80 Best Places to Shop in Brooklyn, New York City

Bird

Cobble Hill
Looking for the chic-est women's wear in Brooklyn? You'll find it at this beloved boutique known for the high prices attached to its enviable items from Rachel Comey, Dries Van Noten, Jesse Kamm, and Ulla Johnson, as well as its own collection of seasonal dresses. Everything from knit sweaterdresses and cardigans to statement shoes and delicate gold jewelry share the cozy space. There are a few items for men available at the Williamsburg location, one of four NYC stores .

BookMark Shoppe

The selection of books and knitting materials at this homey neighborhood shop makes it the perfect stop for the craft-loving reader, the book-loving crafter, and every permutation in between. Events range from author readings to book club meetings to learn-to-knit classes.

Books Are Magic

Cobble Hill

Author Emma Straub opened this spacious and well-stocked bookstore after neighborhood landmark BookCourt closed, and she even used her predecessor's tall wooden bookshelves in creating the new space. Books Are Magic hosts author events—many with celebrated writers who happen to live in Brooklyn—several days a week. Don't miss the excellent kids' area in the back.

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Brooklyn Charm

An amateur jewelry designer's paradise, this shop stocks more than a thousand charms and stones and sells everything needed to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings—wire, chain by the yard, beads, and tools. The New York state charms and vintage adornments make great gifts.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Park Slope

If you can't crack a smile in this store—where all proceeds from superhero costumes, gear, and secret identity kits benefit 826NYC's writing and tutoring programs for kids—step immediately into its Cape Tester, or take the cure-all Vow of Heroism oath. Afterward, browse the inventory of superpowers like telekinesis, chutzpah, and gumption, which are sold in plastic jugs and fake paint cans. The clever labels listing “ingredients” and “warnings” are worth the cost for every ounce of the tongue-in-cheek products.

Caputo's Fine Foods

Carroll Gardens
Counter service can be slow, but a visit to Italian fine food emporium Caputo’s for freshly made mozzarella and handcrafted pastas (fresh or frozen) is worth the wait. Italian-made ladyfinger cookies and mascarpone cheese are other favorites, as are imported olive oils and cured meats like prosciutto and various salami. This is the perfect place to pick up a Carroll Gardens food souvenir (although you might end up eating it on the way home). They close at 2:30 pm on Sunday.
460 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
718-855--8852
Shopping Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Century 21

For many New Yorkers, this flagship branch of the behemoth discount designer department store chain anchoring the lively 86th Street shopping strip is the reason to visit Bay Ridge—regularly. There are two buildings, one dedicated to home goods, shoes, and children's clothes, and the original building that showcases the latest designer clothing, handbags, accessories, and cosmetics. Note that stock is rotated on Tuesdays if you want to score first dibs.

Chess and the Sphinx

Bushwick
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.

Community Bookstore

Park Slope
In a neighborhood known for its large population of authors, editors, and bloggers, it’s fitting to have a bookstore where pride of place goes to literature. Works in translation are well represented among the staff picks, and there's a whole section devoted to small presses including New Directions, Europa Editions, and NYRB Classics. Local authors are prominently featured and readings take place two or three times a week.

Desert Island Comics

The sign above the storefront says Sparacino’s bakery, but the shop is actually home to a comic book utopia. Desert Island packs all kinds of illustrated media into the small shop, from kids' books to graphic novels and zines. You might find a rare vintage comic book or discover new work by a neighborhood graphic artist.

Erie Basin

Red Hook
Heralded for his impeccably modern taste in antique jewelry, Russell Whitmore is the heart, soul, and eye behind Erie Basin. Many an antique wedding ring has been purchased at the classy shop---this is not flea market jumble---but there are also furniture, art, and objects dating from the 18th to the mid-20th century. Prices range from $30 to $30,000.

Fairway Market

Red Hook
On the Hudson River waterfront, this giant food emporium sprawls through the bottom floor of a repurposed old coffee warehouse. As at other Fairway markets, the selection of produce, cheeses, coffee, and prepared food is outstanding, and the butcher and fishmonger are known for quality. The café sells sandwiches and salads and espresso drinks and has outside seating. On weekends in the summer, hot dogs and hamburgers are grilled on the patio.

Fei Long Market

This massive supermarket is noteworthy for its large selection of Chinese grocery items, fresh produce, and housewares. Come here to stock up on Asian candies and snacks, and check out the food court with its dozen or so options for a quick lunch.
6301 8th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11220, USA
718-680–0118

Feliz

Fort Greene
This elegantly cozy boutique sells everything you never knew you always wanted. The shelves are filled with handmade jewelry, international textiles, scents by local perfumeries, candles, and whimsical children's toys. It's the perfect place to pick up unusual gifts, though it's hard to resist a little something for yourself.

Find Home Furnishings

A visit to Find Home Furnishings has become a pilgrimage for vintage and one-of-a-kind furniture geeks. One reason is the prices, which are considerably lower than at similar high-end Manhattan shops. Popular items include trunks, dining room tables, benches, stools, and desks---ranging in style from mid-century modern to reproductions to Indonesian teak.

