Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/29/2014
FAO Schwarz photo courtesy Toys"R"Us • Photo courtesy H&M
One of the most luxurious stretches of retail in the country, Fifth Avenue is the main artery of New York City's shopping scene, having welcomed a steady stream of fashion mavens for over 100 years. From catwalk copycats to bargain hunters, buyers flock to this section of Midtown (between 49th and 60th streets) to shop for it all. And with mass brands like Juicy Couture and Abercrombie & Fitch, upscale department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and multinational retailers like H&M, Zara and Uniqlo, the thoroughfare quite literally offers something for everyone. The shops there sell more than just apparel: Fifth Avenue is also home to the oldest toy store in the nation, FAO Schwarz, the 24-hour flagship Apple Store and the City's first jeweler, Tiffany & Co.
Most of these high-end designer outposts feature ornamental window displays—tableaux that in their own right have become draws for visitors. And on any given day, the City's most fashionable street resembles a couture runway; it takes a certain bravura to walk from store to store, and you'll be hard-pressed to avoid strutting in a similar fashion. For more information about some of our favorite Fifth Avenue shopping spots, read on.