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Light It Up: 20 of New York City's Best Candle Stores

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Are you sad that you missed the Diptyque sample sale last week? Or perhaps after reading our epic line blog (and the ensuing comment thread), you're relieved to have avoided it. Either way, we can all agree that candles are one of the simplest ways to enliven the spirit of any New York City apartment.

After the jump, we've rounded up 20 shops that boast an awesome candle selection. There's a mix of places here, from high-end department stores carrying the top names to boutiques specializing in locally-made or eco-friendly waxes. Check out the map to find out where you can stock up on candles without enduring a line for the ages.

Update: A previous version of this post included the West Village shop The Bathroom, which has since closed.


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1. Jonathan Adler

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The home goods king does not fall short in the candles category. And once the wax is all burned up, the bright and funky holders for the Pop Candles make excellent decorations or mini storage vessels—change jar, anyone? [Photo]

2. Diptyque

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Of course we had to include the inspiration that started this list. If standing in a snowy sample sale line isn't your thing, then heading to the Madison Avenue store for a full-priced Baies candle is the way to go. [Photo]

3. Barneys New York

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This is how you get a Barneys shopping bag without spending your entire paycheck—by shopping their candle selection. Land by Land candles start at just $13, but of course there's also Cathy Waterman candlesticks for $5,180. [Photo]

4. Henri Bendel

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(212) 247-1100
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Championed as the affordable high-end department store by many a New York shopper, Bendel's carries their own line of luxe candles that burn for 60 hours and cost just $30—or bundle four for $100. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

5. Sixth Sense

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This family-owned and operated shop offers candles made from local artisans. There's even a Brooklyn-specific line here with scents like Red Hook, Park Slope, and Fort Greene Tea. [Photo]

6. Scent Elate

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This Midtown boutiques specializing in products to stimulate the olfactory nerve has been voted a top candle shop in several local polls. Brands they carry include Belle Fleur, Trapp, and Ergo. [Photo]

7. Delphinium Home

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This Hell's Kitchen shop comes up time and again as a top destination for gift shopping, and their candle selection is often the first place customers go to. A favorite is the Rewined candle, which wafts the scent of your favorite red—or white—around your home. [Photo]

8. New London Pharmacy

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At this specialty shop that carries apothecary goods from across the pond, you can stick with a familiar candle brand like Tocca or Jonathan Adler, or you can try something new like Fragonard Parfumeur. [Photo]

9. Soapology

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(212) 255-7627
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If you're all-natural and organic when it comes to your diet and your beauty routine, you best be extending that to candles as well. Go floral with their white gardenia soy candle, or take it to the smoky side with a tobacco and caramel scent. [Photo]

10. Aedes De Venustas

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Some of the best noses in the business sniff out this West Village store's offerings, which includes candles from Cire Trudon, Frederic Malle, and Atelier Cologne. Many of these high-end brands have also collaborated with the boutique for special products. [Photo]

11. Sustainable NYC

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This East Village shop's green exterior matches its mission—selling eco-friendly products that leave a minimal footprint, if any, on the Earth's health. Their candle selection is most definitely included in that philosophy, which includes super-affordable soy and beeswax burners. [Photo]

12. Santa Maria Novella

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The original pharmacy has been operating in Florence since 1221, but it didn't really become known as a fragrance house until the 1500s. Now you can purchase signature scents like their Pot Pourri in the form of a candle. [Photo]

13. Molton Brown

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Have your flat smell like a Londoner's—in a good way, not in a fish-and-chips kind of way—with a Molton Brown candle. Pick up a three-wick candle for strong burning power, or go with a set of four minis for variety. [Photo]

14. Anthropologie

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While we generally exclude mass retailers that don't have a New York hook on these lists, we had to make an exception for this chain's home goods department, whose offerings include affordable candles from Blue Capri and Voluspa. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

15. Le Labo

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Le Labo is all about going back to the roots of the fragrance world, before synthetic ingredients and celebrity scents permeated perfume counters. Choose from their handmade soy selection that guarantees to burn for at least 50 hours. [Photo]

16. Red Flower

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The Soho purveyors of perfume have captured scintillating scents in long-lasting candles. Each visit to the store is also educating, as you can learn everything about the history of a scent to a specific candle's makeup. [Photo by Rebecca Dale]

17. The One Well

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It's all about local artisans in this Brooklyn shop, with a heavy emphasis on eco-friendly products as well. Currently in stock are these beeswax candles shaped to look like owls that are perhaps to cute to burn. [Photo]

18. Fuego 718

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With a name that literally translates to "fire," you know they're always burning something good in here. A robust candle selection stands alongside handmade home goods from as local as Brooklyn and as far away as Peru in this Williamsburg shop. [Photo]

19. Mio Mia Apothecary

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If you're looking for a fruity scent in a brightly decorated jar, you'd best be headed elsewhere. This Bedford Avenue shop gets down to business with sparsely decorated yet seriously powerful candles from Malin + Goetz, Delirium, and Baxter of California. [Photo]

