Best shops on the Upper East Side for fashion, home decor and more

Whether you’re window-shopping or ready to splurge, start by browsing our list of the best shops on the Upper East Side.

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The Upper East Side boasts some of the best shops in NYC, including a couple of iconic department stores. Prime retail strip Madison Avenue hawks everything from chocolate to lofty designer labels, and due to its affluent demographic, the UES is a prime patch for consignment stores.

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Make Meaning

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You needn't be a budding Martha Stewart to get your creative juices flowing at this DIY haven. The five-story second Manhattan outpost (the first is on the Upper West Side) offers foolproof crafts that any age or skill level can master. Decorate your own prebaked chocolate or vanilla cake ($24–$48) with fondant shapes, edible glitter, embellishments ($1–$5) and spray coloring in a motorized rotating booth, or make a scented candle ($20–$70) and then watch it take form at

  1. 501 Third Ave, between 84th and 85th Sts
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Schutz

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This Brazilian footwear and accessories brand, which has a cult following thanks to designer Giovanni Bianco’s whimsical creations, opens its first store outside its mother country. The space is set up to resemble a high-fashion art gallery, with black-and-white geometric display tables in the middle of the shop and backlit cubes set within the walls displaying goods. Shoe fanatics will find an array of styles to covet, including ballerina flats with glitter heels ($160), suede

  1. 655 Madison Ave, between 60th and 61st Sts, 10065
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Le Pain Quotidien

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This charming Belgian chain, a bread-lover’s heaven, is a comfy all-day hangout. Groups of girlfriends meet to gossip and splurge on pastries, couples swap newspaper sections over coffee, and solo diners strike up conversations at huge communal wooden tables. Breakfast offerings are simple—frothy café au lait; baskets of rustic European breads, croissants and brioche; soft-boiled eggs; granola-yogurt parfaits. Come lunchtime, there’s a long list of salads and intriguing

  1. 1131 Madison Ave, between 84th and 85th Sts, 10021-47
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Barneys New York

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Barneys sets the prodigious record for housing the most progressive, conceptual and hard-to-find labels in the city. You'll find Balenciaga and Commes des Garcons; Lanvin, Azzedine Alaia and Dries van Noten. The ground floor offers an excellent selection of accessories such as Hermes watches, Pucci scarves and an in-store shop from Parisian luggage company Goyard, while the shoe department hosts almost every Manolo Blahnik on over (as well as a range of pairs from Miu Miu,

  1. 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
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Monograms Off Madison

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This charming boutique is filled with preppy accessories, nearly all of which can be personalized. There are more than 50 monogram styles—from single letters to full names—and the work is complimentary with any purchase. Make your mark on seersucker duffles ($38), dopp kits ($58) and portable bar buckets ($45), or bring in your own towels, totes or apparel (the shop can embroider any item within a week, starting at $10 per piece).

  1. 29 E 93rd St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
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Martier

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We could easily spend a day at this Sutton Place triple threat, which features a high-end boutique, full-service spa and café over two expansive floors. The fun starts downstairs at the ritzy spa, which offers basic manicures and pedicures ($25–$40) amped up by Chanel and Christian Dior polish, medical-grade facial peels ($175–$225), laser hair removal ($95–$695) and private slate-tiled showers to rinse off in after your Swedish massage ($135). Though you can have the

  1. 1010–1014 Second Ave, between 53rd and 54th Sts
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Laytner’s Linen & Home

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Corporate megastores aren’t the only places to get the best deals on pillows, comforters and other bed-bath essentials. As an alternative, turn to this family-run version of a big-box chain that has been operating in NYC for 46 years. As the name would suggest, bedding is the star player here, with standouts like the house brand of dobby-stripe sheets ($40–$50) and quilted floral bedspreads ($40–$60). But there are plenty of steals with which to spice up the other rooms in

  1. 237 E 86th St, between Second and Third Aves
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Milly

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After a decade of outfitting hip, sophisticated ladies in her playfully patterned designs, Milly creator Michelle Smith opened her first U.S. flagship (the other is in Tokyo), appropriately located on the Upper East Side. The vibrant walls of the spacious boutique are a nod to Smith’s love of retro art and feminine fashion. Printed-silk maxidresses with gold chain halters ($395) are perfect for summer weekends in the Hamptons, while metallic leather shoulder bags with bamboo

  1. 900 Madison Ave, between 72nd and 73rd Sts
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Fivestory

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After becoming frustrated by seeing everyone around her wearing the same garb, New York native Claire Distenfeld left her job as a gallery director to start her own luxury store, where she makes sure you’ll find only one-of-a-kind pieces. She achieves this by stocking just two of each item, and carries exclusive women’s clothing from avant-garde Russian designer Vika Gazinkaya ($1,795–$3,200) and French brand Risto ($395–$595). The third-floor space is meant to be a

  1. 18 E 69th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10021
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Vosges Haut-Chocolat

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Having charmed Soho, chocolatier Katrina Markoff is expanding her avant-cocoa venture to the Upper East Side. Uptown-only features like an ice-cream station and cheese-and-chocolate pairings join her lineup of inspired truffles.

  1. 1100 Madison Ave, at 83rd St
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Alexis Bittar

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A life-sized zebra welcomes shoppers at Alexis Bittar’s boutique, a veritable safari of the designer’s most colorful accessories. Best known for his Lucite jewelry (small square bangles, drop pendants, block rings), Bittar has also expanded his collection to include precious metals. Choose from silver, gold or rose-gold pieces, adorned with semiprecious stones and Swarovski crystals.

  1. 1100 Madison Ave, between 82nd and 83rd Sts
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