The chicest, hippest, and most unique stores and shopping in the Meatpacking District
Before the Standard Hotel’s concrete pillars were yanked down amid cobblestone streets and weathered brick façades, and well before the High Line was a beloved park, Washington Street was just another industrial thoroughfare in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. A century ago, the hipper-than-thou West Side neighborhood boasted well over 200 slaughterhouses and an elevated railroad that transported freight trains full of meat. Soon, the packing plants made it the nation’s third-largest producer of dressed meats.
Fast-forward to present day, and historic, stone-paved 14th Street is simultaneously a thoroughfare for sleek, Latin-inspired tapas restaurant La Cenita, as well as a go-to destination for denim lovers via the Jean Shop. And a turn down Washington Street, which runs parallel to the Hudson River, promises a veritable shopper’s paradise. There’s a trio of Scoop boutiques, which offer everything from upscale designer duds to menswear and beach accessories, and just a few storefronts down is watering hole Hogs & Heifers, a (charmingly) rough-around-the-edges neighborhood mainstay for the past 20 years.
Whether you have an afternoon to while away at the shops, or simply want to poke into some chic boutiques between a stroll along the High Line, there’s something for everyone on Washington Street.
Perfume bottles line Bond No. 9’s shop from floor to ceiling, making this intimate shop an ideal place to scoop up a scent reminiscent of our fair city. The store stocks dozens upon dozens of eau de parfums, candles, and limited-edition gifts. This season marks the launch of the newest summer scent: Shelter Island, an enticing mix of citrus zest, white lilies, and amber myrrh. $260 for 100ml. 863 Washington Street (13th/14th Streets); 212-206-9907; bondno9.com
When Diane von Furstenberg enlisted architecture firm WORKac to design a flagship store, studio, and residential aerie, she cemented her brand as an embodiment of her chic lifestyle. Now, her accessories have become de rigueur among fashion cognoscenti. This summer, her bright, candy-hued leather parcels are perfect for carrying daytime essentials, and her oversized linen wraps ($165) can do double-duty as both a scarf and sarong. 874 Washington Street (Little West 12th/13th Streets); 646-486-4800; dvf.com
Between the black-and-white checkered floor, turquoise sofa, and twisting central staircase (a display area for shoes, no less), the alice + olivia store is a dream closet for any girl. It’s chock full of everything needed for effortless party dressing: grab one of their Lucite minaudières, colorful patent heels, and a metallic-and-floral brocade cocktail frock ($440). 431 West 14th Street (at Washington Street); 646-747-1232; aliceandolivia.com
Blond wood floors and natural décor details like shell sconces and antler wreaths adorn the walls at SoCal-born Joie. Pop in for the brand’s signature slouchy knits, from metallic flecked sweaters to nautical-inspired pullovers. A summer favorite is their ikat printed silk shorts in a vibrant coral hue. $178. 429 West 14th Street (at Washington Street); 212-897-1878; joie.com