Our Top Picks for Upper East Side NYC Shopping

Our Top Picks for Upper East Side NYC Shopping

When it comes to shopping, there are two approaches to getting the task done. On one hand, you could create a neat shopping list and charge through the errands with focus and precision…

Or you can have a retail experience. Leisurely sauntering along the flagship stores of some of the world’s most famous boutiques on a voyage of discovery. As you do, take in the beautiful and historic architecture of Upper East Side real estate, stunning window displays in Madison Avenue stores, and find the finest wares of classic luxury brands and fabulous up-and-coming new designers. 

Upper East Side real estate expert Carol Staab welcomes you to her neighborhood, and she’s curated a list of some of her favorite retail destinations. Get away from the crowds of the much-too-touristy 5th Avenue shopping and enjoy quintessential NYC shopping.

For shoes

Quality footwear is a must for the fast-paced streets of NYC, but there’s no reason to sacrifice style. Look your best in these high-quality, eye- catching shoes.

Aquazzurra Boutique 939 Madison Avenue

Designer Edgardo Osorio describes his Madison Avenue location as “my dream store…a little bit of Florence in New York. It’s like the Duomo on Madison.” Whether you fancy the colorful whimsy of the Papillon Sandal or the simple elegance of classic pumps, Aquazzurra offers gorgeous women’s shoes to complement formal wear to weekend casual looks.

Christian Louboutin 965 Madison Avenue

If you’re looking for truly unique footwear, Christian Louboutin’s charming conceptions will help your personal style shine through. You’ll easily find a splurge-worthy fashion statement (or two) from the famous red sole designer.

For clothing

Whether you’re heading to the office or out to meet friends for dinner, these clothing boutiques will have you looking your best.

Fivestory 8 East 69th Street

History, architecture, vintage style, and modern fashion commingle in Fivestory’s new location on Madison Avenue. Housed among fine art galleries, the compilation of designers featured in Fivestory are artists in their own right, with wearable and evocative pieces just as expressive as the paintings and sculpture that adorn the store.

alice + olivia 755 Madison Avenue

Feminine and glamorous, alice + olivia features flowing dresses perfect for that upcoming vacation and tailored jumpsuits to flatter and impress. These flirty styles are popular with numerous Hollywood celebrities for their color and textures. As the brand has continued to grow, alice + olivia is becoming a one-stop-shop, with shoes and accessories to complete your look.

For accessories

No fashionable look is complete without statement accessories. With the many gorgeous options these designers present, your greatest challenge may lie in choosing just one.

Alexis Bittar 1100 Madison Avenue

They say “All that glitters…” but step into Alexis Bittar’s boutique, and you just may see it differently. Golden adornments on clutches and crossbody bags, uniquely crafted bracelets and earrings will make you wonder if this designer doesn’t have a bit of a Midas touch. Alexis Bittar is a true New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn and the entrepreneurial success story that inspires us all. His creations have been featured in numerous international Vogue issues and on HBO’s Sex and the City.

Hayward House 131 East 70th Street

Hayward House’s cozy interior possesses the rich and inviting feel of a library or parlor of yesteryear. As the daughter of photographer Dennis Hopper and actress Brook Hayward, designer Marin Hopper has artistry in her veins. Her flagship store features eye-catching handbags and clutches accentuated by the trademark “H”. In addition to open-to-the-public store hours, private appointments can be scheduled to attend to your shopping needs.

LALAoUNIS 31 E 64th Street

Estate jewelry and investment pieces are the specialty of LALAoUNIS. Featuring styles reminiscent of the most beautiful works throughout the world and across time, buyers can choose from Byzantine gemstone rings, Nubian necklaces, or the charms of Helen of Troy. With the customer in mind, they offer a try it at home service. One of their helpful jewelers can help you select the perfect piece to wear and experience so that you will be fully satisfied with your purchase.

Department stores

When time is of the essence and you want to find a complete ensemble under one roof, these boutique department stores offer the best designers. Helpful associates can guide you to the very best selections to complete your look and style.

Bergdorf Goodman 754 5th Avenue

Whatever your style, whatever the occasion, Bergdorf Goodman can help you shine. They offer concierge and stylist services to elevate your shopping experience as you seek that perfect fit and look. Take a break and enjoy bird’s eye views of Central Park as you dine at BG Restaurant. Need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon? Visit Palette for a cocktail.

Bloomingdale's 1000 Third Avenue

The flagship location of this New York icon is a must. Bloomingdale’s has provided the city with fashion and service for 150 years, and they’ve mastered their trade. Personal stylists and shoppers will help select flattering ensembles, and their alterations experts will tailor the look to a perfect fit. After shopping, enjoy upscale dining at Daikanyama or meet up with friends for a cocktail at Studio 59 — a working film studio.

Looking for more than retail therapy?

For the truly cosmopolitan, finding an Upper East Side condo for sale, enjoying exquisite views of the East River, and accessing some of the city’s most celebrated features — Central Park, The Museum Mile, and Madison Avenue Shopping is the quintessential New York experience. If your retail excursion has opened your eyes to the possibilities of the UES lifestyle, Carol Staab can help you take the first steps. She has access to the best houses for sale in the Upper East Side and will gladly help you find your perfect place to call home. Give her a call today.

Work With Carol

Carol Staab has an innovative luxury real estate practice that provides an elite level of concierge service through unparalleled world-class marketing and a hands-on business approach. Her mission is to give her clients an exceptional experience while helping them achieve the best results possible.