Soho (or South Houston as it is properly called) is a shoppers haven and continues to be very chic with tons of high-end designer shops and edgy, yet expensive boutiques. Fashionistas who are city dwellers know this is the place to shop. Whether you're shopping for clothes, gourmet food or a computer, there's no shortage of shops and the possibilities are endless. Here's a few places not to be missed for tourists and locals:
Agent Provocateur, located on Mercer Street between Prince and Spring Streets, was founded by Brit Joseph Corre, son of maverick fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, and music pioneer, Malcolm McLaren. You'll find burlesque lingerie selections including corsets and sheer bras and panties in a huge range of sizes to fit the average to very busty or curvy gal. It's worth the hefty price tags.
The purple and black Anna Sui flagship boudoiresque store on Broome Street is not to be missed. Dress like a rock star or a hipster without having to apologize. Ever. You'll find one-of-a-kind designer duds and artistically dressed mannequins here always.
The stark yet highly stylized Dolce and Gabana Lafayette store specializes in bright colors, witty graphics and tight clothing is a must-see and if you're Asian or a filthy rich hipster, you'll find something that you can't live without.
Topshop on Broadway is Britain's version of H&M. With four levels, you could spend all day there and get a new wardrobe of designer knockoffs for less than your whole paycheck.
Olive & Bette's on Spring Street is a small boutique that blasts mainstream music like Madonna and Lady Gaga and can be compared to an upscale, designer Urban Outfitters--eclectic clothes from designers like James Perse and Free People.
And of course, Sabon has a new location opening soon on the corner of Grand St and Broadway. As the biggest boutique yet, it will contain the most amazing natural bath and body products for men and women, including handmade soaps and sea salts from the Dead Sea. Luxury, excellent customer service, reasonable prices and lots of ooohs and aaahs can be found here.
Techies and Mac lovers will think they're in heaven once they enter the giant Soho Apple Store on Prince Street.This is the Mecca of all Apple Stores.
Foodies will love Dean & DeLuca on Broadway with their cheese shop, butcher shop bakery and world famous spices and oils. The very best of everything can be found here and at a high price--but it's definitely worth it.