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SoHo is hot and one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC. Please let me share some of mine favorite 'places to be'. I am curious if you have any nice suggestions yourself. Please let me know if you do. Together we can make the most Marvelous SoHo list!
SoHo (abbreviation of South Houston) is located between Houston Street (north), Lafayette Street (east), Canal Street (south) and Sixth Avenue (west). SoHo is known as one of New York's most trendy neighborhoods, leading in fashion and architecture.
Everywhere in SoHo you can find amazing shops and therefore SoHo is a must for shopaholics like me :)
On Broadway you find the large(r) shops. In the smaller side streets between Prince Street and Spring Street you find small, unique boutiques with lesser-known labels, but also the well-known designers are located here (Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors etc).
For some relaxation during shopping, you can stop at one of the many restaurants. Some restaurants have a small terrace or garden. Quite unique in NYC, but at the same time very welcome since the summer temperatures easily rise up to 30 degrees. Very nice to sit outside in the shades sipping a margerita or large glass of lemonade...
Best lunch addresses in SoHo are:
Ruby’s cafe (219 Mulberry St.), Vesuvio Bakery (160 Prince St.), Balthazar especially for Sunday brunch (80 Spring St.) and Cafe Gitane (242 Mott Street). For a quick cake, go to Magnolia Bakery, known from Sex And The City (401 Bleecker St.)
Besides shopping there is plenty to do in SoHo. On several locations you can get a good and descent drink.
The best addresses for wining in Soho are:
Felix (340 West Broadway) especially on Sundays, Antique garage (41 Mercer St.) in MercBar (151 Mercer Street).
Walking through Soho you will find many nice restaurants. If you can not choose, I think these are real hot spots:
Mercer Kitchen (99 Prince St.), Giorgione (307 Spring Street), Black Coffee (32 Grand St.), Kittichai in the Thompson Hotel (60 Thompson St.), Elizabeth (265 Elizabeth St) with outside garden and Delicatessen (54 Prince St.)
It is advisable to book in advance via opentable.com.
The best addresses for a cocktail and a little dance after dinner are:
Diva (341 West Broadway) and Soho Grand Bar (310 West Broadway) in Submercer. (Submercer is a secret bar under the Mercer Hotel Mercer and kitchen. You knock at a red door hoping the door will be opened for you...)
Istanbul is known for its rich culture and the Bosphorus that divides the city, as only city in the world, into two continents: Europe and Asia. What many people do not know is that in Istanbul they know how to party! In Istanbul,There is so much to do that every night out I go to a new bar or club. All very beautiful and...pricey. (Also something you might not expect from this city.)
Yet, if you ever have a chance to go to Istanbul, one night be sure to visit at least one of the clubs. An awsome experience. But please note my Marvelous tips on where to go :)
Reina is one of the largest and most famous clubs of Istanbul. It is a complex with several restaurants, bars and a large outdoor dance floor along the Bosphorus. Some say Reina is a little passé, but I think Reina is equal for a fun night. The music is not too loud and it is always crowded with a diverse audience. WEB SITE
Only a few hundred meters next door to Reina you find Anjelique. A smaller and more exclusive club, but with the same magnificent view of the Bosphorus. Very popular among the local jet set. Nice to have a drink and then, around 01:00 pm, take the water taxi to Reina. The food supposed to be good too, at least that is what they say. WEB SITE
Located on the roof of an old apartment in the Istiklal street, one of Istanbul's most famous shopping streets situated near the Taksim Square,you will find Beyoglu 360. 360 owes its name to the magnificent 360 degree views of the city. From the roof terrace you have stunning views of the Galata Tower, although the party takes place indoors. Because of the many hotels in the area, 360 is a little touristic but nevertheless a good place to throw a party. Also better affordable than Reina and Anjelique. WEB SITE