Shopping Tour in New York City, New York (Self Guided)

New York is considered to be a shopper's paradise. It features some of the best shopping centers in the world. Each of these places, like Manhattan Mall, Brook Shopping Center or Rockefeller Center offers a unique style with one-of-a-kind shops. Take this tour to explore the most famous shopping centers in New York City.
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Guide Name: Shopping Tour in New York City
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: doris
Shops at Columbus Circle

1) Shops at Columbus Circle

The Shops at Columbus Circle, a retail complex at Time Warner Center, is New York’s premier shopping, dining and nightlife destination. The shops are part of the glass-walled atrium that sets the center apart, featuring the largest glass wall of its kind in the world. The Columbus Circle features six upscale restaurants and 40 high-end retailers, offering names like Armani, Hugo Boss, Cache, Coach, Cole Haan, Davidoff of Geneva, Dean & Deluca and so much more.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
A La Vieille Russie

2) A La Vieille Russie

Established in 1851 in Kiev, and now in New York on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, just opposite Central Park, Upper East Side Manhattan is an art and antique dealers specializing in American and European antique jewelry, Russian antiques and art, including Faberge, and European works of art, including gold snuff boxes and objets de vertu. A La Vieille Russie have been at its present location since 1961.

A La Vieille Russie, a family enterprise since its founding in Kiev in 1851, left the turmoil of the Revolution and was re-established in Paris around 1920 by Jacques Zolotnitsky, the grandson of the founder. The New York branch was opened in 1941 by the late Alexander Schaffer.

Still a multigenerational family business, under the direction of brothers, Messrs. Paul and Peter L. Schaffer, and Paul’s son, Dr. Mark Schaffer, A La Vieille Russie is known for its collection of Russian treasures. Goldsmith and jeweler Carl Fabergé was a client, and A La Vieille Russie is recognized today as international expert on his works.

A La Vieille Russie maintains a strong exhibition schedule, both as exhibitors and lenders. For example, it exhibits annually at TEFAF Maastricht in the Netherlands, New York’s Winter Antiques Show, Masterpiece London, and the New York International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. A La Vieille Russie is also member of the the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America and the Art and Antique Dealers League of America.

Operation Hours Oct - May: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm; Jun - Sept: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 5 pm. Store hours might vary, please give a call to confirm.
Rockefeller Center

3) Rockefeller Center (must see)

This large complex of commercial buildings lies between 5th and 7th Avenues in New York City. It is often described as a city within a city because of its unique design. All the buildings have a common plan and are connected by an underground concourse called The Catacombs.

D. Rockefeller Jr. leased the site to build a new structure for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Architect Benjamin Wistar Morris designed the complex to include a large opera house, landscaped gardens, office space shops and terraces connected by bridges and walkways. After the Great Depression, the Metropolitan Opera abandoned its plans for relocation and Rockefeller changed the design of the structure making it suitable for housing radio and television corporations. It was the first high rise commercial complex to be completed during the Great Depression. The first building to be completed was the headquarters of the Radio Corporation of America, RCA. It has an observation deck with spectacular views of Central Park and Empire State Building. The style was similar to that of a ship with deck chairs and ventilation pipes shaped like chimneys. It was completely remodeled in 2005 and reopened as a new art deco style deck called the Top of the Rock. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony held every year since 1933 marks the beginning of the festival season in New York.

Guided tours take visitors around the complex and through the many art deco interiors, frescoes and sculpture that adorn its interiors and exterior.

Why You Should Visit:
This place is full of energy with laser lights and has the biggest Xmas tree in NYC during the holidays. There's also a wonderful food court inside with a great selection of various foods.
The view from Top of the Rock is great with 360-degree vistas. Nice views of Central Park and many famous buildings, too.

If you're going up to the Top of the Rock, book your ticket online to avoid the lines.
Alternately, you can save the price of the observation deck and grab a cocktail at the Top of the Rock (it's on the 65th floor and has spectacular city views).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-12am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Manhattan Mall

4) Manhattan Mall

The Manhattan Mall is located at Herald Square. It features a spectacular 14-story atrium, glass elevators, a large selection of exciting merchandise - all for your comfort and convenience. It offers dozens upon dozens of stores, as well as galleries and restaurants. Tourists and locals alike have made Manhattan Mall a popular destination.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 9.30 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 8.30 pm;
West 25th Street Market

5) West 25th Street Market

One of the three fleas organized by the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, the West 25th Street Flea is today's remnant of Chelsea’s golden age of outdoor fleas. Open on weekend in the parking lot behind the Cathedral of St. Sava, between Broadway and 6th Avenue, this flea features up to 125 vendors selling antiques (or just old things), collectibles, vintage clothing, furniture and other types of vintage and assorted mid-century modern items, like African wooden carvings and Asian enamel dishes. The flea is a low-price, but the bargain is always welcome. Right across is the Showplace Antique and Design Center.

