Get your wallets ready! For many tourists visiting the USA, shopping is on top of the agenda.
Spending sprees in a new country can be a bit daunting, however, with good currency exchange rates and a diverse range of clothing, unique souvenirs, designer cosmetics and shoes available, you can’t afford to take a look. In fact, you might want to pay for extra flight luggage - an extra suitcase will be handy for all of those ‘finds’ you simply don’t have at home.
As with all countries, not all cities in the States are equal in terms of purchasing. Our American Shopping Holiday Guide aims to give you a flavour of what’s on offer, with some hints and tips on where to find it.
New York’s design-driven shopping scene, for example, is the place where you’ll find everything from gigantic department stores to designer brands and exclusive Fifth Avenue boutiques. California’s laid-back sunny atmosphere is conducive for unusual souvenir and handicraft hunting; whereas the corporate-career environment of Washington DC sets the scene for finding ultra-upscale accessories.
So, next time you’re city sightseeing, make sure you build in some time to peruse and browse the Malls and famous ultra-brand boutiques, as well as the fantastic markets.
Makeup shopping Las Vegas
With Las Vegas known for its showmanship, casinos, nightlife and fun, it goes without saying that it is one of the best places for cosmetics shopping and there are shops for all tastes and budget. In the city, there are over 20 Malls and outlets to explore, with a strong emphasis on luxury. From Sephora to Mac, Ultra Beauty and Macy’s you’ll find lipsticks, moisturisers, perfume galore. For good prices, the outlets may be more favourable, so we recommend hiring a car to get around the more ‘out of town’ venues.
Dress shopping New York
Next on our list in our American Shopping Holiday Guide, just has to be dress shopping New York. It certainly is one of the country’s most vibrant shopping scenes and the ideal place for either something a bit special; a well -known brand; or a one-off eclectic piece. For discount department stores head to South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan and grab yourself a bargain at Century 21. For high-end, upmarket fashion we recommend heading to Madison Avenue to Barney’s with their top designer and own label dresses. Trendsetters looking for a hipster haunt, are best placed heading to the Lower East Side, where you are sure to stumble upon artistic mini boutiques with an edge of quirky and retro such as Reformation. Finally, for the quintessential commercial shopper, you can’t miss Broadway, where you’ll find brands such as Prada, Desigual and Karen Millen as well the high-end vintage shop of What Comes Around Goes Around.
If you need more help with finding that perfect New York dress, check out our Manhattan and Brooklyn Shopping Guide.
Fashion accessories in Washington DC
Whether you are looking for a silk scarf for a particular outfit, a beautiful tie to offset that shirt, or some custom jewellery to perk up an old favourite top, you’ll find some fabulously fresh ideas and fashion accessories in Washington DC. For indie inspiration, there are loads of individual boutique shops highlighted in our American Shopping Holiday Guide. We recommend you head along to 14th Street for one-off pieces from local DC designers. Georgetown is fantastic for sifting through top brands, as is the two major malls, CityCenterDC and Tysons Corner Centre.
Shoe shopping Philadelphia (tax-free)
Shoe lovers will be in absolute heaven in Philadelphia. Why? Well thanks to the State’s law, all shoes and clothing are tax-free. Did we say ‘shoe shopping Philadelphia (tax-free)? Yes, you weren’t mistaken! Quick grab your bags, this is the perfect place to spend the day perusing the aisles. Dotted around all over the city, you’ll find shoe boutiques, shoe departments and vintage shoe vendors in abundance. Not only that, because of its apparel tax-free status, Philly attracts all the up and coming designers as the place to showcase their collections, so you’re more like to find a pair of heels or boots that have never been seen before. Forget a basket you’ll need a trolley!
Cheap clothing stores in Orlando Florida
It might come as a surprise, but not only is Orlando known for its Disney parks, it’s also renowned for its discounted outlet shopping. So, we simply had to afford this fact a mention in our American Shopping Holiday Guide. For the best bargains and cheap clothing stores in Orlando Florida, head to some of the biggest outlet malls in the USA. At the Orlando Premium Outlets, International Drive you’ll discover factory stores for New Balance, Lucky Brand Jeans and Burberry. At Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores you’ll get great deals for Converse, Gap, Guess and Old Navy. From suits to jumpers, jeans to dresses and much more, all at a fraction of the cost, although the outlets are a drive out of town, they are definitely worth the visit. A little tip: visit on a weekday rather than a weekend to get some of the best deals and avoid the crowds.
Shopping for California souvenirs
What says ‘California’ to you? Is it the land of hippies, the destination for beaches, or the home of great food and drink? Whether its sunglasses from Venice Beach; Anchor Steam Beer branded gifts from San Francisco; part-popped popcorn; gorgeous California wine; amazing garlic from Gilroy; or the more traditional California T-shirt, baseball cap or keychain, shopping for California souvenirs is easy in the golden state. There are also only some particular things you can only get here – like a mini Redwood tree grow kit or a Cactus Cooler soda (invented by fictional Fred Flintstone), and faux Hollywood Oscar statuettes… Plus the state’s closeness to the Mexican border means that there’s some hot and spicy stuff to get your teeth into too. Discerning souvenir hunters will also love some of the eclectic oddities that can be found by digging around the handicraft markets and vintage curiosity stores, such as artwork, jewellery, soaps and trinkets.