Shopping in Greenwich Village: The best stores and boutiques

The best shops, clothing stores, food markets and boutiques for shopping in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Shopping in Greenwich Village offers a great selection of stores, from an outpost of beloved vintage store Beacon's Closet, to kitchenware stores and pet boutiques.

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The Market NYC pop-up

This eclectic bazaar is celebrating ten years as one of the city’s biggest indoor markets by upgrading to a larger, 8,500-square-foot space for the summer. Around 30 indie artisans and designers rent a space, hawking apparel for men ($30–$650) and women ($49–$220), jewelry ($40–$300), accessories ($25–$175) and handmade crafts ($150–$350). Browse the marketplace to discover Abby May vintage gemstone-and-chain necklaces ($120) and Nanako cotton tie-front tank dresses ($46). Choice men’s threads include celeb-favorite Japanese designer Hiro Takahashi’s animal-human-morphs graphic tees ($45). Vendors have been known to negotiate prices, so bring your best poker face.

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Stieber's Sweet Shoppe

This new candy bar may give Dylan’s a run for its money. Step in the Greenwich Village sweet spot, which smells of freshly baked fudge ($18 per pound) and salivate over 250 types of gummies featuring unexpected flavors like spicy red hot chilli pepper (for the brave). There are more than 400 options of bulk candy here, but die-hard cocoa fans can fill their own box with chocolate-covered Oreos and pretzels to oblige a demanding sweet tooth ($8–$20).

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The Bag House

Owner Hiro Irie came to New York in the 1960s as an exchange student from Japan and has provided travel gear and luggage to city dwellers since 1974. The spartan store is packed to the brim with carriers from dependable brands such as Victorinox, Halliburton and LeSportsac, and clearly caters to the NYU students in the neighborhood, considering that a massive wall is dedicated to North Face backpacks ($40–$165) and Manhattan Portage messenger bags ($40–$120). If you’ve since outgrown wearing JanSport reversible leopard-print backpacks ($51), more mature options include Eagle Creek four-wheeled uprights ($314) and Baggallini rolling totes ($171) done up in a sophisticated, subtle giraffe print. Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases (excludes Deuter, Eagle Creek, Jansport, Kipling, LeSportsac, North Face, Rimowa and Victorinox) through May 31.

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Annie Sez

Ladies looking for trendy name-brand threads for less will go crazy for the goods offered in this 6,500-square-foot shop. While there is a location in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, this is the first Manhattan store for the 37-year-old company, which offers current season merchandise at 20 to 65 percent off department-store prices. It takes some diligence to rummage through the extensive, designer-coordinated racks, but we spotted Calvin Klein cotton sheaths ($70), Taylor leopard-print dresses ($60) and W18 by Walter Baker sheer blouses ($35). The massive amounts of accessories proved to be worth the effort as well, with Franco Sarto suede boots ($119), and Trovare stacked rings ($13) and fabric earrings ($8) emerging as standouts.

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Beacon’s Closet

As big fans of this treasure trove of modern and vintage finds, we’re ecstatic that Brooklyn mainstay Beacon’s Closet (which has stores in Williamsburg and Park Slope) opened up shop in Manhattan. The simple space is adorned with three large chandeliers crafted from buttons by engineer Doug Newton and features one wall covered in dark, floral wallpaper. Although it’s half the size of the nearly 5,000-square-foot Williamsburg location, the Manhattan storefront boasts plentiful racks packed with retired closet duds consigned by locals, many of whom are trendy college kids from nearby schools. You’ll likely come across designer goods such as a Christian Dior cropped blazer ($25) or a Marc Jacobs men’s corduroy jacket ($30), although castaways from chains like H&M and Charlotte Russe are also in the mix. The store is abundant in one-of-a-kind accessories, including funky United Nude orange-and-red checkered booties ($50), but also stocks simpler shoes such as guys’ Gourmet red suede sneakers ($18). Drop by and exchange your own gently worn, in-season clothes for 35 percent of the resale value in cash, or 55 percent of store credit for your next purchase.

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Broadway Panhandler

A family business founded in 1939, Broadway Panhandler stocks hard-core products for professional chefs, but there’s also plenty on hand for the gourmet dabbler. The shop’s personality really lies in the fun and innovative kitchen accessories it offers for any level of enthusiast to enjoy. Check out the Edward Salad Hands ($20)—bamboo tossers that look like fingers—or the Onion Goggles ($20), which provide extreme protection while slicing the tear-inducing vegetables. The store also offers the ongoing series Demonstrations and Conversations, which includes demos, tastings and interviews with popular chefs in the area.

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Village Party Store

Although the original Greenwich Avenue location of this beloved party-supply store burned down in 2010, the Wong family quietly reopened a 7,000-square-foot space just six months later. The relaunched digs carry the same massive collection of prepackaged costumes ($20–$150) and decorative goods ($1–$100) for all holidays and occasions. In addition to a diverse selection of more than 2,000 getups, including gorilla suits ($120) and Gatsby-esque flapper frocks ($80), there are also quirky add-ons such as multicolored Afro wigs ($7–$30) and sparkling butterfly wings ($6–$50). Also look for decor that will make your All Hallows’ Eve fete truly festive, such as ghost and pumpkin piñatas ($13), bone candles ($8) and edible skull or knife cake decorations ($6).

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Make Up for Ever

This airy East Village boutique, the only U.S. outpost of the Parisian label, is a favorite of industry professionals for its highly pigmented products and big-screen-worthy foundations. Customization is key here: Create your own lipstick palette ($16 for an empty palette, $7 per lipstick) or create eye makeup and glosses by adding loose, shimmery powders that can double—or triple—as a blush or highlighter.

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Hudson Magazine & Party Store

This three-year-old shop, co-owned by Helen Wong (whose brother operates sister party supply destination Village Party Store), did such great business selling Halloween costumes in its debut season, it’s utilizing its 1,500-square-foot storage space as a retail area in order to stock more affordable prepackaged costumes ($20–$60). Peruse the two packed walls for ensembles that are appropriate for couples (ketchup and mustard bottles, $35 each), fearmongers (zombie duds streaked with fake blood, $35–$49) and jokesters (Angry Birds suits, $40–$60). Creepy accessories such as Eyecon colored contact lenses ($30–$40) and Sexy Bite thermal plastic fangs ($20) will finish off your look to hair-raising effect. You can also get the party started at home with polyester spiderwebs ($2–$6) and pumpkin carving kits ($4–$15), which include a pick, scoop, carving knife and stencils for creating your own jack-o’-lantern.

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Burlington Coat Factory

Bargain shoppers can head back to Union Square—which used to be home to Filene’s Basement—with the opening of this discount giant’s second Manhattan location (the first is in Chelsea). The tri-level, 92,000-square-foot space is filled with current-season designer duds marked up to 65 percent off department-store prices. Gentlemen looking to stock up on basics can nab Ben Sherman trench coats ($100) and Original Penguin V-neck sweaters ($25), while ladies looking for a steal can pick up Free People chiffon dresses ($70) and Elizabeth and James leather booties ($180). For the home, we spotted seven-piece cookware sets ($20) and Vera Wang Home coverlets ($100). There’s even a beauty section, featuring OPI nail polish and CoverGirl foundations ($7 each).

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