Everyone remembers Christopher Street as the center of the gay rights movement in the 60′s and 70′s. Many moons later it’s still a vibrant thoroughfare right in the middle of the Village full of shops and bars for gays and straights alike.
McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Company (#109) has been selling rare coffees and teas since 1895. As a matter of fact, it feels just like you’ve been transported back to the 19th century once you walk through the doors. Caffeine junkies regularly flock here for the variety. (You need to try the chocolate covered espresso beans before you die. Really…you do.)
Propel yourself forward into the 21st century with Rag and Bone (#104). If hipster is your thing, this is the place you should go. Hipsters with money, that is. The clothes are cute, but only if you have cash to burn. Thriftier folks will make out if they wait for the sales.
Aedes de Venustas (#9) is heaven for perfume lovers. Another expensive joint, but you can also find lovely scented things for less. The parfums can run up a hefty tab, so try the bath gels and soaps…you can get that luxurious feeling without maxing out your credit card.
Il Cantuccio Bakery: Two Italian bakers opened up an American offshoot of their Tuscan cafe at #91. Pizza, biscotti, sandwiches on schiacciata (a type of foccacia) and cantucci (kind of like a biscotti but softer and made with no butter or oil) are killer.
Of course we can’t forget the Stonewall Inn (#53), the site of the legendary 1969 riots, in which patrons stood up to police that had constantly harassed them for drinking and dancing with same-sex partners. It’s still going strong seven days a week with special shows and parties catering primarily to gay folks.
Another fun joint is The Duplex (#61)–a piano bar and cabaret. Bring your pipes for sing-alongs. Straights are welcome, especially if they can belt one out!