There are a lot of shopping complexes around the world but only a few are the ones which gives the visitors a shopping experience beyond their belief and Fifth Avenue Shopping Street of New York, USA is one of them. Fifth Avenue’s location starts from north of Washington Square and goes all the way north up to 143rd street in Harlem. This shopping area has some of the most prestigious stores of the world and provides enough shopping opportunities of everyone’s taste. Fifth Avenue is famous for stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Versace, Bergdorf Men, NBA Store and Apple Store off course.
In the earlier 19th century, the area of Fifth Avenue was known as Petersville and was labeled as Formerly Reebers Lane on 1855 map. At that time it was nothing but just a road to Yorkville but as the city grew, Fifth Avenue became abundant of fashionable life, site of great mansions, social institutions, restaurants and shops. The street is truly a symbol of wealthy New York and right now, it is one of the most expensive streets in the world getting on par with London, Tokyo, Paris and more.
How to get here?
The transportation excellence of London is well known, whether it is London’s iconic black cabs or licensed minicabs. You can also reach the Fifth Avenue tube station by London’s underground network which is the quickest and easiest way of traveling around the city. There is also driverless Docklands Light Railway service which serves all parts of East and South East London or the River Bus Service if you would like to sail through water beating the traffic and get some amazing views along the way.
Among all the fashion stores in the Fifth Avenue Armani flagship stands out as a top shopping experience. At 717 Fifth Avenue, lies the Giorgio Armani store offering a great range of clothing and other fashion accessories. The biggest retail location with 89000 square feet of shopping space, the Uniqlo store is located at 666 Fifth Avenue. It features 100 dressing rooms and offers high quality stylish basics for men, women and kids. Some of its famous stores are Uniqlo Soho, Uniqlo 34th St, Uniqlo Palisades and Uniqlo Atlantic Terminal.
At 781 Fifth Avenue, there is A La Vieille Russie, offering great range of authentic jewelry including Bracelets, Brooches, Cufflinks, Earrings, Miniatures, Necklaces, Pendants, Rings and Stickpins. Especially for Men, there is Bergdorf Goodman Men at 745 Fifth Avenue, features a long list of brands for Men. Whether it’s Shoes from Alexander McQueen, Bontoni, Gucci, Pierre Hardy, Prada, Valentino and Jimmy Choo or Clothing from Ami, Hanro, Lanvin, Thom Browne, Dolce & Gabbana and Ami, you will find everything at Bergdorf Goodman Men’s store.
Another big fashion hub at Fifth Avenue is the Saks, known for its superlative selling services and merchandise offerings. You will find the best of European and American designers for men and women in its 39 stores servicing in 22 slates. It has total ten floors and located at 611 Fifth Avenue. This store chain is owned by a multinational corporation Hudon’s Bay Company and has been working since 1924.
At 120 Fifth Avenue, there is Fifth Avenue Place which is hugely popular for its tasty food, large food court eateries and Café Amante Restaurant. The food court is quite tempting and offers everything from freshly made stomboli to hot cappuccinos. Within the food court there is a salad bar, burger joint and some other options. The Café Amante offers lunch menu with good mix of pastas and other specialties and it is not too pricy generally. Apart from them, there are some gift and souvenir shops nearby.
In some other options, there are 7- Eleven, Belgian Beer Café, Bouchon Bakery, Brooklyn Bagel Café, Bryant Park Grill, Burger King, Brasserie Ruhlmann, Café Feastro, Chipotle, Caprese Café, City Market Café, Cipriani, Dong Chun Hong, Jamba Juice, Lulu & Me, Morrell Wine Bar, Maui Tacos, Oxford Café, Panera Bread and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
The Apple Store
The Apple Store is located at 767 Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th streets. This iconic retail store of Apple is quite a popular destination for techies and buyers. This store sells Macintosh personal computers, ipods, ipads and iphones and some third party accessories. There is also Genius bar inside the store for technical support and repairs and you can go in there an visit the workshop.
The Apple Store keeps organizing events and workshops for public daily. You can also take reserve your spot and learn about the foundation of iPhone, iPad and iPod and its OS. You can also learn about all the features inside the iPhone and if you are lucky you can win an iPhone too from the store.
At 350 Fifth Avenue, stands a 102 story building which is not just a New York landmark but an American Icon, Empire State Building. You can take a trip to 86th floor and enjoy the amazing views of city. There is the New York Public Library at 455 Fifth Avenue which is known for its majestic columns, extensive research and regal lion statues. You can also pay a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 14E, Fao Schwarz at 767 or The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000.
Fifth Avenue offers everything from upscale boutiques to some iconic landmarks and has been continually ranked as most expensive shopping district in the world.