Shopping on Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue starts north of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and runs all the way to 143rd Street in Harlem. The most well known stretch of Fifth Avenue is between 49th and 60th Street, one of the most expensive places to shop in the world! Most Hop on Hop off bus tours offer a stop of Fifth Avenue, so you can combine shopping with sightseeing.
Luxurious stores in New York
A lot of prestigious and high-end stores can be found between 49th and 60th Street on Fifth Avenue. Since 1906 this has been the place where the wealthy New Yorkers shop, and it’s here where you’ll find big brands and chic boutiques. The street has also been featured in films like ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and in shows such as ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Sex and the City’! Some of the luxurious stores that can be found on Fifth Avenue include: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Rolex, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Armani, Fendi, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Cartier and Jimmy Choo.
Don’t have expensive taste? These shops are recommended: Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Paul Smith and American Girl Place.
Here are the addresses of the most famous stores:
Saks Fifth Avenue – Flagship store
The department store is known for its superior assortment of American and international designer collections. The flagship store of the luxurious department store opened on Fifth Avenue in 1924.
Address: 611 Fifth Avenue
Tiffany & Co. – Flagship store
Every woman knows the blue boxes containing the engagement rings! Tiffany’s & Co New York has been the go-to jeweller for many couples since 1837.
Address: 57th Street & Fifth Avenue
The department store has a whopping eight floors that exude fashion. You’ll find a wide range of brands here such as Chanel, Prada, Chloé and Marc Jacobs. There is also a restaurant and a café located in the department store.
Address: 754 Fifth Avenue
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman are often spotted on the red carpet with jewellery from Harry Winston. That’s why this store is also called the jeweller of the stars!
Address: 718 Fifth Avenue
Other Buildings on Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue is more than just stores, there are a number of famous buildings dotted along the avenue such as: the Flatiron Building, Empire State Building, New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trump Tower.
The section on the west side of Central Park between 82nd Street and 105th Street is also known as the Museum Mile. A number of museums located next to each other can be found here, like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (88th Street). Every June there is the Museum Mile Festival takes place to promote the museums and increase visitor numbers. During the Museum Mile Festival entrance to the ten museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is free.
Fifth Avenue is traditionally used for the festive parades that take place in New York City such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.