Best Stationery Stores

Coolstuff Team
May 24, 2024

New York is a town full of bookish and creative-minded people – many of us are both. One of the biggest overlaps for these two archetypes is the need for beautiful stationery. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spots to shop paper goods across the city that range from Japanese specialties to fun greeting cards and everything in between. 

Greenwich Letterpress

West Village, Manhattan

This sweet shop is tucked away on the West Village’s Christopher Street and is full of treasures – from house-printed cards to paper boxes and flowers. Opened by sisters (and cool friends!) Amy & Beth, Greenwich is a must-stop whenever we’re in the village. We often stock up on cards and then decide to keep them for ourselves.

City Papery

Flatiron, Manhattan 

If you are a craft aficionado, this giant paper store is for you. They stock a huge variety of paper and have even just expanded to include fabrics as well. This is also a great place if you’re making DIY invites for parties & wedding as they carry envelopes in varied colors and sizes.

Yoseka Stationery 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Almost to the edge of the East River you’ll find a creative’s paradise at Yoseka. Of all the stores on this list, Yoseka has the biggest dedication to trying out new pens and nibs before you buy. The staff are extremely passionate and knowledgeable and can really help you to find the perfect pen. And when you find that pen, Yoseka has a true mind-boggling amount of inks to choose from!

Measure Twice

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

From ribbons and wrapping to calligraphy ink, Measure Twice is an extremely joyful shop nestled along Court Street. Having been in business for a while, this is a great place to shop if you’re looking for a little more guidance on your purchase.

Yours Truly Brooklyn

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Just up the block from Fulton Street favorite, Greenlight Bookstore lies Yours Truly Brooklyn: a considered jewel box of stationery supplies. This shop stocks classics like Kaweco and it's a great place to pop by when you have a specific replacement in mind. 

Dempsey & Carroll 

Upper East Side, Manhattan

This list leans contemporary, but what if you’re looking for something classic or, date we say, American Psycho-esque? Enter Dempsey & Carroll – the kind of stationery store that screams of the classic Upper East Side vibes it’s surrounded by. 

Goods for the Study

Greenwich Village & Nolita

Did you know that literary legend, McNally Jackson, has two stationery stores? Focused on tools for the written word, Goods for the Study uses the constraints of mostly selling notebooks and writing utensils to offer a deep and wide selection of both. This is where we first discovered the notebook maker mnemosyne – a favorite for sketching out coolstuff ideas.


Midtown, Manhattan 

This superstore is the most specialized of this list and is the NYC outpost of the Japanese book and stationery chain founded in 1927. In addition to Japanese language books, the downstairs has an enormous selection of Japanese magazines (pick up a copy of Popeye!) as well as stationery you won’t find elsewhere in the city. The sheer array of sticker sheets, origami papers, and rubber stamps makes this one of our favorite places to kill time when we’re between plans in the neighborhood. Reader beware: it’s pretty much impossible to come here without finding something that simply MUST come home with you. 

Top Hat

Lower East Side, Manhattan

In addition to a unique mix of gifts (from umbrellas to cuckoo clocks) Top Hat stocks a curated selection of mostly Japanese stationery products. Our favorite pick-up from here over the years is an amazing heavy, metal tape dispenser perfectly sized for washi tape. We use it to label leftovers that we will never eat.

Cornershop Hightide

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

If you’re sensing a theme of Japanese stationery you’re not mistaken, but it’s not intentional – there is just a high concentration of high-quality goods from Japan. Our final pick is in no way an exception: this little shop is a place we stumbled upon last year and were completely stunned by how great the buying was. We learned that this “cornershop” is a smaller outpost of the LA-based Hightide and the shop focuses on a mixture of stationery goods as well as plants – including bonsai!