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8 Unique Souvenirs To Bring Home From New York City

Skip the Times Square trinkets and shop for special souvenirs at these local institutions.

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Jessica Colley Clarke is a freelance writer and curious traveler based in New York City. Her stories have appeared in AFAR magazine, BBC Travel, The Daily Beast, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Manhattan may be one of the world’s great shopping capitals, but it can be surprisingly easy to go wrong with souvenirs. Look beyond the snow globes and typical T-shirts to search out local stores that offer curated collections of gifts and souvenirs for anyone on your list. To get you started, here are some of our top souvenir suggestions that make for truly memorable, only-in-New-York gifts.

1. Books, puzzles, and cards

A stack of books on a New York City street.
For the bookworms in your life.Foto: elbud / Shutterstock

Shop for New York–themed literature and other meaningful knickknacks.

Beyond the stone lions that guard the door at this branch of the New York Public Library, you can explore one of Manhattan’s beloved architectural landmarks and shop for souvenirs at the same time. Here, discover the perfect gifts for avid readers, from book-themed guides to New York City to special editions of the classics to colorful notebooks and cards.

The store also stocks children’s books, puzzles, jewelry, and other creative accessories like scarves and totes. Many of the items for sale are connected to New York and its history or culture, which make for truly special gifts.

Where: New York Public Library Shop in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 West 42nd Street, Midtown

Best for: Book lovers, parents, and kids

2. Japanese-inspired kitchenware

A Japanese knife being sharpened.
Treat your foodie friends to something special.Foto: Yuriy Golub / Shutterstock

Pick up tableware and Japanese knives.

One of the best things about Manhattan is how international it is. If your idea of fun is perusing a Japanese restaurant supply store, you can certainly do it in New York City.

The Tribeca shop Korin is a must-visit destination for unique kitchen tools, barware, tableware, and quality Japanese knives (and don’t forget to buy a sharpening stone). Japanese knives are essential tools for the serious home cook, and Korin is home to an impressive collection. The shop also offers custom engraving, so you can personalize the knife for yourself or a loved one.

Where: Korin, 57 Warren Street, Tribeca

Best for: Parents or friends; anyone who loves cooking shows

3. Vintage clothing and accessories

A thrift market in New York City
Search for one-of-a-kind fashion.Foto: littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock

Shop for a cause.

Housing Works is a nonprofit that works to end AIDS and homelessness. It also happens to run some of the city’s best thrift shops, both in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Searching out a Housing Works thrift shop can be a fun way to begin to explore a new New York City neighborhood, and you never know what you’ll find inside, from vintage clothes to handbags to shoes to other accessories. And when you buy, you’ll be supporting a good cause at the same time.

Where: Housing Works, several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Best for: Fashion lovers and vintage hunters

Related: 15 Must-See New York City Neighborhoods and How to Visit

4. Art and design objects

MoMA Design Store in SoHo, New York City
The MoMA Design Store is an art lover's dream.Foto: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock

Bring the New York art scene home with you.

Design lovers don’t need to go to Midtown to check out the souvenirs at the Museum of Modern Art—this MoMA Design Store brings gifts and design objects downtown to SoHo.

Browse through a range of souvenirs from your favorite 20th-century designers alongside gifts from today’s up-and-coming talent. Art books, toys, jewelry, home items, notebooks, games, and more are all for sale in this large and airy shop.

Where: MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring Street, SoHo

Best for: Art and design enthusiasts

5. Coffee

Whole coffee beans in jars in New York City's Porto Rico store
Share a taste of New York mornings.Foto: helloneko / Shutterstock

Sip a Manhattan brew from home.

Coffee is serious business at Porto Rico Importing Co., a beloved source of coffee for New Yorkers since 1907. This narrow shop in the East Village roasts coffee beans daily and has a rare and exotic selection for those looking to expand their coffee horizons.

This shop is all about the experience. Go inside prepared to chat with the staff and get some recommendations for coffees to try—you’ll even leave with some home-brewing tips.

Where: Porto Rico Importing Co., 40 St. Mark’s Place, East Village

Best for: Coffee drinkers

6. Records

Used records for sale in New York City
Do some crate-digging.Foto: elbud / Shutterstock

Listen to your favorite New York–inspired jams from your sofa.

Vinyl is having a resurgence, and Stranded Records provides an old-school, digging-for-gems experience in the East Village. Browse through the crates of affordable records from soul to jazz to new wave and beyond.

With both used and new records, this neighborhood shop offers a range of souvenirs and gifts to bring home from your trip to New York City. The staff is knowledgeable and happy to point customers to new and unexpected records.

Where: Stranded Records, 218 East 5th St., East Village

Best for: Music lovers

7. Manhattan memorabilia

Souvenirs for sale on a New York City street.
A one-stop shop for all things New York City.Foto: rblfmr / Shutterstock

Keep the NYC theme going, even at home.

All gifts and souvenirs in CityStore are tied to New York City, as this is the official store of the City of New York. The city government actually sponsors it.

The collection of souvenirs here is vast, from coloring books and puzzles to subway-themed gifts, jewelry, kids’ clothes, and even locally made hot sauces. From affordable trinkets like NYC magnets to art prints worthy of framing, this store might just be the most extensive collection of New York–themed objects in the city.

Where: CityStore, One Centre Street or 141 Worth Street

Best for: Parents, friends, New York City enthusiasts

8. Food items

Kalustyan’s market in Murray Hill, New York
Kalustyan’s is for spice lovers.Foto: Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock

Take home a taste of the city.

Wandering the aisles of Kalustyan’s is an enthusiastic home cook’s dream. This specialty market is known for Indian and Middle Eastern spices, spice blends, hard-to-find teas, and other global food items.

Don’t go into Kalustyan’s if you only have a few minutes; this is a place to linger and browse, filling your basket with a variety of items that will inspire home cooking for months to come. It also has a deli with ready-to-eat items for those in search of delicious picnic fare.

Where: Kalustyan’s, Murray Hill, 123 Lexington Ave.

Best for: Anyone that loves to cook

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