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This weekend, Harlem's Target will be flooded with Prabal Gurung fans. But as locals know, there are plenty of other great places to shop uptown. For example, shoppers to the north can indulge their eco-minded inner beauty junkies at Brooklyn transplant Carol's Daughter before making their way to what has to be the most airy H&M in Manhattan. And those looking to shop local will find solace in the edgy-yet-preppy wears of Harlem Haberdashery and the brightly patterned bodycon dresses of Bébénoir

And although they're not on this list, many a Harlemite has known the pleasures of having an American Apparel and M.A.C. to call their own. Check out the full list of our favorite Harlem shopping destinations after the jump.—Cambrey Thomas


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125 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 665-8300
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What lines? Making the trek uptown to this H&M pays off majorly when new collaborations are rolled out. While we can’t actually promise no lines, this location is just off the beaten path enough to keep the fast-fashion pieces you’re after in stock longer.

2. Harlem Flo

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2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10027
(212) 316-1525
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While known for their decadent and lush floral arrangements, this flower shop has a healthy collection of trinkets and sundry, from crystal tricked out Pop Phones to chic reusable bags tiny enough to throw into any purse.

3. Carol's Daughter

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24 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
(212) 828-6757
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Outfit your medicine cabinet with the decadently fragranced and naturally crafted beauty products and hair treatments that count Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige as fans. Before checking out, renew the hands and feet that helped you shopped ‘till you dropped with luxe treatments in their back of the shop's mini spa.

4. Harlem Underground

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20 E. 125th St.
New York, NY 10035
(212) 987-9385
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Everyone needs basics, so why not get a few that are not so basic from this streetwear spot. Whether repping Harlem or Led Zepplin, there are enough shirts and hoodies here to keep any off-duty look fresh.

5. Harlem Haberdashery

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245 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(646) 707-0070
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Already a favorite of athletes and local rappers (think Kris Humphries and Julez Santana), this dapperly designed brownstone outpost is now trying its hand at women’s clothing. Whatever your sex, though, cruise through HH for edgy jewelry, preppy menswear, and polished streetwear that's cool enough to make anyone look hip.

6. BeBenoir

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2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY
(212) 828-5775
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Between the bold prints of their clothes and the live DJ’s they’re known to have spin in the window, it’s a wonder Bebenoir has time to make their own private label. But they do, and it’s as on trend as the shop’s funky atmosphere.

7. Swing Concept Store

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1960 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
(212) 222-5802
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Scoop up the latest from Rick Owens, or outfit the most discerning kids you know in the trendier than thou Finger In The Nose label. Or, maybe just load up on fine teas and some artsy China to serve it in—this concept store has everything a sophisticated urban dweller could want.

8. Target

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517 E 117th St.
New York, NY 10035
(212) 835-0860
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No bridges, no tunnels. Just all the big box shopping you can handle served up with a side of surprise celeb spottings— a Beyonce led flashmob, anyone? And with the upcoming Prabal Gurung collection, now’s prime time to round out your list of toiletry and home essentials with a few must have pieces in time for its launch.

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1. H&M

125 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
What lines? Making the trek uptown to this H&M pays off majorly when new collaborations are rolled out. While we can’t actually promise no lines, this location is just off the beaten path enough to keep the fast-fashion pieces you’re after in stock longer.
125 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

2. Harlem Flo

2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027
While known for their decadent and lush floral arrangements, this flower shop has a healthy collection of trinkets and sundry, from crystal tricked out Pop Phones to chic reusable bags tiny enough to throw into any purse.
2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10027

3. Carol's Daughter

24 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10035
Outfit your medicine cabinet with the decadently fragranced and naturally crafted beauty products and hair treatments that count Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige as fans. Before checking out, renew the hands and feet that helped you shopped ‘till you dropped with luxe treatments in their back of the shop's mini spa.
24 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10035

4. Harlem Underground

20 E. 125th St., New York, NY 10035
Everyone needs basics, so why not get a few that are not so basic from this streetwear spot. Whether repping Harlem or Led Zepplin, there are enough shirts and hoodies here to keep any off-duty look fresh.
20 E. 125th St.
New York, NY 10035

5. Harlem Haberdashery

245 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Already a favorite of athletes and local rappers (think Kris Humphries and Julez Santana), this dapperly designed brownstone outpost is now trying its hand at women’s clothing. Whatever your sex, though, cruise through HH for edgy jewelry, preppy menswear, and polished streetwear that's cool enough to make anyone look hip.
245 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

6. BeBenoir

2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY
Between the bold prints of their clothes and the live DJ’s they’re known to have spin in the window, it’s a wonder Bebenoir has time to make their own private label. But they do, and it’s as on trend as the shop’s funky atmosphere.
2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY

7. Swing Concept Store

1960 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
Scoop up the latest from Rick Owens, or outfit the most discerning kids you know in the trendier than thou Finger In The Nose label. Or, maybe just load up on fine teas and some artsy China to serve it in—this concept store has everything a sophisticated urban dweller could want.
1960 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
New York, NY 10027

8. Target

517 E 117th St., New York, NY 10035
No bridges, no tunnels. Just all the big box shopping you can handle served up with a side of surprise celeb spottings— a Beyonce led flashmob, anyone? And with the upcoming Prabal Gurung collection, now’s prime time to round out your list of toiletry and home essentials with a few must have pieces in time for its launch.
517 E 117th St.
New York, NY 10035