Murray Hill is a lively section of New York City, stretching from East 34th Street up to East 40th Street, and bounded by Madison Avenue and the East River. A century ago, Murray Hill was a posh neighborhood boasting some of NYC’s most beautiful brownstones and ritzy residents. Today, however, real estate prices in the nabe are relatively affordable (by Manhattan standards), and fortunately, many of those same brownstones remain. Unlike some parts of Manhattan, Murray Hill is more centered around its restaurant and nightlife scene, rather than blocks of retail boutiques. But as you stroll through the streets of this charming locale, you’ll find a handful of fun stores for a day of Murray Hill shopping.
The Shoe Box, 537 3rd Ave
Can you ever have too many shoes? (That’s a rhetorical question.) Since the buyers of The Shoe Box take their cues from European street fashion, all the shoes at this boutique were proudly made in Italy or Spain. Choices range from metallic sneakers to studded boots, so you’re likely to pick up some new shoe candy during your Murray Hill shopping spree.
Pookie & Sebastian, 541 3rd Ave
Think of Pookie & Sebastian as the upscale version of Forever 21. You’ll find an array of cocktail attire for those nights out in NYC when you need to “dress to impress,” along with sexy little black dresses for under $100. There’s also a great selection of trendy jeans, cute tops, and stylish outerwear in a relatively muted color palette – perfect for mixing and matching with your current wardrobe favorites.
Ippodo Tea Co., 125 E 39th St
As Ippodo’s first street-front store outside Japan, Ippodo Tea Co. is a wonderful shop for stocking up on all your green tea favorites. Learn more about the art and tradition of Japanese green tea from the store’s knowledgeable staff, pick up some quality matcha, and order a to-go drink from Ippodo’s menu that includes Koicha (a thick matcha green tea), matcha almond lattes, and matcha slushies.
Willner Chemists, 100 Park Ave
While you’re on a healthy boost of energy from all that green tea, you’ll find everything else you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle at Willner Chemists. Since it’s a nutrition-oriented pharmacy, health and wellness fanatics will appreciate the endless variety of vitamins and supplements to target every ailment under the sun.
Zero Halliburton New York, 300 Madison Ave
Located right on the border of Murray Hill, the Zero Halliburton flagship store on Madison Avenue is a must-visit for any globetrotter. This luxury luggage company has an incredible stock of fashionable yet sturdy suitcases that will withstand years of traveling. Zero Halliburton also has a chic collection of work and lifestyle essentials like briefcases, laptop bags, backpacks, camera cases, and everyday totes.