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Grand Bazaar NYC In New York – A Complete Guide

Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Grand Bazaar NYC is New York City’s oldest, largest and most diverse shopping market. Here is a complete guide.

How To Get To Grand Bazaar NYC

The grand Bazaar can be found at 100 West 77th Street in Upper West Side Manhattan, New York City.

Subway

C at 81st Street and Central Park West

C at 72nd Street and Central Park West

1 at 79th Street & Broadway

1, 2, 3 at 72nd Street & Amsterdam Ave

Bus

M7 at Columbus Avenue and 78th Street

M11 at Amsterdam Avenue and 77th Street

M79 at Columbus Avenue and 80th Street

Car

You can park for free on Sundays along the streets by the market. Or there are several car parks/garages close by.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Grand Bazaar NYC Entrance Fee

It is free to visit the Grand Bazaar NYC.

For all tourists visiting New York we recommend purchasing either the New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions or the New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions.

These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in New York.

Both include:

  • Top Of The Rock
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • And many more!
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Lauren happy to be arriving at Grand Bazaar NYC.

Grand Bazaar NYC Opening Times

Grand Bazaar NYC is open every Sunday: 10am – 5pm.

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The rows and rows of stands.

Best Time To Visit Grand Bazaar NYC

This market only runs on a Sunday and is always busy, but you might just beat the worst of the crowds if you get there as it opens at 10am.

We visited early in the morning following our evening at The Edge and before heading to the Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View.

You will find a lot more vendors selling their wares in the warmer months.

The market is indoor and outdoor, so still worth a visit in the cooler weather.

Take some cash with you as a lot of the dealers do not take plastic!

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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The food trucks and stands at the entrance.
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Lauren in her element.

Grand Bazaar NYC History

Originally called Green Flea Market, the Grand Bazaar NYC had humble beginnings in 1979 as a small yard sale, started by a group of local parents to raise funds for their children’s schools.

As this market evolved, its purpose continued to be for the raising of funds for four local public schools, benefitting over 2000 children.

In 2016 the market changed its name to Grand Bazaar NYC, to better reflect its diverse offerings.

The Grand Bazaar provides four local schools with much needed money for various enrichment programmes, books, supplies, teaching assistants, and sports programmes.

The Parent Associations of P.S. 87, The Computer School, P.S. 334 Anderson School, and M.S. 247 Dual Language Middle School are the Grand Bazaar’s custodians.

This mission statement of the market is – ‘Creating original experiences and Win-Win-Win opportunities for independent local merchants, consumers, partners, and benefiting public school children.’

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An example of the vintage clothing on offer.
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Some uniquely made wooden items.
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Very cool and quirky.

What To Expect At Grand Bazaar NYC

Established in 1985, the Grand Bazaar, with over 140 vendors, is known as one of the best indoor and outdoor flea markets in Manhattan.

With its enormous variety of handpicked artists, designers, craft-makers, and independent vintage and antique dealers, the Grand Bazaar NYC is the ideal place to look for a unique gift or keepsake.

From handcrafted jewellery, portraits, scarves, candles, cards, bags/totes, rugs and clothes, you are sure to find something that takes your fancy.

There is also an artisanal food court with vendors offering delicious soups, snacks and drinks to keep you refreshed and energised.

We chose to eat at a delicious Indian food stall and the naan rolls were to die for!

Unfortunately for us, we visited on a drizzly day so the weather wasn’t great.

However, Lauren still enjoyed herself and managed to grab a few bargains on the clothes stands.

I didn’t come away with anything but enjoyed learning about the traditional baseball cards and left with a full belly!

Every Sunday you will find different special themed events with many new and unique merchants.

Depending on the week, you will find different vendors selling their goods, so there is always something new to discover!

Certainly one of the lesser known things to do in New York, it’s definitely worth a visit!

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Cheap and cheerful pendants.
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I’m still mad I didn’t buy this Garfield sweater.
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We found Indian food.
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Two naan rolls later and we were stuffed.
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Our chickpea and rice dish that we couldn’t finish.
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One guy was selling really bad portraits for $5.
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Lauren browsing the jewellery.
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Old school American baseball cards.
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One stand had boxes and boxes of these.
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Aside from the rain, a great day at Grand Bazaar NYC.

Where To Stay In New York

Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

This Manhattan hotel in Midtown overlooks Central Park and is within walking distance of Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.

Free cable and a bathrobe are provided in every room at the New York Central Park Ritz-Carlton. All rooms are elegant, with wood furniture and light colors. Many rooms also include a city or park view.

La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park offers massage and facial services, as well as a sauna. Guests can also work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center.

The 57th street subway station is just 2 blocks away, providing easy access to the city. Radio City Music Hall and the Broadway Theatre District are also both within 1 mile of the hotel.

Mid-Budget

citizenM New York Times Square

Located right in the heart of Manhattan, this hotel is just 1 minute’s walk from Times Square. It’s also within 5 minutes’ walk of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

A flat-screen TV and a small refrigerator with free water are available in citizenM’s rooms. Bathrooms include Hansgrohe rain showers and oversized bathroom amenities. 

With the room iPad, all guests can control room lights, black-out blinds, curtains and temperature. As well as TV and radio channels. 

Free high-speed Wi-Fi and express check in are on offer at citizenM New York Times Square.

Three outdoor terraces are provided at the New York Times Square citizenM. They feature a state-of-the-art fitness centre with yoga facilities. 

After working out, guests can relax with drinks and sweeping views of the city on the exclusive rooftop bar.

Budget

Central Park West Hostel

Located in New York City’s Upper West Side, this hostel is a block from the 86th street underground station and 2 blocks from Central Park. It offers Wi-Fi and staff-organized events.

A shared kitchen, café area, and spacious lounge with a flat-screen TV are part of the facilities at the FIT Hotel. Lockers are also provided in the dormitory rooms and luggage storage is available.

The front desk of this New York City hostel is open 24 hours a day. It features daily housekeeping and free linens.

Times Square is only 10 minutes via underground journey.

For more places to stay in New York, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

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