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The gorgeous neighborhood is defined by its picturesque architecture, celebrity sightings and restaurant staples. With so much to explore it’s hard to know how to narrow it all down. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide on SoHo, so you can experience all the best that the neighborhood has to offer.
Best Things To Do In SoHo
Situated [so]uth of [Ho]uston Street, sits one of NYC most popular neighborhoods with tons of things do! From the endless amount of shops to galleries and immersive experiences, here’s what to do in SoHo!
1. Shopping on Broadway
Explore the iconic shopping district along Broadway, where you’ll find a mix of high-end brands, flagship stores, and unique boutiques! From Urban Outfitters and H&M to Nike and Kith, SoHo is renowned for its fashionable offerings. Alongside the main Broadway strip, be sure to crawl throughout Spring, Canal, and Prince Street to find the best shopping in NYC!
2. SoHo Art Galleries
Believe it or not, SoHo and the neighboring Tribeca area have tons of vibrant galleries that any art enthusiast should check out! They’re free, and have constantly rotating exhibitions that are always worth check out. Check out some of our favorite SoHo galleries below:
- Eden Gallery – 470 Broome St
- Allouche Gallery – 77 Mercer St
- Park West Gallery – 411 W Broadway
- David Nolan Gallery – 560 Broadway
- Artists Space – 38 Greene St, Floor 3
3. Little Paris
Another technically NoLita spot, but the borders are all a bit of blur, right? Little Paris runs on Centre Street between Broome Street & Grand Street, showcasing French culture with bakeries, wine bars, boutiques and more. Learn all about its history here.
Where: Centre Street in Nolita/SoHo (between Broome & Grand St.)
4. Museum of Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a sweet activity in the heart of SoHo, head on over to the Museum of Ice Cream! This interactive museum specializes in all things ice cream, including tons of interactive installations, photo opps, and of course a bar with ice cream floats, curated cocktails and boozy milkshakes!
Where: 558 Broadway, New York
5. Color Factory
Step into the Color Factory, where your senses are sure to go on adventure. With a focus on color, this immersive art experience allows visitors to dive into over a dozen different experiences that will expand their boundaries of perception. From a confetti-filled park to an endless blue ball pit, you can spend hours in here playing and exploring! Learn more here.
Where: 251 Spring St
6. Eat a Cronut® at Dominique Ansel Bakery
The now global sensation, Dominique Ansel Bakery, is home to a multitude of famous items including the Cookie Shot, Frozen S’more, Blossoming Hot Chocolate, and of course, the most known, the Cronut ®. The croissant/donut hybrid changes flavors every month, and it never repeats! Trust us, this one’s worth the hype.
Where: 189 Spring St
Best Restaurants in SoHo
Downtown’s SoHo neighborhood is full of culinary gems that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a fancy sit-down restaurant or need a slice of pizza to fuel on your shopping spree, there’s plenty of options! Check out our favorite places below.
This iconic French brasserie has held down its Spring Street location since 1997 and continues to be one of our favorite places to eat. Although a reservation can be tough to snag, you won’t be disappointed if you get a table because the fresh seafood and shellfish are immaculate. Don’t forget about the fresh bread and pastries baked fresh every day at Balthazar Bakery next door.
Where: 80 Spring St
8. Prince Street Pizza
Though Price Street Pizza is technically in NoLita, we think it’s worth mentioning since it’s just a quick walk from anywhere in the neighborhood. If you’re searching the area for the best pizza, you will not be disappointed with the now very popular Square Pepperoni Slice. You may have to wait in line, but that’s fine because you can study the walls of celebrity photos on the wall who have granted the stamp of approval.
Where: 27 Prince St A
9. Antique Garage
From its funky decor to its inventive menu, Antique Garage is your secret weapon to impress someone. Take them here and we promise they’ll think you know all the coolest spots in town.
Where: 41 Mercer St
10. Fish Cheeks
It’s hard to find a Thai restaurant that tops Fish Cheeks, and their family-style entrees will go straight to your soul. Their flavor-packed dishes like Coconut Crab Curry, Rainbow Trout, and so many more makes going back another time worthwhile. Check out their full menu here.
Where: 55 Bond St
11. La Mercerie
If you haven’t already been, you’ve definitely seen this dazzling corner on Instagram! La Mercerie offers elegance, extravagance, and refinement from their aesthetics to their menu.
Where: 53 Howard St
12. Thai Diner
Step into this kitschy-cool, diner-style Thai setting and you’ll be delighted to all kinds of classic house specialities, woks, soups, and more! It’s super no frills and makes for the perfect comfort food.
Where: 186 Mott St
Best Bars In SoHo
In between your shopping spree you deserve a cocktail to unwind! And these spots, ranging from dive bars to fancy cocktail bars are the best in SoHo to grab a drink!
