Things to do in SoHo
If you are looking for some things to do in SoHo while you are in New York City, look no further. We offer the perfect location to explore the cobblestone streets of the neighborhood while shopping and dining at world famous establishments. SoHo also offers you the most convenient location in the city to get to and from all of the attractions on your list.
Stroll through neighboring areas such as Tribeca, West Village, Meatpacking District, Chinatown, or Little Italy. Or take a short train ride and explore famous landmarks and attractions such as Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building. There are so many things to do in NYC.
Ready to go? Check out the list of our favorite things to do in SoHo.
- Art Galleries, various locations - SoHo used to house many of the galleries that made SoHo New York's contemporary-art hot spot in the 1970s and 80's. These galleries have since moved to Chelsea and the Lower East Side, however, some excellent art spaces still remain. Walk along the cobbledstoned streets and take a look for yourself.
- Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 0.5 miles - Founded by Charles Leslie and his late partner, Fritz Lohman, this art gallery is dedicated to showcasing work by LGBT artists. Check for frequent openings, exhibitions and other special events, such as drawing workshops, studio tours and book launch parties.
- New York City Fire Museum, 0.2 miles - An active firehouse from 1904 to 1959, this museum is filled with late 18th-century hand-pumped fire engines to modern equipment. The museum also houses a permanent exhibit commemorating firefighters' heroism after the attack on the World Trade Center.
You can shop for everything and anything in SoHo - from cheap street fashion and vintage wear to upscale designer garb and stylish items for the home. Some of our favorite stores are below.
- The Hat Shop
- Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
- Jacques Torres Chocolate
- Kiki de Montparnasse
- Kirna Zabete
- McNally Jackson Books
- MoMa Design Store
- Treasure and Bond
SoHo restaurant scene is also bustling. Whether you're craving Jamaican jerk chicken or an amazing lobster roll, you'll find it here. There are also plenty of cheap eats and great brunch places.
- Blue Ribbon Sushi
- The Dutch
- Ed's Lobster Bar
- Lure Fishbar
- Miss Lily's
- La Sirene
- Osteria Morini
- Mooncake Foods
- Pinche Taqueria
- Hampton Chutney Co.
Within walking distance from the Financial District are other cute neighborhoods known for delicious local cuisine and amazing shopping. In New York City, you'll be able to find any cuisine you're craving and shop to your heart's content.
- Chinatown & Canal Street, 1.5 miles - Walk through Chinatown and feel like you're on a different continent. Streets are lined with assorted food stands featuring exotic and delicious fruits, vegetables, and snacks. On Canal Street you'll find shops selling fun trinkets, cheap jewelry, and other assorted gifts.
- Little Italy, 1. 3 miles - Spanning a couple blocks, Little Italy is where you can find some of Manhattan's best pizzas, pastas, desserts, and gelatoes.
- Tribeca, 1 mile - Skip around family-friendly Tribeca and dine at some of the neighborhood's best restaurants, sink a holf in one at Pier 25 mini golf along Hudson River Park, or bring the little ones to Washington Market Park's playground.
- Union Square, 1.5 miles - A popular meeting space for locals given its central location in Manhattan and its many nearby subway lines. There are many bars and restaurants on the periphery of the square and the surrounding streets have some of the city's most renowned restaurants. Also known for it's Union Square Greenmarket, a farmer's market held year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and the Union Square Holiday Shops held November 23 - December 24 yearly.
- West Village & Meatpackage District, 0.7 miles - Known for its wealthy, celebrity-heavy demographic and plethora of restaurants and boutiques, the West Village preserves a low-key, everyone-knows-everyone and picturesque charm. You can also find some of Manhattan's prime shopping and dining in this quaint neighborhood.