A Shopaholics Paradise Walking through New York’s Soho


New York is notorious for being a favorite city among shopaholics, and a shopaholic’s visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to SoHo.  From trendy boutiques to bargain chains, upscale shops to secondhand stores, this is the stroll for you if you’re in the market for…well…just about anything.

Starting Point

Take the 1 train to the Houston Street stop, and walk East on Houston Street until you reach Sullivan Street.  Here you’ll see St. Anthony of Padua (named 2nd in the “10 Most Beautiful Churches In NYC” list, so definitely worth a visit), lined with vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to these adorable little fruits and veggies inspired kids’ wear.




When you reach West Broadway, take a right and stop into whatever stores strike your fancy.  During this walk, you can spy styles that run the gamut…from luxe bustiers at Dolce & Gabbana to the more wallet friendly options at Forever 21.  A few of  my favorite stops along this street include:


…vintage scarf hunting at What Goes Around Comes Around.  (And yes! they have Hermes!)…

…finding cute kitchenware and gifts at Anthropologie…

…and refreshing second hand wardrobe basics in brands ranging from J. Crew to Theory at Greene Street.

After your shop-til-you-drop session, you will without a doubt be famished.  There’s no shortage of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area, but if you happen to be craving Mexican like me (helllooooo Cinco do Mayo!), then head West on Grand Street until you reach Lupe’s East LA Kitchen at 110 Avenue of the Americas.  The margaritas are icy, food fresh and refreshingly authentic, and best of all, with prices like these you can still afford to eat here after your shopping spree.  Cheers to that, my friends!




Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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