13. Jac’s on Bond
Although a little more on the NoHo side, Jac’s on Bond is a fairly new cocktail bar where you can sip a drink while admiring iconic images of hip-hop artists adorning the walls. Inspired by the 80s/90s NYC music scene, this cozy bar feels super cool, complete with a pool table creative cocktails, and a nostalgic feel.
Where: 26 Bond St
14. Fanelli Cafe
Fanelli’s Cafe is literally an NYC institution and if you’re not people watching during mid-day, you can try your hand at steak frites past midnight. This historic establishment on Mercer & Prince Streets is open until 1 am and is one of the best places to spot celebs bouncing around the city.
Where: 94 Prince St
15. Sweet & Vicious
The frozen margaritas are addicting & refreshing—but beware, they’ll sneak up on you! You can order them in a variety of flavors including classic, strawberry, peach, mango, guava, pomegranate liquor, and jalepeno tequila. The massive backyard also works perfectly for team drinks!
Where: 5 Spring St
Nothing beats a cocktail at the JIMMY on a nice sunny NYC day. Not to mention, it’s located above Veranda so you can head right up once you’ve finished down there.
Where: 15 Thompson St
17. Kenn’s Broome Street Bar
Unlike most bars in SoHo, Kenn’s Broome Street Bar brings the divey-vibes that are rather rare to find in the neighborhood.
Where: 363 W Broadway, New York
18. Little Ways
This insta-worthy spot invites you to sink into their velvet furniture with a glass in hand. Don’t be fooled by the beautiful bar, their food menu means business. We’re still dreaming about the crab linguine!
Where: 343 W Broadway
Best Hotels in SoHo
Looking for somewhere to stay while you’re in the area? These hotels offer stunning rooms, hotel bars, suite packages and more! Plus, they’re walking distance from everything on this list!
19. SoHo Grand Hotel
The SoHo Grand Hotel is modern class with a magnificent bar and salon that are complimented by a vinyl spinning DJ. For a night’s stay, whether you’re visiting NYC or booking a staycation you’ll be sure to love their spacious suites.
Where: 310 W Broadway, New York
20. NOMO SoHo
Most familiar for its twinkling green archway, NOMO SoHo offers more than a quality stay. From its photogenic design to its kitchen, you’ll want to move in permanently!
Where: 9 Crosby St., New York
21. Modernhaus SoHo
Home to the aforementioned JIMMY rooftop, Modernhaus SoHo has all the luxuries you could ask for. Whether you’re taking “a swim at skyscraper level” or enjoying the 11,000 square feet of outdoor space, this hotel provides a perfect haven in the neighborhood.
Where: 27 Grand St., New York
22. Arlo SoHo
Catch views of the Hudson River and the Freedom Tower from this year-round rooftop!
Where: 231 Hudson St 11th Floor, New York
Best Cafes & Bakeries in SoHo
Before you get to sightseeing, start your day with a classic New York bagel and coffee from one of these cute cafes and bakeries! SoHo is lined with them, and these are our personal favorites.
An absolute classic for brunch, Sadelle’s has become a NYC icon in just a matter of a few years. Be sure to order their beloved bagels and sticky buns!
Where: 463 W Broadway
24. Pi Bakerie
This under-the-radar Greek bakery is one of SoHo’s best kept secrets. From mouthwatering Nutella baklava, Spanakopita Pi, Salmon Koulouri, fresh juices, and our personal favorite, the Greek Yogurt Bar, you can’t go wrong stopping here for a quick bite before work.
Where: 512 Broome St, New York
If you have yet to indulge in the viral Japanese soufflé pancakes, head over to Flipper’s immediately. We recommend the Strawberry Flipper’s Pancake.
Where: 337 W Broadway Unit A, New York
Escape to Paris with this hidden garden, providing the perfect atmosphere for a cappuccino and one too many macarons.
Where: 398 W Broadway, New York
27. Ground Support
You’d easily miss this hole in the wall on West Broadway if it weren’t for the cutest dogs hanging around outside every day! Definitely a local hangout, Ground Support is a one-stop shop for your morning coffee, bagel, and much needed endorphins from adorable animals.
Where: 399 W Broadway, New York
Maman has multiple locations across NYC, however, SoHo’s/NoLita’s Little Paris location might just be the best. From quaint indoor seating to a hidden back patio, it’s a great place to do remote work, chat with a friend, or catch up on some reading.
Where: 239 Centre St., New York
Best Nightclubs in SoHo
For when you want to dance a little late at night, these nightclubs are full of disco balls, dance floors, and good drinks!
29. Paul’s Casablanca
NYC nightlife legend, Paul Sevigny, is responsible for the exclusive, swanky joint, Paul’s Casablanca, with co-owners Brian McPeck and Dominick D’Alleva. Notorious for a hard door, your best bet for entry is in the outfit—think all black and chic!
Where: 305 Spring St., New York
30. Butterfly SoHo
For those looking for a more chill vibe, Butterfly SoHo is the perfect medium. Feeling like conversing? Cozy into on of their booths! Need to shake those hips? Head to the dance floor!
Where: 60 Thompson St