About New York Insider's Shopping Tour – Inside Out Tours
Shoppers the world over know that New York City is the ultimate destination when it comes to stylish retail therapy, but many tourists get nary a glimpse of the one-of-a-kind stores and quirky boutiques with the coolest finds. For those who want to return home with something more than an “I Heart NY” T-shirt, Inside Out’s New York Insider's Shopping Tour is a must – you'll visit a kaleidoscope of boutiques catering to a range of tastes and budgets during this two-hour expedition through two of Manhattan's hippest neighborhoods – SoHo and NoLIta – whose cast-iron buildings, artsy vibe and smaller crowds feel a world away from the touristcentric areas of Midtown Manhattan.
The New York Insider's Shopping Tour meets in front of the Little Cupcake Bakeshop, which provides a great opportunity for early arrivals to duck in and fuel up with sugar or caffeine before the excursion begins, as some may need that extra boost to keep up the pace – and stay alert for the perfect find – during this shopping adventure.
After a brief introduction from your fashion-savvy guide, whose style is sure to epitomize that perfect New York blend of comfy-chic, you'll set off for some fast-paced browsing in a dozen boutiques or so. Stops may include a cheery catch-all store stocked with whimsical home decor items bursting with color, a renowned shoe boutique with distinctive creations crafted from richly dyed leathers and a one-of-a-kind curiosity shop filled with a fascinating array of offerings that range from butterfly-wing necklaces to taxidermy animals. Plenty of clothing stores will round out the list, with selections that range from trendy to timeless. Before the group heads into each shop for a quick browse, your knowledgeable guide will give a rundown of the store's history and dish out fun trivia – including the scoop on celebrity clientele ranging from Beyoncé Knowles to Brad Pitt.
The New York Insider's Shopping Tour also offers the chance to soak up the charming environs of SoHo and NoLIta, with the guide making brief stops to point out sights steeped in New York City history, such as iconic neighborhood fixtures that have been featured in television and film. The streets themselves are a veritable catwalk, with a parade of stylish locals streaming by in outfits fit for the pages of a fashion magazine. You may even see a model or two heading to some of the numerous agencies scattered around this area.
And when the New York Insider's Shopping Tour draws to a close, each participant will receive a handy map detailing the treasure trove of boutiques that were explored along the way, making it easy to circle back and revisit favorite stores for more in-depth browsing.
Approximately two hours.
Did you know?
Two New York City natives founded Inside Out Tours and have made giving back to the community one of their company's top priorities.
Inside Out Tours' co-founders Stacey Toussaint and Sheila Collins, whose families have lived in Brooklyn for three generations, started the company as a way to share the treasures that can be found “off the beaten path”
The first neighborhood in NYC to officially be assigned an acronym was SoHo, whose name stands for “South of Houston” Street.
SoHo is home to the largest collection of cast-iron buildings in the whole city, many of which date back to the mid-1800s.
Created as an inclusive experience, the New York Insider's Shopping Tour includes stores that target a range of ages, so both moms and daughters may both come away with a perfect find. Though this tour mainly attracts female tourists, its diverse array of shopping stops means the men who tag along will also find some selections to browse.
Good for kids?
Adolescent girls may get the most out of the New York Insider's Shopping Tour, which includes various teen-approved picks.
Inside Out Tours Location Information:
30 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
N, R to Prince St.; 4, 6 to Spring St.; B, D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette St.