Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Saturday in Soho


There is so much to see and do, that I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with my to-do list in New York. I was told that there is only one way to experience New York, and that is on foot. A big part of what makes New York so great is its atmosphere, and you can soak it up for free from just walking the city streets. Of course I took the metro to places too far to walk, but on Saturday, I decided to conquer Soho on foot. The city's neighborhoods, from the Upper East Side to Chinatown to Greenwich, has a changing feel between each of them. It's almost like visiting different cities all within Manhattan.

A day full of window shopping, coffee-shop hopping, and street walking. Here are just some of the highlights of my day in Soho.




TO EAT

Happy Bones Coffee: They serve coffee with tortoise shell spoons. Enough said! It's a small coffee shop, but supports local artists and serves pretty darn good coffee. Also, check out their Instagram feed. It's pretty awesome.

Lauduree: Hands down the best macarons in the western hemisphere. I was lucky enough to be in New York during National Macaron Day. 

Chobani: Definitely a unique concept, an ice-cream shop but for Greek yogurt. Highly recommend for a quick and healthy snack to keep you nourished throughout the day. 

Little Italy: We walked down the street, but didn't get a chance to stop and eat. A section of Soho with so many Italian restaurants, I can only imagine how delicious the food was. It all looked (and smelled) so good.










TO SHOP

Kate Spade: Three stories of pure bliss. To be honest, I wanted it all. The employees were giving out free postcards with witty sayings and pretty pictures on them. Oh, Kate. Swoon.

Daniel Wellington Pop-Up Shop: Probably the best store I stumbled upon accidentally. I just bought my DW watch a few weeks ago, and I am completely obsessed to say the least. This temporary store is small, yet chic and minimalistic... just like their watches! I loved perusing through the different watch straps. The aesthetic was perfect.

Birchbox: I have heard great things about Birchbox and the idea of getting a variety of high quality beauty products shipped right to your door every month. The store featured all of the products they send to you. Based on all of the positive reviews I've heard and my experience in the store, I need to give it a try.





TO DO

The streets are a bit more crowded than other places, but so worth it! Soho is known for being the hub of art, shopping, and food. Also, cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Beautiful!

What Goes Around Comes Around: A quirky antique shop that specializes in luxury vintage apparel and accessories. Nothing even close to my price range, but it was really cool to see high fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Cartier throughout the ages. Coolest store ever.

The Strand: 18 miles of books. I literally spent hours perusing through all of the books and was not even close to finishing. Don't forget to go up to the third level, which is the rare book section. So many cool hidden treasures.