If you miss New York City’s grittier days, Hell’s Kitchen may be your kind of neighborhood. Of course, like the rest of NYC, the nabe has undergone some major gentrification since its decades as a community for immigrants and the working class. But if you take the time to explore this section of Midtown West – perhaps while visiting these six Hell’s Kitchen shopping spots – you may pick up on its distinct vibe.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, W 39th St at 9th Ave
If bargain hunting and open-air shopping is your thing, you can visit the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market every Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting, of course). Find an eclectic array of antiques, vintage clothing, jewelry, and other collectables. And, unlike NYC’s fancier shopping spots, haggling is totally acceptable here.
Domus, 413 West 44th St
Domus isn’t your typical New York City home furnishings shop. Unlike larger chain stores, Domus stocks sustainable, handcrafted, artisan goods representative of cultures all over the world. It’s truly a shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and items – from handwoven tapestries made in Guatemala, to jewelry boxes made in Morocco.
Vintner Wine Market, 677 9th Ave
The only thing better than wine shopping, is being able to indulge in delicious food while wine shopping. At Vintner Wine Market, you can find your new favorite wine or craft beer, or stop in to sample their artisanal menu. Some favorites include the turkey Italiano sandwich, and the classic Swiss fondue. Oh, and Vintner serves $5 dollar glasses of Prosecco all day. Enough said.
Stiles Farmer’s Market, 352 W 52nd St
What New Yorker doesn’t love a discount? If you’re exploring Hell’s Kitchen, pay a visit to this neighborhood grocer for produce and baked goods at substantially lower prices. Loyal patrons constantly rave about the food’s freshness, and how this farmer’s market boasts the best prices in Midtown Manhattan.
Couture du Jour, 349 W 44th St
Nestled between Eighth and Ninth Avenue, this vintage consignment shop is a total Hell’s Kitchen gem. Beyond its unassuming exterior, you’ll find gently used women’s clothing and accessories dating back as far as the 1800s, and it’s not uncommon to come across luxury items at a fraction of their original price.
Fine And Dandy, 445 W 49th St
New York City’s dapper gents will love the accessories selection at Fine And Dandy. The perfect tie or set of cufflinks can take any suit to the next level – not to mention, a stylish pocket square, money clip, or pair of socks. Fine And Dandy also sells vintage grooming products like shaving soap kits and hair pomade.