When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake.
- David Frost
A jaw-dropping department store of home design treasures that feels like a whimsical movie set. Hundreds of chandeliers, mountains of rugs, thousands of dainty tabletop pieces – beautifully displayed in vignettes on six sprawling floors. Minimalists: brace yourselves.
Gem of a boutique serves as launching pad for emerging and hard-to-find designers, and a kind of closet for West Village girls. Small but stellar collection of vintage pieces, too. Sister shop (for accessories) is right next door.
Six floors of antique printed tomes, historical documents, botanical posters, Civil War maps, and other bibliophile treasures from this family run institution (since 1925).
A tiny, well lit shop filled to the brim with finely crafted fedoras, fascinators, berets, and cloche hats. Each piece is a very special work of art.
Trustfund babes go here to shop for the modern classics. The Soho Co-Op offers a good range of emerging designers.
Very fancy department store experience for the Holly Golightly type. On a red carpet shopping spree? Start here. Views of Central Park from the dressing room.
One of the city's oldest department stores, and an art deco landmark that offers a mix of mid-priced products for sophisticated shoppers. There's a great men's suiting department with old-school (quality) service.
This throw-back secondhand shop is a love letter to vintage cookbooks, culinary ephemera, and etiquette books.
Roll up your sleeves: Throngs of deal-hunters dig through designer department store merch at 60 percent off.
It's not a clothing shop, it's a lifestyle -- and it looks a lot like a 19th century calvary man. Gorgeous handmade suits (from selvage fabric), boots, and button-downs are half the battle. Clean up in the barber shop out back, then fit in just perfectly with their restaurant/lodge next door.
Legendary Fifth Avenue department store with a boutique atmosphere. Casting calls are made for indie accessories designers; a whole floor is dedicated to cool cosmetics and fragrances.
A spirited collection of obscurities and striking ephemera including Derian’s signature découpage glassware and Hugo Guinness drawings.
Get lost among shelves of spices (4,000 and counting), sacks of dried fruit, and piles of nuts, before tucking into the little deli upstairs, where mujaddara in a pita will only set you back a few bucks.
Elegant, blush-inducing, sometimes totally naughty lingerie shop, with high-design sex toys (go on and touch), and art films to get you in the mood.
Uptown socialites' downtown home base for Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and whatever's going to be in next season.
Clothing and accessory collections (vintage, global, futuristic) that truly inspire. Curation is gallery-like, but you are allowed to look and touch.
Woodsy, folksy, precious objects, statement furniture, gothic marvels, and the designer’s famous handmade pillows. Don't leave without peeking into the jewelry cases.
The city's indisputable fashion clubhouse reinvents itself constantly by teaming up with all sorts of folks (designers, directors, Hollywood starlets) on inventive collaborations, quirky outposts (like their gift shop at the Ace Hotel) and fashiony happenings.
Just try and stump the clerks. They raise music geekdom to another level at this independent record store and DJ hangout. You can pick up tickets at the in-store box office for live shows and underground parties.
Chinese department store (kind of) bursting at the seams with inexpensive Asian imports, including birdcages, paper dragons, zen fountains, teas, parasols, and a never ending collection of ceramic sushi sets. Pick up all sorts of cheap trinkets for your friends back home.
Figure out a way to smuggle lox and cream cheese on the plane. This old Jewish "appetizing store" (and NY institution) offers the best smears, smoked fish, bagels, dried fruits, and other foodstuffs -- which are meticulously handled by men in white lab coats.
The man behind the boutique has culled a crew of indie designer darlings, which he intersperses with his signature plaid button-downs.
The old stalwart has eighteen miles worth of secondhand books, plus a floor dedicated to rareties.