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Iconic, can't-miss NYC shopping spots

Macy's, Herald Square. (Getty)

Macy's, Herald Square. (Getty) Photo Credit: Macy's, Herald Square. (Getty)

New York is known for its culture, energy and pace, but there's one more thing that makes this city tick - its incomparable retail landscape. No trip to the Big Apple is complete without a visit to these classic NYC stores.

Macy's
51 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400
Quite possibly the most famous store in the world, the Herald Square flagship of Macy's features 10 floors of everything you could ever need, from boots to blenders. Recently, the store has embraced the idea of "high-low" fashion, collaborating with Karl Lagerfeld, Giambattista Valli and Rachel Roy to offer fashion-forward clothing at moderate price points.

Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave., 212-247-1100
For serious fashion fanatics, no trip to NYC is complete without a stop at Barneys, where you'll find a well-curated selection of luxury designer goods. Credited with putting young, hip designers on the map - hello, Proenza Schouler! - the store stocks a younger, edgier selection than its fellow department stores. Not in the market for an Alexander Wang bag or Dries van Noten coat? Duck into Fred's and treat yourself to the ultimate upscale in-store dining experience. Also, don't miss Gaga's Workshop - a whole floor dedicated to Lady Gaga-themed kitsch , which will be around until Jan. 2.

F.A.O. Schwarz
767 Fifth Ave., 212-644-9400
What more can possibly be said about this famed Manhattan store - the oldest operating toy retailer in North America - which features floor upon floor upon floor of toys? Located along the posh Fifth Avenue, this is a stop you should definitely make before checking out other nearby landmarks such as the Plaza Hotel, Central Park and scores of designer boutiques and high-end department stores.

Strand Books
828 Broadway, 212-473-1452
It's easy for bookworms to get lost in this massive store, which carries everything from new and used to rare and out-of-print books. Plus you never know what you'll find at the $1 carts outside.

Century 21
22 Cortlandt St.,212-227-9427
Get ready to fight crowds at this store, where you'll snag discounted clothes, shoes and housewares. If you're serious about shopping, don't miss the third floor, which is where the "better" stuff lives - think D&G, Marc Jacobs and Helmut Lang.

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Ave., 800-558-1855
This midtown mainstay embodies what department-store shopping is all about. It features eight floors of luxurious designer apparel, including several in-store boutiques. On the fifth floor, stylish young things flock to racks filled with Theory, Marc Jacobs and other hip designers, while the newly appointed second-floor shoe salon is a mecca for footwear fanatics. The ninth floor serves as a home away from home for well-coiffed ladies of the UES, also known as the John Barrett Salon.

Apple Store
Fifth Avenue 767 Fifth Ave., 212-336-1440
Apple's New York flagship technically isn't different from any other Apple store, but the glass-cube façade is a sight to see. It recently underwent a $6.6M renovation that Steve Jobs himself was reportedly involved in. The cube serves as a staple of Apple's design and architectural ingenuity.

J&R
23 Park Row,  212-238-9000
J&R has been providing electronics lovers with all things gadget and gimzo for more than 40 years. You'll find everything from TVs to cameras, from Sony to Samsung.

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