SoHo

Things to do in SoHo

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.

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.

An old-fashioned valentine of a store, Greenwich Letterpress has wooden shelves overflowing with brightly colored imported paper and boxed cards.

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.

Founded by Kee Ling Tong back 2002, this SoHo sweet shop specializes in handmade chocolates and macaroons displayed with artistic flair behind glass counters.

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.

Already a successful design icon in South Africa, Carrol Boyes brought her extensive line of house wares and decorative arts to the United States in 2004 when she opened this flagship store in SoHo.

Part wine bar and part winery, City Winery was founded by Michael Dorf, also responsible for New York’s famous Knitting Factory, as a space that would combine his love of both wine and music.

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.

In recent years, the SoHo neighborhood has received a great deal of attention for its increasingly eclectic mix of trendy, boutique stores, and Topshop's presence is a testament to this.

A light-drenched space in SoHo hosts this first-in-the-States location for Space NK, London native Nancy Kinnaird's apothecary beauty brand. NK's specially formulated hair and skin products are sold in a 2,000-square-foot Greene Street boutique with dramatic product displays and mirrored walls.

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.

Twenty-first-century design connoisseurs can't get enough of this SoHo destination that's part store, part museum.