Charles Street Shopping Guide

Where to shop for sweet-smelling bathroom supplies, skateboards, and more.

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    The best places to shop along Charles Street in the West Village. (Published Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013)

    While the West Villlage boasts bustling shopping streets like Bleecker and Christopher, some of the side streets often offer the most interesting gems. On Charles Street, for example, you'll find both a shop devoted to all things "bathroom," as well as the city's oldest independent longboard shop.

    The Bathroom
    94 Charles Street (at Bleecker Street)
    Walking into this store is like entering the most gorgeous, sweetest-smelling bathroom you've ever seen, and the shop's wares match the ambience: They stock everything here from hard-to-find soaps to high-end face creams.

    Monocle Shop
    535 Hudson Street (at Charles Street)
    If you're looking for a taste of a more jet-set lifestyle, stop into this charming shop, which stocks a spectacular selection of exclusive goods curated by the magazine and sourced from all over the globe.

    Uncle Funkys Board Shop
    128 Charles Street (at Greenwich Street)
    If you're into skateboards -- or you want to get into skateboards -- Uncle Funkys is the city's oldest independent longboard shop, so they've got some serious street cred. Here, you'll find gorgeous vintage boards and colorful contemporary styles, and the shop even offers lessons, so you have no excuse not to hop on a board.

    Mojo Coffee
    128 Charles Street (at Greenwich Street)
    In the sea of charming little restaurants and coffee spots in the West Village, Mojo stands out for its truly stupendous brew, as well as its calm environment. As opposed the bustling cafes closer to 7th Avenue, this spot offers a place to actually read or work.

    Hudson Urban Bicycles
    139 Charles Street (at Washington Street)
    You can rent or buy a bicycle at this open-air shop, where rows of bicycles are lined up in an old garage space.