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SoHo: NYC Walking Tour

Downtown’s retail and restaurant mecca maintains its charm thanks to cobblestone streets and cast-iron architecture.
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Overview :  Once called Hell’s Hundred Acres, the seedy expanse between Houston and Canal Streets, the SoHo of today is a far different place.... more »

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This striking, 46-story property is within walking distance of Lower Manhattan neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village and SoHo. Public spaces are dramatically designed: the two-story lobby has Venetian-plaster columns and discreet leather seating. The 391 rooms and suites include automated temperature and light controls along with rich touches... More

Step beneath Balthazar's red awnings and into the high-ceiling dining room to be welcomed by striking pillars, black on the bottom and textured yellow on the top, with illuminated stained-glass panels in the middle. Owned by Keith McNally, this French bistro was named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2004 by Restaurant Magazine and... More

Fanelli Café on Prince Street has been a SoHo tradition since 1922—a cozy corner spot with a simple, black street-level facade and English ivy vines that reach up to red brick walls of the floors above. The interior space looks to have changed only slightly since the 20’s, with its pressed-tin ceiling, crown molding, gorgeous dark-stained... More

Tony, candlelit, and elevated one story above traffic, this refined SoHo lounge feels like the sort of place where two lovers conducting an illicit affair might rendezvous. Named after an actual British officers’ club in Rangoon, it has an appropriate interior—all dark woods, velvet seats, and Asian accents. The Eastern-influenced snack menu by... More

5. Pearl River Mart

SoHo's—and perhaps the city's—best bargains are found in this sprawling two-story Chinese emporium, which stocks everything from soaps and spices to silk jackets and spangled slippers. The place can get crowded with budget-conscious New Yorkers buying peony-print camp stools and bamboo benches to upgrade their apartments; porcelain bowls... More

Forget the clothes: the real lure is the Rem Koolhaas-designed store itself. Manhattan’s Prada flagship replaced the downtown branch of the Guggenheim Museum in 2001—and since then, architecture freaks (and, yes, fashionistas) have been flocking to the futuristic 23,000-square-foot store.

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New York, NY 10012
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7. Kirna Zabête

This narrow, gallerylike women's clothing store (think long expanses of white walls installed with reverently displayed handbags) is run by Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, two former sorority sisters with impeccable taste. They handpick outfits from serious designers like Derek Lam, Peter Som, and Thakoon, along with all the other necessaries that ... More

8. Global Table

Citizens of the style world decorate their dining rooms with finds from this tiny shop full of artfully stacked minimalist china, jewel-like tea sets, and cheery place settings. Everything is casually elegant and classic but of-the-moment and, in most cases, surprisingly affordable. The goods are selected by owner Nathalie Smith, a former stylist,... More

Twenty-first-century design connoisseurs can't get enough of this SoHo destination that's part store, part museum. You'll find subversive Cindy Sherman-designed Limoges teacups and saucers (they're decorated with images of the artist costumed as Madame de Pompadour), neon-bright stuffed nylon Mio Bears, and smooth-as-an-eggshell Spoon bathtubs.... More

It's not the ambiance that brings crowds to this art-house cinema in the West Village—the seats are rock-hard and undersized and the facility years past a refresh. With its three small theaters often jam-packed, there's little question as to what provides the draw. From a 3D version of Kiss Me Kate to a Stanley Kubrick film festival, Film Forum's ... More