Upper East Side

Upper East Side Travel Guide

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry, and painted pottery.