Shopping in Americas

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Dallas

    Highland Park Village

    For an eye-rolling, gasp-inducing and credit-card-maxing experience, head to the Highland Park Village shopping center in upper-crust Highland Park, Dallas ' answer to Nob Hill. Half squint, and you could almost imagine you were walking round a Spanish mission from a Sergio Leone western, until the Fendi and Gucci signs come into focus. According to locals, this is the oldest suburban shopping center in the world, and it's certainly long-lived – the mall opened in 1931, and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Dallas' original shopping hub The idea for this mock Wild West mall came from Dallas bigwigs, Hugh Prather Sr and Edgar Flippen, who helped transform Highland Park from a dusty backwater into one of the city's swankiest neighborhoods. The Spanish mission theme was selected primarily to create a European-style village square – its founders would have approved of the showy international brands who have taken up residence in modern times. If Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Carolina Herrera are among your intimate acquaintances, you’ll feel right at home here. If not, it’s still worth dragging yourself away from the Dallas sights for a nose around the ritzy stores to see Texas money in action (or just to see who wins when an Escalade and a Jaguar face off for a prime parking spot). Our pick for the most appropriate Highland Park brand is French jewelers, Van Cleef & Arpels, paying accidental homage to western movie baddie Lee van Cleef. The money, of course, flows from oil, and Highland Park was a regular shooting location for the TV show Dallas, the ultimate celebration of Texan oil prosperity. Fittingly, the mall abuts the golf course of the Dallas Country Club, the first country club to open in Texas. Prosperity, alas, does not always guarantee good taste; the mall's charming Village Theater – a gem from 1935 – was stripped of its art deco interior in 1987, but the tower-topped frontage was thankfully preserved for posterity. Practicalities The mall has lots of parking and there are plenty of places to eat while you browse the brands: take your pick from sushi, lobster rolls, tacos, upmarket Italian food, and several cafes and juice bars for fashionistas who lunch.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Downtown & the Gulch

    Hatch Show Print

    One of the oldest letterpress print shops in the USA, Hatch has been using old-school, hand-cut blocks to print its bright, iconic posters since vaudeville. The company has produced graphic ads and posters for almost every country star and now has a permanent place inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • Shopping in Midtown

    Bergdorf Goodman

    Not merely loved for its Christmas windows (the city's best), plush BG, at this location since 1928, leads the fashion race, led by its industry-leading fashion director Linda Fargo. A mainstay of ladies who lunch, its draws include exclusive collections and a coveted women's-shoe department. The men's store is across the street.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in SoHo & Chinatown

    Glossier Flagship

    Initially an online beauty retailer, Glossier (franco-phonetically pronounced glo -see-eh) now beckons fans to its brick-and-mortar flagship, where the queue regularly runs beyond the Lafayette St storefront. Once inside, ascend red quartz stairs to the rosy, high-sheen showroom awash with Insta-worthy aesthetics like diffuse light, polished concrete, pale-pink plaster and cushy banquette seating that resembles red lips.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Uptown & Riverbend

    Yvonne La Fleur

    They don’t make them like this anymore – neither the clothes, millinery, lingerie nor Yvonne herself, a businesswoman who has outfitted generations of local ladies for weddings, debuts and race days. She makes her own floral perfumes and gorgeous hats, overflowing with silk flowers, that seem to belong to another era. Gentility, grace, style – thy name is Yvonne La Fleur.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Puerto Vallarta

    Galería Colectika

    If you only visit one art store in Vallarta, make it this one. The Huichol beadwork pieces here are mostly one of a kind, there are some fine Huichol yarn art pieces, metalwork from Chiapas and ceramics from Oaxaca and Chihuahua. Pieces come with authenticity stamps and owner Kevin and his assistants are happy to discuss the art in detail.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Philip Williams Posters

    You'll find more than 100,000 posters dating back to 1870 in this cavernous treasure trove, from oversized French advertisements for perfume and cognac to Eastern European film posters and decorative Chinese nianhua (New Year) posters. Prices range from $15 for small reproductions to thousands of dollars for rare, showpiece originals like a Cassandre. There's a second entrance at 52 Warren St.

  • Shopping in Old Québec & Port

    Galerie d'Art Inuit Brousseau

    Devoted to Inuit soapstone, serpentine and basalt carvings and sculptures from artists all over Arctic Canada, this place is gorgeously set up and elaborately lit, with well-trained staff who knowledgeably answer questions. Works range from the small to the large and intricate. Expect high quality and steep prices. International shipping is available.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Midtown

    Argosy

    Bookstores like this are becoming as rare as the books they contain, but since 1925 this six-story landmark has stocked fine antiquarian items such as books, old maps, art monographs and more. There's also an interesting booty of Hollywood, historical and literary memorabilia, from personal letters and signed books to autographed publicity stills. Prices range from costly to clearance.

