We’ve covered the touristy must-visits spots, we’ve covered the food and the drinks, but of course New York is also all about shopping. They have the most beautiful flagship stores, the best little vintage shops, the biggest health food stores (ok that might also be in LA) and great flea markets. When you checked all the big tourist stops off your list, there is nothing better to do than getting lost in a certain part of the city (I’m guessing this will be parts of Brooklyn) and discovering cute little family owned stores and concepts. But I also look forward to walking into the supermarkets and seeing the different products that are sold from our European supermarkets. Just as I can spend hours in the Asian Supermarkets in our mini Antwerp-Chinatown, I’ll probably be browsing the food, herbs and cosmetic-shelves in the American supermarkets for a while. One thing is certain, I will have to pack lightly going to NY to come back with a bag filled to the brim. But let’s face it, there are just too many very cool stores in New York. Here are a couple that are high up on my list:
1. Brooklyn Flea
I’m not starting out with an actual shop but while a legion of stalls filled with vintage products and gadgets. I’ll be looking for some great new rings, nice home accessories and everything that strikes my fancy.
2. Opening Ceremony
35 Howard Street
New York, NY 10013
One of the best known concept stores in New York must be Opening Ceremony. With a buyer, Kate Foley, that is known worldwide for her amazing style, this shop is a must-see.
3. Story NY
144 10th Ave. at 19th St.
New York, New York 10011
“STORY is a retail space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store”. This is a store that focusses on branding, innovation and most importantly products with a story behind them.
I’m quite curious about this high street brand, moreover because I loved their collection created with Alexa Chung. It’s not available in Belgium so far. Since it is a high street brand, you can find stores at several locations. You can find the specific addresses here.
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
As I said, I love cooking and consequently also love food and cooking shops. Located in the Flat Iron district, Eataly is filled with specialty products and I’m really looking forward to browsing through the pasta, the freshly made pestos and the different types of oils that they sell. It also has a rooftop restaurant, Bitteria, named one of the best rooftop bars by Refinery 29. I know where I’ll be stopping on my way to the Flat Iron Builing.
223 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg
252 Lafayette Street in Soho
88 n 11th street, Brooklyn, ny 11211
92 5th avenue, Brooklyn, ny 11217
10 w 13th street, New york, ny 10011
219 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A store that is well known for its unique jewelry. Since I plan to spend plenty of time in Williamsburg I look forward to browsing through the pieces that they have here. Although it will probably stop at browsing because the pieces do seem quite pricey. Their clientele is of the top notch celebrity kind including Freja Beha Erichsen, Garance Doré, Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss, the whole cast of GIRLS, and many many more.
8. Warby Parker
I’ve needed glasses since I started university but apart from with only wearing them in classes 4 years ago and my dog destroying them, I urgently need a new pair. I’m very fickle when it comes to choosing glasses until 70 Percent Pure introduced me to Warby Parker. I fell in love with their Pearled Tortoise frames, a kind of tortoise that I’ve never seen before. They also have an online shop but as this will hopefully be my first pair of glasses that I actually like, I’m happy that I can go in person. The flagship store can be found at below address:
121 Greene St.
(Between Prince and Houston)
New York, NY 10012
Mon-Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 7:00pm
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