New York Shopping Destinations: Best Alternatives

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Tired of the Fifth Avenue and Macy's? Check out three alternative shopping destinations in New York.

If you have been to the Big Apple before, it is likely you have visited Manhattan on a shopping spree.Macy's flagship department store on Herald Square in Manhattan, and the wide range of stores on the Fifth Avenue, are normally the first shopping destinations for tourists in New York. But if you feel ready for something different, we have three destinations that will make you happy shoppers.

Chelsea Market is the local market of the trendy neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan. Located in an ex-wharehouse, Chelsea Market is a little shopping centre made up by a number of trendy, quality shops. Its relatively calm, almost village-like atmosphere makes this market one of the nicest places in Manhattan for a breakfast or brunch, and allows for a pleasant shopping experience. Open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 9pm, and Sundays from 8am to 8pm, Chelsea Market is located at 75, 9th Avenue, between 15th and 16th Streets. Check out the website for up-to-date infos an details: http://www.chelseamarket.com

If you are around Chinatown, the best Chinese store for your NY souvenirs and gifts is Pearl River. A clean, tidy bazar where you can find anything from NY gadgets to Chinese dolls and traditional wear, art & craft products, lanterns, ceramics and much, much more. Prices are convenient and location is within easy reach: Pearl River Mart is located at 477 Broadway, Soho area between Grand St. and Broom St. Store Hours are 10am to 7:20pm, including weekends and holidays. Website: http://www.pearlriver.com

If toys is what you are after, make sure you visit FAO Schwarz. This beautifully furnished, sophisticated toy store is on the Fifth Avenue but somehow offers a different atmosphere, with many grown up New Yorkers strolling around in it, happy to be taken back by childhood memories. Known for its unique high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, dolls, and games, FAO Schwarz was founded in 1862 and is the oldest toy store in the United States. Address is 767, 5th Avenue, near Plaza Hotel and Central Park. Store hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 9pm. Website: http://www.fao.com

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