For everything from awesome thrift finds to record stores to chic little boutiques, there’s no better neighborhood for a purely New York shopping experience than the East Village. Here are some of the top spots that you won’t want to miss on your shopping excursion.
East 9th Street
The stretch of East 9th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue in the East Village is chock full of adorable and wonderfully unique boutiques, vintage stores and thrift shops. You can find stores like Fabulous Fanny’s, which is known for vintage frames and hats, and Cobblestones, an all-around wonderful vintage store. There’s also D.L. Cerney, a store with vintage styles in modern fabrics and a range of sizes. This one block could keep you busy for hours, but don’t burn out here because there’s a lot more to see in the East Village!
The bookstore to end all other bookstores, The Strand is a New York standby that is a must visit for any bibliophile. They boast 18 miles of books, stacked on top of each other on five floors. They sell both new and used books and even have a floor of rare and antique books that are mostly just cool to look at. The Strand also has tons of great souvenirs to bring back home with you if you decide that stuffing multiple volumes into your suitcase isn’t the smartest plan.
• 828 Broadway
East Village Thrift Shop
Don’t let the small storefront fool you, this place is bigger on the inside than it looks and is one of the best thrift stores around. While many of the “thrift” stores in NYC have gone the way of Buffalo Exchange and charge nearly full price for used clothes, you’ll find some actually good deals at this thrift shop, not to mention some wild throwbacks perfect for Halloween or whatever decade is trendy that week.
• 186 2nd Ave
Obscura Oddities and Antiques
If you’re looking for some truly odd finds, Obscura Oddities and Antiques is the perfect spot for you. Chock full of taxidermy, antiques and other bizarre novelties, this place promises an utterly bizarre and fun shopping experience.
• 207 Avenue A.
The East Village is chock full of unique stores that you can only experience in NYC, so instead of heading over to 5th Avenue, make the East Village your NYC shopping destination.