Want to spice up your sex life? Look no further than our pick of New York City's hottest sex shops. If you've been inspired by the sex scenes in BDSM bestseller-turned-movie hit Fifty Shades of Grey (or indeed any of our curated selection of erotic books), you'll find trinkets, erotica, and no shortage of kink at these excellent emporiums.
At this friendly sex-toy boutique—run by women and skewed toward women—browsers are encouraged to handle all manner of buzzing, wriggling and bendable playthings, including the famed Rabbit Pearl vibrator. The shop also stocks a huge variety of condoms and hosts frank sex-ed classes on a variety of subjects.Read more
The first NYC outpost of this British boutique, founded by Justine and Samantha Roddick, puts the ass in class. Think: racy lingerie by Stella McCartney, sustainable-wood paddles, comics (Anal Intruders from Uranus!) and dog masks. Dressing rooms share a confessional-style partition, and one is equipped with a digital camera (use your imagination).Read more
Billed as the first sex shop for women, by women, Eve's Garden strives to steer female sexuality away from penis-shaped straws and subpar vibrators. The store's founder, women's-rights activist Dell Williams, designed it to be high-class, welcoming and anything but scary. The shop holds workshops and events on- and off-site, with topics ranging from couples' communication to masturbation.Read more
If you're a man in love with leather, this West Village fixture (in operation since 1965) is the only place you'll ever need to shop. Most of the Leather Man's items are made in-house, and tailors are on hand to modify them, often for free (good thing, too—a leather straitjacket will run you about $850). The store's two floors have just about anything you'd need: restraints, hoods, whips, paddles, books and toys, plus a knowledgeable staff that'll make you feel virginal for how little you actually know about S&M and bondage.Read more
This S.I. mainstay is the largest supplier of toys on the East Coast, and it shows. Make a day trip out of your visit and you can walk away with armloads of DVDs, toys and even smoking accessories. The products run the gamut, with basics like the Rabbit to more frivolous sex swings and vibrating fake hands.Read more
The PPB's main focus is on couples looking to invigorate their sex lives with props, potions or costumes. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the store carries a huge number of toys, starting with cheap bullet vibes and topping out with $100-plus extreme dildos. The company's been in business since 1972, which makes Pink Pussycat a trusted name for dommes and submissives alike.Read more
The Pleasure Chest
This store covers all the basics for both masturbators and couples. The Pleasure Chest's inventory is mostly high-quality (even some "luxury" sex toys for those with padded wallets), though you can also stop in for cheap novelty gifts, like boyfriend training cards and candy bras. Plus, the store has a busy calendar of classes and workshops designed to offer new techniques and product ideas for love lives that have turned mundane.
Purple Passion has vibes, floggers and so much more in its 4,000-square-foot Chelsea store. Catering to couples, single women, pro dommes and men, it carries a huge selection of leather and BDSM gear, including halters, gags, corsets and strap-ons. Hot sellers include the Jack Rabbit buzzer, leather suspension cuffs and bondage rope. You can also peruse clothes, boots (up to size 15!), shoes, wigs and books—or sign up for any number of workshops. Most customers spend at least $10 on a single trip; the more adventurous will drop a few hundred.Read more
Whether you're looking for blow-up dolls, gag gifts, vibrating dolphins or costumes, this is an A1 destination. The business works as a general-goods store for the adult provocateur, with an extremely friendly, mostly female staff, and young clientele. The prices are moderate as far as toy stores in New York City go, but don't expect a lifetime guarantee out of anything.Read more