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Cafes, Galleries and Shopping: NYC SoHo


I decided to take advantage of some recent Spring-like weather and head into SoHo in Lower Manhattan for a little lunch, shopping and a walk around one of the trendiest neighborhoods New York City has to offer.  SoHo is short for “South of Houston Street” and is the area from Houston Street South to Canal Street and 6th Avenue East to Crosby Street.  Once known mainly for its artist’s lofts, it’s now known as one of the hippest areas of the city boasting upscale boutiques and national and international chain stores.  Pop into one the consignment shops in SoHo at a chance to walk out with some great finds.  This area offers amazing restaurants and an active nightlife.  It’s also known for its coffeehouses and bakeries along with a variety of art galleries and museums to browse. 

This section of the city is characterized by its cast iron fire escapes and industrial facades.  Many of the streets are cobblestoned, adding a certain charm to the area.  If you love celebrity sightings as much as I do (though I’m horrible at actually spotting any) then SoHo is the place to be.  If you look hard enough you’ll be sure to spot a few familiar faces walking out of the boutiques, dining in one of the restaurants or walking along the crowed sidewalks.  A great way to learn about this area is to book a walking tour where you can learn about the area’s rich history and pick up some little known facts about this city district. 

Some of the top ranked SoHo streets are Spring Street, Prince Street, Greene Street and Mercer Street, to name a few, though the entire area of SoHo offers something of interest to its visitors. Broadway has most of the national chain stores found everywhere but don’t rule them out for that reason as they offer some unique interiors and merchandise not offered at their other locations. 

Once you have had your share of shopping, celebrity peeping, and sampled some fabulous cuisine you can take a short walk to Little Italy to stop off for a cappuccino.  Head a bit further out and you are in the heart of Chinatown.  There’s so much to see and do in this part of The Big Apple all within walking distance. 

Plan your next luxury home exchange in one of the most exiting cities in the world by booking one of International Vacation Home Exchange’s NYC properties.  Add SoHo to your list of places to explore in Manhattan and you just may find yourself rubbing elbows with a few of Hollywood’s A-listers. 

Thank you to travel blogger Lisa Medeiros.  Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_

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