Kinokuniya New York — 61 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Bliss.  Kinokuniya is a Japanese-based retailer selling books, magazines, and Japanese pens and stationery.  Those of you who love to try out new pens and pencils already know that Japanese stationery products are compelling, and Kinokuniya has an excellent selection that is unmatched in the city.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

That said, what makes the store so delightful is seeing the interesting array of products displayed in such a peaceful space.  Books and magazines are on the ground floor, stationery and novelties are in the basement. Give yourself some time to look around, because there is a lot more on display than you may first appreciate.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

This delightful store is located directly across from hectic Bryant park, a beautiful park marred by constant, jarring street noise.  Check out the park and then escape to Kinokuniya for some peace.

HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION

(betw. 40th and 41st Streets), New York, NY 10018

WEBSITE

Kinokuniya US

Muji Soho — 68.6 decibels

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Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Muji must be the Japanese word for civilized, because this Japanese housewares/lifestyle store was absolutely pleasant when we visited the Soho location.  All the more remarkable because there was a big sale on and the place was packed.  Packed yet quiet.

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Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

The only downside to visiting a Muji store is that It’s hard to leave without buying something.  Everything is so well designed for its purpose.  So if you feel the need to lighten your wallet, head on over to Muji and shop in peace and quiet.

HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION

WEBSITE

Muji