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20 Essential Shopping Destinations during WorldPride NYC

There’s so much to do during WorldPride, but let’s be honest: this is New York, and you want to shop a little! We’ve assembled a list of 20 incredible retail destinations, from classics like Tiffany & Co. to cutting-edge boutiques to a home goods emporium to a queer bookstore. These are the best of the best, many of them founded in NYC and all filled with well-chosen, well-made treasures. You can find your new favorite thing—and perhaps a gift or two—at these LGBTQ-friendly New York stores.

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  1. Barneys New York

    Barneys takes the cutting-edge edit on current ready-to-wear trends. This essential New York department store, which began in Chelsea in 1923, selects the best in up-and-coming and established luxury brands. The sales staff is quick to point you to the right look, and there’s a Madison Avenue Salad waiting for you at Freds at both Manhattan locations if you need a lunch break. Be sure to check the sales racks for steals and the excellent selection of beauty and skincare products (Cle de Peau, La Mer, Natura Bisse) as well. You might wear out your credit card, but you’ll certainly turn heads walking down the avenue once you’re through. Take it from Sarah Jessica Parker, who called Barneys a “decadent reward.” Locations on the Upper East Side, Chelsea, and Brooklyn, barneys.com

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  3. Tiffany & Co.

    There’s nothing like a little blue box to get your heart racing. Whether you’re window-shopping or looking to put a ring on it, Tiffany’s is the New York shopping experience. With elite customer service, old-world class, and an iconic movie to its name, there’s no reason not to take a spin inside the four-story flagship on Fifth Avenue near Central Park. Breakfast, brunch, and high tea are served at The Blue Box Cafe (tables are tough to get, so book ASAP). 727 5th Ave., 212-755-8000, tiffany.com

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  5. Bergdorf Goodman

    Department store Bergdorf Goodman has occupied a prime spot on Fifth Avenue since 1928. Much like its neighbor Tiffany & Co., this is old-New-York glamour at its best. At its flagship womenswear location and the menswear location across the street, shop luxury brands like Chanel, Alexander Wang, Jimmy Choo, and Maison Margiela, among other top-tier designers. You can also visit the famous John Barrett Salon for a cut-and-color and the Bobbi Brown counter for a fresh new makeup look. The store restaurants are Palette and BG, the latter of which serves a stellar afternoon tea from 3 to 5 pm on the top floor, overlooking Central Park. Womenswear: 754 5th Ave.; Menswear: 745 5th Ave.; 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com

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  7. Kith

    Get your kicks at Kith, the breakout sneaker store begun in 2011 by Queens native Ronnie Fieg. These ultra-cool shops carry both Kith’s in-house brand and stylish favorites from brands like Nike, Adidas, and Converse. Athletic apparel from the functional to the fashionable is available for all, even for kids. Sleek track pants, tie-dye crop hoodies, and camo hats will add some definite NYC cred to your wardrobe. There’s also a cereal shop in each of Kith’s NYC locations. Kith Treats serves combinations like The Witness: that’s Frosted Flakes, Cap’n Crunch, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch topped with Oreos and Twix. Kith Soho: 337 Lafayette St., 646-648-6285, kith.com

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  9. Beacon’s Closet

    You’ll want to spend hours at Beacon’s, if only in an attempt to recreate the staff’s wonderful avant-garde attire. All locations are perfect for low-cost secondhand with designer mixed in. You might have to dig for the weird and wonderful, but all manner of style profiles can find something to wear. Each rack is jam-packed with dresses, shirts, pants, and skirts to add to an eclectic wardrobe, plus designer shoes, bags, and quirky gifts from third-party vendors. Beacon’s Manhattan home is in Greenwich Village (we found a vintage Chanel suit there once), while the flagship location—also the biggest—is on the border of Williamsburg and Bushwick. Shouts out to the Park Slope outpost as well. Greenwich Village: 10 W 13th St., 917-261-4863, beaconscloset.com

