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The best kids clothing stores in NYC

When your youngsters grow out of their onesies, browse the trendy threads at these top-notch kids clothing stores

By Hannah Doolin and Allie Early
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New York kids are undoubtedly the country's best dressed—due in part to amazing local kids' clothing stores! Get the coolest apparel at these fun shops, which are packed with casual kids' clothing, accessories, formalwear and kitschy toys and gifts too (in a variety of price points). 

For deep discounts beyond our favorite kids' clothing stores in NYC, you'll also want to drop in at our favorite kids' consignment shops, where you're bound to find amazing gently used items on the cheap. Oh, and don't forget to read our guide to the best local baby stores in NYC, girls' clothing stores and kids' shoe stores. Happy shopping!

Got a tip for a great new kids’ store opening in NYC? Let us know at kids.ny@timeout.com.

Best kids clothing stores in NYC

1. Two Kids and a Dog

Shopping DUMBO

Offering a variety of kids' clothing, toys, shoes, baby accessories (not to mention spectacular kids' birthday gifts), Two Kids and a Dog is a great place for parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents catering to the eight and under set. There's also a lot of Brooklyn-repping gear for the little ones (onesies, T-shirts)—after all, its owners (Natalia and Kip) are longtime residents of the area, and proud of it!

Torly Kid store, workshop to make friendship bracelets and hula hoop competition
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2. Torly Kid

Shopping Kid's clothes Tribeca

Owner Carol Adams transformed her successful store Babylicious into Torly Kid—a one-stop shop for both tots and tweens. Best-selling lines like Tooby Doo, Lunchbox and Appaman are now stocked in bigger sizes as well as small. The store also has an extensive collection of party favors.

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3. Area Kids

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The shop mostly stocks clothing from local designers (Egg & Avocado, Appaman), but you’ll also find imaginative and unusual toys from France and Germany. Make sure to bring your own shopping bag—the sustainable-minded store doesn't provide them for customers.

4. Century 21

Shopping Department stores Financial District

While the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Century 21 is a maze of designer duds for adults, most people don't think to consider it as a great spot for amazing discounted designer kids' clothes, too. Online and in-store, you'll find quality apparel, accessory and shoe selections for kids (toddlers through tweens and teens).

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5. An.Mé

Shopping Kid's clothes East Village

Exciting prints and patterns can be found wall to wall at this cute shop—perfect for the modern mini New Yorker. You won't be able to resist apparel like pretzel-dotted sweatpants, sequin kitty bags and Unicorn-hooded coats, and An.Mé also carries whimsical gifts (gnome crayons, vintage-style toys, avocado-shaped teethers and gummy bear nightlights, just to name a few).

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6. Spring Flowers Children's Boutique

Shopping Kid's clothes Lenox Hill

Serving families with babies, kids and tweens, Spring Flowers offers a refreshing selection of beautifully-made special occasion outfits, smart casual clothing and accessories—but be prepared to pay up for the store's beautiful children's apparel. This is a great spot to find your child's next birthday dress, flower girl attire and other special outfits!

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7. Babesta Threads

Shopping Kid's clothes Financial District

Husband-and-wife team Aslan and Jenn Cattaui fill their cozy 450-square-foot store with the stuff kids dig—Junk Food concert tees, Uglydolls, Eazy Bean chairs and vintage wear that’ll make parents envious. The shop mainly focuses on the under-six set, but the Cattauis have recently begun stocking pieces for older children from popular lines such as Chaos Recycled. You'll wish this stuff came in your size.

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8. Bit'Z Kids

Shopping Kid's clothes Upper West Side
These colorful stores specialize in Japanese clothing, shoes and toys. Kids will enjoy the play area, while moms will be excited to find a diaper-changing and breastfeeding room at both locations.
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9. Crewcuts

Shopping Kid's clothes Upper East Side

Thanks to J.Crew's line for kids, parents can help Junior perfect the collegiate look decades before he heads off to Brown. This flagship location, on the UES, sells cardigans and bubble skirts for girls and chinos and suede boots for boys.

10. Lester's

Shopping Womenswear Brooklyn
Racks at this tween boutique are packed with tops, jeans and hoodies as well as pricey party dresses. Track down supercool brands like Bella Dahl, Steve Madden, Fre People and Superga and complete any look with fun accessories or a pair of shoes.
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