The East Village is filled with Japanese gems and Niconeco Zakkaya might be the most precious of them all. It’s a haven for the inner Japanese stationery-obsessed child we all have within us. Filled with all the pretty little things that you want to compulsively hoard. From notebooks to washi tape to stamps to pens, it’s excess in the smallest bits, everything you don’t need but want in a well-stocked cozy shop bathed in sunlight.
Niconeco Zakkaya started as an Etsy shop in 2015 and opened as a brick and mortar in 2019. Which tracks. Because it feels about like you stepped into an Etsy shop. It’s very well curated, featuring lots of small makers and brands from Japan that you’ll probably not find anywhere else in the city. So whether you need to pick up a gift or a little pick me up for yourself, it’s a good place to bookmark for any nonessential paper goods.
Go here for: treating yourself to cute Japanese stationery, tempting your self-control
Don’t miss: if you truly want your obsession to pay off they have a loyalty program where you can earn points for discounts
Amount of time to spend: it’s a pretty small shop so even a leisurely browse shouldn’t take more than 15 min
When to come: any time!
Getting here: just 4 blocks down Ave A from the 1st Ave L station
Other things to note: They also have plenty of inventory sold on their online shop (but the free shipping minimum is $65 so… I suppose that can be a built-in excuse to buy more than you need)
Last visited: August 2022
Last updated: August 2022