegant and stylish merchandise, plus a great dress selection for all ages. Best suited for the over-40 crowd (it was my Grandmother’s favorite back in the day!) 424 5th Ave, 38th/39th

CLOSED 2019 – Henri Bendel

Shopping in NYC | Henri Bendel

Bendels is great for new designers and cosmetics (they discovered what is now Créme de La Mer before Estée Lauder did!). The store is chic, young and urban with the Frederic Fekkai salon on the fourth floor. 712 5th Ave, 55th/56th

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