Rush hour is, obviously, the worst time to go; make it a midday shopathon.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Plan your shopping route with the maps and stores list at grandcentralterminal.com.
Take the 4, 5, 6, 7, or S lines to the 42nd Street–Grand Central subway stop.
Most of Grand Central’s ATMs belong to Chase. There’s a North Fork Bank in the Lexington Passage and a Bank of America ATM in the Graybar Passage.
GENERAL STORE HOURS
Monday through Friday, 8 to 8; Saturday, 10 to 8; Sunday, 11 to 6; December 24, 11 to 6.
SNACK, CAFFEINATE, FIND A BATHROOM
There are numerous food options, but the Oyster Bar & Restaurant and the Campbell Apartment are pretty and tucked away. For a quick cup of coffee, go to the Oren’s Daily Roast on the main concourse. Inside the stationmaster’s office is an often-overlooked public restroom. The main restrooms are on the lower level.
Many stores offer gift wrapping, but there are also two Papyrus locations that sell a small selection of beautiful paper and will wrap for at least $2 per gift.
Cabs are plentiful at the 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue exits.
Wine of the Month Club, $50 for three bottles a month at Grande Harvest Wines; 212-682-5855; view the map.
Rosetta Stone Mandarin-language CD-ROM lessons, $296 at Rosetta Stone Kiosk; 212-972-0131; view the map.
Cartier Diabolo de Cartier Collection fountain pen, $495 at Joon; 212-949-1700; view the map.
Metro-North ticket for a One-Day Getaway, Dia:Beacon; $27; view the map.
Paris Vogue, $15.95, and WeAr, $55, at Hudson News; 212-687-0833; view the map.
Cozy Crochet Kit, $22.95 at Posman Books; 212-983-1111; view the map.
Smartball speed-display baseball, $24.95 at the Discovery Channel Store; 212-808-9144; view the map.
Market editors: Aja Mangum, Doria Santlofer, Rima Suqi. Written by Denise Penny.