Shopping in New York: the Best Places to Spend Your Money

12:35 pm  |  04.07.2021

Big Apple is a real paradise for shopaholics, and with different shopping budgets. A detailed overview in our article.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlet

Less than an hour from Manhattan, you’ll find Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, which includes over 220 designer stores. There you will find well-known designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland, Michael Kors, and many many more.

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And from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street at 8th Avenue) you can easily get there and back by bus (ShortLine / Coach USA). In addition, you can benefit from a discount booklet worth several hundred dollars if you are a holder of the New York Pass. Since the New York Pass is already profitable in the city, this is a small additional bonus on top. Or you can simply use the bus that takes you directly from Penn Station to the outlet (information on tickets is available here).

Woodbury Common Premium Outlet opening times: Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

American Dream Mall

Attention shopping fans: one of the largest shopping centers in the country will soon be found in the New York City area – the American Dream Mega-Mall. 

After many years of waiting and constant delay, the huge shopping and entertainment complex is due to finally open this autumn.

Tanger Outlets – Riverhead New York & Deer Park New York

The Tanger Outlets are also in the immediate vicinity of New York – approx. 1.5 to 2 hours away. And two on Long Island: the Riverhead and Deer Park Outlet. 

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We know both of them personally from a shopping tour where I covered my whole family with sports gear. At that time we had borrowed a car and used it to visit these two outlets for a shopping trip. If you visit the outlet in summer, you should definitely make a detour to the beach.

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Current coupons: The outlets always offer a coupon booklet where you can get additional discounts. These range from Buy 1 get 1 free to a 60% discount. Current coupons can be found on this page.

To get to the Riverhead Outlet by car: Long Island Express Way Exit 72 (from Manhattan). You have to enter this address into your sat nav: 200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901

To get to Deer Park by car: Long Island Express Way Exit 52 (from Manhattan). You have to enter this address into your sat nav: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY 11729

Opening times of the Tanger Outlets: Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Shops in Hudson Yards

The Hudson Yards Mall, which was designed by Elkus Manfredi, offers its visitors especially luxury shopping and is one of New York’s newest shopping malls. 

Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Forty-Five Ten, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Dior, and Piaget line up door and door with many other luxury labels. But the most popular mainstream stores such as Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo are also represented.

Jersey Gardens Outlet

The Jersey Gardens Outlet is one of the most popular shopping destinations near New York. Located in New Jersey, it is exempt from VAT, so you save another 9% compared to buying in New York.

How do you get to the Jersey Gardens Outlet? It is well connected in terms of traffic. On the bus, you will arrive directly at the outlet in 34 minutes. You start at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (between 8th and 9th Avenues and 40th to 42nd Streets) – the blue MTA Trains A, C and E stop here.

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When you arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, you have to take lines 111 and 115 from NJtransit. You have to buy the roundtrip tickets there beforehand and you can also give the bus number (111 or 115). The buses run very regularly (about 1 an hour). The timetable for bus line 111 can be found here as a PDF and here the timetable for line 115.

According to the timetable, the journey takes a little more than half an hour – but it also depends a little on traffic. The bus back to New York leaves exactly where you arrived. When you arrive at the Jersey Gardens Outlet: have fun shopping.

Jersey Gardens Outlet opening times: Mon – Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Garden State Plaza Mall

On almost 200,000 square meters, 400 stores ensure the ultimate shopping experience. Just 20 kilometers from Manhattan, the mall is the largest in the state of New Jersey. 

In the small town of Paramus, New Jersey, the heart of shopping beats faster. This saves you money from your vacation budget because in New Jersey you don’t pay any taxes on clothing and shoes, which are incurred with every purchase in New York.

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Sure, there is plenty to choose from in a mall of this size. But the selection of stores in the Garden State Plaza Mall was well chosen. It is often the case that one unnecessary store is lined up next to the other. In addition to the large department stores such as Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Neiman Marcus you will find stores of great labels such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Superdry, Apple, or Abercrombie here.

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It continues with Converse, Gap, Hollister, Steve Madden, H&M, GUESS, COACH, MAC Cosmetics, or a Lacoste store. This is just a hint of what to expect. Here is a list of all the stores in the Garden State Mall.

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