CROWD AVOIDANCE Weekends are packed. Take an afternoon off and allot four hours.
GETTING THERE Take the A, C, E, F, or V line to the West 4th Street subway station. Use the Sixth Avenue (West 4th Street–Washington Square stop) exit. Walk west.
GETTING CASH ATMs are located in bodegas and corner stores.
GENERAL STORE HOURS Most places are open Monday through Sunday, 11 to 7.
SNACK, CAFFEINATE, FIND A BATHROOM There isn’t a Starbucks on this street—Amy’s Bread (250 Bleecker St.) is the best caffeine-on-the-go option. If nature calls and you’re on the street, slip into the bathroom at Rocco’s Pastry and Espresso Bar (243 Bleecker St.).
GIFT WRAPPING Boutiques including Satya (330 Bleecker St.), L’Uomo (383 Bleecker St.), and Clary & Co. Antiques (372–74 Bleecker St.) gift-wrap their merchandise.
SEND, DON’T SCHLEP Messenger your bags to your doorman or ship them to their recipients from Your Neighborhood Office (332 Bleecker St.; closed Sunday). Deliveries to Manhattan and Brooklyn cost about $35 per bag and $5 per additional bag.