If you are the type of person who enjoys shopping, then you will definitely love New York. This city has it all, from interesting buildings and a great history, to numerous places where you can buy clothes and souvenirs. Fifth Avenue has become a tourist attraction since it hosts many shops with brand name clothing. However, the street is not only renowned for shopping, but also for a great number of interesting museums.
Those who adventure on Fifth Avenue should know that this is the most expensive street in the world. It starts north of Washington Square and ends at the 143rd street in Harlem. If you don’t have a very big budget, then you will definitely be satisfied only with window shopping. You may also study the new trends and decide how you should dress for the next season. Women will love seeing clothes from famous names such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Bergdorf-Goodman, Versace, Emanuel Ungaro, Ferragamo and Gucci. Men are welcome to go to Brooks Brothers, Bergdorf Men and NBA Store. There is also an Apple Store for those who are more interested in technology.
If you want to buy a special gift for your wife or your girlfriend, then you should definitely go to Harry Winston, Tiffany and Company, Bulgari, Van Cleef, Cartier, Fortunoff and Arpels. You will find some of the best jewelry and well-cut stones that will be appreciated by your spouse. Moreover, if you have children, you could take them to the FAO Schwartz displays, one of the biggest toy stores in the world. In case you are looking for something different, then Takashimaya is the perfect Japanese store where you can find perfumes, silks and fresh orchids. They also have a spa, so in case you feel tired from shopping, you should spend the day here, relaxing under the hands of a professional masseuse.
After you have seen all the big and expensive department stores, it is time for a short cultural lesson. You will be able to admire churches, palatial homes and historic buildings. There are also some famous museums, including the ‘Museum Mile’. Most of the magnificent buildings constructed during the 19th and 20th century are now hosting museums. For instance, the National Academy Museum is now found in the house that once belonged to Archer Huntington. The Museum of the City of New York is also housed in a gorgeous palatial residence built in 1932.
If you are interested in arts, then you must visit two of the most famous museums in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Additionally, those who want to see something different should see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, also located on Fifth Avenue.
Even though Fifth Avenue is mostly renowned for shopping and seeing brand name clothes, there are also numerous cultural attractions and other architectural sights worth exploring. Fifth Avenue is considered a very important location in New York and a lot of people refer to it when talking about the Big Apple.
Editor Note: Don’t forget to check out our other New York travel tempters from earlier this month