20. West Elm Market

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If you have yet to visit the waterfront store, think of it as a community center within the national furniture chain. Its offerings emphasize goods meant for everyday use, which includes a good selection of delicious-smelling candles. [Photo]

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1. Jonathan Adler

304 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10023
The home goods king does not fall short in the candles category. And once the wax is all burned up, the bright and funky holders for the Pop Candles make excellent decorations or mini storage vessels—change jar, anyone? [Photo]

2. Diptyque

971 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10021
Of course we had to include the inspiration that started this list. If standing in a snowy sample sale line isn't your thing, then heading to the Madison Avenue store for a full-priced Baies candle is the way to go. [Photo]

3. Barneys New York

660 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10065
This is how you get a Barneys shopping bag without spending your entire paycheck—by shopping their candle selection. Land by Land candles start at just $13, but of course there's also Cathy Waterman candlesticks for $5,180. [Photo]

4. Henri Bendel

712 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10019
Championed as the affordable high-end department store by many a New York shopper, Bendel's carries their own line of luxe candles that burn for 60 hours and cost just $30—or bundle four for $100. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

5. Sixth Sense

324 W 49th St New York, NY 10019
This family-owned and operated shop offers candles made from local artisans. There's even a Brooklyn-specific line here with scents like Red Hook, Park Slope, and Fort Greene Tea. [Photo]

6. Scent Elate

313 W 48th St New York, NY 10036
This Midtown boutiques specializing in products to stimulate the olfactory nerve has been voted a top candle shop in several local polls. Brands they carry include Belle Fleur, Trapp, and Ergo. [Photo]

7. Delphinium Home

353 W 47th St New York, NY 10036
This Hell's Kitchen shop comes up time and again as a top destination for gift shopping, and their candle selection is often the first place customers go to. A favorite is the Rewined candle, which wafts the scent of your favorite red—or white—around your home. [Photo]

8. New London Pharmacy

246 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011
At this specialty shop that carries apothecary goods from across the pond, you can stick with a familiar candle brand like Tocca or Jonathan Adler, or you can try something new like Fragonard Parfumeur. [Photo]

9. Soapology

67 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10014
If you're all-natural and organic when it comes to your diet and your beauty routine, you best be extending that to candles as well. Go floral with their white gardenia soy candle, or take it to the smoky side with a tobacco and caramel scent. [Photo]

10. Aedes De Venustas

9 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014
Some of the best noses in the business sniff out this West Village store's offerings, which includes candles from Cire Trudon, Frederic Malle, and Atelier Cologne. Many of these high-end brands have also collaborated with the boutique for special products. [Photo]

11. Sustainable NYC

139 Avenue A New York, NY 10009
This East Village shop's green exterior matches its mission—selling eco-friendly products that leave a minimal footprint, if any, on the Earth's health. Their candle selection is most definitely included in that philosophy, which includes super-affordable soy and beeswax burners. [Photo]

12. Santa Maria Novella

285 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012
The original pharmacy has been operating in Florence since 1221, but it didn't really become known as a fragrance house until the 1500s. Now you can purchase signature scents like their Pot Pourri in the form of a candle. [Photo]

13. Molton Brown

128 Spring Street New York, NY 10012
Have your flat smell like a Londoner's—in a good way, not in a fish-and-chips kind of way—with a Molton Brown candle. Pick up a three-wick candle for strong burning power, or go with a set of four minis for variety. [Photo]

14. Anthropologie

375 W Broadway New York, NY 10012
While we generally exclude mass retailers that don't have a New York hook on these lists, we had to make an exception for this chain's home goods department, whose offerings include affordable candles from Blue Capri and Voluspa. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

15. Le Labo

233 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10012
Le Labo is all about going back to the roots of the fragrance world, before synthetic ingredients and celebrity scents permeated perfume counters. Choose from their handmade soy selection that guarantees to burn for at least 50 hours. [Photo]

16. Red Flower

13 Prince Street New York, NY 10012
The Soho purveyors of perfume have captured scintillating scents in long-lasting candles. Each visit to the store is also educating, as you can learn everything about the history of a scent to a specific candle's makeup. [Photo by Rebecca Dale]

17. The One Well

165 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222
It's all about local artisans in this Brooklyn shop, with a heavy emphasis on eco-friendly products as well. Currently in stock are these beeswax candles shaped to look like owls that are perhaps to cute to burn. [Photo]

18. Fuego 718

249 Grand Street New York, NY 11211
With a name that literally translates to "fire," you know they're always burning something good in here. A robust candle selection stands alongside handmade home goods from as local as Brooklyn and as far away as Peru in this Williamsburg shop. [Photo]

19. Mio Mia Apothecary

318 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211
If you're looking for a fruity scent in a brightly decorated jar, you'd best be headed elsewhere. This Bedford Avenue shop gets down to business with sparsely decorated yet seriously powerful candles from Malin + Goetz, Delirium, and Baxter of California. [Photo]

20. West Elm Market

50 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
If you have yet to visit the waterfront store, think of it as a community center within the national furniture chain. Its offerings emphasize goods meant for everyday use, which includes a good selection of delicious-smelling candles. [Photo]