If there’s one thing New Jersey is known for aside from the Jersey Shore, it’s the state’s superb retail culture.
Specifically, the Gateway region of the Garden State—home to Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Union, and Middlesex counties—houses some of the best shopping opportunities throughout the state. You’ll find upscale malls, quaint boutiques, and outlet centers for locals and tourists to enjoy. Regardless of whether you’re searching for designer goods at a discounted price, that perfect vintage dress, or a unique piece for your home, there’s no shortage of a good shopping rummage to do in New Jersey. Here’s our list of five retail hotspots you shouldn’t miss on a trip to the Gateway neighborhoods.
If you look beyond the trendy restaurants and bars in the young and bustling neighborhood of Hoboken, you’ll find Revival Vintage Boutique. This boutique caters to crowds seeking an outfit for a very special occasion. Revival features vintage dresses and accessories spanning across three centuries, making it a vintage shopper’s dream come true. The boutique’s display ranges from classic flapper styles to deco dresses, meaning there’s something for every vintage lover in your life hidden in the store.
Westfield Garden State Plaza
New Jersey has no shortage of malls scattered about the state. In Bergen County, you’ll find one of the biggest malls in the area. In Paramus, the Garden State Plaza, known locally as the GSP, has one of the most extensive collections of shops in the county. With an AMC movie theater, an array of restaurants to dine in, and shops ranging from high-end boutiques like Scotch & Soda to universal favorites like Forever 21, the GSP is the perfect family friendly, all-day outing destination in Bergen County.
The Mall at Short Hills
A retail-centric trip to the Gateway would not be complete without a stop at The Mall at Short Hills. Known to natives as the Short Hills Mall, this mall is among the many massive shopping centers that can be found throughout the state. Located specifically in the Millburn area of the Gateway, The Mall at Short Hills is a dining and entertainment hub for locals and tourists alike. It’s home to a smorgasbord of shops like Neiman Marcus and Tumi, and fine eateries like Papa Razzi and Woops! Bake Shop for a sweet treat.
Calling Dumont, NJ home, NoNu Vintage is a vintage home-ware store for anyone looking to add an element of “wow” to his or her home. The vintage shopping doesn’t stop at home goods though. Rummaging through the racks of NoNu vintage will reveal a wide selection of vintage clocks and watches, furniture and chandeliers, clothing and shoes, and timeless jewelry.
The Mills at Jersey Gardens
Formerly known as simply Jersey Gardens, this Elizabeth shopping center is home to a two-level outlet mall for those seeking the best retail deals. There’s no shortage of sales or discounts in this mall, as its extensive collection includes favorites like Burlington Coat Factory, Timberland Factory Store, Uniqlo, and more. It’s another perfect all-day outing destination in the Gateway.