You're bound to want to do a little shopping during a stay in New York City. While the streets of Manhattan are full of shops and boutiques, sometimes you'll need to stray a little from the centre and head to New York's outlet shops to find the best deals 😊 In this article, I'll tell you all about New York's best Outlets!
New York City's Outlets: the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall
This is the biggest and probably the best Outlet in New York! Here, it is possible to visit a large number of brand name shops, which offer their products at the best prices – and at much lower rates than in downtown New York, such as in Manhattan for example 😉
The Woodbury Outlet Mallis an open-air mall that has all the makings of a small village and is a shopper's dream. Inside, ready-to-wear and fashion accessories abound. Discounts are often very attractive, up to 70% off. There are also many offers, sometimes with 2 products for the price of one. In all, this is a very pleasant place, and the shops do not become a battlefield even in the middle of the sales period, (unlike those in the city centre!). You will be able to do your shopping much more peacefully 🙂
What factory Outlets can be found at Woodbury Common Outlet Mall?
There are about 220 shops awaiting you in the Woodbury Common Outlet. They can be found in wooden shops lining the streets of the centre – and there is also a good variety of restaurants and cafés.
The shopping centre is home to factory outlets of major brands and boutiques of luxury and designer brands, such as:
- Banana Republic
- Calvin Klein
- Michael Kors
- Ralph Lauren
- Yves Saint Laurent…
How to get to the Woodbury Common Outlet?
These outlet shops are about an hour and a half drive from Manhattan. The easiest way to get there is to book a day trip to Woodbury Common Outlet, departing from central New York 🙂
Starting at £35 per person, the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour will not only pick you up in full for the trip to and from midtown Manhattan (in Broadway), but you'll also be given a handy digital booklet 🙂 You can refer to it during the trip to prepare a little for your visit and know where to go once you get there – and best of all, the booklet is equivalent to several discount coupons.
The Woodbury Common Outlet is open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving. It is generally open from 9am to 9pm (these times may vary during certain public holidays).
The City Pass for your shopping trips! 🎫
If you have planned to book a day of shopping at the Woodbury Common Outlet during your stay in New York City, then know that a day trip to this open-air mall is one of the activities available with the New York Go City Explorer Pass! The pass is a combination ticket which will help you save both time and money. You’ll be able to choose between 2 to 10 activities from a list of nearly 100 major attractions in New York City! Remember to book it in advance to save time once you get there 😉
The Mills at Jersey Gardens (New Jersey)
The Mills is a very large indoor shopping mall in New Jersey. Here you can find over 200 factory outlet shops of the biggest brands, as well as many more traditional shops. The mall is also home to several restaurants (including a good number of fast food restaurants) and even a large movie theatre 😃
The Mills at Jarsey Garden is a good place to find great deals if you haven't managed to find what you want during your shopping spree in Manhattan. The best deals can mainly be found during sales periods, but even outside of these periods one can still find great deals, with discounts of up to 30%+ and other promotional offers (2nd item at half price...).
What shops can be found at The Mills?
Clothes, fashion accessories, jewellery, shoes or even electronics – it is possible to find a little bit of everything in the shops and boutiques of this shopping centre 😁
Some of the big names are present, such as:
- Banana Republic
- Cavin Klein
- Dr. Martens
- Foot Locker
- G by GUESS
- Karl Lagerfeld
- Old Navy
- Tommy Hilfiger
New York City's Outlets: how to get to The Mills at Jersey Gardens?
The Mills at Jersey Gardens is located near Newark Airport. It can be reached in about 40 minutes by buses and shuttles from downtown New York. Half a day will not be too much to go there and discover all it has to offer 😉
The Mills at Jersey Gardens shopping centre is open daily from 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.
New York City's Outlets: Empire Outlets (Staten Island)
Empire Outlets was the first outlet mall to open in New York City. This large complex occupies more than 100,000 square metres spread over four levels. Here you will find shops and boutiques where shoppers flock to find bargains. In addition to these shops, the food offer is quite substantial, and you can for example take a break to go to a Shake Shack and taste one of the best New York burgers 😋
Empire Outlets alone brings a lot of visitors to Staten Island, despite the fact that it is a mostly residential island. From outside the shopping centre, it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. You can even take advantage of your shopping trip to discover the rather peaceful neighbourhood! Inside, it is sometimes hard to believe that the centre of the world's busiest city is just a few minutes away 🙂
What factory Outlets can be found at Empire Outlets?
Clothing, shoes, fashion accessories for men and women... You are sure to find what you are looking for in the factory outlets of Empire Outlets! The centre opened in May 2019, and there are still many more shops to be opened in the coming months and years.
Here are some of the big names that are already there:
- American Eagle
- Old Navy
- Parfum Europa
- Vanity House…
How to get to Empire Outlets?
These factory outlets are located on Staten Island, in the St George Waterfront neighbourhood. Getting there from Manhattan is much quicker than going to Jersey Gardens or Woodbury Mall.
To get to the Empire Outlets, simply take the famous Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Ferry Terminal, in the south of Manhattan, to Battery Park. You can reach the terminal by taking the New York metro on line 1 to its terminus, South Ferry. Not only is the trip free, but the ride itself is something that you must experience at least once during a stay in the Big Apple 😁
The ferry makes over 100 trips between Manhattan and Staten Island each day. During the crossing – which lasts about 20 minutes – you can enjoy great views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, but also Governors Island and parts of New Jersey and Brooklyn. Once on Staten Island, it's just a short walk from the pier to Empire Outlets 😊
Empire Outlets opens daily from 10am to 9pm. Opening hours may change on public holidays.
New York City's Outlets: Tanger Outlets (Long Island)
Tanger Outlets is a shopping centre with dozens of factory outlets and designer and brand name shops Even if the place is less famous than the big Outlets in New York, it is still a very pleasant open-air shopping centre, with large and wide streets, and a very interesting offer of shops. Tanger Outlet is quite easy to get to, and you can find great deals not only during the sales periods, but also during the rest of the year 👍
What factory Outlets can be found in Tanger Outlets?
More than fifty shops and factory outlets are available in Tanger Outlets. The following brands in particular can be found there:
- American Eagle Outfitters
- Banana Republic
- Calvin Klein
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Saks Off 5th
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Victoria’s Secret
- Yankee Candle…
New York's Outlets: how to get to Tanger Outlets?
Tanger Outlets is located on Long Island, near the Long Island Deer Park Station – which is easily accessible from Penn Station in Manhattan, via the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Special "Tanger Deer Park" tickets are available at ticket offices or vending machines (select "Deals & Getaways" then "Long Island Getaways"). These tickets allow you to take the train to Long Island, and then take a shuttle that will take you to Tanger Outlets in 5 minutes. Such a ticket also serves as a coupon to be redeemed on the spot for additional discounts in the mall's shops 😄
Tanger Outlets is open every day between 10am and 9pm. However, opening hours may vary for some shops and on some dates, especially on holidays.
That's it for this complete article on New York’s Outlets. I hope you enjoyed it and that it will be of use for your next stay in the Big Apple. That’s definitely a great activity, especially if you don't know yet what to do in New York! 😀 Also, do leave a comment if you know of other interesting addresses 😉