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FAO Schwarz Shopping Guide

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FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz

Heather Cross

FAO Schwarz Details:

  • Address:767 Fifth Avenue (at 58th St.)
  • Subway: N/R/Q to 59th Street/Fifth Avenue; 4/5/6 to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue
  • Phone: 212-644-9400
  • Website: FAO.com

FAO Schwarz Hours:

Regular Hours
  • Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Store often has extended hours during the holiday season

FAO Schwarz Shopping Tips:

  • The Concierge on the Concourse Level can help you navigate the store, or even give you personalized advice for your NYC vacation.
  • Gift wrapping services are available, fees vary.
  • Weekdays before lunch and in the early afternoon are the least crowded times to visit FAO Schwarz. On weekends, the earlier in the day, the less crowded the store will probably be.
  • Personal shopper assistance is free and available with or without an appointment.
  • You can have your purchases shipped home.
  • FAO Schwarz offers delivery to Manhattan hotels, fees apply.
  • During the holiday season, the store is more crowded than usual -- be patient.

Dining at FAO Schwarz:

The Cafe at FAO Schwarz has limited seating, but they offer an array of drinks, pastries, sandwiches, and snacks for visitors to enjoy. FAO Schweetz has 6,000 square feet of candy that can satiate any sweet tooth.

FAO Schwarz Fun:

  • You can have a 45-minute VIP tour of the store and continental breakfast at the cafe before the store opens for $40/person (4 person minimum, though they'll combine groups if your party is too small). You can even request a personal shopper to keep you company, making it possible to shop without the crowds! Reserve a week in advance (or more) by calling 212-644-9400 x4244.
  • Glitter tattoos and face painting are available daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the store, fees vary.
  • Storytime takes place daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (as well as at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) in Barefoot Books on Level Two.

About FAO Schwarz:

First conceived by Fredrick August Otto Schwarz when he opened his a Toy Bazzar in 1870, FAO Schwarz has come a long way and become a New York City destination in and of itself. Laid out on two floors, toy shopping at FAO Schwarz is an incomparable experience for both children and adults. When you arrive at the Fifth Avenue entrance, Bobby the Toy Soldier will greet you, and he's always happy to pose for a picture. In addition to an incredible selection of toys, there are lots of interactive activities, including a dance-on piano, which you can try out for yourself, and face painting and glitter tattoos. From stuffed animals and collectibles to games and sporting equipment (they even offer Vespa scooters!) -- it's hard not to buy something for yourself or a loved one at FAO Schwarz.

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