Even with all of the diverse New York City attractions and events, shopping remains at the top of the list of NYC activities.
After all, NYC is at the center of the world’s fashion and retail industry and is home to some of the best-known stores in the country.
Unless you absolutely loathe shopping, you’ll want to do at least a little of it while you’re in New York.
So while you may want to check out the high-end stores (just to say you did), you’ll be glad to know there are also lots of places to find cheap shopping in New York.
Fun Ways to Spend Your Days in Between Shopping:
Before we get started, want to fit in some fun activities and sightseeing alongside your shopping crusade? Of course you do.
The below suggestions are a great way for new-comers to familiarize themselves with the city, all while saving a bunch of money on top attractions, tours, and more.
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Anyways, here are 6 places to find discount shopping in New York…
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets encompasses 220 outlet stores, including one of the few Chanel outlets in the world. The outlets are set up almost like a village, making for an enjoyable atmosphere.
The Outlets feature famous brands that offer 25% – 65% off (talk about some cheap shopping), including…
- Dolce & Gabbana
- Giorgio Armani
- and many more!
Located in the Central Valley, about an hour north of Manhattan, you could easily fit a trip to the Outlets into your New York vacation itinerary. Trust us, it’s definitely worth your time.
Location: Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917
Ways to Save: Round trip Woodbury Common Outlet bus tour are available on the New York City Explorer Pass. Plus, you will get a VIP coupon with even more savings.
BloomingdalesTo many, Bloomingdale’s is considered Manhattan’s most fashionable department store, with it’s flagship location being in NYC.
Bloomingdale’s features a 2,100 square foot Visitors Center that enable vacationers to feel at home right in the heart of New York City.
Some popular shopping items include designer handbags, classic men’s and women’s collections, fine housewares, and more. There is aslo multi-lingual receptionists that are happy to help with any information, in-store services, and package delivery to your hotel.
Ways to Save: Learn more about the New York City Bloomingdales discounts included on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Macy’s Herald Square
Macy’s is not only a fashion institution-it’s an American icon.
Visit the famed Macy’s Herald Square, the world’s largest department store. Whether you need the latest fashions for you or your home, you are sure to find it at Macy’s.
Stop into the Visitor Center on the 34th Street balcony where a multilingual staff is eager to welcome you.
Ways to Save: Learn more about the Macy’s Heral Square NYC discounts included on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Loehmann’s is a favorite among both tourists and locals, offering 30-65% off of designer clothing. Plus, they buy nationally, expanding the extensive list of brands that they sell.
Some names you can expect to see are Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Theory, Marc Jacobs, French Connection, Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, and so much more.
For a cost comparison, the prices are similar to department store clearance items, but are available during the current season.
As with any discount designer store, your shopping experience will be a bit chaotic as these stores are equally stuffed with people and garments. But chalk it up to the NYC experience and find some great deals!
Location: 2101 Broadway (between 73rd St & 74th St.)
Please note: There are no discounts or savings for Loehmann’s available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
It may no longer be New York’s “best kept secret,” but this bargain designer store is still a gem. Located in the Financial District, they work directly with garment district representatives to only stalk locally.
This means they have the ultimate in high-end names, like Armani, Pucci, Prada, and Missoni—and you’ll find savings up to 75% on these top brands.
They have a huge men’s and women’s shoe department (located in a separate store) and great prices on kid’s clothing. That being said, Century 21 is not for the faint of heart. You’ll have to fight your way through throngs of shoppers and racks of clothing.
Location: 22 Cortlandt St. (between Broadway & Church)
Please note: There are no discounts or savings for Century 21 available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Good cosmetics can be expensive…but not at Cosmetic Market! Ever wonder what happens to extra make-up and perfume samples when promotions end? Or where excess Clinique, Sephora, and Chanel products end up? The answer to both of those questions: they go to Cosmetic Market.
This treasure of a store has everything from $5.50 Chanel nail polish to $1 L’Oreal hair color. In addition to make-up they have an assortment of other products, like snacks (European chocolate in the back), candles and picture frames, jewelry, and other miscellaneous things.
Location: 15 East 37th St. (between 5th Ave and Madison Ave)
Please note: There are no discounts or savings for Cosmetic Market available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
At Fishs Eddy, you’ll find the highest-quality kitchenware and flatware for reasonable prices.
Whether you’re a culinary wiz or just thinking about adding some flare to your kitchen, Fishs Eddy is a really unique place to shop.
They have everything you can imagine, ranging in style from retro to contemporary. Plus, they change their inventory seasonally. Look for weekly sales or clearance items to save even more. Just be warned, it’s a tight space—not convenient for strollers and the like.
Location: 889 Broadway (between 19th St. & 20th St.)
Please note: There are no discounts or savings for Fishs Eddy available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
This unique showroom in the Lower East Side offers a varied collection of ethnic arts imported directly from China, Indonesia, India, Morocco, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, and other Asian countries.
Their store features affordable décor and housewares, African trading beads that can be made into a necklace or bracelet on the spot, and ready-made jewelry, among lots of other things!
If you’re the kind of person who wants one-of-a-kind items or has an affinity for exotic accessories, you can’t miss this place.
Location: 4 Rivington St. (between Bowery & Freeman Alley)
Please note: There are no discounts or savings for Leekan Designs available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Let’s Recap on Our ‘Cheap’ New York Shopping
So there are a handful of spots to checkout if you’re looking for some of the best shopping in New York, including popular cheap options, outlet malls, and other hotspots.
Remember, often times you can enjoy extra discounts on shopping centers, outlet malls & more with a New York City Explorer Pass.
So when you are planning your trip, consider including some of these options to your vacation itinerary.