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Ten Must-Visit Stores to Shop on Your NYC Weekend Getaway

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Owen in the Meatpacking District. Photo by William Chan

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The arena where New York definitely has us beat is shopping—and no, we won't concede to the Red Sox versus Yankees rivalry (ever). Whether Uniqlo is the first place you stop on a weekend getaway or the enormous Bloomingdale's flagship, Racked NY begs Boston visitors to think outside the box when it comes to retail haunts.

From exclusive department store Bergdorf Goodman to indie mainstays like Opening Ceremony and Bird, our buddies in the Big Apple also recommend the internationally-known Brooklyn Flea outdoor market and another spot across the East River called Brooklyn Charm for custom jewelry. Join your fellow Bostonians at Topshop (until the day one opens here) and get your paperback fill at McNally Jackson Books before hopping on the bus home.

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Bergdorf Goodman

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For the ultimate luxury shopping experience (or for an afternoon of playing pretend) head uptown to Bergdorf Goodman, where nine floors—including a salon—await your (and your wallet's) arrival.
The cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District have a plethora of designer and chain shops to peruse, but Owen on Washington Street arguably has one of the best collections if you're looking for hip, young designers. Fun fact: the walls and ceiling are composed of 25,000 paper bags.

Ina Soho

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Skip the crowds at Beacons' Closet and Buffalo Exchange, and instead, try your second-time-around luck at INA in Soho. The consignment boutique shops like an actual store, so there's no digging through massive piles required. Plus, they carry Céline, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and more.

MiN New York

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Sephora might be your go-to spot for fragrance shopping, but if you're looking for something beyond Flower Bomb, head to MiN on Crosby Street. The store specializes in niche, unusual, and often hard-to-find perfumes, and the process begins with creating a personal scent profile with one of the shop's employees.

McNally Jackson Books

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You might be able to find miles and miles of books at the Strand, but McNally Jackson offers something a little bit better: a cool, relaxing place to hang out and read a magazine, enjoy a scone from Balthazar, or warm up/cool down with a Stumptown coffee. Plus, it's in close proximity to Nolita's best stores.

Topshop

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If you don't mind the mob scene, Topshop in Soho should be able to fulfill all your fast-fashion needs in one fell swoop. Need a printed pair of leggings? Check. A pastel blazer? Double check. If you manage to walk out empty handed, there's always the mega Zara flagship on Fifth Avenue further uptown.

Opening Ceremony

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A trip downtown wouldn't be complete without Opening Ceremony, where merchandise skews a little out-there and the price tags run high. See how the other half lives (the other half here being deep-pocketed hipster types) at this Howard Street staple.

Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg

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When it opens on April 7th, the Brooklyn Flea in its new Williamsburg location will be the easiest way to kill an afternoon in city. Shop everything from handmade jewelry to artisanal mayonnaise, while chowing down at the various stands at the Smorgasburg.

Brooklyn Charm

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There are probably as many jewelry stores in New York City as there are subway stops, but one of our favorites is this Williamsburg shop, where you can customize your own creations. Pick through their collections of charms and chains for a DIY project to be completed on the long car ride home.
Recently, the New York Times dubbed Jen Mankins, the owner of Bird, the definer of "Brooklyn's look." Her first outpost opened in Park Slope back in 1999, and ten years later, the Grand Street store (the company's largest) arrived. It's well-stocked with indie classics like Rachel Comey, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Girl by Band of Outsiders.

Bergdorf Goodman

For the ultimate luxury shopping experience (or for an afternoon of playing pretend) head uptown to Bergdorf Goodman, where nine floors—including a salon—await your (and your wallet's) arrival.

Owen

The cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District have a plethora of designer and chain shops to peruse, but Owen on Washington Street arguably has one of the best collections if you're looking for hip, young designers. Fun fact: the walls and ceiling are composed of 25,000 paper bags.

Ina Soho

Skip the crowds at Beacons' Closet and Buffalo Exchange, and instead, try your second-time-around luck at INA in Soho. The consignment boutique shops like an actual store, so there's no digging through massive piles required. Plus, they carry Céline, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and more.

MiN New York

Sephora might be your go-to spot for fragrance shopping, but if you're looking for something beyond Flower Bomb, head to MiN on Crosby Street. The store specializes in niche, unusual, and often hard-to-find perfumes, and the process begins with creating a personal scent profile with one of the shop's employees.

McNally Jackson Books

You might be able to find miles and miles of books at the Strand, but McNally Jackson offers something a little bit better: a cool, relaxing place to hang out and read a magazine, enjoy a scone from Balthazar, or warm up/cool down with a Stumptown coffee. Plus, it's in close proximity to Nolita's best stores.

Topshop

If you don't mind the mob scene, Topshop in Soho should be able to fulfill all your fast-fashion needs in one fell swoop. Need a printed pair of leggings? Check. A pastel blazer? Double check. If you manage to walk out empty handed, there's always the mega Zara flagship on Fifth Avenue further uptown.

Opening Ceremony

A trip downtown wouldn't be complete without Opening Ceremony, where merchandise skews a little out-there and the price tags run high. See how the other half lives (the other half here being deep-pocketed hipster types) at this Howard Street staple.

Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg

When it opens on April 7th, the Brooklyn Flea in its new Williamsburg location will be the easiest way to kill an afternoon in city. Shop everything from handmade jewelry to artisanal mayonnaise, while chowing down at the various stands at the Smorgasburg.

Brooklyn Charm

There are probably as many jewelry stores in New York City as there are subway stops, but one of our favorites is this Williamsburg shop, where you can customize your own creations. Pick through their collections of charms and chains for a DIY project to be completed on the long car ride home.

Bird

Recently, the New York Times dubbed Jen Mankins, the owner of Bird, the definer of "Brooklyn's look." Her first outpost opened in Park Slope back in 1999, and ten years later, the Grand Street store (the company's largest) arrived. It's well-stocked with indie classics like Rachel Comey, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Girl by Band of Outsiders.