They don’t call it The Big Apple for nothing. New York City is huge. And there is so much to see and do, that you really have to think of it as a group of neighbourhoods to figure out your way around it. SoHo is located in the borough of Manhattan in the area of Houston St to the north, Lafayette St to the east, Canal St to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. This area is now filled with known for their top of the line shops, exquisite collection of restaurants and boutique hotels that are found along it’s narrow cobblestone side streets. Earlier in July I ventured to New York City for the weekend and so today I’m sharing with you some of my favourite things in this area.

To Do – Ditch the cab and wander through SoHo by foot. Spend the afternoon shopping in some of the city’s best boutiques or have an elevated urban hike along The High Line. For those who haven’t heard of it, The High Line is a 1.45-mile park built above New York City along an unused railway line. For an urban studies nerd like me, this park is a dream as it has created an aerial greenway for the public to use and enjoy. Pack your own picnic to enjoy along your walk by stopping by the Chelsea Market or the Gansevoort Market to pick up some great locally made food. IMG_1223IMG_1224 IMG_1244IMG_1217 IMG_1219To Eat – If you’re a self proclaimed “foodie” like me, than finding yourself in SoHo is like your own little bit of heaven. With an array of world-renowned restaurants at your fingertips, it is hard to pick just one to recommend. Stop by for something sweet at Dominque Ansel Bakery and if you’re lucky, and early enough, you may even get the chance to world famous ‘cronut.’ If you’re looking to splurge a little, Buddakan is well worth the wait, and the money or swing by Balthazar for a more laid back Parisian vibe. IMG_1230 IMG_1236IMG_1208 IMG_1206To Stay – Located in the centre of SoHo, The Broome Hotel is a charming one-of-a-kind spot that melds the iconic New York City architecture with a quaint charm boutique hotel. The hotel offers guests private and quiet rooms that look onto their secluded patio. Paying close attention to creating a comfortable guest experience, The Broome Hotel has created a home away from home atmosphere inspired by the quaint European classic hotels that travellers love. Guests (and visitors) can also drop by for a bite at their café where croissants and other goods are made fresh everyday. Or if you’re looking for a souvenir, then be sure to stop by their carefully curated in house boutique. IMG_1197 IMG_1190IMG_1196 IMG_1183IMG_1178Unwind– Take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City and book a treatment at a bliss spa. With three locations all over the city, choose from one of their signature facial, body treatment, massage or more to give you a little TLC during your time away. There is a bliss nyc soho located right along Broadway which is just steps away from some of the best shops and restaurants in this neighbourhood. Or, venture uptown to the bliss 49 or bliss 57 to pamper yourself a little.IMG_1213IMG_1215

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