Best Shops & Markets in New York City

Essex Market is a treasure trove for gourmets.

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Essex Market is a treasure trove for gourmets.

Essex Market is a treasure trove for gourmets.

Photo provided Best Shops & Markets in New York City New York's shops and markets are a melting pot of cuisines and cultures. Here you can find everything from empanadas and epic cheeses to Egyptian peppercorns.


An 80-year-old institution that Upper Westsiders rely on for their smoked fish and bagels – and so much more. This supermarket has counters groaning with breads and olives, a cheese department with the distinction of being the first importers of Brie to NYC in the 1960s (!) and a coffee shop tucked away upstairs.

2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
+1 212 787 2000


New York’s most famous cheese shop is staffed by experts who make, sell and serve exceptional cheese – and all the olives, cornichons and salamis you could want for a truly gourmet picnic. Browse around the flagship store on Bleeker, then step up to the counter and ask the red-jacketed staff for a recommendation and get ready to taste.

254 Bleeker Street, New York, NY 10014
+1 212 243 3289


A delicious bazaar packed with spices, dried herbs, fruits, candied peels, teas, nuts, pulses, hot sauces and condiments from around the globe. Egyptian peppercorns? They’ve got them. Madagascan vanilla? Of course. Browse barrels of dried fruits, aisles of lentils, cookware and cocktail syrups in a state of sensory overload – and make sure you don’t leave without a packet or two of house-made spice mixes.

123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
+1 212 685 3451


If you want to buy a quality kitchen knife, Korin is the place. It supplies Japanese restaurants with tableware and appliances, but there are plenty more beautiful things to interest the home cook, from the perfect tea cup and sushi platters to a nifty ramen noodle machine.

57 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
+1 212 587 7021


New Yorkers have been buying bagels and lox from Russ and Daughters for over 100 years. The shop specialises in smoked fish and caviar, (featured in the documentary Sturgeon Queens), though they also have a sideline in desirable merchandise – in collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal, no less. There’s a café close to the shop on Orchard Street where you can eat your white fish in comfort.

179 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002
+1 212 475 4880


While busy at peak times, this market is still a serious treasure trove of culinary delights, housing a myriad of shops offering everything from lobster rolls to chocolate Statue of Liberty models, as well as restaurants, a wine bar and kitchen supply store. Our tips? Avoid the lunch rush and save room for an Adobada taco from Los Tacos No. 1.

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011


A 100-year-old hub for everything gourmet from freshly roasted coffee to tropical fruits, this newly expanded market is the perfect place to wander, sip and nibble a morning away. Pick up a Sicilian fried rice ball at Arancini Bros, a hunk of cheese from family-run Valley Shepherd Creamery or a more-ish cheeseburger empanada from Dominican Cravings.

88 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002