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  11. Housing Works

    Housing Works exists to care for the victims of HIV/AIDS and the homeless, providing advocacy and healthcare services since 1990. Over its decades in New York, Housing Works’ many Thrift Shops and its Bookstore Cafe in Soho have become community essentials on behalf of a great cause. Stop by the Bookstore in Soho for a latte and a secondhand book (you might see a Moth StorySLAM event while you’re there). The Thrift Shop next door has fantastic vintage and secondhand finds; other thrift shop locations in Chelsea, West Village, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper East Side, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Bookstore: 126 Crosby St., 212-334-3324; Soho Thrift Shop: 130 Crosby St., 646-786-1200; housingworks.org

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  13. Delphinium Home

    Delphinium Home is one of those odds-and-ends shop to while away the afternoon smelling candles. Might we suggest you get yourself to Hell’s Kitchen for just such an afternoon! You can often find proprietors John, Michael, and Gary around, helping you decide between wine glasses or choose a card for a special occasion. Best of all: all the best divas are pictured on a series of saint candles in the store. There’s Babs, Cher, Madonna, and Channing Tatum. 353 W 47th St., 212-333-7732, delphiniumhome.com

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  15. ABC Carpet & Home

    As a New York retailer, ABC Carpet is nearly unimpeachable. This multilevel design paradise contains floors and floors of beautiful home goods in a wide range of styles (but all fairly pricey). ABC’s Flatiron flagship is known for its bewitching window displays all year round, creating an eclectic, intricate, and magical atmosphere that only increases once you walk in the door. On the first floor, you’ll find gifts, cosmetics, skincare, clothing, and textiles that showcase the company’s commitment to unique design and sustainable materials. The upper floors contain high-thread-count sheets, lucite nesting tables, luxe sofas, and splashy carpets on the top floor. Across the street are even more rugs at their Manhattan Design Rugs outpost. On the bottom floor of the flagship building are three fantastic restaurants by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten: ABC Kitchen, ABC Cocina, and ABCV. 888 Broadway, 212-473-3000, abchome.com

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  17. Swords-Smith

    Get the Brooklyn look down-pat at Swords-Smith in Williamsburg. This South 4th mainstay carries slow-fashion must-haves for all genders, like slick tobacco loafers made in Queens and funky Red Hook-made jewelry. Carve out some time before you dive into this large boutique, curated by co-owners Briana Swords and R. Smith. Designers include Eleven Six, MM6 Maison Margiela, Retrosuperfuture, 69, and candles by Boy Smells. 98 South 4th St., 347-599-2969, swords-smith.com

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  19. Opening Ceremony

    Fearless and fashion-forward, Opening Ceremony’s edit won’t disappoint. The flagship boutique—if four stories can still be called a “boutique”—is a must-stop during any fashion lover’s trip to Soho. The four-story womenswear emporium, which also contains a kids’ corner and bookstore, is located next door to the menswear boutique. There’s also a smaller OC at the Ace Hotel in Nomad. Expect a mix of brands for all, including Acne, Band of Outsiders, Kenzo, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler. 33 & 35 Howard St., 212-219-2688, openingceremony.com

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  21. Dover Street Market

    A fashion lover only needs one good reason to visit Dover Street Market: its founder is Rei Kawakubo of Commes Des Garcons. The preeminent Japanese designer has made this Murray Hill destination a feast for the eyes in more ways than one. The space itself, all seven floors of it, is punctuated with polka dots, a sculptural stairwell, and Pollock-inspired wall coverings. Brands include Junya Watanabe, Rick Owens, Gucci, Vetements, Supreme, and Jil Sander. There’s a cafe inside as well, perfect for people-watching the shop’s fashionable clientele. 160 Lexington Ave., 646-837-7750, newyork.doverstreetmarket.com

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  23. Fishs Eddy

    The ever-adorable Fishs Eddy sells dishes and gifts for anyone with a penchant for quirky, vintage-inspired design. Named after a town in upstate New York, the store’s only location lies just north of Union Square, and it’s jam-packed with stacks of dishes and shelves of cute wine glasses you think might topple to the floor at any minute. Sure, that’s a risk, but it’s well worth a treacherous wander through the shop for a Brooklynese butter dish (labeled “Buttah”), drinking glasses printed with chaps-wearing Chippendales, and big mugs picturing a silhouetted NYC skyline. They’ve been known to roll out new designs for Pride—all the more reason to head over. 889 Broadway, 212-420-9020, fishseddy.com

