Are you looking for things to do in Soho, NYC? If so, keep reading for all our favorite ideas!
If you’re visiting NYC, you might be looking for things to do in Soho, NYC. Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Soho is one of the nicest neighborhoods in NYC. There’s plenty to do there, from shopping, to arts, to food and sightseeing.
Soho is also one of our favorite neighborhoods in NYC, and we’ve spent many years narrowing down our list of things to do in Soho, NYC.
In this list, we’ve also included some suggestions from nearby neighborhoods too (like the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village).
Don’t worry, every suggestion is either in the heart of Soho, or within a 10 minute walk! So, let’s get into it!
Here are our favorite things to do in Soho, NYC…
Dominique Ansel Bakery
First on our list of things to do in Soho NYC, it’s visiting Dominique Ansel Bakery.
This is one of the best bakeries in the city, and it’s a stand-out choice for anyone visiting the Soho area.
This bakery were actually the great minds behind the ‘Cronut’ and you’ll find long lines each morning here, as people try to secure one of these precious commodities!
However, if you head there in the afternoon or evening, whilst the Cronuts might be sold-out, you can try all of their other baked goods, without the queues.
I recommend the caramelized croissant (pictured below)! So delicious and such a great choice for things to do in Soho, NYC.
Explore the local art galleries
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC, it’s exploring the local art galleries.
One of the most charming things about Soho as a neighborhood, is just how much art there is here.
You’ll find larger galleries like the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and The Drawing Center, which are both fantastic…
But if you venture to West Broadway (between Prince St and Spring St) you’ll find lots of smaller galleries, each beautiful in their own right, and with free admission too. It’s a great choice for things to do in Soho NYC.
Have lunch at Thai Diner
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC, it’s visiting the Thai Diner.
If you ask any local, chances are they’d rate Thai Diner as one of the best restaurants in the area.
It’s quirky, fun, and (most importantly) the food is super delicious. It’s a great choice for things to do in Soho.
Visit ‘Goods for the Study’ on Mulberry St
Our next suggestion for things to do in Soho, is visiting the cute little store called ‘Goods for the Study‘.
The store has two halves, but we absolutely love the side of the store tha sells pens and pencils. Look, we know this might sound a bit boring (it’s a pen shop?) but it’s so much fun.
If you loved stationery as a child, you’re going to feel so much joy looking around this shop!
There are more pens than you’ve ever seen, and you can try them all! It’s such a great choice for things to do in Soho NYC.
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Visit the ‘Stick With Me’ sweet store
Next on our list of things to do in Soho NYC, it’s something perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Stick With Me is a wonderful (but teeny tiny) sweet and chocolate shop, specializing in the most wonderful sweets and homemade chocolates.
The range of flavors, and the skill involved in making these little treasures, makes this place worth checking out. We guarantee you’re going to absolutely adore it.
It’s such a great choice for things to do in Soho, and you can buy them as little souvenirs for friends back home too.
My personal favorite is the passionfruit flavored candy, and their passionfruit toffees too!
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Little Cupcake Bakeshop
Another suggestion for anyone with a sweet tooth, this next idea for things to do in Soho is a perfect snack-stop.
The Little Cupcake bakeshop is located just on the edge of Soho, and it’s home to some of the most beautiful cupcakes you’ve ever tried!
And their cookies are amazing too!
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The Fiat Cafe
The Fiat Cafe is next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC.
If you’re looking for fun and quirky cafes in Soho, then the Fiat Cafe is going to tick all your boxes.
Locals absolutely it here, as do visitors, and it’s no surprise because the food is wonderful and the decor is charming and cozy.
It’s a lovely choice for things to do in Soho and great for a date night.
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Go spectacle shopping
Soho is known for shopping, but it’s actually one of the best neighborhoods in NYC for spectacle shopping.
So, if you’re a glasses wearer, you might want to make some time for browsing the many independent glasses stores in Soho.
It’s so great to try on lots of different shapes, sizes and colors and one of our favorite things to do in Soho. Some boutiques we recommend are:
- Credo New York Eyewear
- Oliver Peoples
- MYKITA Shop New York Soho
- Silver Lining Opticians
- Selima Optique
- SEE Eyewear
Check out the local street art
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC, it’s checking out the local street art.
