Shopping doesn't have to be a chore and it doesn't necessitate forced pleasantries with anxious salesmen. The best places to shop are the places that are densely stocked with goods that sell themselves. Some of these spots are stores or neighborhoods full of stores and some of them are acres covered in haphazardly constructed stalls. The only thing that all of the world's best shopping destinations have in common is stuff that you'd want to buy.
Elizabeth Street, New York
Why to Go: Soho and Nolita may be the best shopping neighborhoods in New York City – and, by extension, America – but Elizabeth Street still manages to stand out by offering great goods and a pleasant atmosphere. The street, which runs from the rag + bone store at the corner of Houston south into Chinatown is full of restaurants, great domestic labels, and good-looking people. Shoppers who start at the northern end can stop into Alex Mill for collared shirts, Steven Alan for basics, Wolverine for boots, Schott for leather jackets, Unis for shorts, Holland + Sherry Bespoke for sweaters, New York Shaving Company for shaving soaps, and any number of wine bars for a drink.
What to Buy: The embarrassment of riches makes it hard to walk away without going into debt. The best bet? Splurge on a jacket or sweater, and save some money by having dumplings in Chinatown afterward.
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