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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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1. Agent Provocateur

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675 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065
(212) 705-2974
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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.

2. Purple Passion

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211 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 807-0486
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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.

3. Fantasy World

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192 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-2001
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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.

4. Pleasure Chest

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156 7th Ave. S.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-2158
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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.

5. Tic Tac Toe

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161 W 4th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 462-0019
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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.

6. Kiki de Montparnasse

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79 Greene street
New York, NY
(212) 965-8150
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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.

7. Babeland

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94 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 375-1701
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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."

8. Honey

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110 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-1760
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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.

9. Shag

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108 Roebling St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 721-3302
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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.

1. Agent Provocateur

675 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065
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.
675 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065

2. Purple Passion

211 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
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.
211 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

3. Fantasy World

192 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
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.
192 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014

4. Pleasure Chest

156 7th Ave. S., New York, NY 10014
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.
156 7th Ave. S.
New York, NY 10014

5. Tic Tac Toe

161 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014
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.
161 W 4th St
New York, NY 10014

6. Kiki de Montparnasse

79 Greene street, New York, NY
Hunting for 24 karat gold handcuffs? High-end "instruments of pleasure" are the name of the game at this fancy-pants lingerie shop.
79 Greene street
New York, NY

7. Babeland

94 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
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."
94 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

8. Honey

110 N 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
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.
110 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Shag

108 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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.
108 Roebling St
Brooklyn, NY 11211