Neighborhood Guide: SoHo in a Day

Neighborhood Guide: SoHo in a Day

SoHo (or South of Houston Street) is known for its posh shopping, trendy art galleries, cobblestone streets, and cool vibe. Located in Lower Manhattan, it’s easily accessible on foot from other Downtown hoods. If you’re wondering what there is to do in SoHo, look no further. Discover why you should visit SoHo, the major attractions, and why you might want to call this neighborhood home during your trip to NYC.


NYC Neighborhood Vibe SoHo Neighborhood Vibe

Posh, expensive, artsy.



Alternate Ways to See Attractions NYC in a Day Top Attractions in SoHo

  1. Shopping
  2. Art Galleries
  3. Cast Iron Architecture
  4. Cronut



How to Get to NYC in a Day  Where Is SoHo?

Lower Manhattan


Staying in NYC in a Day Staying in SoHo

The close proximity to subways, taxis, and other neighborhoods make SoHo one of the best neighborhoods in New York to call home. There’s plenty to do and see within walking distance, including Chinatown, Little Italy, NoLita, NoHo, TriBeCa, the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village. The East Village is also just a few minutes’ walk away.

The neighborhood is bound by major thoroughfares (Broadway runs down the east side of the neighborhood, Houston Street runs along the north, and Canal runs along the south), so it’s easy to catch a cab.

The C, B, D, F, 6, R, W, and 1 trains serve SoHo, so it’s easy to get pretty much anywhere from here.


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Chelsea – A 40-minute walk north of SoHo, Chelsea is also known for its artsy vibe. There are plenty of famous art galleries and boutiques here. It’s also famously home to the High Line elevated park.

TriBeCa – SoHo’s neighbor to the southwest, TriBeCa has a similar artsy vibe, albeit a little more of an industrial feel. It’s slightly more residential but is home to dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife, and–of course–the Tribeca Film Festival.

Williamsburg – A 40-minute subway ride away from SoHo, Williamsburg is located in Brooklyn. Though considered trendy, this hood has a lower brow vibe that’s rampant with hipster rather than high-end fashion. If street art is your thing, head here as you’ll see just as much here (if not more) as you would in SoHo.


Why You Should Visit SoHo

  Photographic: Cast iron architecture, cobblestone streets, and trendy fashion all make for a very photogenic neighborhood.

Empire State Building NYC in a Day Architectural: Once referred to as the Cast Iron District, SoHo has around 25o cast iron buildings. One of the most famous is the Haughwout Building. The former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sits on the edge of SoHo and Greenwich Village. The Puck Building is another famous structure.

History NYC in a Day  Historic: SoHo was once New York City’s garment district for over 100 years. It was also the original Times Square and 5th Avenue shopping district. The best way to visit this neighborhood is to take a tour of it.

  Shopping/Fashion: One of the most famous areas for shopping and fashion in New York City, SoHo’s main attraction is its stores. Many of the main department stores are on Broadway, while the boutiques and high-end stores are mostly on the side streets. Check out a full list of stores in SoHo. Or, take a shopping tour!

Artsy NYC in a Day  Artsy: Artists transformed SoHo from an urban slum into the “trendiest neighborhood in Manhattan” in the 1960s and 1970s.  There’s still dozens of art galleries and plenty of street art here.

Foodie NYC in a Day  Foodie: SoHo is home to many famous (albeit pricey) restaurants. Dominique Ansel Bakery (home of the Cronut and voted #1 bakery in the world in 2017), Balthazar’s, Lure Fishbar, and Fanelli’s are some of my favorites.

Religious NYC in a Day Religious: St. Patrick’s Old Basilica (the precursor to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown) is on Prince Street. Heads up: it’s much smaller than its more famous predecessor.

Literary NYC in a Day  Literary: Some of my fave bookstores in NYC are in this neighborhood, including Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson.

Celebrity NYC in a Day  Celebrity: I’ve seen more celebrities in SoHo than in any other NYC neighborhood combined. Many celebs live here, and with sky-high rents, they’re the ones who can afford it.

Cinematic NYC in a Day  Cinematic: Dozens of movies have been filmed in SoHo. Demi Moore’s apartment in the movie Ghost was located on Greene Street. I regularly see filming on Greene and Prince Streets. In fact, thanks to all the filming in this neighborhood, you’ll recognize SoHo the moment you step foot here.

Like a Local NYC in a Day Like a Local: Hundreds of New Yorkers call SoHo home. They also work, shop, eat, and drink here.


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