Neighbourhood Guide: New York City's West Village
It’s an oh-so-charming hood, until you get trampled by those darn Carrie-crazed tour groups, and it becomes more Vexed and the City. But stress not! Follow LUXE on this kooky-chic meander around our fave West Village shop n’ flop spots... Magnolia Bakery not included.
Begin your district totter on Greenwich Avenue, where master ceramicist turned interiors maven Jonathan Adler’s store is stacked with plenty of Deco-inspired furny and faux retro home-garb for chez vous. Take a right and saunter down to Christopher Street to find something for the patient hubby in tow at Leffot, with trig men’s shoes from Aubercy, Ed Green and more. Then it’s over to J. Mueser, a plush mini-clubhouse offering beaut bespoke suiting for both guys and dolls. Push on to stationery stalwart Greenwich Letterpress, who specialise in off-the-shelf or customisable accessories for the literati.
Famished? On the next corner is old-fashioned dinette Jeffrey’s Grocery where you can find a full raw bar, sarnies, other bistro-style bites as well as bubbly. Exit right and continue on Christopher until you’re at the corner of Bleecker, twirling down for Cynthia Rowley’s femme frocks and boho-chic accoutrements, then zip left to the corner of Perry Street for Robert Marc’s modish eyewear. On the next block up you’ll find more body bounty at Bond No. 9, including the scentsational ‘Bleecker Street’, inspired by… d'oh! Shopped out? You must be drier than a Quaker’s convention now, so beeline to Hudson to find the glowing ‘Psychic’ sign, indicating Employees Only, the city’s top secret sipper. You’re unlikely to find your fortune, but pull up a pew in this low-lit, wood-panelled, vintage lair for mustached mixologists, artisanal libations, and decadent bar snacks aplenty. Phew, haven’t you done well!
Jonathan Adler, 37 Greenwich Ave. +1 212 488 2803. jonathanadler.com
Leffot, 10 Christopher St. +1 212 989 4577. leffot.com
J. Mueser, 19 Christopher St. +1 347 982 4382. jmueser.com
Jeffrey’s Grocery, 172 Waverly Pl. +1 646 398 4630. jeffreysgrocery.com
Greenwich Letterpress, 15 Christopher St. +1 212 989 7464. greenwichletterpress.com
Cynthia Rowley, 376 Bleeker St. +1 212 242 3803. cynthiarowley.com
Robert Marc, 386 Bleecker St. +1 212 242 6668. robertmarc.com
Bond No 9, 399 Bleecker St. +1 212 633 1641. bondno9.com
Employees Only, 510 Hudson St. +1 212 242 3021. employeesonlynyc.com
A self-proclaimed beach bum and bibliophile, Melbourne-based Liv has a love for hot climates and even hotter food that has taken her from Tahiti to the Taj.
- Liv LOVES… Rare steaks and coffee-table books
- Liv LOATHES… Soulless hotels and climate-control overkill