Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in NYC, doesn’t just stay here. It goes back to the hometowns of millions of tourists who throng the city each year. Countless cheerful memories along with priceless souvenirs, there’s nothing more a tourist can ask for.
New York City has always been a commerce hub and thus it comes as no surprise that the city is home to some of the finest markets and shopping centres in the entire continent.
Most of the tourists, however, venture out because the streets of NYC brim with street food, often forgetting that there’s so much more on offer. While enjoying your time in the ‘city of dreams’, always bear in mind that the real markets of New York City celebrate artists, culture and traditions the same way they celebrate cuisine.
From world-renowned department stores to flea markets and chic boutiques, NYC has got it all. Find your retail heaven from our list of the best markets in NYC for tourists.
- Brooklyn Flea Market – This flea market, which is held on Saturdays (Fort Greene) and Sundays (DUMBO), has been around since 2008. Thus eclectic flea market is a treasure trove and sells everything from t-shirts and prints and jewellery to everything vintage – vinyl records, and furniture.
- Chelsea Market – Perhaps the most touristy of all the markets, Chelsea market attracts more than 6 million tourists each year. Full of boutique food stores, this is a food lover’s paradise. On your next visit to NYC, make sure you visit the internationally acclaimed Sarabeth’s Bakery.
- Macy’s – Macy’s is America’s largest department store. From fashion to furniture to food, the ten and habit floors of Macy’s have everything you can imagine. Bonus tip: Show your passport and get a 10% off discount card.
- Smorgasburg – Dubbed as the Woodstock of eating by The New York Times, Smorgasburg is visited solely for the type of fusion food that NYC is famous for. The king of all food markets, it takes place on Saturdays (East River State Park) and Sundays (Prospect Park)
Washington DC is the closest tourist spot around. There are many buses from DC to NY. You can take any of them to visit the city and shop effortlessly.