You’ll find street art on almost every corner in Soho, and it’s worth just strolling around the area to soak it all in.
Book a slot at the Aire Ancient baths (it’s a spa!)
Aire Ancient baths are next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC.
This is one of the best spas in New York City, and it’s truly unique too. You’ll venture underground into this magical stone haven, hidden under the city streets.
The spa consists of many different pools, with different temperatures and features.
It’s romantic, magical and definitely one of my favorite things to do in Soho, NYC.
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Breakfast at Sadelle’s
If you can get a table, then we really recommend checking out Sadelle’s for breakfast.
I think this is my favorite breakfast place in Soho, without contest.
It’s traditional New York breakfast food, so think bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon and other delicious things.
The smoked fish here is their specialty, and they do it to absolute perfection. It’s an amazing choice for things to do in Soho, don’t miss it!
Also, just to add: The coleslaw here, is the BEST coleslaw I have ever eaten in my entire life.
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Museum of Icecream
The Museum of Icecream is our next idea for things to do in Soho, NYC.
The Museum of Icecream is unlike any other, it’s certainly not the traditional museum you’re probably used to.
Full of interactive and fun exhibitions and photo opportunities, it’s a lot of fun and definitely, somewhere you’ll want to check out!
Next on our list of fun things to do in Soho, it’s dining at the Soho Diner.
This restaurant is an all-day diner (they’re open until 3am!) that is decked out in the most gorgeous, fun and retro styling.
The food on offer is traditional diner food, but elevated and slightly more sophisticated than you’d expect!
And don’t get us started on their apple pie… it’s so delicious, you have to try it!
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Get a tattoo
Some of the best tattoo studios in NYC are located in Soho, so our next suggestion for things to do in Soho… is getting a tattoo!
An NYC tattoo is a perfect permanent souvenir from your big trip to the city!
Our top tip? You should look out for flash sale signs (a great way to get a reduction!).
My most recent tattoo is from Uplift tattoo in Soho, and I really recommend the experience and artists!
Take a food tour
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, it’s taking a food tour. If you want to try some local food, and try lots all in gone day – this is a great choice.
There are lots of local food tours that depart around the Soho area, and that’s primarily because this part of Manhattan is known for how much amazing food there is.
Here are some food tours I recommend:
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The Ghostbusters HQ (Hook and Ladder 8)
Next on our list of fun things to do in Soho, it’s finding the Ghostbusters HQ (also known as Hook and Ladder 8).
If you’re a movie fan, then seeking out this amazing movie location is a must-do!
You can’t go inside, but it’s well worth grabbing a photo on the outside, and it’s such a quick and easy pick for things to do in Soho NYC.
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Visit Prince Street Pizza
Next on our list of things to do in Soho NYC, it’s visiting THE BEST PIZZA IN NYC.
Yes, we said it. This is the best pizza in the city.
Prince Street Pizza is amazing, delicious, life-changing, you name it. Our favorite things to order are a pepperoni square, and a cheese slice. Different types of pizza, and both are equally delicious.
Seriously, please try this place. it’ll change your view on pizza forever. it’s an amazing choice for things to do in Soho NYC.
Our top tip? To avoid the queue, arrive early between 10am – 11.30am, or mid-afternoon (around 3pm).
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Find the ‘Good Luck Spot’
Need a little bit of luck? Then you need to add the good luck spot to your list of things to do in Soho.
You’ll find the good luck spot on Thompson St, where it crosses with W Houston St.
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Have brunch at Shuka
Next up on our list of things to do in Soho, it’s crunching at Shuka.
This place is a super cute brunch place, and it’s a little more unique than a lot of brunch places in the Soho neighborhood.
You’ll find delicious middle eastern / eastern mediterranean cuisine here, and the food is packed full of flavor. It’s a great choice for things to do in Soho, NYC.
If you want to buy yourself something sweet, then visiting the cute little chocolate shop called li-Lac Chocolates is a perfect choice for things to do in Soho!
When walking into this chocolate shop you’re hit immediately with the smell of sweet, creamy chocolate. It’s like stepping into a Parisian chocolate boutique.
