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Looking for that perfect memento from your trip to the Big Apple, but uncertain what to take home and what to avoid? We know it can be tough to find the diamond in the rough when it comes to shopping for New York City souvenirs – with so many vendors coming at you from left and right, you don’t always know what’s worth the money. Fortunately, we’ve got a handy guide to help you out!
Where to Buy Souvenirs in NYC
For the best souvenirs stop in at one of the stores listed below at New York’s top attractions.
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Prefer something a bit more cultured? You can’t go wrong with a gift from one of the many museum gift stores that popular Manhattan. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Museum of Modern Art and beyond, these museum stores have some of the best gifts in the entire city.
Whether you’re an art lover or not, the Met Store at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has unique souvenirs for everyone.
From post cards and framed prints to fine art jewelry and apparel, everything the Met Store has to offer is distinctive, tasteful, and representative of New York City culture. Plus, it’s a great place to find a unique gift!
From beautiful (and affordable) jewelry and accessories to gorgeous prints and paintings replicated on everything from stationary to umbrellas, you’ll find practically anything you can think of at a museum gift shop. Many of them even have great sections filled with gifts for kids – the American Museum of Natural History especially.
Empire State Building
At the Observatory Store on the 86th floor, you’ll find iconic “I ♥ NY” shirts alongside beautiful panoramic posters of the skyline, a variety of Empire State Building-themed kids toys, and books for all ages.
NBC Experience Store
For the pop culture and entertainment enthusiasts, the NBC Experience Store at the NBC Studio Tour is not to be missed.
Movie and TV series merchandise take the center stage here, from authentic Central Perk mugs (as seen on FRIENDS) and The Big Lebowski T-Shirts for adults to Dispicable Me plush toys for kids, everyone’s bound to find something they can’t leave without.
Grand Central Terminal
Though sometimes overlooked by first-time tourists, the Grand Central Terminal Gift Shop is often cited as one of the best places to buy souvenirs in New York City. They’ve got absolutely everything here, including eight distinct collections organized by theme (Arts for Transit and Times Square Collection, for example).
With a variety of children’s souvenirs, books and technology accessories, vintage memorabillia, unique jewelry, hip home décor, and an impressive map collection, the Grand Central Terminal Gift Shop has it all.
Times Square is full of souvenir shops that cater to everyone. Poke into the shops while exploring Times Square or choose from our suggested favorites: the Disney Store, Grand Slam (for all you Yankees or Mets fans), and the Gift Shop at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Wherever you go in NYC, you’ll find that almost all popular New York attractions have affiliated gift shops or gear. These are usually the best places to buy quality souvenirs and memorabilia.
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Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on2/5/2013