By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re planning a girlfriend getaway to New York City and were hoping you could give us a list of shopping places we could check out. We’ll be doing some Broadway and sightseeing and have this part taken care of. We just wanted to know some neat shopping spots.

A: Taking a bite out of the Big Apple is always a treat especially when it comes to fashionistas and shopaholics who scour the streets in search of the latest or funkiest designs. You’ll find the selection at times seems overwhelming. One good pointer as you walk the busy streets of Manhattan is to pace yourself. Grab a coffee at one of the many cafes, sip your favourite cocktail at a funky bar and once you’ve rejuvenated be prepared to hit the streets again.

Classic shopping haunts include the always popular Park Avenue for upscale chi-chi boutiques. This neighborhood is a treat for people-watching too.

For better bargains, Century 21 ( which is dubbed as “New York’s best kept secret” is a NYC shopping fixture. Two floors make this shopping emporium a busy place anytime of the day. Designer apparel at dirt cheap prices can be found here and the store changes its inventory regularly.

For funky one-of-a-kind designs, the boutiques in the Lower East End score high on any fashionista’s shopping list. Recently, I saw Nom de Guerre’s fall/winter collection. Here military, nautical, and wacky wilderness imagery are some of the fashion themes. Garments tend to be made from wool-cashmere, waxed cotton, and raw gray denim. Nom de Guerre is located at 640 Broadway between Bleecker and Houston streets.

Vintage apparel is another popular item around this neighborhood too. Be sure to visit The Garment Room for one-of-a-kind vintage wear. Fashion Diva Tiffany Nicole runs the charming boutique with a beautiful collection of classic designers from Pucci to Chanel.


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