SoHo in New York
SoHo in New York: did you know that this cool name is nothing but an abbreviation for ‘South of Houston’? And that ‘Houston’ is pronounced as ‘house-ton’ as opposed to ‘hyoo-stuhn’? Houston is a street that runs East to West. And indeed, SoHo is located South of this street. Hop on Hop off bus tours make a stop here. In addition, it is a popular location in films, so don’t be surprised if a street is blocked for a shoot.
History of SoHo in New York
At the end of the 19th century, a large textile industry developed in this area. This is reflected in the sturdy industrial buildings. SoHo hasn’t always been a good neighbourhood, but from the 1960s onwards, it became the place it is today: an artistic, creative area which is known for its boutiques, galleries and restaurants. SoHo is one of New York’s safest neighbourhoods, a great place to visit when travelling alone.
Shopping on Cobblestone Streets
Seeing all the hipsters in the streets of SoHo, you’ll immediately feel like expanding your wardrobe! SoHo happens to be the perfect neighbourhood to do this. There are numerous places where you can take a break. For instance, you can visit the nicest bookstore in New York called McNally Jackson. This place serves the best cappuccino and scones in New York. McNally Jackson is located on Prince Street, a great street to continue your shopping spree.
A Walking Tour through SoHo
If you would like to get to know SoHo better why not take a walking tour? You will also get to know the neighbouring districts of Little Italy and Chinatown. The tour with a local guide will wander past the shopping and restaurants and teach you about the area’s rich history.
You can book the SoHo walking tour here
Restaurants and Cafés in SoHo
Do you love hamburgers? Then you already have one good reason to visit SoHo in New York! The Mercer Hotel serves one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever eaten in New York. I also very much appreciate their cocktails. Another fun place is Café Select at Lafayette Street: a nice café with a Swiss touch. It’s a great place to relax and order a sandwich for lunch or a meal for supper (I strongly suggest the hangar steak. Don’t forget to send me an email to tell me what you thought of it). Ben’s Pizza is one of the best pizzeria’s in New York and The Grey Dog serves excellent coffee in New York.
Going out in SoHo in New York
Planning on spending the evening in SoHo? Unlike the Meatpacking District which is famous for its great nightclubs, SoHo is a little lower key with lots of fancy bars. They are not easy to find, you might have to wander about for a while, but that’s part of the fun. Start the evening with drinks and people watching at SoHo Grand. Then head over to Grand Street and take a left turn. Here you’ll find various spots to enjoy a beer. If the weather is good, I’d suggest going to The James which has an amazing garden on the second floor. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy the view of the Maserati garage in front of you. Don’t let the fact that there’s a bouncer standing at the door scare you, but do make sure to put on the new clothes you purchased during your shopping spree. It will be very much appreciated. You should also know that there’s an unwritten rule in New York that says women should wear heels when going out. There is one exception to this rule though: the East Village.
Hotels in SoHo
If you want to immerse yourself in this characteristic neighbourhood and surround yourself with boutiques and nice bars, you can choose to book a hotel in SoHo. Good hotel options in SoHo are Soho Grand Hotel and NoMo SoHo. If you want to book a super fancy stay, then go for The Mercer, which also has another advantage: it’s located around the corner of the Museum of Ice Cream.