As many of you know, I am a proud member of the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council; we help to advise the Trojan brand team and participate in public-facing, Trojan-sponsored activities designed to educate, entertain and engage young people about their sexual health.  So when the folks at Trojan reached out to me for a tour of some of the NYC adult shops, I was more than happy to oblige!

Below you will find My Definitive Guide to NYC Adult Stores, in the form of a walking tour.  I was asked to keep a particular focus on vibration items when selecting these shops; I have also listed additional information about each store and its surrounding neighborhood, the demographic of its customers, other items available and estimated walking times in between each location.  If I may, I would also like to suggest a noon lunch at Spitzer’s to give you energy at the top of your tour 🙂   So slip on your comfiest shoes, open your mind and enjoy!


Babeland - Lower East Side (Lower East Side)

Babeland - Lower East Side

Babeland – Lower East Side
94 Rivington Street, between Ludlow & Allen Streets

About: “Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning opened the first Babeland store in 1993 in response to the lack of women-friendly sex shops in Seattle. The store offered top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all information and encouragement to women who wanted to explore their sexuality. The store’s popularity with both women and men has led to three more stores in New York, plus a thriving and educational website.”
Click here to visit Babeland – Lower East Side online

Vibration items range in price from $12.00 – $85.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: sex toys

Customer demographic: 85% women, hipsters, young people, punks

Lower East Side neighborhood notables: DeMask

What’s next: Babeland – SoHo — Estimated walking time:  16 minutes


Babeland - Soho

Babeland - SoHo

Babeland – SoHo
43 Mercer Street, between Broome & Grand Streets

About: See Babeland – Lower East Side (above)
Click here to visit Babeland – SoHo online

Vibration items range in price from $12.00 – $85.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: sex toys

Customer demographic: European tourists, couples who work in finance, “bridge & tunnel” on the weekends

SoHo neighborhood notables: Agent Provocateur, Kiki de Montparnasse (see below)

What’s next: Kiki de Montparnasse  —  Estimated walking time:  4 minutes


Kiki De Montparnasse (SoHo)

Kiki De Montparnasse (SoHo)

Kiki De Montparnasse
79 Greene Street, between Broome & Spring Streets

About: “Kiki De Montparnasse is a luxury fashion and lifestyle brand that celebrates intimacy and inspires the romantic imagination.  Established with the conviction that sensual pleasure and fulfillment are paramount to a well-lived life, our collections define a new category which empowers exploration of fantasy and communication of desire. We believe intimacy should be honored, and that discriminating consumers should be able to explore and express their passion with grace, sophistication and abandon.  We have designed and hand-selected a collection of inspired gifts and indulgences that not only enhance a life of intimacy and romance – they help create it. Sophisticated lingerie, ready to wear, jewelry and intimate accessories, as well as home, bath, body and beauty products — all are stylishly designed, made from the highest quality materials, and packaged with distinctive elegance.”
Click here to visit Kiki De Montparnasse online

Vibration items range in price from $95.00 – $1750.00
This location carries condoms, but only inside the Intimacy, Travel, Sensuality and Romance en Route Kits  😉

Primary item(s) sold: erotic clothing & high end erotic accessories

Customer demographic: women between the ages of 20-60, high end crowd, men buying for wives / mistresses / girlfriends

SoHo neighborhood notables: Agent Provocateur, Babeland – Soho (see above)

What’s next: Pink Pussycat Boutique — Estimated walking time:  14 minutes


Pink Pussycat (Village / West Village)

Pink Pussycat (Village / West Village)

Pink PussyCat Boutique
167 West 4th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues

About: “The famous Pink PussyCat Boutique is one of the most prominent adult sex shops and favorite tourists hot spot in New York City, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  Pink PussyCat Boutique was established May 1972, which gives us 36 solid years of experience in pleasing our repeating customers with all their Sex Toys needs.”
Click here to visit Pink PussyCat online

Vibration items range in price from $9.99 – $1,800.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: novelty items, condoms

Customer demographic: tourists, couples, wide cross section of people

Village / West Village neighborhood notables: Birthday Suit, Cherry Box, Tic Tac Toe New York,  very close proximity to West 4th Street & Christopher Street subway stations

