New York City is undeniably the shopping capital of the world. And when you’re looking for designer fashions, furniture, and accessories, few Manhattan area neighborhoods offer more than the Upper West Side. Here’s a look at some of our top picks for shopping in the area.
While it’s not difficult to find run-of-the-mill chain stores like Sephora, Patagonia, and Club Monaco along Columbus Avenue, most of the shops on this bustling street are small boutiques. AG Adriano, for example, sells high quality and form-fitting denim to flatter every body type. Betsey Johnson, another example, attracts rave reviews with her colorful sun dresses. Not every shop along this street is a chain store or boutique, however. You’ll also find local New York franchises, like the consistently playful Olive and Bettes and the always fashionably chic Intermix.
If you’re in the market for stylish items to decorate your new home, you can’t do much better than Jonathan Adler. Although the home design store now has over thirty locations in major cities across the globe, the pottery maker turned home designer got his original start in Manhattan, making it a fitting place for one of his finest flagship stores. Jonathan Adler sells everything from throw pillows and beach towels to dining room tables and coffee mugs, so you’ll be sure to find something you love while perusing the store’s elaborate displays and mock-rooms.
Shopping for clothes and home furniture is great. But when it comes to buying something you’ll cherish forever, nothing comes close to shopping for jewelry. And when it comes to jewelry shopping in the Upper West Side, few stores hold a candle to Gas Bijoux. Selling a large and ever-expanding line of beautiful French jewelry, Gas Bijoux dazzles its customers with brilliant designs for every occasion. The perfect place to reward yourself for that work promotion with a new Amalfi-coast-inspired bracelet, or show your love for your significant other with jewel-studded earrings, this small franchise only has storefronts in seven cities. It’s for this reason that you’d be remiss to not stop in at least once while living in the Upper West Side.
Flea Market – GreenFlea Market
Although the originality of all of the stores mentioned above cannot be denied, you shouldn’t be too surprised to see a few of your neighbors wearing the same sundress, decorating their home with the same throw pillows, or flashing the same sapphire earrings. So if you truly want something that is one in a million, head to GreenFlea Market, located inside MS 44 Junior High. Only open on Sundays, this indoor flea market specializes in incredibly unique handcrafted furniture, one-of-a-kind antiques, and vintage apparel and jewelry. A perfect place for those who love digging through piles of goods in order to find that one unique item, GreenFlea Market will help you find the piece of a lifetime for an incredibly good deal.
With its impressive array of clothing boutiques, home furnishing studios, jewelry stores, and more, it’s not hard to see why people flock from all over the world to shop in this lively part of Manhattan.
Photo Credit: GreenFlea Market by Bex Walton | CC BY 2.0
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