Bloomingdales, New York City
Bloomingdales is a huge shopping complex for a department store, located a few blocks away from the busiest hustle-bustle of New York's main shopping streets. It is worth the detour, as it conveniently enough collects a lot of interesting brands and items under a single roof.
All normal areas of life are covered, from infant clothing and toys to suits and dresses that can be worn in funerals. I've personally liked their luggage department, and have bought a lot of suitcases to carry everything that I've bought with me.
If you are a foreigner, consider popping over to their visitor services desk for a lot of help and hotel delivery. If you spend enough in the store, they will bribe you with a small gift -- that have generally been quite usable, especially the bags that we still use when buying groceries.
Along with Macy's, Bloomingdales is the other 'must-visit' for any shopaholic in Manhattan. I probably didn't spend as long here as I did in Macy's but I think that was just down to personal preference as a couple of girls I travelled with prefered Bloomingdales to Macy's (and seemed to have spent a fortune there!).
Also, don't forget this is where Rachel Green from Friends worked and was once described as 'her house of worship' ;-)
What to buy: I bought a nice top with 'Born to shop - Bloomies' written on it among other things. The famous big/medium/little brown bags are also very popular here.
What to pay: Prices vary at Bloomingdales, depending on what you want to buy.
Occupying an entire square block, Manhattan's fashionable East Side department store has been offering the world's finest in fashion and home furnishings since 1927.
What to buy: Bloomingdales is known for serving up the latest trends without breaking the bank. Their Y.E.S. department has such great names as Seven jeans, BCBG and Laundry. Their INC line is a great way to get the latest trends that are a good value. The cosmetics lines also are the latest including Smash Box, Bobby Brown and MAC.
The store also have great merchandise with the Bloomie's logo including tote bags and underwear.
What to pay: Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 8:30pm Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Bloomingdales is a welll known NYC store, whose fame does not live up to what it actually is. It's just one of many large stores in the city. Pricier than Macy's and not as chic as Saks, I found it a bit fo a trap.
The uptown Bloomingdale's is that real New York department store experience that you will really enjoy if you take the time to get here. Everything they sell is good quality and in current styles. The styles you will find for dresses here just is so much better than going to macy's.
What to buy: This is the perfect store to go to if you're in search of that special dress for a friends wedding or that date that you have coming up
What to pay: $100-$1000
Check with your hotel/hostel for leaflets or even in stores own visitor centers as some of the big names offer money off your purchases and free gifts. We got free bags at Bloomingdales and Macy's - free keyring at Bloomingdales, free dog tag from Nike Town, a diary at Manhatten Mail - plus we got 15% off at Macy's and 11% off at Bloomingdales which all helped with that New York Tax.
What to buy: Bloomigdales so a great Plastic and Leather 'Little Brown Bag' for $18 a great gift.
Also in Bloomingdales ask for extra of their famous Brown Bags as these are great for putting gifts in once you have returned home.
Diesel is cheaper in the US than in the UK and Abercrombie and Fitch too (which UK'er can only buy on the net with huge shipping costs) apart from that most things are the same or dearer than in the UK.
Remember China Town as this is soooo much like Hong Kong I felt I was back in the East and not the West for a bit. You can buy copy watches, great designer fake bags and DVD's dearer than in Hong Kong but only buy a few quid - I got a great 'Gucci' for $17 about £11 and here there was no added on tax.
What to pay: LOADS - I had a budget of $60 a day and I found it very hard - as a student trying to see the world New York was an expensive place.
A serious shopper could easily blow a years wages.
I just entered there to see the place where Rachel used to work before Ralph Lauren.
Well, not too bad, only clothes on so many floors, shop attendants everywhere, they even have assistant buyers, people who guide you in the displays to help you to chose your clothes (What Rachel was doing). But you must be ready to spend thousandS of dollars for that.
it was funny, we purchased a medium brown bad in plastic and it was wrapped in a big brown bag in paper.
What to buy: The only I bought was a Medium Brown Bag. 20$, cheapest item of the store.
What to pay: 20$
You cannot go to New York and not visit this famous Department Store. They sell everything.
What to buy: Buy anything to make sure you get one of their famous Brown Bags.
Go for a visit to the most famous departments stores, like: Sack´s Fifth Avenue (the most elegant), Macy´s (the bigger) and Bloomingale´s.
What to buy: You can buy all of you want.-