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Your Ultimate Guide to Sex Shops In NYC

Updated: May 24, 2019

Sex Shops NYC

New York City is one of the foremost commercial capitals in the world. Those of us living here have access to any kind of merchandise we may be after on any given day. It’s completely convenient, and at the same time, it can be very overwhelming. Especially when you’re looking for something specific, like something dirty. Those looking to expand their collection of toys and tricks are in luck, however. The city is host to a number of adult retailers. You just need to know where to find them. We decided to put together a little guide to help aid in this quest. Listed below is the ultimate guide to adult shopping in the city.


Originally opened in Seattle back in 1993, the “woman-friendly” sex shop now has three locations scattered across New York City. There’s the Mercer street location, in Soho, the Rivington street location, in the lower east side, and the Bergen street location, in Park Slope. The shop sells everything from vibrators to strap-ons. They even have a special section designated to male products (think masturbation sleeves, cock rings and penis pumps). The staff here tends to be fairly chatty, and many are gender non-specific. So if you’re in the mood for a good conversation with someone who operates outside of the traditional binary, this is your place. If not, check out the next suggestion.

The Museum Of Sex

Yes, it’s real. This is an actual museum located near New York City’s Flatiron Building. They host floating exhibits, with a few staples thrown into the mix. The “Jump For Joy,” aka a boobie bounce house, seems to be a crowd favorite. And, like any proper museum, there is a gift shop. This one just so happens to sell washcloths with the text “cum rag” printed across, top quality vibrators and a number of CBD inspired products.

The Pleasure Chest

Founded back in 1971, The Pleasure Chest now has locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and in New York City’s West Village and Upper East Side. The idea here is to celebrate sexuality, in all its incarnations. The site has suggested toys for couples, tips on how to “spice up” a relationship, and even a “most popular dildo” section. The stores also offer free weekly workshops to anyone looking to broaden their wealth of sexual knowledge.

Purple Passion

Located in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, this place caters to both your everyday folk and your kinksters. It’s got lubes, dildos and vibrators, as well as a sprawling fetish section (think floggers, latex gear, devices designed for cock and ball torture, enemas, slings and more). Like The Pleasure Chest, they host weekly events, like “Flogging 101,” “Rope Bondage Basics,” and workshops on how to humiliate your partner properly.

The Leather Man

If you’re a guy, and you’re into leather, then this is your place. They’ve got harnesses, jocks, chaps, shirts, vests, boots and almost any other accessory you can imagine. If you fall on the more submissive side of the sexual spectrum, then you’re going to enjoy the additional items offered as well. They’ve got a section devoted to neoprene and underwear, bondage devices, impact play and chastity torture. The “sex toy” section includes pegging devices, electro-sex wands, and all kinds of clamps. If you’ve got a mistress hanging around, this is where to get something to surprise her.

What A Gyrl Wants

This is a perfect place for sexual adventurers. Namely, because it’s located in Brooklyn (so yes, Manhattanites, you’re going to have to leave the island). Like the other locations featured on this list, it’s got a laundry list of lubes, toys, fetish gear and clothing. But it also carries something that the other stores don’t: furniture. If you’re willing to make the trek, you could walk out with any number of position masters, swings, slings, poles and stands.

Eve’s Garden

This one is for the folks looking for a tamer experience. It’s subtly located on the upper levels of an office building on New York’s Westside. While the store was designed with women in mind, men are welcome so long as they respect the fact that this is a “safe space” for people craving a comfortable and discrete atmosphere. It’s founder, Dell Williams, was a women’s rights activist who forged a career at Cornell University’s Department for Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies before opening up shop.

What do you do next?

After you stop at one of these NYC shops or if you shop online, swing by All American Body Rub and book an erotic massage or fetish session. We have hot models and fun toys. You can even bring your own toys 😉.

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