What’s next: Leather Man — Estimated walking time:  5 minutes


Leather Man (West Village)

Leather Man (West Village)

Leather Man
111 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Bedford Streets

About: “Established in 1965 and located in New York City’s historic Greenwich Village, The Leather Man has long been considered the source for quality leather clothing, accessories and toys.  Throughout our two sales floors we carry an extensive collection of S/M, bondage and fetish equipment including whips, paddles, restraints, hoods, slings, videos, toys, books, and much more.  Customer service and quality work are our goals. Our aim is to make your shopping experience an enjoyable and memorable one. Visiting The Leather Man should be an essential part of any trip to New York.”
Click here to visit Leather Man online

Vibration items range in price from $18.00 – $50.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: leather clothing, accessories, toys

Customer demographic: primarily gay men & the leather community

West Village neighborhood notables: in the heart of NYC’s West Village, very close proximity to the Christopher Street subway station & New Jersey PATH train

What’s next:  Pleasure Chest — Estimated walking time:  15 minutes


Pleasure Chest (West Village)

Pleasure Chest (West Village)

Pleasure Chest
156 7th Avenue South, between Perry & Charles Streets

About: “The Pleasure Chest – Adult Sex Toys, Vibrators, Dildos and much more!  We Know Sex…  When we say we know sex, we’re not just biting sound. From the beginning, the Pleasure Chest has been celebrating sexuality and the infinite forms of its expression through a simple belief that no question is too silly, no fantasy too wild, no desire too crazy and no instinct wrong. Our objectives are simple: to facilitate discovery, encourage exploration and to provide products, information and an upbeat and pleasurable shopping experience that will make you feel great.”
Click here to visit The Pleasure Chest online

Vibration items range in price from $10.00 – $1,200.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: sex toys, condoms, lubricant

Customer demographic: primarily gay men and young women; this location is a stop on the Sex and the City tour bus (6-10 visits on weekends, less during the week)

West Village neighborhood notables: Fantasy World (see below), close proximity to Christopher Street

What’s next:  Fantasy World — Estimated walking time:  2 minutes


Fantasy World (West Village)

Fantasy World (West Village)

Fantasy World
192 7th Avenue South, between Perry & West 11th Streets

About: 24 hour sex shop
Click here to visit Fantasy World-related content online

Vibration items range in price from $10.00 – $120.00
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: clothing, bachelorette items

Customer demographic: tourists, wide range of people

West Village neighborhood notables: Pleasure Chest (see above), close proximity to Christopher Street

What’s next:  Rainbows and Triangles — Estimated walking time:  8 minutes


Rainbows & Triangles (Chelsea)

Rainbows & Triangles (Chelsea)

Rainbows and Triangles
192 8th Avenue, between 19th & 20th Streets

About: “Rainbows and Triangles in Chelsea has been called the anchor of 8th Avenue, a truly unique store since 1994.  We carry everything from cards, wrapping papers, bags, stationery, fun gifts, a large selection of candles and amazing christmas ornaments to clothing, accessories and adult merchandise.  We are well known for our incredible music selection and our customers count on us to keep them informed about the latest trends.  We also carry lots of movies including musicals and all those classics.”
Click here to visit Rainbows and Triangles online

Vibration items range in price from $49.95 (they currently only carry one)
This location also carries condoms 😉

Primary item(s) sold: gifts, music & videos, adult items

Customer demographic: almost exclusively gay men

Chelsea neighborhood notables: This is the only gay-owned shop that sells erotic items in Chelsea!

What’s next: Purple Passion — Estimated walking time:  2 minutes


Purple Passion (Chelsea)

Purple Passion (Chelsea)

Purple Passion
211 West 20th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues

About: Purple Passion has been in business since 1992.  Our goal is to provide you the best products at the best prices.  Our store is 4,000 sq. ft and has a huge selection of clothing, boots, shoes, books, magazines, toys, wigs and more.
Click here to visit Purple Passion online

Vibration items range in price from $9.00 – $75.00 (they will have even more toys in stock shortly)
This location carries condoms, but they have a plan to only carry the free NYC condoms in the very near future 😉

Primary item(s) sold: 85% of sales attributed to clothing purchases; toys & accessories also sold

Customer demographic: wide range of people

🙂 The End 🙂

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