Fairway Market, Harlem
With convenient locations in New York and New Jersey, a Fairway Market is found about a 5-7 minute drive from the Columbia University on 12th Avenue. The Fairway Market began was a fruit and vegetable stand in the early 1930s by Nathan Glickberg. The store is still a traditional-style grocery store, a pleasant place to shop. The store has specific departments like the butcher, cheese, deli and kosher.
While this Japanese superstore is on River Road directly across the Hudson River from the university and a route with tolls, visiting Mitsuwa Marketplace is a truly fantastic shopping experience. Like stepping into Tokyo, this authentic store is the largest in the Mitsuwa chain. Inside, shoppers find departments such as books, beauty and household as well as a Japanese grocery and restaurants with dining views of the New York skyline.
Metro Bicycle Stores
With seven stores in the greater New York area, a Metro Bicycles Store is found just over a mile from the university down Broadway. At 116th Street, this bike shop is a great place to pick up economical transportation and bike gear. Top-of-the-line bicycles like Trek and Schwinn, and also those less pricey are sold here. For those who want shoes and clothing made for biking, Metro Bicycle is the place to find a wide range of clothes and footwear.
Located on Broadway in Morningside Heights, Mondel Chocolates is an old-fashioned chocolate and candy store that has been opened since 1943. The shop is mentioned as having the best dark chocolate "in the world" by the late actress, Katherine Hepburn. Turtles, break-up chocolate and chocolate mousse are just some of the homemade chocolate specialties. Filled chocolates come with fruit, creams and nuts. Chocolate Covered Marzipan and Raisin Clusters are favorites. Locals return often and visitors to the city come again whenever they can.
Swing: A Concept Shop
Found on the corner of 118th Street in Harlem, this shop is less than two miles from Columbia University. This upscale boutique shop is owned by fashion designer and native of New York, Helena Greene. The appealing store has women's and men's clothing as well as bags and watches. Items from Christina Bomba of Italy, Junko Shimada of Paris and "I Love Harlem" T-shirts are sold at this shop. Swing: A Concept Shop also sells superb beauty products, kids' clothing and dolls made by hand.