5th Avenue

Your wallet might protest after a visit to this expensive New York street, but you’ll have a grand time exploring the flagship stores and embracing your inner shopaholic.

From “most expensive street in the world” to “Millionaire’s Row,” 5th Avenue has earned its fair share of nicknames throughout the decades. The street cuts right through Midtown Manhattan and is famed for its elegant buildings, historic landmarks, and upscale department stores. Whether you’re a thrifty saver who just wants to window shop or an obsessive shopping guru who needs some retail therapy, 5th Avenue is ready and waiting for you.

Shop ’til you drop on the stretch between 39th and 60th streets. Here, some of 5th Avenue’s most impressive stores compete for your spending money. Indulge your love of luxury at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, or bring the whole family to mega outlets like the Disney Store or iconic toy store FAO Schwarz.

If the price tags all become a bit too much, keep walking further up 5th Avenue towards 82nd Street. This starts the section known as the “Museum Mile” (which is actually slightly longer than a mile, but we’ll roll with it). Nine of New York’s top museums can be found along this route. Let yourself be enticed by the beautiful red brick of the Museum of the City of New York. Inside, photographs, paintings, and artifacts tell the story of New York’s rich history.

The prestige of 5th Avenue’s buildings make it a stunning place to hold a parade, and that’s just what the city does, often. Check ahead of time if you travel over a holiday weekend, as you may just find yourself in a sea of floats and marching bands.

For those who prefer history to style, and culture to couture, check out 5th Avenue’s designated landmarks. Admire the modern aesthetic and sleek glass windows of the Manufacturers Trust Company Building or marvel at the bronze balconies and Renaissance style of the Gorham Building.

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