The best shops in Midtown

Head to Midtown to shop from the best fast-fashion chains, department stores and independent shops in one-go

Photograph: Jim HobartBene Rialto

The ninth circle of hell to some, Midtown is the beating heart of our city. And we consider ourselves pretty fortunate to live in a place where we can hit all of the popular budget-friendly chain stores—Urban Outfitters, Zara, Aritzia, Topshop—and department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue without having to bust out a MetroCard. From independent shops that specialize in rain gear (and candy) to a marketplace that stocks super chic, unique wares, the shopping scene in Midtown is strong.

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The best shops in Midtown

Ame Ame

Many consider this spot, housed in a former candy shop, a one-stop shop for outerwear, but there’s a lot more. We recommend Rudsak leather jackets and silky lingerie by Frances Smily, and dudes should scope out the “man cave” stocked with stylish ties and Nau trench coats.

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Midtown West

Aritzia

If Topshop and Urban Outfitters made a baby, it would be this Canadian brand. We love this store especially, because unlike its smaller Soho counterpart, this spacious flagship stocks the complete women’s collection comprising four exclusive labels: Wilfred, TNA, Talula and T.Babaton.

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Midtown West
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Anthropologie

Decidedly more refined and upscale than its sibling shop, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie specializes in bohemian and vintage-inspired clothing and home decor, as indicated by its eternally inspiring, always-changing store design schemes. While it offers a slew of in-house clothing lines, it's started turning out designer capsule collections with harder-to-find labels.

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Midtown West

Bloomingdale's

Ranking among the city’s top tourist attractions, Bloomie’s is stocked with everything from bags to beauty products, housewares to designer duds. The cosmetics hall is complete with an outpost of globe-spanning apothecary Space NK and a Bumble and bumble dry-styling bar.

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Upper East Side
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Bene Rialto

Feel like you’re dressed like everyone and their mother? Head to this marketplace, which boasts affordable designer staples from brands you’ve probably never heard of (but should!). We have our eye on Alibi Teo spike earrings ($46) and Cruyff beige sneakers ($165).

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Midtown West

Desigual

Liven up your all-black New York uniform at this Barcelona-based chain, which counts Herald Square among its holdings (there are some 200 stores worldwide). Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of patchy knits, bright patterns and blingy embellishments (beading, buttons, jewels) for women, men and children.

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Midtown West
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Eileen Fisher

Eco-friendly shoppers should stop by the East Village flagship and nab organic duds. The 24-year-old brand is particularly known for its comfy, wear-anywhere basics, such as superfine wool cardigans, organic cotton and cashmere V-neck hooded tunics, and crinkled cropped jackets.

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Midtown East

Florsheim

Dudes, boot up! Engineer-inspired cap-toe boots ($175) and lace-up wing tips ($150) exemplify what this 122-year-old men’s brand is all about: durability, style and comfort. From polished leather pull-ons outfitted with elastic side panels ($120) to casual suede chukkas ($110), there’s a style for every gent at this modern-meets-retro store.

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Forever 21

This trendy chain picked Virgin Megastore’s former Times Square store as the spot for its Big Apple flagship. Highlights of the gigantic 90,000-square-foot, four-level space include more-organized department displays (as opposed to the typical free-for-all madhouse) and a 2am closing time (so you can pick up a last-minute outfit before heading to da club).

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Midtown West

Lane Bryant

This trendy plus-size chain stocks fashionable clothing ($25–$295) and accessories ($10–$70) from its house labels, as well as brands such as Seven7 and Spanx. The 7,835-square-foot, bi-level flagship’s ground floor carries day-to-night looks, and you’ll know you look good with luxe fitting rooms featuring adjustable dimmers that simulate office, daylight and evening light.

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Midtown West
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Macy's Herald Square

It may not be as glamorous as New York’s other famous stores, but for sheer breadth of stock, the 34th Street behemoth is hard to beat. You won’t find exalted labels here, though—moderately priced fashion and designers’ diffusion lines for all ages are its bread and butter, along with all the big beauty names.

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Midtown West

Saks Fifth Avenue

This department store has everything—a brow bar, a nail art bar and even some snazzy holiday windows. Stomach the crowds for the sporadic sales. A soft Polo Ralph Lauren V-neck sweater for $50 instead of $125? Yes, please!

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Midtown East
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Superdry

The inspiration behind this U.K. import is a fusion of Japanese graphics and vintage Americana with a dash of British style. Basically, it’s a funkier Hollister. The 6,000-square-foot flagship resembles an open loft with exposed brick and raw ceilings. The shop offers an array of casual wear ranging from tees and jogging pants to hoodies and sunglasses. Stockpile basics include rustic plaid button-downs ($79), black leather blazers ($465) and premium denim ($104).

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East Village

Urban Outfitters - Herald Square

At 57,000 square feet, this UO outpost is the company's biggest store yet and features more than 800 vinyl titles curated by Amoeba Records, a coffee shop powered by Intelligentsia Coffee, a huge department catered to workout-ready wares, Korean beauty products and, oh yeah, cool-as-hell clothing.

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Midtown West
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Zara

This Spain-based chain—which has outposts in more than 50 countries—offers affordable (but not, like, cheap) iterations of the biggest trends. Its slender, tailored lines for men and women are generally office-appropriate, and its accessories deserve a second look as well.

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Midtown West
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