Must-See Midtown: Shopping
by Erin O’Hara and nycgo.com staff [Updated 02/03/2016]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
712 Fifth Ave., 212-247-1100
Henri Bendel is synonymous with NYC chic. The upscale women's specialty store is a New York City legend, stocking fragrances, cosmetics, handbags, jewelry, accessories, home furnishings and gifts from its very own line. Housed in a landmark building on Fifth Avenue, Bendel was the first shop to offer in-house makeovers and stage its own fashion show; it also carried MAC cosmetics back when it was a little-known, struggling brand. And though the place no longer stocks clothing (something it did away with in 2009), its two floors of merchandise will not disappoint those looking to splurge on themselves or find a high-end gift. Shoppers who leave the flagship store with a signature brown-and-white-stripe logo bag or hat box know they've come away with something special—and something very New York.