by Christina Parrella , 02/05/2013
(From left) SoHo street vendor photo by Malcolm Brown • Street scene photo by Will Steacy
SoHo is one of the City's most eclectic shopping enclaves, holding everything from designer boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops to bargain emporiums and kids stores. Bordered by Canal Street to the south, Lafayette Street to the east, Sixth Avenue to the west and Houston Street to the north (the name SoHo comes from the neighborhood's location—south of Houston), the neighborhood tempts shoppers at every corner. Big names like Chanel share streets with small stores, and it's no surprise that many brands have chosen SoHo as their NYC launchpad—Apple and Uniqlo among them.
SoHo's architecture adds to the shopping experience. Cast-iron-fronted buildings, many of which date back to the late 19th century, line the cobblestone streets and are as ornate as they are historic. The area, renowned as a hamlet for creative types, still features many galleries, arts organizations and cultural activities. On weekends, vendors on Prince Street and along West Broadway sell a variety of intriguing items—jewelry, art books, paintings and more. People-watching is one of the neighborhood's greatest pleasures; the area has provided the inspiration for thousands of style blogs and editorial looks. If you're interested in looking magazine ready—or spending the day exercising your credit cards—few other areas in the five boroughs can compete. For more information on the district's shopping attractions, read on.