Upper East Side

Things to do in Upper East Side

If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore, which has inspired neighborhood loyalty since 1978.

Members show up regularly for continuing-ed classes or workouts in the 80,000-sq-ft gym, but this is hardly your average community center.

Pittsburgh-born, 19th-century robber baron Henry Clay Frick spent his coal-and-steel millions filling his opulent Fifth Avenue limestone home with this staggeringly well-chosen collection of old masters (kudos to controversial art wrangler Joseph Duveen).

If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing, accessories, and gifts gathered on her world travels.

Magazine editors pull jewelry for shoots, and buyers from stores around the world discover new designers at this specialist in the latest adornments.

Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys, and clothing culled from around the globe.

The New York outpost of renowned French spa Guerlain is located inside the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Treatment rooms are decorated in soothing neutrals and feature large windows, providing views of the city below.

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès has evolved into one of the world’s most respected brands of ready-to-wear and personal accessories. The brand opened its first store solely for men in February 2010 on New York City’s Madison Avenue, opposite its flagship United States store.