Upper East Side Shopping
Upper East Side Shopping in New York is perhaps a little less obvious than browsing the stores along Fifth Avenue. However, you should certainly check out this neighbourhood! The Upper East Side is the part of Manhattan between 59th and 96th Street, on the east side of Central Park covering around 3 miles. One of New York’s poshest neighbourhoods; right across from Central Park, on Fifth Avenue, you can marvel at the brownstone houses and luxury shopping brands.
Shops and museums
The part of Fifth Avenue that’s next to Central Park is also called the ‘Museum Mile’ because of the many museums located here such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum. You can very easily combine a visit to one of these museums with shopping in the Upper East Side. Even a peaceful morning in Central Park could be complemented by an afternoon of Upper East side shopping as there is something for everyone here.
Same brands, fewer crowds
Unlike the famous Fifth Avenue shopping area (the part just below the Upper East Side), this is a quiet neighbourhood, visited less by tourists, even though it has the same shops. Here too you’ll find brands such as Zara and Sephora. These are mostly located on Lexington Avenue, around 62nd Street and below. You can find the well-known department store Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street between 3rd and Lexington.
Those with a little more to spend or those who just want to enjoy the luxurious feeling of the neighbourhood should head to Madison Avenue. Here you’ll find the most expensive designers in beautiful buildings and with breathtaking store windows. Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana. Each and everyone is a feast for the eyes.
Roosevelt Island Tramway
Taking the Roosevelt Island Tramway from the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island is a great way to enjoy the Manhattan skyline. You can find it on 2nd Avenue around 60th Street, it leaves every 15 minutes. On Roosevelt Island, you can visit the Four Freedoms Park, dedicated to President Roosevelt and his famous Four Freedoms Speech of 1941. (Open every day from 09:00 until 17:00, closed on Tuesdays).
For a bite and a break
To take a break from shopping you can stop at Ralph’s Coffee on Madison Avenue. At this pretty little coffee shop inside the Ralph Lauren store, you can sit down for a drink and a sweet treat. Another great place for a freshly baked sweet bite is the cupcake shop Sprinkles on Lexington and 61st Street. For one of my favourite New York bagels, head to Pick A Bagel on Lexington Avenue and 77th Street. Pick your bagel and choose one of the dozens of toppings.
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