Columbus Circle is one of my favorite areas of the Upper West Side. It has glamour, convenience, and natural beauty that is enjoyed by New York residents and tourists alike. It is located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South, and Central Park West. Visit the glorious fountains surrounding the marble statue of Christopher Columbus…it is a lovely spot to sit in the center of it all. Take in the sites and sounds of this bustling area during the day or night, and feel the energy of New York.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is coming soon!
If you want to splurge on stylish footwear, check out the gorgeous boots and shoes at Stuart Weitzman. Known for their high quality sophisticated designs and precise fit, Stuart Weitzman is a favorite of shoe lovers everywhere, and especially New Yorkers. Stop by this elegant boutique and ask for Ammon. You’ll feel like a queen. Other premium designer shops include Coach, Boss, Cole Hahn, Michael Kors, TUMI, and Pink.
You can also make some fashion forward purchases here without blowing your budget. Check out H&M on the second and third floor for a wide variety of trendy, economical styles for men, women and children. You can also find many moderately priced shops (not super extravagant, but not bargain-basement), such as Lucky Brand, Armani Exchange, J. Crew, and Bebe.
The Shops at Columbus Circle are open Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm, with some changes during holiday season. Visit www.TheShopsAtColumbusCircle.com for more information.
Need a bite to refuel? Visit Boucheron Bakery on the third floor for a quick coffee and a croissant or one of their many chocolate confections. Or rest a bit and enjoy table service in their cafe. Another option is to visit the expansive salad bar and prepared food section in the Columbus Circle Whole Foods Market, located on the concourse floor. Open daily from 8:00am to 11:00pm, you can stock up on groceries, or just pop in for a Jamba Juice. To celebrate a special occasion, you may want to make a reservation at one of the multiple fine dining establishments in the center, such as Per Se, Landmarc, and Masa. And ROBERT, the restaurant on the ninth floor.
During the holidays, be sure to check out the enticing gifts and foods available at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Situated at 59th Street and Central Park West, this seasonal favorite offers unique gifts for all ages. And don’t miss the lights and decorations during December in The Time Warner Center. Read more about the sparkling holiday displays in one of my earlier articles: https://ilovetheupperwestside.com/holiday-displays-on-the-upper-west-side/
Art & Music
The Time Warner Center also houses Jazz at Lincoln Center, Equinox health club, and the stunning Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel.
Also located in Columbus Circle is the Museum of Art and Design.
Yes, Columbus Circle is a perfect spot for shopping, dining, relaxing, sightseeing, and more. Conveniently located in the lower portion of the Upper West Side, it also serves as a major transportation hub, where one can catch the M5, M7, M20, or M104 buses, or go underground for the 1, 2, A, B, C, and D subways. So whether you’re on your own or hosting friends and family from out of town, don’t forget about all Columbus Circle has to offer!