We ran out of there after about 10 minutes, utterly confused as to what all that rubbery, wiggly, strange-shaped stuff was for. Ah, to be fourteen again! Anyway, there are plenty of adult toy stores in this city, ranging from fetish-friendly to bachelorette party-ready to high-end to delightfully seedy.
Here are some of our favorites; leave yours in the comments, and please take care not to injure yourself while shopping. Babeland is essentially the city's most accessible sex toy boutique, selling female-conscious erotic playthings, DVDs and educational books out of brightly-lit, well-organized stores. Babeland's three shops are upscale without giving off a snobbish boudoir feel, and staffers are friendly and incredibly helpful. Feel free to rifle through colorful vibrators, dildos, strap ons and cock rings, peruse the bondage gear, and stock up on lube and condoms; all three locations also offer classes on everything from anal sex to blowjobs, and you can even score free gear at their sporadic trivia nights.
Babeland has three locations in NYC: The space also functions as a fine arts gallery and bachelorette party space, and staffers offer regular workshops covering everything from bondage to burlesque dancing. Shag is located at Roebling Street between North 5th and 6th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn , weloveshag. Though employees here aren't as knowledgeable as those at some of the higher-end stores, they're lovely and won't judge you for spending a fortune on nipple clamps and a box of Pasta Boobs.
Their selection of condoms, lubes and other such staples is unparalleled; whether you're looking for the fun flavored variety or some heavy duty silicon-based lacquer, they have you covered. Head upstairs to check out their collection of costumes and lingerie, and expect to leave with a much lighter wallet.
The Pleasure Chest's been doling out sex toys in the West Village since the s. Now, sadly, the shop's a stop on the Sex tour , but even hordes of Cosmopolitan-bearing ladies can't lessen The Pleasure Chest's awesomeness. Sex toys of all shapes and sizes are on elegant display, staff members are friendly and knowledgeable, and there are plenty of fun gift items—both erotic and less so—available for purchase at both the UES and West Village locations.
And, like any high quality sex boutique, The Pleasure Chest offers a wide range of kinky classes, with topics like performance anxiety, anal and strap-on techniques on tap. The Pleasure Chest has two locations in Manhattan: Beyond a veritable warehouse-worth of sex merchandise, Nitecap sells bongs, bowls and other smoke-related paraphernalia, if you prefer to pair coitus with a little THC.
Nitecap is located at Gulf Ave in Staten Island , nitecapmegastore. As its name suggests, The Leather Man is a store for leather enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, with specific focus on items for men.
Leave your grandparents at home for this one. When Eve's Garden was founded by women's rights activist Dell Williams in the s, it was one of, if not the first women-centric sex shop, tasked with transforming the genre into a shameless, sensual, and liberating experience. It's still one of the city's top sex boutiques for ladies, though it caters more to the discreet shopper and less to the bachelorette party crowd—here, you'll find high-end and pricey sex toys and contraceptives, along with products boosting sexual health, instructional books, tantric supplements and other aides in helping women embrace their spiritual and physical sexuality.
But part of the fun here is the shopping experience itself; the shop's laid out boudoir-style, with mannequins lounging on silk-sheeted beds, erotic photographs lining walls and varied sultry lighting in the dressing rooms. As a bonus, Aida will hand you some Hershey kisses when you head out of the store. Come in for the corsets, leave for the candy. For more BDSM wares, this Chelsea lifestyle shop offers up a full range of accessories, like suspension cuffs, bondage belts, hooks, plugs, harnesses, instructional books, canes, corsets, and latex and leather outfits.
Do note that prices here are not low, and also note that you will be asked to check your purse or other personal items at the door, which can be frustrating.
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