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Fifth Avenue's luxurious semi-public bathrooms, ranked

Midtown shopping season is in full force.

If you can push through the cold, crowds and tourists, you deserve a nice break.

From department stores to hotels to luxury boutiques, there are plenty of spots to rest and relieve yourself on one of NYC's most opulent shopping streets.

Take a look at some of our Fifth Avenue favorites.

Note: All bathrooms pictured are women's or single-use restrooms.

1. Polo Ralph Lauren

Where: 711 Fifth Ave., third floor What: Shared
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 711 Fifth Ave., third floor

What: Shared restroom


Stepping into this sharply white restroom, adorned with nautical-style sconces and scented like the backstage of a Ralph Lauren runway show, this bathroom stood out for both its decor and cleanliness. It's all business though -- if you want to lounge, head over to the fireplace and couches by the sweater display and perhaps even grab a snack at Ralph's Coffee on the second floor if you feel guilty about enjoying all this complimentary luxury.

2. Gucci

Where:725 5th Ave., third floor What: Single occupancy
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where:725 5th Ave., third floor

What: Single occupancy restroom


This is the only luxury boutique we dared to venture into, but avoiding eye contact with the skeptical salespeople was beyond worth it. The bathroom was pristine and featured a mod toilet and sink that'd be oh-so-Instagrammable if doing so weren't totally weird.

3. American Girl Place

Where: 609 Fifth Ave., mezzanine What: Multi-stall bathroom,
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 609 Fifth Ave., mezzanine

What: Multi-stall bathroom, numbered stalls for ease


This whimsical pink and purple bathroom smells strongly of bubble gum soap and industrial cleaner, but that's not a bad thing -- it's clean! Each stall is numbered so you remember your place, and a doll holder in each stall doubles as a shopping bag and purse holder. An enormous mirror near the exit is perfect for outfit checks. Right off the escalator, there were no interactions with any American Girl employees (or dolls) while visiting this rest stop. There isn't, however, anywhere to sit and rest.

4. Saks Fifth Avenue

Where: 611 Fifth Ave., eighth floor What: Two-stall
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 611 Fifth Ave., eighth floor

What: Two-stall restroom


Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik escort you to this restroom through the newly redesigned shoe department. If you're not shopping, scrutinize a colorful Tod's loafer and then head past the host station at Cafe SFA to show yourself to the bathroom. It's notably clean and right near the SFA bar if you do want to grab a drink afterward ...

5. Tiffany & Co.

Where: 727 Fifth Ave., Sixth floor What: Two-stall
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 727 Fifth Ave., Sixth floor

What: Two-stall shared bathroom


You may not make it for breakfast, but you can certainly stop at Tiffany's for the bathroom. Tell the elevator attendant you're going up to customer service and then turn left for the restrooms. A single chair doesn't make for much of a lounge area, but a slew of plush couches in customer service allow you some much-needed rest while you "wait" for your faux jewelry gifter to meet you. Oops, she didn't show up? Time to go.

6. Bergdorf Goodman

Where: 745 Fifth Ave., basement and seventh floor
Photo Credit: Bergdorf Goodman

Where: 745 Fifth Ave., basement and seventh floor

What: Shared restrooms enhanced by Nest fragrances


You could go the perfume spritz route and venture into the basement bathroom or head up toward BG restaurant where the women's lounge awaits. Similar in cleanliness and quality, you're making a quick and anonymous stop here before plopping on a couch in the shoe department, or elsewhere.

7. Henri Bendel

Where: 712 Fifth Ave., basement What: Private powder
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 712 Fifth Ave., basement

What: Private powder rooms with toilets and sinks


We're not encouraging loitering, but the lower level rest area is notably unsupervised and hosts two very comfy couches outside of its five individual powder rooms. Each room is spacious enough to facilitate an outfit change with your squad or just some much-needed privacy during a day of shopping.

8. The Plaza Bar

Where: 768 Fifth Ave., first floor What: Shared-two
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Where: 768 Fifth Ave., first floor

What: Shared-two stall bathroom


If you're paying $29 for a flute of champagne, you may expect a slightly more luxurious restroom. If you're not paying for anything, there are plenty of couches to relax on for a few unsuspecting moments. The Plaza is home to plenty of non-guest accessible bathrooms, including in the basement at the Food Hall and near the ballrooms in the back.

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