Shops at Columbus Circle, New York City
“You're the frosting to my cupcake.”
Opened in July of 1996, at 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street Greenwich Village, Magnolia Bakery has become a national confection sensation.
With shops in other Manhattan locations, such as 200 Columbus Avenue, on the corner of West 69th; near Rockefeller Center at 1240 Avenue of the Americas; on the Dining Concourse of Grand Central Station, and at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave (b/t 59th and 60th); as well as in Chicago and Los Angeles, it is easy to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Known for its desserts, most famously its cupcakes and old-fashioned Depression era icebox cakes, the bakery’s original downtown location has been featured, visually or by reference on Saturday Night Live, Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada, Spin City, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Veronica Mars.
If you decide to visit while touring Greenwich Village, be prepared for a line that sometimes snakes around the corner of West 11th Street.
What to buy: Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes!
I found this shopping mall acidentally. I didn't plan to go there but when I did, I'm very pleased. This is the best mall in Manhattan!
The building is new and shiny with big glass windows. There is a great lounge for tired shoppers and guys who don't want to follow their gilfriends to every shop.
There you can find the biggest Whole Foods Market in Manhattan! I really fell in love with this foot market chain! It is so AMAZING! Maybe somewhere is even better food markets but I have ever visited any place like this. I cannot describe my feelings properly in English because I cannot find the right words (they must be superlatives). ;-)
What to buy: There are shops such as J.Crew, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Sisley, Thoman Pink, Esprit, Calvin Klein Underwear, TUMI, Coach, Borders, Crabtree & Evelyn, FACE Stockholm, L'Occitane, Sephora, Dean & DeLuca and many more.
Located at the Time Warner Center (8th av/60th st) the Shops at Columbus Circle is an upscale mall whose tenants include: Armani, Esprit, Hugo Boss, Davidoff, Sephora, Barnes & Noble bookstore and Tumi.
There's a large whole foods on the basement level and several cafe's and restaurants on the top floor.
It is a good place to go after a walk on Central Park on a summer day- just to cool down while window shopping for $250 shirts.
In the building you also have the Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The first one is a nice Jazz theatre and club (Dizzy club) and the second one has a skylobby and lounge where you can drink Martini's while looking at the park.
They have pretty much everything from groceries (Whole Foods), home furnishing (Williams-Sonoma), upscale restaurants (Masa, Per Se), bookstore (Borders) to clothing (Benetton). It also hosts the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center and the headquarter for Time Warner. It's a mall in New York City style, upscale and glamourous.
What to buy: I prefer to go to Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma to buy some groceries and cooking utensils. The restaurants are very expensive, but worth to try at least once in your life time.
What to pay: A lot of money .... or nothing, if you just window shop.
The floors are connected by a series of escalators. Street level entrances will bring you to the Ground Floor, where most of the retail shops are located. Here are some shops that are located in the Time Warner building.
- Hugo Boss
- Godiva Chocolatier
- Cole Haan
- Maurice Jeweler
- and much more
- Dean & Deluca
- and more
- A/X Armani
- and more
From casual eateries to some of Manhattan's most expensive and elite establishments, there's no reason to be hungry at the Shops at Columbus Circle.
Whole Foods Market, Cafe Gray, Bouchon Bakery, Charlie Trotter Restaurant, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Stone Rose, Per Se, Masa, and Bar Masa
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
You can spend some time here, do some shopping, have lunch in one of the restaurants and enjoy the view over Columbus Circle and Central Park.
This brand new mall opened at Columbus Circle about a year ago. It features fancy boutiques such as Hugo Boos, a Borderds bookstore, a Sephora perfume shop and more.
But the main attraction seems to be the "Wholefoods" market in the Concourse: filled with excellent groceries and ready to eat foods, this market attracts thousands of newyorkers, especially around lunchtime.