Best shops in Park Slope, from vintage troves to design emporiums
The best shops in Park Slope skew local and green—we’ve selected the neighborhood’s finest for fashion, furniture, design and gifts.
Whether you’re looking for handmade ceramics, impeccable vintage frocks or even a superhero costume, our guide to the best shops in Park Slope points you to local gems. When shopping fatigue sets in, retire to one of the nabe's popular bars or grab a bite.
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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.
- 462 Bergen St, (between Flatbush and Fifth Aves)
Fashion-forward Brooklyn residents flock to this unconventional boutique for its brood of up-and-coming local and international designers. Rubbing shoulders on the tightly packed racks in the slightly rustic space, the store stocks its usual stylish lineup of emerging and well-known designers, as well as a limited-edition organic collection by Steven Alan, 3.1 Phillip Lim embellished tees exclusive to the store, animal-friendly accessories by Stella McCartney, organic tie-dye
- 316 Fifth Ave, (between 2nd and 3rd Sts)
This mysterious shop—where you can buy such novelties as capes, X-ray goggles and gallon tins of immortality—is actually a front (and money-earner) for the nonprofit 826NYC, a kids’ writing, tutoring and publishing center (a chapter of the San Francisco outfit founded by novelist Dave Eggers), hidden behind a concealed door.
- 372 Fifth Ave, (between 5th and 6th Sts)
Conceived by partners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter in the back of a cab, this bright, airy Brooklyn institution offers a multitude of handmade works. You’ll find an assortment of enviable loot from up-and-coming local designers such as gift tags by Sesame Letterpress ($3); hand-glazed ceramic, lidded teacups and coasters by Christina Cherry ($50); one-of-a-kind embroidered silk neckties by Bonnie Heart Clyde ($76); and Burrow Burrow’s statuette of a
- 190 Fifth Ave, (at Sackett St)
- Critics choice
This Park Slope bookstore has been around since 1971, and it just rocks. It's fun to peruse, it has a good selection, and the staff is great. It occasionally hosts readings, which are always worthy of attention, and even organizes book groups, in which you'll read authors like Georges Simenon. Only in Brooklyn, people!
- 143 Seventh Ave, (between Carroll St and Garfield Pl)
The store’s namesake, Cozbi A. Cabrera, ditched her career in music packaging at Atlantic Records to focus on the production of her vintage-inspired dolls (or muñecas), which have garnered a huge following and even appeared on Oprah. Cabrera has since branched out into producing handmade women’s clothing and decided to relocate from the Carroll Gardens boutique that she opened in 2004 to a shop along Park Slope’s bustling Fifth Avenue strip. Cabrera’s muñecas are now
- 351 Fifth Ave, (between 4th and 5th Sts)
Kane stocks her shelves with the work of exclusive designers, who handcraft eco-savvy items. Currently saving the planet are Prairie Underground cloak hoodies ($250 each) and Ali Kano leather handbags (from $450), along with goods from Organic by John Patrick, Prairie Underground, Stewart+Brown and more.
- 229B Fifth Ave, (between Carroll and President Sts)
Although this new shop has the air of a gallery (white walls, vitrines), there’s certainly no need for whispering and owner Andrea Miller encourages touching. Filled with an eclectic mix of new and vintage clothing (Alternative Apparel sweatshirts mingle with white lace frocks from the turn of the century), Miller doesn’t adhere to one credo or design philosophy. Instead she takes a populist approach to curating her store, evidenced by her recent front-window display:
- 466 Bergen St, (between 5th and Flatbush Aves)
Suzette Sundae, formerly of the Monkey Whistles & Motorbikes shop, now runs this 1,900-square-foot vintage paradise in the heart of Park Slope. Men can score classy oxford shirts from the 1960s ($19), while ladies can choose from reassembled costume jewelry and charm necklaces ($15), funky leather boots ($29 and up), and an impressive stash of 1940s–1980s dresses (starting at $22).
- 178 Fifth Ave, (between DeGraw and Sackett Sts)
Dorothy was right: There’s no place like home—especially when your pad is decorated with hip trimmings by indie artists. This Park Slope boutique sells a whole mess of oddities to enhance the domestic life. Dinnerware, papers and stationary, wall hardware and more are all handcrafted, so you know you're getting something unique that you can treasure.
- 449 Seventh Ave, (between 15th and 16th Sts)
- Critics choice
After receiving dozens of clothing and antiques donations, Hershy Mayer and Aaron Genuth partnered to open this nonprofit thrift store, whose proceeds benefit Jewish children’s charity Chai Lifeline (chailifeline.org). The shop is evenly divided across two spacious floors; head to the top level, which has an industrial-meets-vintage vibe, to discover a well-edited selection of preloved, gently priced designer garb for guys, gals and kids, plus antique furniture and jewelry.
- 515 Fifth Ave, (at 13th St)
Though it displays museumworthy items—like Iraqi-Brit architect Zaha Hadid’s space-agey stools ($9,130)—don’t confuse Matter for a look-but-don’t-touch gallery. Owner Jamie Gray selects pieces that turn everyday items into high art. Opt for Loyal Loot Collective log bowls ($68–$165), hot-pink acrylic pigeon lights ($105) and safety-pin earrings by Sehti Na ($285).
- 227 Fifth Ave, (between Carroll and President Sts)
Casual, comfy style and a well-curated selection of denim are the calling cards of this Park Slope boutique. Hardwood floors, a tin ceiling, white-painted exposed brick walls and an antique sewing machine on display give the small shop an air of Americana, but the racks are filled with contemporary must-haves from brands like Hudson and Paige. Women can cozy up in supersoft American Vintage V-neck tees ($68), LAmade gauzy cotton cowl-neck sweaters ($85) and Minnie Rose cashmere
- 103 Seventh Ave, (between President and Union Sts)