If you tend to frequent the downtown or East Side areas of Manhattan, the Upper West Side can be a breath of fresh air. Substantially less manic, and with a bevy of beautiful architecture to peruse, it’s the perfect neighborhood for a leisurely NYC day of walking, eating, exploring and shopping. Columbus Avenue is a great place to start if you’re not familiar with the area, and you’ll stumble upon plenty of restaurants and boutiques. Be sure to check out these Columbus Avenue shops during your excursion.
Liana, 324 Columbus Ave
Even stylish New Yorkers who live downtown will travel to the Upper West Side for a shopping spree at Liana. Unlike some upscale boutiques in the city, Liana provides a friendly environment for trying on outfits, along with a helpful staff to help piece together the perfect ensemble. Think of it as Bloomingdale’s, but with a selection that has been edited down to the best collections.
Jonathan Adler, 304 Columbus Ave
Anyone who knows anything about home décor will have heard that Jonathan Adler is one of the best go-to spots for everything chic and modern. This luxury home store is a one-stop shop for furnishing the most stylish apartment. Clean lines, bright color schemes, and gilded accents are only some of the pickings you’ll find at Jonathan Adler’s Columbus Avenue shop.
79th Street Greenmarket, Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Streets
If you happen to be on the Upper West Side on a Sunday, a visit to the 79th Street Greenmarket is a must. Spanning several blocks along Columbus, you’ll find everything offered by other greenmarkets around the city (such as Union Square) – but in a much more peaceful setting. It’s easy to spend hours browsing through the stalls of local vendors like American Pride Seafood, Berkshire Berries, Monkshood Nursery, and Ronnybrook Farm.
Peruvian Connection, 341 Columbus Ave
Sometimes, stores that are too trendy can look like they’re pandering to teeny boppers. Such is not the case with Peruvian Connection. This shop stocks high-quality investment pieces to build a classic wardrobe that will last you for years. Peruvian Connection is also known for its use of sustainable alpaca wool and pima cotton.
Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave
With everything from children’s books to gifts, Book Culture is one of the best bookstores on the Upper West Side. Shop around for the newest literary releases, or attend one of Book Culture’s many events – perhaps an author reading, or a midnight book launch party. There’s always something exciting on the calendar.
Kangol, 196 Columbus Ave
Known by many locals as “the best hat shop in NYC,” Kangol is a British brand that has been around for nearly 100 years. Here, you’ll find a wide array of hats – from classic to streetwear – for stylish men and women. Fun facts: Kangol outfitted the British army with berets during WWII, designed hats for the 1948 British Olympic team, and gained notoriety in the United States when rappers like Run-DMC started wearing the brand during the 1980s.
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