New York Shopping Tours

Join Free Tours by Foot as we ditch the sites and hit the stores! The birthplace of many trends and fashion icons, New York City is a mecca for anyone who loves to shop. However, the overwhelming number of stores and tourist traps make it difficult for visitors to find what exactly they are looking for.  Enter our pay-what-you-wish New York Shopping Tours.  Rather than wander around on your own, spend the day with a personal shopper who will take you to some of New York City’s best kept secrets!

TIP: If you are planning on purchasing the a tourist discount pass, keep in mind that several shopping tours are included from free with several of them.  Read our post comparing the different tourist passes.

Shopping tours

Shopping tour guidelines

  • Must be 12 years of age or older.
  • Maximum of 12 people on this tour.
  • You are invited to meet your guide before the tour begins.
  • No lunch stop, but refreshments are accessible during the tour or at the cafe meeting location.
  • 2-3 hours of guided shopping.

Additional information on shopping in NYC

Our guided shopping tours are conducted in partnership with ZTrend, a tour company that specializes in prepaid shopping tours around New York City. If our tour calendar does not work for you, or if you are interested in taking other tours they offer, then please visit their website. Use the code freetoursbyfoot to receive a $40 discount on any tour you book with them. 

NoLIta and SoHo Shopping Tour

This guided shopping day is for the sophisticated shopper interested in high-quality product from independent merchants, New York artists and designers, many who produce garments and one-of-a-kind items locally.

When shopping independent merchants, you can count on better customer service, products with fantastic workmanship, and store owners you can trust. Get in touch with the things you have and learn about the people who are involved in their creation. Every person and material product has a compelling story waiting to be told.

We will begin our day at a local cafe in the heart of NoLIta where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a bite to eat or a morning beverage. From there, allow our guides to take you off the beaten path and bring you to some of New York’s most wonderful boutiques that most people don’t know about.   No chain stores or mass-market retailers. This shopping day will cater to people who are looking to shop for artisanal items that are uncommon to big box stores.

Merchandise available on NoLita and SoHo Shopping Tour: 

  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Clothing
  • Gifts and novelty shops
  • Designer consignment boutiques (optional)
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Meet at the Cafe’tal Social Club, 285 Mott Street between East Houston and Prince Streets. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Duration: 3 hours. Approximately 1 mile walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.

When: View our Calendar .  For additional shopping day tours, please visit our partner’s website at ZTrend New York.
Meet your guide in the cafe before the tour begins, at 11:30 a.m. to discuss shopping interests (optional). Tours starts promptly at 12 noon.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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NYC Second-Hand & Vintage Fashion Shopping Day – Gramercy

This thrift and vintage shopping day is for the woman who has an eye for style, understands the value of thrifting, and doesn’t rely on a label to tell her how to dress. She has a look of her own, enjoys vintage, and the thrill of the hunt.New York Shopping Tours

We meet at a local cafe where you may arrive early to enjoy a cup of coffee or a bite to eat before the shopping begins. Expect to be introduced to New York’s favorite charity shops and hottest thrifting spots that offer a range of new and gently worn contemporary clothing, as well as vintage clothing bearing a higher price tag than thrift shops where the prices are a lot lower.

Merchandise available on NYC Second-Hand & Vintage Fashion Shopping Day – Gramercy

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Hats and gloves
  • Home items including bric-à-brac, kitchen and tableware, furniture, and decor
  • Limited men and children’s clothing
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Meet at Think Coffee (SW corner of 22nd St. and 3rd Ave.) 280 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10010

Duration: 2.5 hours. Approximately 1.5 mile walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.

When: View our Calendar .  For additional shopping day tours, please visit our partner’s website at ZTrend New York.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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NYC Vintage & Resale Clothing & Accessories Shopping Day – Chelsea

Join Free Tours By Foot as we shop the thrift and consignment shops of beautiful Chelsea. Our shopping day will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the heart of New York’s Chelsea Neighborhood at Haven’s Kitchen. You are welcome to arrive early at Haven’s Kitchen to enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up beverage or a delicious lunch before we begin a day of fabulous thrifty finds. Haven’s Kitchen is a private culinary school and cafe. Their menu includes home made soups, salads, sandwiches, savory treats, sweet treats as well as coffee and tea.  (Food and beverages are not included).

On this shopping day expect to visit mostly thrift shops with a few consignment resale places sporting designer labels along the way. If you’re a good hunter you will stumble upon true vintage items at amazing prices!

SHOPPING SELECTION INCLUDES: Mostly gently priced clothing for women with some clothing for men as well; shoes, handbags, and fashion accessories; some bric-a-brac.

Relax with Free Tours By Foot’s guided shopping day and avoid the stress of an unfamiliar area. We will optimize your day and as you and your guests explore the bargain shops of Chelsea. Come shop with us and experience second-hand shopping like never before.

TIP: Once your shopping day has adjourned, take time and discover the many art galleries of Far West Chelsea. The Chelsea Art District is a wonderful way to spend leisurely time with a friend.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Hu Kitchen, 78 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (Between West 13th & West 14th Streets)

Duration: 2.5 hours. Approximately 1.5 mile walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.

When: View our Calendar .  For additional shopping day tours, please visit our partner’s website at ZTrend New York.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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