  • Shopping in Midtown

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    Comprising a whopping 650,000 sq ft of retail space, Saks' 10-floor flagship store is home to the 'Shoe Salon,' NYC's biggest women's-shoe department. Other strengths include the revamped beauty floor and men's departments, the latter home to a coloring salon by Joel Warren and a sharply curated offering of fashion-forward labels. The store's January sale is legendary.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Century 21

    For penny-pinching fashionistas, this giant cut-price department store is dangerously addictive. It's physically dangerous as well, considering the elbows you might have to throw to ward off the competition beelining for the same rack. Not everything is a knockout or a bargain, but persistence pays off. You'll also find bespoke tailoring, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, homewares and toys.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

    Adobe Books & Backroom Gallery

    Wall-to-wall inspiration – just-released fiction, limited-edition art books, rare cookbooks, well-thumbed poetry – plus zine-launch parties, comedy nights and art openings. Mingle with Mission characters debating all-time-greatest pulp-fiction covers and SF history (founder Andrew is a whiz) and see SF artists at the Backroom Gallery (well worth the walk to the back of the store) before they hit Whitney Biennials.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Plaine du Cul-de-Sac

    Isidor Gallery

    In Croix-des-Bouquets, Jean Baptiste Jean Joseph's Vodou temple and art gallery-cum-museum features tapestries, pillow cases, other beaded fabrics and spiritual ceremonies. JBJJ's work is sold internationally, but his space is pure Haitian, decked out with skulls, old baby dolls, bottles of potion and the like. This is a can't-miss opportunity to meet a master at the top of his craft.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Midtown

    MoMA Museum & Design Stores

    The newly redesigned flagship store at the Museum of Modern Art is a fab spot for souvenir shopping. Besides gorgeous books (from art and architecture to culture critiques and kids' picture books), you'll find art posters and one-of-a-kind knickknacks. For furniture, homewares, jewelry, bags and artsy gifts, head to the MoMA Design Store (10am to 6:30pm daily) across the street.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Paʻia

    Indigo

    Step into this inviting boutique for a shopping trip through Central and Southwest Asia. The gorgeous handcrafted rugs, one-of-a-kind furnishings and traditional crafts were collected by the owners, Daniel Sullivan and Caramiya Davies-Reid. Sullivan also sells vibrant photographs taken during his travels, while Davies-Reid designs breezy dresses and custom bathing suits.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kalaheo

    Warehouse 3540

    A welcome boost to the island shopping scene, a world away from the big-name chains of the resorts, this converted warehouse hosts a half-dozen quirky, crafty little stores, including that of acclaimed Kaua‘i fashion designer machinemachine (www.machinemachineapparel.com); Lily Koi, for boho jewelry; and Ocean Paper, selling watercolors and stationery. High-quality food trucks outside include Fresh Shave and Kickshaws.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

    Recchiuti at theLab

    Star chocolatier Michael Recchiuti sells confections at the Ferry Building but invents them in Dogpatch – taste his latest concoctions here first. Go for dark-chocolate cocoa in winter, brownie sundaes in summer, or whatever oddity is on today's menu – recent standouts include chocolate-covered candied orange peels, burnt caramel truffles and gourmet s'mores kits (serious props on the handmade vanilla bean marshmallows).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Paʻia

    Mana Foods

    Dreadlocked, Birkenstocked or just needing to stock up – everyone rubs shoulders at Mana, a friendly health-food store, bakery and deli rolled into one. Once past the unassuming entrance, you’ll find narrow aisles bursting with organic, rare goodies and coffee galore. Plus, there's a fantastic and very busy salad bar, and hot food to go.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

    Kinokuniya Books

    Like warriors in a showdown, the manga, bookstore and stationery divisions of Kinokuniya vie for your attention. You must choose where your loyalties lie: with vampire comics downstairs, stunning Daido Moriyama photography books and Harajuku street fashion mags upstairs, or across the hall to stationery where whiskey-barrel wood Pure Malt pens and journals featuring a pensive fried egg cartoon character vie for your 'eggsistential thoughts.'

  • Shopping in Ottawa

    ByWard Market

    The best place in town for one-stop shopping. Outdoor vendors cluster around the grand maroon-brick ByWard Market Square building, which dates from 1926. Many merchants operate booths year-round, but the winter weather drastically reduces the number of businesses. In summer, over 260 stalls fill the streets, selling fresh produce from local farms, flowers, seafood, cheese, baked goods, souvenirs and more.