The Concourse of Empire State Plaza is a small city underneath a city, complete with dining options, shops and a modern art gallery. There are exhibits about the city's many illustrious governors and politicians, and masterpieces by Jackson Pollock. The Concourse connects all of the buildings of the Plaza.
Stella del Mare is located in what used to be the city's Little Italy, which was torn down to make way for the Empire State Plaza corridor and booming Interstate 787 back in the 1960's. This Italian grocery sell as variety of imports such as canned tomatoes, deli meats, cheeses, breakfast treats and imported DeCecco and Barilla pastas that cannot be found at your typical grocery store. Grinders can also be made to order and delicacies like Mortadella, Salame and Prosciutto Crudo are sold by the pound.
Old World Provisions Outlet has just a few items for sale: pastrami, corned beef, rye bread, deli mustard, pickles and Dr. Brown's. All meats are purchased by the pound, bread by the loaf and six-packs of Dr. Brown's. This small storefront sells meats direct from the warehouse behind, so you are guaranteed the ultimate in fresh New York deli meats. Old World Provisions provides deli goods for several noted delis in the City, but you can get the same high quality goods direct from the producer. All meats are Kosher-style, but not certified Kosher. Stop by for everything you need to make the perfect sandwich at home.
This family-run business on Lark Street has been around since 1976, selling their freshly roasted coffees and promoting local musicians with Thursday-night live performances. Downstairs is the café where you can get Belgian waffles, pastries, Italian sodas, smoothies, over sized Ruebens and all sorts of coffee drinks that are all homemade. Upstairs is the retail store where you can find the Daily Grind blends as well as all the coffee accessories you might need to make the perfect brew at home. Bring your laptop and hop onto the free Wi-Fi while sipping your drink.
Cheeky Tiki Monkey is a unique bookstore, gift shop and greeting cards store on Albany's Lark Street. On the upper-level of a 19th-century residence is the store, which has something for everyone with a wide variety of items for all occasions. Find pop culture action figures, magnets, Christmas ornaments and more at this one-of-a-kind store.
Stuyvesant Plaza is an outdoor shopping complex on Western Avenue in Albany. This small shopping center is a great alternative to the bigger malls in the region with specialty retailers like Coldwater Creek, Crabtree & Evelyn, The Book House and Eastern Mountain Sports. Enjoy over 50 stores in the great outdoors!
The Colonie Center over on Central and Wolf Avenues delivers a great shopping experience just outside of Albany. Enjoy shopping at your favorite retailers, such as Bath & Body, Gap, Barnes and Noble, Boscou's, Sephora and Macy's. The big draw here though is the L.L. Bean retail store (the only one in New York) which sells fly fishing supplies, clothes and outdoor gear. The Regal Cinemas have 14 screens (all DTP) to indulge cinematic fancy. Check website for holiday hours.
One of the nation's handful of L.L. Bean stores, this anchor of the Colonie Center sells a carefully selected cross-section of the thousands of items found online or in the catalog. Pick up a backpack for back-to-school, camp bags, tents, fly fishing poles and bait, footwear, camp meals and your favorite clothes, like River Driver shirts, Chamois shirts, Double L jeans and French sailor shirts.