Pearl River Mart
SoHo's—and perhaps the city's—best bargains are found in this sprawling two-story Chinese emporium, which stocks everything from soaps and spices to silk jackets and spangled slippers. The place can get crowded with budget-conscious New Yorkers buying peony-print camp stools and bamboo benches to upgrade their apartments; porcelain bowls inexpensive enough to use once during cocktail gatherings; and gifts in bulk for dinner party hosts. For those who need to step away from the shopping madness, an in-store tea shop serves more than 40 types of the brew, from oolong to jasmine. The pocket-friendly prices start at 85 cents for Crystal Ginger Candy and top out at $350 for a vintage Chinese bridal outfit.