Christopher Street Shopping Guide

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    NEWSLETTERS

    From one of the city's oldest apothecaries to tracking down Marie Antoinette's perfume, here's three stops you can't miss. (Published Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011)

    There's lots to see on this bustling street in the West Village, from a can't-miss women's boutique to one of the city's oldest apothecaries.

    Albertine
    13 Christopher Street
    In addition to a well-curated mix of indie designer names like Gary Graham and Rachel Comey, this jewel box of a shop also stocks some more affordable vintage finds. Head next door to Albertine General for a similar mix of jewelry -- from the subtle to the statement-making.

    Aedes de Venustas
    9 Christopher Street
    A dazzling window display featuring a peacock serves as the entrance point to this fragrance-packed shop, where one-of-a-kind scents are carefully arranged beside comprehensive collections from brands like Diptique and Laduree.

    C.O. Bigelow
    414 Avenue of the Americas
    The country's oldest apothecary -- established in 1838 -- is still more of a local stalwart than a tourist attraction (thankfully). Stop in for everything from French dry shampoo to moustache wax.

    A Man and a Woman
    14 Christopher Street
    The owner of the store left her position as head buyer of the massive and successful site Shopbop.com to found this shop, which stocks a similarly well-edited mix of designer goods.

    Greenwich Letterpress
    39 Christopher Street
    The ultimate gifting shop, this store has everything from clever birthday cards to exquisite journals to custom letterpress invitations.

    Diana Broussard
    22 Christopher Street
    Fans of shoes will not be disappointed by this chic boutique, where expertly-crafted everyday heels are arranged alongside party-perfect strappy sandals.

    Le Petit Puppy
    18 Christopher Street
    Arguably the most enticing pet store downtown, this charming shop has massive front windows where cavorting pups provide ample distraction for the shoppers on the street.

    Leffot
    9 Christopher Street
    This temple to men's footwear boasts a "less is more" mentality, specializing in hand-crafted men's dress shoes and sporty options like Quoddy moccasins.