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Nine Not-Scary Sex Shops to Check Out Before Valentine's Day

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Sex shops: They're not just for your "Samantha" friend! Take Valentine's Day a step further this year (whether you'll have company or not is none of our business) and pick up a little somethin' somethin' from one of New York City's finest sex shops.

We've honed in on nine excellent options that offer everything from fuzzy handcuffs to custom leather corsets. Everything on our list falls into the "female-friendly" category, meaning no stare downs from weird male employees and a refreshingly un-embarrassed take on sex. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we'd love to hear about your favorite shops in the comments below.

For more non-skeevy sex shops around the country, check out our guides to Philly, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, or browse online with the help of Racked National.


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Agent Provocateur

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For $600 whips, look no further than Agent Provocateur on Madison Avenue. Primarily a high-end lingerie shop, nothing in the sex accessories category here is scary. It's just expensive.

Purple Passion

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Focused primarily on the S&M lifestyle, Purple Passion has 20 years worth of fine fetish retailing under its belt. Leather clothing is available up to size 26 (including custom-made corsets), and shoes up to size 16. They're also quite active on Twitter and Instagram.

Fantasy World

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From videos to party favors, Fantasy World is the department store of NYC sex shops. Their windows rival Bergdorf (okay, maybe not quite) and you can buy a penis-shaped water gun. And, you might even run into Zac Efron.

Pleasure Chest

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This petite shop introduced Charlotte to her very first Rabbit on SATC. Selection is on the small-but-classy side, and they offer free classes and a 20% student discount.

Tic Tac Toe

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From gummy candies to balloons, Tic Tac Toe's penis-shaped paraphernalia is on point. It's on the pricier side, but they definitely have everything you need for gag gifts and bachelorette parties.

Kiki de Montparnasse

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Hunting for 24 karat gold handcuffs? High-end "instruments of pleasure" are the name of the game at this fancy-pants lingerie shop.

Babeland

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Even complete sex shop novices know Babeland. This is the go-to for female friendly toys and related accessories. They also offer tons of free classes, like "Positions of Pleasure."
The Williamsburg outpost of a major Canadian sexy gift shop, the front portion of the Honey is dedicated to lingerie, and the items you hide in the bedside table drawer are located in the back. Head here for approachable, entry-level toys and the like.
Shag aims to unite art and sex, and will support any way you want to interpret that. This Williamsburg store offers more than just sex-related products: it hosts classes, can throw your bachelorette party, and it even has a photo services available that's way classier than SnapChat.

Agent Provocateur

For $600 whips, look no further than Agent Provocateur on Madison Avenue. Primarily a high-end lingerie shop, nothing in the sex accessories category here is scary. It's just expensive.

Purple Passion

Focused primarily on the S&M lifestyle, Purple Passion has 20 years worth of fine fetish retailing under its belt. Leather clothing is available up to size 26 (including custom-made corsets), and shoes up to size 16. They're also quite active on Twitter and Instagram.

Fantasy World

From videos to party favors, Fantasy World is the department store of NYC sex shops. Their windows rival Bergdorf (okay, maybe not quite) and you can buy a penis-shaped water gun. And, you might even run into Zac Efron.

Pleasure Chest

This petite shop introduced Charlotte to her very first Rabbit on SATC. Selection is on the small-but-classy side, and they offer free classes and a 20% student discount.

Tic Tac Toe

From gummy candies to balloons, Tic Tac Toe's penis-shaped paraphernalia is on point. It's on the pricier side, but they definitely have everything you need for gag gifts and bachelorette parties.

Kiki de Montparnasse

Hunting for 24 karat gold handcuffs? High-end "instruments of pleasure" are the name of the game at this fancy-pants lingerie shop.

Babeland

Even complete sex shop novices know Babeland. This is the go-to for female friendly toys and related accessories. They also offer tons of free classes, like "Positions of Pleasure."

Honey

The Williamsburg outpost of a major Canadian sexy gift shop, the front portion of the Honey is dedicated to lingerie, and the items you hide in the bedside table drawer are located in the back. Head here for approachable, entry-level toys and the like.

Shag

Shag aims to unite art and sex, and will support any way you want to interpret that. This Williamsburg store offers more than just sex-related products: it hosts classes, can throw your bachelorette party, and it even has a photo services available that's way classier than SnapChat.