The best thing about following New York work hours here is that I end work pretty early which can only mean one thing: after work shopping. It doesn’t quite make up for having to get to the office at unearthly hours, but it comes close.
The office is located very conveniently (and dangerously) close to Union Square, which is basically shopping paradise for me. The atmosphere is great, there are often musicians playing in the square and people just enjoying a coffee at the many cafés. It’s the perfect place to unwind.
But of course, that isn’t why I go there. Union Square has some of my absolute favourite shops, including many that I don’t get in Berlin (and let me tell you, I am taking full advantage of that fact).
Macy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are all there, which of course means hours spent browsing there. There’s a Victoria’s Secret and VS Pink store both there as well for buying swimsuits, lingerie and perfume (and anything really). A short walk down the street is Steve Madden, one of my favourite shoe stores; I bought the best black suede over-the-knee boots there the other day. There’s also the more high-end stores like Prada, Mulberry (eyeing a bag from there;)), Chanel etc.. If you’re on a makeup hunt, there’s the usual Sephora and MAC and Benefit (from SF) and all the department store beauty sections. And apart from the mainstream stores, they have tons of more unique shops, especially on the side streets, where you can get really special pieces. Though if you want really unique, less mainstream stuff, I’d suggest hitting up other shopping areas in SF. Union square is just a very convenient, concentrated and well-known shopping area that I happen to like.
One of my favourite things about shopping here is how friendly the salespeople are. They’re always willing to help and even a little bit of small talk with them can brighten up your day.
If all the shopping makes you a little bit peckish (and it probably will), grab a frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, or stop by any of the many cafés, for a little pick-me-up:)
If you’re ever in SF, make sure you stop by for some shopping (though you probably don’t need any encouragement:))