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The Top Six Things to Do in SoHo, New York City

SoHo is a unique neighborhood that attracts visitors from around the world. It is usually bustling with excitement at almost all hours of the day and almost every day in the calendar. Planning a visit? Here are the top six things to do in SoHo, New York City.

Shop along Broadway
First and foremost if you love shopping, you will love SoHo. SoHo is one of the premier shopping destinations in New York City. From Armani Exchange to Zara, many of the top clothing companies have a presence here so there is bound to be something for everyone. Most of the shops are clustered on Broadway between Broome St and Houston St and along Spring Street just off Broadway. Also be sure to look around for sample sales!

Check out the Pearl River Market
One of our favorite shops in SoHo is actually the Pearl River Market (477 Broadway). It is a huge Chinese department store. From tea sets to traditional Chinese clothing, there is so much here. It is a great place to find that special gift for that special person.

Buy a book at the Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
You also have to check out the Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe (126 Crosby St). It has an inviting atmosphere and you never know what you will find. Best of all, every book purchased here goes to a great cause. Proceeds from Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe goes to programs to help those living with AIDS and HIV.

Lunch at Balthazar
If you are getting a little hungry walking around and shopping in SoHo, you can’t beat lunch at Balthazar (80 Spring St). Balthazar is a foodie landmark and one of the best authentic French restaurants in the city. Classic French dishes like their steak frites, duck confit and coq au vin will have you coming back for more!

Learn about and admire the architecture
One thing that is sometimes overlooked in SoHo is the interesting architecture around the neighborhood. In particular, SoHo has a number of cast iron buildings, most of them constructed between 1840 to 1880. They are true works of art.

Explore Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St) is known for his whimsical and innovative pastries. He is probably best known for his cronuts but there are so many other tempting treats. Dominique Ansel actually keeps things interesting and updates his offerings from time to time so every visit can be a new foodie adventure.

Here is a fun fact. There is a neighborhood in London also called Soho and in fact it was named Soho long before the New York neighborhood took the name. New York’s SoHo stands for south of Houston Street but it is believed to be at least partly inspired by the London neighborhood. Both neighborhoods are special in their own ways and both are cultural hotspots. To find out more amount these two neighborhoods, take the quiz below!

Let us known what your favorite things to do in SoHo are in the comment section below and also check out our blog post on our favorite restaurants in SoHo.