SoHo stands for south of Houston and is a world famous shopping paradise and artist district in Lower Manhattan, NYC. Bordered by Houston Street, Lafayette Street and the western part of Broadway, you’ll find a lovely, bright part of the city that has become world renowned, in part due to the fact that it has been a backdrop for so many films and commercials.
SoHo’s cobbled streets and atmosphere make the district unlike any other area in Manhattan. The uniqueness boils down to the most simple details such as the street names. In SoHo the streets have names rather than numbers. Spring Street, Prince Street, and Broadway are all well-known streets that have established themselves as unique patches of individuality within NYC. SoHo is also famous for its fashion and art scenery. Celebrities and models are always in this area and it is definitely considered a creatives paradise. The architecture of the buildings in SoHo also gives the neighborhood its charming and unforgettable touch.
How to get to SoHo
There are multiple trains that lead to SoHo. You can take the R W to Prince Street. The B F M and to Broadway/Lafayette, or the 6 to Spring Street Station.
Top 5 things to do in SoHo
1 Broadway (Corner of W Houston St. and E Houston St.)
Broadway is probably one of the most well-known streets in NYC, and also runs right through the center of SoHo. Many big name shops have their flagship stores here, right in the heart of SoHo. Broadway is not only the longest street, it is also the heart of shopping in NYC – Definitely worth a visit!
2 New York City Fire Museum (278 Spring St, New York, NY 10013)
The former firehouse, was reconstructed into a museum filled with three floors of New York City Fire Department history. Built in 1904, the museum cares for over 10,000 objects as well as archives, ephemera and photographs that celebrate the history of the New York City Fire Department. You will also find a permanent memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY-EMS who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. This museum is great for kids as younger friends of the FDNY are invited to try on an original firemen suit and can learn all about how firemen extinguish a fire. Daily hours are 10am – 5pm, with an entrance fee of $8.
3 Drawing Center (35 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013)
The countless galleries in SoHo are an inviting reason to stay and stroll around the area for a whole afternoon. The Drawing Center is our favorite in the area and is definitely worth a visit!
4 Cast Iron Architecture (62 Spring St, New York, NY 10012)
During the industrial revolution, cast iron architecture was very popular as everyone was convinced that iron was much more substantial and fireproofed than steel. At the time, cast iron fronts were built more often than normal wooden houses. These typical cast-iron buildings are the reason why so many producers decided to shoot their films or commercials on the streets of SoHo. The fire escape staircases belong to these buildings and their cast iron style, with these beautiful buildings belonging to SoHo and to New York City like bagels and yellow cabs.
5 Rooftop Bar of the James Hotel (15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013)
From 5pm onwards this is one of the best views you can get over downtown NYC. The rooftop bar has some great drinks and nice seating areas. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, make sure to visit the rooftop bar Jimmy at the James Hotel.
Things To Do in SoHo
Make sure to check out the area. Fashionistas, celebrities, and socialites walk the streets of SoHo every single day. There are a lot of things going on in the area. Just like any neighborhood, they all have their distinct character.
Restaurants in SoHo
There are a lot of amazing restaurants so theres a bunch to choose from.
Cafés in Soho
Bars, Pubs & Rooftop bars in SoHo
Shopping in SoHo
Because of the high number of designers in SoHo, this district quickly became one of the most famous places to live and the number one shopping destination in the city. If you’re looking for creative and stylish fashion, SoHo is the perfect place for you. You can find well-known stores such as
- Victoria Secret (593 Broadway)
- Zara (580 Broadway)
- Adidas Originals (115 Spring Street)
- H&M (558 Broadway)
- Nike (529 Broadway)
- Top Shop (478 Broadway)
- Louis Vuitton (116 Greene Street)
- Prada (100 Prince Street)
- Moncler (Prince Street)
- All Saints (512 Broadway)
We also recommend checking out the Converse Speciality Store as well. They have good deals for our favorite casual Converse shoe and they have a “design your own Converse” corner where you can be creative and are able to decide how your shoes should look like. SoHo also has a famous brand called Woolrich (125 Wooster Street). You can buy your warmest winter jacket here for 20% less compared to its European stores. A little further down Spring Street, Mercer Street and Prince Street, you will find the Apple Store (103 Prince Street) and the Michael Kors Store (101 Prince Street) with more stores to satisfy your needs.
It’s heaven on earth for all shopping lovers. SoHo invites you to so many little creative shops, ran by young New Yorkers who sell their handcrafted products. There’s a lot more than just the big names of the fashion magazines. Narrow alleys, side streets and sales carts on the sidewalks have a variety of special gifts and memories you can purchase for a good deal. SoHo is guaranteed to make you shop, that’s for sure. Our personal tip – check out the MoMa Design Store on Spring Street. New York City has a lot of MoMa stores, but we think the one in SoHo is the best one. So, if you want to enjoy SoHo, visit during the week because during the weekend it’s as busy as everywhere else in Manhattan.
Wine tasting walking tour in SoHo
Do you love wine? Then this tour is just made for you. SoHo is well known for its amazing wine bars. During this wine tasting walking tour, you will visit two premium wine destinations in SoHo. Get to try the best wines and also explore the area with your personal guide.
The Art Scene
For a while now, SoHo has been a key element of the New York art scene. Because of the extremely high rent in the area, most of the galleries have now moved to areas like Chelsea. However, SoHo still offers great art galleries that you can visit if you’re interested. One of the best galleries is the Drawing Center on Wooster Street. They recently extended the space by another 50% making it even more worth visiting. Some other interesting galleries are: 287 Spring (287 Spring St), SoHo Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan St) or Team Gallery (47 Wooster St). During your walk around SoHo, you’ll will see many other spaces that could tickle your fancy.
Hotels in SoHo New York
Staying in SoHo has many advantages. You’ll always be surrounded by a great atmosphere, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. If you decide to stay in this area please check out these hotels.
Living in SoHo
Celebrities like Rihanna, Will Smith, Gigi Hadid and Justin Timberlake own luxury lofts in SoHo. Many celebrities will spend their time here so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. You will also recognize many places you have seen before in films and commercials as you walk around. SoHo wasn’t always this popular and fancy as luxury is something new to the beautiful area. In the past, SoHo was the place for a lot of fashion companies that were producing on a large scale. It was an area where people were not well off and worked hard for their money.
The conditions of work and salaries were generally very bad. In the 1960’s the government was able to stop these things from happening due to new regulations which resulted in a transformation of SoHo. After these changes SoHo became an empty place with a lot of vacant factories. Time after time these empty building were bought or rented by artists, who created their studios inside the cast iron buildings. SoHo became a flourishing district and one of the most trendy areas in New York City. Today rent is extremely high and only the top designers and well known musicians can afford to live there. For creatives, SoHo is the mecca and the place of birth of their work.
SoHo is an amazing place to visit. It’s definitely an area that tourists should check out. Once you’re finished with SoHe make sure to swing by the nearby neighborhoods below.
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If you enjoyed SoHo, below are similar neighborhoods that we think you’ll enjoy. Also, if you’d like to check out the areas with a guided tour, make sure to look into our favorite walking tour of Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo.