For group travel, New York's energy, entertainment, colorful locals, and diversity of food create great opportunities for shared experiences with your girlfriends. But, there are ultimately three things that can guarantee a successful girlfriend getaway to New York: shopping, shopping, and shopping.
New York has so many fantastic department stores, unique specialty shops, intimate boutiques, and great discount shops in every neighborhood that your group could take two weeks and still just scratch the surface. Here are some basics to get you started:
Barneys Madison Avenue calls out to the high-end shopper. Attracting clientele with both old and new money, their flagship store has cutting edge, right from the runway, designer fashions with sophisticated, high-end garments like Prada and Dolce & Gabana. Upstairs, in the co-op department, you'll find Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy tees, Habitual jeans, and Moschino. However, just like in Breakfast at Tiffanies, bargain hunters have been known to get dressed to the nines and spend a day or two window-shopping in Barneys.
On the nine floors of Bloomingdales, you'll find everything from vintage to top designers and is a great way to accumulate hours of classic retail therapy. This is also the store to provide truly amazing customer service, taking care of every need before you even know you have it. This store has dozens of translators on hand, personal shoppers, and complimentary delivery to your hotel of brands like Juicy, Paige, Lacoste, Nanette Lepore, Michael Kors, Citizens of Humanity, and Cynthia Rowley, just to name a few.
New Yorkers who know shopping will tell you that Century 21 has many brands at great prices. The Zagat guide entry sums it up well: "bargain shopping for divine designer duds, upscale bed linens and cosmetics in this madhouse discount goldmine." In fact, their bargains are so good that Century 21 isn't allowed to advertise any of the amazing brands they offer in print. Hordes of shoppers fill the store on weekends for good reason.
Between Sixth Avenue and Baxter Street lies North America's edgiest open-air street mall, Canal Street. Like some strange combination of Mad Max and a Kate Spade store, this street is sure to provide a shopping adventure. Most locals will advise you to go here purely for low priced electronics and accessories, but you should really go if you're interested in imitation high fashion, and purses reign supreme. There are fantastic fake versions of some of the most popular brands in the high-end stores. Be sure when you buy, though, as almost every stall and shop is cash-only and have strict no return policies. If you're looking to return from New York with the best in replica fashion and most of your money still in your account, though, take a trip to Canal Street. To tackle your post-shopping, Canal Street appetite, you can walk to Little Italy or Chinatown.
After you've found the perfect outfit, accessory, or pair of shoes, enjoy reliving your shopping experience over a one-of-a-kind dinner from one of New York City's many celebrity chefs. Or, go out to a Broadway show, followed by a late-night dessert or drink, and show off your recent purchases! New York in the company of women is for shopping, bonding, and enjoying all things new and new again.