Chance + other Great Stops in SoHo

• 30 May 2011

On my last day in New York, I had the rare opportunity to lunch with a friend from college who was kind enough to drive onto Manhattan to play tour guide for a couple of hours. We decided to spend our precious time in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Oh how we packed a lot of fun {and food} into just 2 hours. "Old" friends--the kind you've had for 10+ years--are simply priceless, now aren't they?

If you have an afternoon in SoHo and want to know how to use your time wisely, here are a few suggestions to further enhance your New York shopping experience. As a rule of thumb, I steer clear of any boutiques/shops that are also located in my city of residence...even if it's a cool store (i.e. H&M, All Saints, etc.). When I'm lucky enough to have some time by myself, it's all about bang for my buck.

First up...the Chance pop up on Elizabeth Street. It's a well-designed temporary shop full of my favorite wardrobe staple--the striped shirt. Thick stripes, thin stripes, any kind of stripe really. The pieces are thoughtfully-styled, uber soft, and everything you want in a cotton top. I brought back one "souvenir" from my trip and it was from Chance; because 4 striped tops in my closet wasn't enough (to my credit it was at least a different colorway). Clearly an addiction is forming...

After a little jaunt over at Chance, stop to lunch at Balthazar. Order the moules-frites (mussels and fries) and a salad and you'll be energized to hit the pavement in search of that must-have piece.

A couple of years ago I read about Sienna Miller's shopping excursions to easy-on-the-wallet, UK-based Topshop and my curiosity piqued instantly. While I didn't purchase anything, it was fun to finally see the shop in person. Topshop felt a little young for my taste, but I'm sure that more searching would've resulted in a real gem.

When visiting my mother-in-law in April, we talked about how much we both love Comptoir des Cotonniers (also a must-visit in SoHo). She then said, "Have you ever been to Mango? You can find some great things there too". I was a little surprised at this suggestion as I'd always assumed that Mango, with it's bad 80's style logo, was a bit outdated. Well, I stand to be corrected! Apparently it's a stylish, affordable shop with a bad 80's style logo :)

And last, but not least, we cannot forget the two "pearls" of SoHo...Purl and Pearl River Mart. Hit Purl if you're looking for some pretty fabric or yarn...hit Pearl River Mart if you want to bring back a fun souvenir for the kiddos.

Now that you know my picks, care to add your own tips and advice?

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