In New York City, a vendor on the sidewalk is not an unusual site, selling everything from DVDs to I Heart NY tee-shirts. What's pleasantly unexpected on Prince Street is the presence of an outdoor market, upscale in its wares, but not in its prices.
The Old Cathedral Outdoor Market can be found on a quiet street in Nolita, that quaint neighborhood north of Little Italy, against the backdrop of a brick wall on Prince Street. As the name implies, the market is outdoors, though there's hardly anything dated about it; the artisans lined up down the street sell a range of handcrafted items, including purses, jewelry, fine art and decorative housewares.
Whether you're looking for yourself, a friend, or just looking, the market gives shoppers the same feeling as if they were not outdoors but in a boutique, much like the ones that line the street only blocks away. And, like a boutique, many of the items are exclusive to the market, from hand-sewn silk dresses to wallets crafted with Italian leather. Vendors include Awura for fashion, Lily & Chloe, makers of Moroccan fashion, jewelers Daniela Studio, Coko and Rebel Designs, Astrid Schumacher Designs for bags and other accessories, and Jill Sunglasses.
Hungry from all your browsing? The organizers recommend Mottsu, a Japanese Restaurant around the corner on Mott Street. You can also cool down with a gelato or sorbet next door at Ciao Bella.
Because the sidewalk does have to end at some point, if you're on the prowl for more hand-crafted items, right around the corner from the Old Cathedral Outdoor Market is the Young Designers Market, a year-round indoor showcase for young designers that runs Saturdays up the block from on Mulberry Street.