New York’s best shopping outlets outside Manhattan

Looking for bargain shopping in the Big Apple? Some of the best savings can be made in outlet malls outside Manhattan, writes Maria Mckenzie.

Bergen Town Center


The Outlets at Bergen Town Center

30 mins from Uptown Manhattan

If you’re heading to New York over the Thanksgiving weekend (21-25 November), outlet malls in regional areas can offer some of the best sales.

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, New Jersey are within easy driving distance of Manhattan and are brimming with discount stores, including American favourites Nordstrom, Guess and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

If you don’t want to have to worry about turning up at the airport with excess luggage, take the bus and you’ll be forced to buy less.

The 168 (from Port Authority station) and 171 (from George Washington Bridge) buses will take you there. Services run every 30 minutes.

A taxi will cost around $60 (£37) one-way.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

1 hour from Uptown Manhattan

While Macy’s and Saks are usually the first stop for the label-conscious, you can find hundreds of designer brand names at discounted prices only an hour from Manhattan.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley is well worth the trek. It’s home to more than 200 stores, from high street brands such as American Apparel and Aeropostale to luxury labels like Yves Saint Laurent and Roberto Cavalli – at discounted outlet prices.

A number of bus companies operate shopping excursions. Gray Line New York will take you from New York Port Authority (42nd and 8th street) to Woodberry Common in about an hour.

A return journey costs $35 (£22) and includes a coupon booklet you can use in the complex.

Alternatively, jump on the West of Hudson train to Harriman Station and then take a taxi (around $7/£4) to the outlets.

The Outlet Collection: Jersey Gardens

30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan

Just five minutes from Newark International Airport, Jersey Gardens is well-positioned if you’re looking to squeeze in some last-minute shopping before catching your flight.

There are over 200 stores under one roof and while not all of them are discount outlets, there’s a good mix of retailers and still savings to be made such as at the Banana Republic and Nike Factory Stores.

The New Jersey transit buses 111 and 115 depart from Port Authority Bus Terminal and take 40 minutes.

Shuttles also run from the upper level of Entrance B at Newark Airport. A round trip costs $9 (£5) and will get you to Jersey Gardens in about 10 minutes.

A taxi from Times Square will set you back around $50 (£31).


Prices and conversions quoted in this article are correct at the time of publishing.

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