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  25. Kiehl’s

    It’s just a fact: you will need sunscreen during the Pride March. Stop by Kiehl’s flagship store in the East Village for nature-inspired Super Multi-Corrective Cream (SPF 30), Butterstick Lip Treatment (SPF 30), and BB Cream (SPF 50). A homegrown business, Kiehl’s started at the East 13th site in 1851 and has expanded to locations worldwide. Flagship at 109 3rd Ave., 212-677-3171, stores.kiehls.com

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  27. Nasty Pig

    In case the name didn’t tip you off, naughtiness is welcome at Nasty Pig. But what you might not expect at this Chelsea boutique is the nice with the naughty. In addition to harnesses and kinky briefs, the brand also makes comfortable, stylish, sporty menswear. Grab a gunmetal hoodie and some toys, plus a signature “shredder” tank, while you’re here. 259 W 19th St., 212-691-6067, store.nastypig.com

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  29. Otherwild

    Otherwild is a feminist, queer-owned boutique that began in L.A. and opened its second location in the East Village in 2015. All manner of gifts and goodies are found here, from housewares to personal care products. Find Otherwild on East 1st for a Gender is a drug tote bag, essential oils, candles, pronoun pins, handmade quilts, and fetching graphic design prints. A portion of Otherwild profits benefit organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and The National Center of Transgender Equality. 35 E 1st St., 646-684-3152, otherwild.com

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  31. Canal Street Market

    A permanent indoor craft fair with a rotating slate of vendors, Canal Street Market gets the mix just right. There are several booths with local jewelry, some leather goods, cheeky graphic design prints, CBD oil, clothing, bonsai plants, and much much more. The other half of this large space is devoted to food vendors like Mission Ceviche, Ilili Box, and Boba Guys. A mural-decorated open area in the back provides a perfect resting place if you’d like to take a load off. 265 Canal St., canalstreet.market

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  33. The Strand

    You’ll know The Strand when you hit a corner of the East Village lined with carts and carts of $1 books. Step inside, and you’ll likely run into a crowd hunting this New York institution for a good read. Started in 1927, the store has grown into a three-level emporium full of 18 miles of books on every subject from Green Architecture to Manga to Queer Studies to Poetry. The flagship is also filled with adorable totes, t-shirts, mugs, and paper goods for you or a book-loving friend. In case you don’t make it to the East Village, The Strand runs kiosks at Times Square, Central Park, and the Soho Artists & Fleas. Flagship: 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452, strandbooks.com

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  35. Catbird

    No New York babe would be complete without their delicate gold rings and chains from a treasure trove like Catbird. With its popular storefront on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, you’ll find made-in-Brooklyn baubles like tiny gold rings, artisanal opal necklaces, and silver chokers. In case you and your partner are hearing wedding bells, Catbird has a Wedding Annex nearby. Many of their engagement rings are vintage-inspired designs made with upcycled diamonds. If that doesn’t get you in the door, we don’t know what will (wait, did we mention the makeup and candles?). 219 Bedford Ave., 718-599-3457, catbirdnyc.com

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  37. BGSQD

    The only bookstore of its kind in NYC, The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division sells books by and about the LGBTQ community. BGSQD seeks to build a community dedicated to “mindfulness, intellectual curiosity, justice, compassion, and playfulness.” Located on the second floor of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (a.k.a. “The Center”) in the West Village, BGSQD also hosts readings, film screenings, art installations, and events. This volunteer-run venue is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-7pm. 208 W 13th St., Room 210, 646-457-0859, bgsqd.com

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  39. Sincerely Tommy

    If you happen to find yourself near Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn during Pride, you can’t not take a stroll to Sincerely Tommy. This boutique has garnered city-wide attention for its luxe indie cred and on-point curation by owner Kai Avent-deLeon. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the in-store cafe and try on some duds at this womenswear boutique, selling uber-cute finds from local designers and up-and-coming brands from around the world. 343 Tompkins Ave., 718-484-8484, sincerelytommy.com

 
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