The Bronx is home to many immigrants and as such we strive to keep our ethnic traditions alive. There are many shops that offer a variety of items from trinkets, food items and apparel. Travelling to one continent from another is simply a matter of driving or taking public transportation.


At Mary Anne’s Irish Gift Shop, a family-owned boutique, one can find all sorts of hand-knit sweaters and scarves. It’s also one of the few places in the city that carries hand-painted spongeware by Nicholas Mosse, a famous potter from County Kilkenny. The store also has a wide array of jewelry and other gift items for the holidays. Nothing says Erin go bragh like a beautiful Claddagh ring or a hand-made Tipperary stuffed animal.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 5694 Riverdale Avenue
Website:  maryannesirishgiftshop.com
Hours of operation:
Mon - Sat:  10AM–6PM
Sunday: 12pm-3pm





A great place to find fine Italian imports is in the heart of the Real Little Italy on Arthur Avenue. Cerini Coffee & Gifts offers everything from pasta bowls, fancy espresso machines or Lavazza Coffee. They also carry a variety of authentic food items and decorative wall art.

Neighborhood: Belmont
Address: 2334 Arthur Avenue
Website:  cerinicoffee.com
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat:  9AM–6:30PM, Sun: Closed




Shalom and baruch haba (hello and welcome) to everyone who enters Riverdale Judaica, the premier store for Jewish gifts and religious items. Not only is it a great place to purchase stylish yarmulkes and colorful mezuzahs, but it is also ideal for Hebrew books and for good conversation on customs and ceremonies.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 3706 Riverdale Avenue
Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sun: 11am-6pm





If you’re looking for decorative arts you will appreciate the craftsmanship of African folk art sold at African Masidi & Company. There, you’ll find a selection of textiles, jewelry, tribal masks, wood sculptures and pottery. They also offer an array of world music as well as  traditional musical instruments like the mbira (thumb piano), djembe (West African goblet drum), and various other percussion-like dried gourd shakers. You can even enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of having your hair braided by an in-store hairdresser specializing in plaits.

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
Address: 5616 Broadway
Hours of operation:
Tues-Fri: 10AM-8PM
Sat: 9AM-6PM





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