5 Best Places to Shop in Bushwick, New York City

Better Than Jam

Fodor's choice
Stocked with clothes, jewelry, accessories, art, local zines, bath products, and housewares all handmade in New York's five boroughs, this store, attached to the Shops at the Loom, is the perfect place to find distinctive gifts and souvenirs. The space also doubles as a communal art studio, with workshops, classes, and open hours available to the public. It's closed Tuesday–Thursday.

Chess and the Sphinx

With a canny collection of clothing and accessories from the 1940s through the 1990s and beyond, this shop has quality designer items at very reasonable prices. Browse the racks and you might find vintage pieces from Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel, Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Yves Saint Laurent amid the lower-profile labels.

Fine & Raw Chocolate

On a mission "to save the world through silliness and chocolate," this company makes its products with organic ingredients and low-heat techniques that help maintain flavors. The chocolate bars, in fun packaging fashioned from recycled, nontoxic materials, make great presents. The loft space has a glass wall, so you can watch chocolate being made. A small café serves hot chocolate that's nicely thick, and, unlike most places, unsweetened.

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Material World Records

Browse metal, techno, indie, rap, and punk recordings, many by locals, at this small shop packed with vinyl, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and books. You won't find too many mainstream artists here, but it's the perfect place to acquaint yourself with the booming Bushwick music scene.

Shops at the Loom

This renovated textile mill is Bushwick's take on a minimall, with more than 20 businesses including a yoga studio, a bike shop, and a tattoo parlor. You can pick up a coffee at Kave Espresso Bar, take a DIY craft class at Brooklyn Creative Studio, or pick up head-turning club wear at House of La Rue. If the weather's fine, sip your drink in the urban-landscaped courtyard and access the free Wi-Fi.