Operation Hours Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Showplace Antique + Design Center

6) Showplace Antique + Design Center

Located in Chelsea, just across one weekend flea, Showplace Antique Center is NYC’s premier destination for antiques, decorative & fine art. There are over 250 galleries located on 4 spacious floors featuring Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid-century Modern, bronze, silver, jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, ceramics, art glass, antiquities, vintage posters, period furniture and lighting. The 3rd floor – Showplace on 3 – features designer room settings and over 50 showcases filled with an eclectic range of decorative items, jewelry and collectibles, representing the best of 17th- through 20th-century design in a diverse range of styles. This 10,000 square foot space hosts over 80 dealers.

The center has also silversmith service available on weekends, and an Espresso Bar & Café, opened 7 days a week.

Showplace Antique Center also organizes monthly online auctions.

Operation Hours Monday to Friday: 10 am - 6 pm (upper and lower levels); Saturday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (all levels); also by appointment
The Antiques Garage Flea Market

7) The Antiques Garage Flea Market

Located on two-floors of an indoor parking lot in Chelsea, the Garage Antique Flea Market is a place where more than 100 antiques vendors sell wares every weekend, for nearly 15 years. The Garage Antique Flea Market is one of the three flea markets organized by the Hell's Kitchen Flea.

This dark garage flea attracts visitors since 1994, selling an eclectic array of decorative items hailing from all eras (Victorian, Deco, 1950s, 60s, 70s, etc...), antique paintings, prints, 19th and 20th century jewelry, handbags, furniture, fabrics, rugs, silver galore, memorabilia and more.

Operation Hours Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to close

Walking Tours in New York, New York

Create Your Own Walk in New York

Create Your Own Walk in New York

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Religious Buildings Walking Tour, New York

Religious Buildings Walking Tour, New York

New York is often defined by the word skyscraper. But this city also offers a beautiful collection of religious buildings. Each of these buildings feature spectacular architecture and design. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous religious buildings in New York.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Downtown NYC Nightlife

Downtown NYC Nightlife

No matter what nightlife style you have, New York City has them all. Nightlife in this city is much more a state of mind than anything else, and there are bars and restaurants open at any hour of the day. Here you can find swanky lounges, high octane dance clubs, sophisticated piano bars, old-fashioned Irish pubs and much more. Take this walking tour to experience the amazing New York's Lower...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
New York's Top Museums Walking Tour

New York's Top Museums Walking Tour

New York is an amazing city, that offers something for everyone. It is home to top-notch museums of art, architecture, photography, natural history, television, radio and technology. Take this tour to explore the most visited museums in New York City.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave New York without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to New York, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
New York's Central Park Walking Tour

New York's Central Park Walking Tour

It is the first public park built in America, and the most famous park in the world today. Enjoy a great relaxing time, surrounded by natural beauty, gazing upon numerous man-made wonders - fountains, monuments, sculptures, bridges and arches. Central Park offers over 50 delightful attractions. Take this walking tour to explore the beauties of the Central Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

Lower (aka Downtown) Manhattan is a cluster of attractions. Following the September 11 attacks and ensued reconstruction of the area, the skyline of Lower Manhattan has been transformed and dominated by the newly-built One World Trade Center. The site of the former World Trade Center now holds The 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Lower Manhattan contains many other historic buildings, such as the old...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in New York for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best New York has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting New York's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the New York CityPASS, New York Pass, NY Sightseeing Pass, or New York City Explorer Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple NYC's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of New York hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: JW Marriott Essex House New York, Moderne Hotel, The Manhattan Club.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as New York, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of New York typically costs somewhere between US$30 and US$125 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of New York City in comfort listening in the headsets to prerecorded commentary in a variety of foreign languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one, two, three, four or five days and can be upgraded to include a night tour as well.

- Hop a ferry from Manhattan to visit two of New York's most iconic sights - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This 4-hour journey is an absolute must for those in the city for the first time as it allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of millions of migrants who reached this way the U.S shore up until the mid 1950s in pursuit of the American dream.

- Take the Wall Street tour created by a former investment banker and walk behind the scenes of something as quintessentially American as NYC financial district to see where billions of dollars change hands every day, making America what it is.

- Explore the home base of two of New York City’s most colorful ethnic communities that gave this fascinating metropolis much of its flavor. Embark on a guided tour of Little Italy and Chinatown to explore the popular restaurants and shops, discover the hidden gems and learn the stories surrounding these and other locations retold by an expert local guide.

- Spare a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon to pedal your way through the beautiful Central Park in NYC on a fun and educational bike tour to observe the park's most famous attractions, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the landmarks en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Take a big bite out of the Big Apple on a half-day food tour of Brooklyn, the newly-emerged culinary center of New York and the national food epicenter. Come and see where the dining trends of today's America are born out of the old ethnic traditions and dispersed further afield. Quench your appetite for a diverse and cutting edge food scene while touring one of New York City's coolest and tastiest boroughs.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in New York City, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Lancaster County, or Hamptons on Long Island. For as little as circa US$170 to US$530 per person you will get a chance to discover the beauty and the awesome might of the roaring waterfall, take a daring boat ride behind its curtain, or drive through the beautiful countryside to the home of the Amish people known for their plain living and resistance to modern technologies, or enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of a big city in a quaint 300-year-old seaside village, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in New York City and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or even boat, whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.