The West Village is home to lovely boutiques and other stores selling unique things with charm. High-end shoppers stick to top-label emporiums along Bleecker St between Bank and W 10th Sts.

Chelsea offers antiques, art, discount fashion, chain stores and kitsch, along with the occasional bookstore and thrift shop. A highlight is the Chelsea Market, a huge concourse packed with top-shelf food, wine, fashion and home goods.

The Meatpacking District is all about that sleek, high-ceilinged industrial-chic vibe, selling the work of cutting-edge designers in expansive boutiques that cater to the serious shopper.