NYC: The Best of Soho

Downtown Gems

Any true New Yorker will be able to rattle off ten things to do in Soho that go far beyond shopping. This area is just full of life. Sure, there’s Broadway and its iconic fashion pit-stops–like Top Shop, Uniqlo, Dean & Deluca, and Zara. But there’s more to the neighborhood than meets the eye. Soho is also the backdrop to tons of your favorite movies (but you probably didn’t know it), and and it’s home to some pretty amazing restaurants. Take the N or R train to Prince Street, and get ready to explore.

For The Table

There’s plenty to eat and drink in Soho and its neighboring streets of Nolita and Noho. Here’s a few of our favorite, affordable spots:
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is a small, cute café-style eatery that’s perfect for people watching during brunch. And if they happen to be busy, try Café Select or La Esquina–both are just a few steps away. We love the poached eggs with tomato and haloumi!
The Smile To Go
For quick bites that won’t leave you wishing for a real meal, visit The Smile To Go. They cover items like rotisserie chicken or pastries, and the most delicious sandwiches. They also offer a full menu at their restaurant on Bond Street, a few blocks north.
Café Habana
By now, most New Yorkers have been to Café Habana for their famously delicious and cheap dishes. Their Grilled Corn Mexican Style is an absolute must, and their Cuban Sandwich is glorious. If you can stand to wait a bit, make sure you eat here.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
This iconic brasserie is perfect for a memorable late-night meal. The original location, open until 4 a.m., serves everything from fried chicken to grilled calamari, or even a seafood platter, at any time of the night. All made to perfection. Only in NYC.


Window Shopping

Soho has amazing furniture stores and fancy art galleries housed in historic cast-iron buildings. They are tucked away from the main Broadway artery, which makes venturing to them a pleasure. A quiet stroll through interior design and architecture heaven is most definitely a win. A slice of the old New York can be found sandwiched between Broome Street and Canal, all along Mercer, Greene, and Wooster Streets.


OK, Our Favorite Stores

Soho is THE shopping destination for just about anyone who likes to peruse fashion and beyond. So we rounded up our top picks for clothing, books, and cool souvenirs to bring home.
If it’s fashion for the everyday person that you seek, then COS is the place for you. This four-floor store boasts sharp clothing for men and women that offers value and durability over fads.

Opening Ceremony
This one makes the cut because NYC is the fashion capital of the country and Opening Ceremony is a hub for stylish threads. Stop in after a bite at The Smile To Go.
McNally Jackson Books
McNally Jackson is a beloved small book shop where the best magazines and books of all kinds share the shelves. Looking for books in Spanish? Or science? Or perhaps poetry? Whatever it is, they have it. If you’re ready for the full experience, walk a few blocks up to The Strand–a true NY icon.
MoMA Design Store
Even if you don’t make it to MoMA itself, make sure to stop by the Design Store in Soho. They carry everything from jewelry to furnishings at a wide price range, making it the perfect spot to snag a few souvenirs for the folks at home. It 100% beats cheap thrills from Canal Street!

Where To Stay

Soho is also home to great hotels of all shapes and sizes–and much to our pleasure, prices. We thought we’d share a few of our favorites to help you seal the deal on your next trip to NYC.

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