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Midtown’s 5th Avenue, just blocks from Hotel 48LEX, is synonymous with luxury shopping. But no visitor should feel constrained to just this one street for their shopping pleasure. The locals know that there’s just as much fun — and probably even more surprises — to be found in downtown Manhattan. With our Like a New Yorker package you’ll be able to navigate the downtown scene like a pro. From a next-century mall to one-of-a-kind boutiques inside repurposed artists’ lofts, here’s a few additional things not to miss in the area’s hottest neighborhoods.
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–Smythson: This high-end British leather goods store brings a touch of old-world tradition to this new-age mall. Since 1887, Smythson has made the best of everything, and they’ve made it with leather. From handbags to board games to iPhone cases, this store has a holiday gift for everyone — or an anytime gift for yourself.
–Leather Spa: Sure, Westfield has brand new, top-quality leather goods on offer, but sometimes the best gift isn’t the latest. Before you pass on a family heirloom, make sure it’s a gift — not a burden — to its newest owner. The Leather Spa treats your most treasured leather goods just as well as your favorite doggy spa treats your pooch. They repair, tailor, customize and clean a whole range of leather goods, with a specialty in footwear.
–Beer Table: With all this shopping, you’ll need to do some serious relaxing once you get home. Make your last stop at Westfield this unique beer and snack store, where you can stock up on everything you need for a well-earned night in. Pick up a growler of locally-brewed beer, or choose from other 100 bottled beers on constant rotation.
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–American Two Shot: There are two things that define downtown NYC: shopping and coffee. After all, you can’t make it through the first without the second. American Two Shot brings you everything you need all in one. The espresso bar out front makes a killer latte, and the industrial-chic men’s and women’s clothes will leave you dressing like a New Yorker in no time. With all these hard-to-find, high-end indie labels housed under one roof, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the world’s premiere shopping district.
–HousingWorks Bookstore and Cafe: While everyone knows about the trendsetting boutiques in SoHo, this neighborhood has a lot more to it. What makes it great is the true variety on offer. Enter HousingWorks, a famous NYC charity with stores spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. With an all-volunteer staff and highly curated second-hand inventory, HousingWorks uses its profits to do some of the best community charity work in the city. With a huge range of books and furniture — and a cafe to boot — HousingWorks is a premium shopping experience that does good too.
–Pegu Club: Of course, a day of Soho indulgence wouldn’t be complete with a world-class cocktail. In an age where mixology is a field of serious critical study, Pegu Club is renowned among cocktail professionals and sippers alike. Its palm trees and Asian accents will transport you out of New York, but its delicious and inventive drinks will remind you why you came to visit the city with the greatest bar scene in the world.
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–Hanro of Switzerland: All you need to experience the magic of the Meatpacking District is that first “No way!” moment, when you discover world-class fashion hidden away in some nondescript municipal garage. This flagship store for the European loungewear brand will leave you pleasantly surprised with the quality and comfort to be found in any corner of NYC. Signature items include women’s jumpsuits and men’s pants made of both silk and cashmere.
–In Support Of: This one-of-a-kind boutique is treasured by shoppers, designers, and charities alike. As a showroom and incubator for up-and-coming fashion labels, it provides space for under-the-radar brands to get known and for savvy shoppers to be the first to wear them. And on top of all that, a portion of its proceeds go to a different charity each season, meaning this world-class boutique is a local hero too.
–Scarpetta: The West Village used to house the Italians who came to work in the Meatpacking District, and this knockout restaurant keeps the neighborhood’s Italian roots front-and-center. But this is no neighborhood trattoria. While they have a range of homemade pastas and locally-sourced vegetarian dishes, the classic that keeps the locals coming back is the exquisite take on the old classic: spaghetti with tomatoes and basil.