If wellness trends can make it here, they can make it anywhere. We trekked the streets of NYC to bring you the best in fitness, food and drink, meditation, and shopping, to help you plan your next wellness adventure. In our latest installment, we’re bringing your our favourite ways to empty your wallet and gift your soul.
Step off of First Avenue and into the New Age at The Alchemist’s Kitchen. You’ll walk through a small cafe and into a plant-based wellness paradise. There you’ll find a dizzying selection of herbal tinctures for gut health, migraines, and even jet lag, as well as adaptogenic elixirs, powders, and more. The store also hosts regular events for things like the New Moon, the basics of CBD, ayurveda, and herbalism.
21 East 1st Street
Space by Mama Medicine
Take your healing goals to the next level with a medicine reading by “fashion’s favorite healer” as dubbed by Vogue Magazine. Readings start with an intuitive aura reading, then move on to energy balancing, crystal healing, and healing songs. You’ll also receive a bespoke healing bath. Take note: healing at this level ain’t cheap; a session with Mama herself will run you $325 USD.
73 Spring Street
This unassuming little shop has occupied space just off the high-traffic corner of 14th and 5th for… what feels like forever. Thanks to our collective crystal obsession, the shop continues to thrive. Head here for all your crystal, tarot, and new age education needs.
2 West 14th Street
If you love natural skincare and wellness products, CAP Beauty is NYC’s answer to Toronto and LA’s The Detox Market. The tiny West Village space seems to somehow pack in every natural brand you’ve ever heard of (and plenty you haven’t), along with a curated selection of CBD topicals and ingestibles. There’s even a CAP Grocery section featuring adaptogens, teas, snack, and little portable matcha sachets. There’s even a luxe spa downstairs featuring facials, acupuncture, and brow shaping.
238 West 10th Street
The Mask Bar
The Mask Bar was a welcome surprise, discovered while walking through the West Village on a trip to CAP Beauty. If you are a sheet mask junkie like we are, prepare to empty your wallet. This tiny shop features wall-to-wall K-Beauty masks for every skin ailment and in an impressive array of designs (want to look like a panda while you hydrate your skin? There’s a mask for that). From a wall of 6-for-$10 basics to pricey gold leaf options, there’s a seemingly endless amount of choice.
259 Bleeker Street
The stuff that product junkie dreams are made of. This sprawling UES outpost of Ulta Beauty is packed with beauty and skincare basics and hard to find products. Products are helpfully divided into their utilitarian purpose (suncare, hair care, makeup) rather than by brand, and the store even features hair, skin and brow services, available by appointment. While you won’t find the high-end detoxed products here, you can certainly track down brands that adhere to a mostly natural or cruelty-free policy like Pacifica, Zoya, Burt’s Bees and more. You can also get your hemp-infused beauty on with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and more by Hempz.
188 East 86th Street
We went here expecting a one-off experience that we could maybe write home about, and left looking at our calendars to plan our next visit. From the outside, FaceGym seems like maybe a cheeky, kind of gimmicky take on a facial, what with the “It’s not a facial. It’s a workout” tagline and “Never Skip Face Day” mantra. Once you’re in it, however, FaceGym is a wholly serious (if also still very much devoted to being on brand) facial experience. The Signature ($70 USD) included a warm up (with mini exercise balls for your face!), a stretch, and some sculpting, and a facialist wearing a branded tech tee and workout leggings. Come for the facial, stay for the custom-made take-home serum.
Saks Fifth Avenue
For a facial without the Enya or hushed tones, head to HeyDay. Billed as “tailored skincare to keep your skin at its everyday best,” HeyDay’s services are meant to feel like accessible self-care, with price points to match ($65 for a 30-minute, no extraction treatment; $95 for a 50-minute; classic-style facial, $140 for a 75-minute option). Facials are customized to each individual’s skincare needs.
Thank Bandier for keeping every cool girl in your Physique 57 class in the latest athleisure. The company (which got its start as a popup in Southampton) has two stores in NYC where you can shop all the latest designs and coolest athleisure brands. Want to actually workout in those $200 leggings? The Flatiron store has you covered with Studio B, a workout studio housed on the second floor of the store.
108 5th Avenue
Once known simply as the Gap family of brands’ athletic apparel company, Athleta has more than come into its own (with prices to indicate the same). Their designs have evolved too, with a mix of bold athletic apparel and plenty of pieces you’d sooner wear to brunch than barre. There are three locations in NYC, but the 5th Avenue shop also boasts a workout studio.
126 5th Avenue
LA’s Alo (you know them for their uber-flattering moto legging) set roots in SoHo on a crowded stretch of Spring Street. The two-story shop features – in addition to stunning athleisure of course – an organic cafe and juice bar, a yoga studio, and a community space.
96 Spring Street
OK so technically this one isn’t open yet, but we hear it’s any day now: our beloved Canadian-born brand is setting up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this year.
76 N. 4th Street