In their counters, they have plenty of different chocolate truffles, sweets and bars to try – and it’s simply wonderful.
Treat yourself to oysters
Have you ever had oysters in NYC before? If not, it’s next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC.
There are actually plenty of oyster bars in Soho you can try, and we’ve listed a few of our favorites below:
- Lure Fishbar
- The Oyster Bar
- Mermaid Oyster Bar
- ZZ’s Clam Bar
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Grab a slice at Upside Pizza
Next on our list of things to do in Soho NYC, it’s grabbing a slice of traditional NYC pizza at Upside Pizza.
Grabbing a slice at Upside Pizza in NYC is one of those typical New York things to do in Soho, NYC.
Grab a slice, watch the world go by, and enjoy one of the best slices of pizza in the city.
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Go thrift shopping
Our next suggestion for things to do in Soho NYC, is thrift shopping!
There are some amazing thrift shops in NYC, and many of them are located in Soho or close to Soho.
The best bit about thrift shopping in the Soho area? The items tend to be really great quality and really unique finds. Some of the best finds I’ve seen have been from Soho’s best thrift stores.
Here are some specific thrift stores I recommend:
- Second Street Thrift Store
- What Goes Around Comes Around
- The RealReal
- The Re-Shop
Have brunch at Bubby’s
One of the most popular brunch spots in Soho, has to be Bubby’s. So of course, our next suggestion for things to do in Soho, is to enjoy brunch there.
Bubby’s is lovely, friendly and laid back – and their brunch selection is delicious!
If you can book ahead, we’d certainly recommend it, because Bubby’s is hugely popular. Especially at the weekend.
Sip Champagne in Sweet Rehab
If you love patisserie and pastries (and champagne), then you’re going to fall head over heels with Sweet Rehab.
This champagne and patisserie bar is for anyone who wants to sip champagne surrounded by perfect sweet treats, in a gorgeous sophisticated setting.
This is a lovely choice for things to do in Soho NYC, especially for when you need a little rest during all the sightseeing!
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Take a walking tour
Next on our list of things to do in Soho NYC, it’s taking a walking tour.
There are lots of great things to see around the Soho area – and a guided walking tour is a great way to see them all.
I love walking tours because it’s a chance to see parts of the city you don’t usually see, and it’s great to have the insider knowledge too!
Admire the artitecture
One thing you’ll definitely enjoy in Soho, is just enjoying the buildings and the historical architecture.
This part of the city feels a lot different from the Downtown Business District, and also the Midtown / Times Square area, so it’s kind of nice just to wander around and soak it all in.
Cocktails at Beyond the Pale
Next up on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC, it’s cocktails!
If you want to enjoy some gorgeously designed cocktails in a sophisticated and lively setting, then we really recommend Beyond the Pale.
The selling point here, is that they have NYC’s first tequila highball machine! So make sure you try a cocktail off that part of the menu.
Head into Chinatown
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, it’s walking into Chinatown. Chinatown is only a short walk from Soho, and it invites a whole new perspective on NYC.
You’ll also find a whole new menu of food options in Chinatown, so it’s certainly worth walking over to see for yourself what it’s all about.
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Do a New York City bus tour
Many of the city’s bus tours have stops in Soho, so you’ll be able to start a NYC bus tour from the heart of Soho.
So, obviously, next on our list, is taking a bus tour of the city! You’ll depart from Soho, and arrive back after completing the full loop!
It’s great fun, and a superb way to see the city.
Visit Balthazar Boulangerie
Next on our list of things to do in Soho, NYC, it’s visiting Balthazar Boulangerie.
This is one of Soho’s most famous and recognized restaurants, and its a must-visit if you’re in the area.
Think classic, cozy and delicious french food! It’s a gorgeous place to enjoy lunch or dinner in Soho.
We figured we’d save the most obvious suggestion for last!
Soho is (of course) a pretty wonderful shopping destination, so shopping is a pretty must-do on the list of things to do in Soho NYC.
Many consider Soho as one of the best shopping districts in the city, so enjoy!
We hope this list of things to do in Soho NYC has been helpful!
Now you’ve read all our ideas for things to do in Soho, NYC, let us know which you’re going to visit first! Soho is such a great neighborhood in New York, and we know you’re going to love it!
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