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.

Front General Store

DUMBO

Outfitting DUMBO's cool kids since 2011, this shop curates trendy, yet approachable apparel, including bomber jackets and his-and-hers Burberry trench coats, plus other well-chosen odds 'n' ends, including antique Mexican glassware, Japanese ceramics, and bold-looking jewelry.

Gastronom Arkadia

Brighton Beach
The legendary steam tables here are stocked with hot and cold delicacies such as stuffed cabbages and peppers, blintzes, baked fish, pickled watermelon, Russian salads, beef tongue, and pirozhki (savory Russian buns with meat or cabbage inside)—fill a plate, or a takeout container. Shop for chocolates and other comestibles that you won't find elsewhere.
1079 Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11235, USA
718-934–7709

GGrippo art+design

Argentinean GGrippo moved to Williamsburg 20 years ago and set up this very design-conscious shop focused on sustainable goods. At his studio in the back, he sews upcycled cashmere, creating beautiful patchwork sweaters, dresses, and coats. The shop is a sight in itself—the main floor has a balcony looking down on the showroom and workshop. Rotating installations might take the form of colorful flowers made of recycled bottles. It's closed Monday and Tuesday.

Gnarly Vines

If only every neighborhood had a devoted wine store like this one, with tasting notes written out for just about every wine in the shop. Owner Brian Robinson is passionate about wine, and his shop is well stocked with budget-friendly bottles as well as rare finds, with an emphasis on family winemakers. Paintings by local artists line the walls, and tastings by local importers, microdistillers, and international labels imbue the space with relaxed, convivial energy.

Here's a Book Store

On the southern edge of Midwood, this independent bookstore has stood its ground for more than 40 years. Packed with used and new books from the floor to the tin-roof ceiling, it stocks more than 3,000 classic titles, as well as sizable sections for art, children's books, paperback best sellers, and Jewish-interest topics. From Ditmas Park, it's a 10-minute ride from Cortelyou Road on the Coney Island Avenue bus B68 to Avenue P.
1964 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11223, USA
718-645–6675
Shopping Details
Rate Includes: Closed Thurs.–Sat.

Homecoming

Greenpoint
There aren’t many places where you can purchase handcrafted floral arrangements and home decor accents alongside coffee and pastries; Homecoming does both with panache. The airy, white-painted boutique sells one-of-a-kind ceramics and potted plants, art prints, notebooks, and flowers by the stem, as well as Verve coffee and artisanal doughnuts by Dough.

Horseman Antiques

Boerum Hill
Brooklyn antiques shops have become increasingly precious and expensive of late, but Horseman has resolutely avoided the trend. Its five floors of mid-century-modern furniture, fixtures, and salvaged items—not to mention one of the largest collections of stained glass on the East Coast—remain reasonably priced.

ID New York

Williamsburg's dapper gents head to this small boutique for high-quality apparel and accessories. Scotch & Soda, Life After Denim, WeSC, and similar brands fill the shelves. Don't miss the colorful, patterned bow ties. There's also a shop at 107 North 5th Street (at Berry).

Jane Motorcycles

Taking the boutique–coffee shop combo to the next level, Jane Motorcycles sells—you guessed it—motorcycles and coffee. Owners Adam and Alex wanted to open a place where anyone could stop by to admire the bikes (which they work on at nearby garages) without feeling pressured to buy. Bikers shop for helmets, apparel, and accessories, while the café set sips Parlor coffee (roasted in Brooklyn), munches on baked goods, and accesses the free Wi-Fi.

Leif

Williamsburg

This bright little boutique has a curated collection of mostly housewares, but also stationery, jewelry, beauty products, and prints by local artists. Find rugs and pillows, linen tablecloths, hand-painted ceramic pitchers, beaded earrings, colorful knit accessories, fragrant candles, and more.

Material World Records

Bushwick
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.

Néda

Carroll Gardens
Women’s boutique Néda specializes in edgy (yet not too flashy) party frocks, sundresses, and statement sweaters in bold colors, jumbo florals, and flirty and festive prints and patterns. Designers represented include Plenty By Tracy Reese, Umsteigen, Pepaloves, Atelier Nicole Miller, and Weston Wear. Check out the jewelry selection, which can be more affordable than the clothing.
302 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
718-624--6332
Shopping Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Norman and Jules

Park Slope
Unique toys and dolls from around the world score points with children and their parents at this high-end toy shop. It stocks an excellent selection of wooden toys as well as games and puzzles, household-helper tools, and Tegu magnetic blocks. There are arts and crafts kits and supplies, too.

Otto

Park Slope
Splurge on Anni Kuan's New York–made designs, Catherine André's limited-edition knits, and clothing by other European designers like Anne Willi, Niu, Bitte Kai Rand, and Schella Kann at this carefully curated women's shop that still carries the Bondi Bather bathing suits and lingerie it began with in 1989. New to the bathing mix are Amara Felice's vintage cuts, handmade in Brooklyn. Woolens from Europe and handbags by Alfred Stadler and Hobo are a few of the other luxurious items.