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Exploring Soho

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Happy Monday everyone! So today’s post is going to be a little different. Today, we are going to explore a part of New York City instead of exploring a trend! So this week we are going to explore the ever so chic and hip SoHo. New York is broken up into all these small, ‘mini’ boroughs that each have their own personality. Just as a cool fact, the names of all these areas refer to their boundaries so SoHo stands for “South of Houston {street}”.

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SoHo, out of many other characteristics it intakes, is known for its many art galleries, variety of shopping and the trendy people that occupy it.

FOOD

First, let us start with WHERE TO EAT! If I am good at anything it is knowing where the best food lies. 

For American food, you MUST try the Mercer Kitchen, located on 99 Prince Street. A little pricey and infused with some Japanese culture, your meal is always uber fresh and full of flavor.

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For the best French treats, one has to go visit Balthazaar, located on 80 Spring Street. I have yet to try their entrees but the bakery portion of this spot is AMAZING. Once you step into it, you instantly feel as if you left the concrete jungle and stepped into a Parisian escape. If my father has taught me anything it is to never skip on a sweet after a meal and this is the perfect place to fix your sweet tooth!

Next up is Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar at the Mondrian Hotel. This is by far one of my favorite places to eat. Decked in gorgeous chandeliers and dimmed lights, this place has the best ambiance. It is a foodies dream in there. 

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I cannot forget to mention Laduree, located on 398 W Broadway. If you know anything about me it is that I am utterly obsessed with macarons and this is my #1 place for them. Their SoHo location is relatively new and they opened a restaurant with it, so that is on my things to do!

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Now, if you recall, I work in SoHo where I help manage PR so I am never able to have a full sit down meal. So where do I go? Gourmet Garage, located on 489 Broome Street. This marketplace has a little bit of everything…and the best part? You can sit on the steps outside of it to enjoy the food you snabbed and people watch! So much fun! Another place similar to Gourmet Garage is Dean&Deluca, located on 560 Broadway. Both these places are awesome for quick groceries or a quick bite. Food is always great and they even offer organic and vegan produce! Both of these places are great for tourists visiting the area because you can grab something quick and everyone will be happy!

 

TIP: When out to eat with friends, the best thing to do is order a few small plates to share, that way you share and taste more! This way, you get the full gist of the restaurant and really get to know what they have to offer. 

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SHOP

Now, lets move onto WHERE TO SHOP! SoHo has a store for everyone. You can find affordable chain stores to high-end luxury boutiques. So, whatever you are looking for….SoHo has!

 

If you are looking for a variety of shops, you should go straight to Broadway. You will find stores like TopShop, Zara, Club Monaco, and even Bloomingdales! Now, if you are looking for some upscale stops, you have to explore beyond Broadway and head into the many streets that surround it such as Spring St (where you can find Chanel), Wooster St (where you can peak into Barneys and Tibi), and Greene St. (where you can find Saint Laurent, Chloe and Y3).

Cool, independent boutiques surround the area also including the Birkin Bar, which is a super cool consignment store filled with the best Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, and Balenciaga…to name a few! Another one of my favorites is Opening Ceremony where you can find cool and new upcoming as well as established labels and you will most likely see someone famous!

THE PEOPLE

When in Soho, you will definitely see all types of people. If you head over to Broadway, you will see mainly tourists who are on one of their many stops from their tour bus and ready to do some shopping at the biggest chain stores. You will hear about five different languages at once when walking, haha! If you head over to the side streets, such as the ones I mentioned above, you should be prepared to find people walking with Saint Laurent Bags and some gym gear on. Just as a side, if you are ever in the mood for a great workout head to The Bar Method, Soul Cycle or Equinox! You will always see a cool car parked outside of one of the many shops and can even spot an a-lister.

 

TRENDS

Because of the different types of people that enlist in SoHo, the outfits and tends you will spot are endless. You will definitely see a lot of people rocking gym gear, who will potentially make you feel guilty for not being as proactive as them. Be prepared to also see a lot of lowing dresses with minimal accessories and people rocking the coolest eyewear. Booties are a year around thing in SoHo where they are paired with shorts and a hat in the summer and over bearing coats in the winter. SoHo is a place where you can really let your creative mind speak.  Wear what you want and be a trend setter because you will most likely be setting yourself up for success!

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ACTIVITIES

You will never run out of things to do around this place. Known for their many art galleries and cool clubs, SoHo is one of the top places for a good night out! For art galleries check out place like Pop International Gallery, Terrain Gallery and Martin Lawrence Galleries. You can always stop in for a quick peak at their current expo and it is almost always free. It is a nice little break from your everyday routine so if you are ever in the area, run!

Now if you want to have a night out on the town, I have a few suggestions! You can head over to the rooftop at the Mondrian Hotel where the vibe is always chill and the views are breathtaking. SoHo is best known for their small bars so enjoy a night of bar hopping around this area!

 

 

 

@classy_eug 

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