Want to see The Tiffany Diamond in person? Or re-enact a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's? One of New York City's legendary stores, Tiffany & Co. is located on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and is a popular destination for New York City visitors. It first opened on October 21, 1940 and has been impressing both shoppers and window gazers ever since.
About Tiffany & Co.
The firm of jewelers that eventually became Tiffany & Co first formed in Manhattan in 1937 by Charles L. Tiffany and John B. Young at 237 Broadway. They added another partner, Jabez Ellis, in 1941 but Tiffany bought out Young and Ellis in 1953 and the name became Tiffany and Company. Over the years the business slowly moved north as the city's wealth did also, until it opened in its present location in 1940.
This world famous store sells high-quality jewelry, china and crystal. While many items might cause sticker-shock, there are also a selection of less expensive items (key chains, money clips, etc.) that make great New York City souvenirs and gifts.
Even if you can't afford to make a purchase, you can make like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's and window shop. This is an excellent store for browsing, with so many of the goods in glass displays throughout the store. While many "window shoppers" just look at the displays on the main floor, it's worth it to work your way to the back of the store to ride the elevators upstairs to see some of the additional areas; they are far less crowded and allow you to really savor the Tiffany's experience.
You will find yourself in good company if you visit this store just to browse, but if you want to purchase, there are lots of salespeople on hand to help you try on your favorite baubles and make an informed decision.
Visitors also won't want to miss the chance to see the 128 karat Tiffany Diamond, which is normally displayed on the Main Floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship store. On the Mezzanine level, visitors to the Patek Philippe Salon will see a collection of important and historic watches on display. During the holiday season, the store is decked out both inside and out and well worth a visit.
Tiffany & Co. Details
Address: 727 Fifth Avenue (57th St.)
Subway: N/R/Q to 59th St/5th Ave; E/M to 53rd St/5th Ave; F to 57th St
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10-7; Sunday: 12-6
Services: Tiffany's offers personal shopping services, as well as in-store diamond consultations. Call 800-518-5555 for more information or to make an appointment.