Shopping in SoHo and the Lower East Side
With July 4th around the corner, I’m sure there are plenty of rooftop BBQs, pool parties, and time with family and friends on the social calendar over the course of this week. If shopping is on your list and you’re looking to go off the beaten path (ie, no Macy’s madness or messy piles of clothes to sort through at stores like H&M, Zara, or Forever 21), then how about making a shopping trip through some of the city’s local stores and boutiques?
You can embark on your shopping expedition at the Lower East Side at the corner of Stanton and Essex and make your way west, ending in SoHo on Prince Street. There are some adorable boutiques along the way. Here are some which I have known about for a while and some which I’ve recently discovered: (Please note that I am not associated with any of the stores listed below. They are based on my personal preferences and are simply suggestions of places to visit.)
Lower East Side
- Annabelle: decent collection of clothes but really unique and edgy jewelry pieces
- Yumi Kim: sheer silk blouses in bright, summery colors and gorgeous cocktail rings
- Pixie Market: killer shoes and other trendy apparel
- Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar: dainty, vintage-looking pieces of jewelry over a wide range of prices. I didn’t know this but a lot of stars wear jewelry by this designer. Delicate Raymond on Orchard Street is a pop-up store which will be around until mid-August so I’d suggest checking them out soon!
- Pinkyotto: all the summer must-haves are here with tops, shorts, and skirts in bright colors and prints. Their leopard print blouse and polka dot skirt (among other things) really caught my eye when I was there a couple weeks ago!
- Street fair along Prince Street: great place to pick up items here as a tourist or otherwise. You’ll find mostly jewelry and accessories on display. There’s one stall which I really like that sells T-shirts with funny images and witty one-liners
Without having an idea of where to go, wandering through the Lower East Side and SoHo can turn into an exercise in frustration. I know I’ve tried to do something similar in the past only to end up lost and confused as to where I was! So I hope this helps you the next time you’re looking for a more authentic (and targeted) shopping experience in these neighborhoods. Happy 4th, everyone!