Philanthropist Fiona Druckenmiller’s curiosity shop gone luxe takes you through the looking glass of the Upper East Side: It’s very chic and very pricey, but in this world, anything goes. Those who have a Daddy Warbucks–size budget can holiday-shop for rare and handmade gifts “in an environment that is more welcoming than a high-end jewelry store,” explains Druckenmiller. To wit, visitors are greeted in the foyer by a tabletop multitouch flat-screen computer loaded with information about the treasures within, such as Cartier panther bracelets ($20,000–$1 million). After recovering from sticker shock over a gratis espresso in the book-lined back lounge, wander through the fine-art collection to admire numbered Audubon prints and Man Ray photographs that are better suited to hang in a museum than your pad. If you’re simply itching to bust out your checkbook, you’ll find smaller splurges in Chanel costume jewelry ($300–$5,000) and an assortment of vintage purses ($1,800–$6,000).
21 E 65th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–5:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 68th St–Hunter College; F to Lexington Ave–63rd St|