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As the world's largest department store and a registered New York City landmark, Macy's is more a shopping empire than mere retailer. Nine floors of merchandise, from beauty products and men's fashion to dinnerware and designer slip dresses, fill the store's one million square feet of retail space—that's one solid city block of stuff, eight stories high.

Each and every day, thousands of sightseers and city dwellers coast through the glass and wrought iron doors on 34th Street into the mammoth Herald Square flagship, Macy's home since 1902. But while the store is best known for accessible mid-range fashions, there's more than souvenir logo T-shirts, Calvin Klein sportswear and A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz celebrity-copycat gowns; Macy's inventory of housewares and kitchen gadgets exceed most other city stores, and its furniture and mattress departments are affordable alternatives to the city's higher-end designer showrooms.

Ride the old-fashioned wooden escalator to the sixth floor to browse the growing stock of luxury linens by designers like Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta. In the home department, find enough All Clad and Calphalon kitchenware to operate your own bistro; for something to put in your new pot and pans, head to the cellar-level market for gourmet prepared and packaged foods, baked goods, fancy condiments, designer chocolates and more.