Brooklyn is a playground, thriving with just about anything you can imagine.
No matter who you are or what you like to do, you’re bound to find a little nook or two that’ll pique your interest. It might take a little digging, or just a little help from a friend.
I’d like to play that friend today. Last week, work brought me out to Brooklyn and I had some time to explore a bit. I found myself getting slightly overwhelmed, just because there’s so much you can do. It’s a game of picking and choosing… where will I eat? Where will I shop? Where will I catch some rest? After some research in the field, I put together a 24 hour guide to Manhattan’s next door neighbor. There’s plenty of places not included in this list, so I’d love to make this collaborative! If you’ve ever spent time in Brooklyn, or are lucky to call it home, please leave your recommendations in the comments!
First things first… coffee. Make your way over to 69 Grand Street in Williamsburg to start your day at Devocion Cafe. The living jungle on the back wall should be enough to draw you in, but if you need more convincing, you can also look forward to a mean cup of Colombian coffee and delicious goodies, such as whole wheat banana bread. This is the perfect place to get some work done, relax, or re-charge.
This is by far one of my favorite little boutiques in Brooklyn. At Driggs and South 4th street, you’ll find Species By The Thousands. Crystals, hand crafted jewels, and apothecary are just some of the many things you can find in this mysterious brick and mortar. I love the way the shop owner, Erica, has everything displayed. There’s some major decor inspiration behind her doors, and I suggest you take a step in. (Can’t make it BK? Shop her stuff online!)
Street art brings colorful life to the walls of our cities, and you can find a lot of it in up-and-coming Bushwick. Take a drive around and hunt for your favorite pieces, or head out on foot and explore the area. This is where you can find gems that you’d never expect, from delicious eats to unique shopping. On the border of Bushwick and East Williamsburg, you can find one of my favorite bars, The Anchored Inn. If you’re in the mood for a drink or Mexican-American pub food, check it out!
For lunch, head over to Greenpoint and grab a bite at Milk & Roses Bistro. The library-inspired interior is just as gorgeous as the garden out back. Come spring, you won’t want to eat anywhere else. Brigette and I caught up over the best lunch! (Vegetarian options available, too!)
I know you just had lunch, but come 6 p.m., a craving for a little snack or cocktail might creep up. Kinfolk in Williamsburg (90 Wythe Ave) is the spot you’ll want to be. It boasts light fare, an inviting atmosphere, and the friendliest of people. I found myself here twice in two days. It’s the kind of place where you end the day over good conversations and warm spirits, or start the day with a cup of joe and the best avocado toast you’ve ever had. Check out their dry goods shop next door, or head upstairs to check out their very own Kinfolk bicycles. 5 stars all around.
Sleep, swim, enjoy… if you’re looking to do all this, book a room at the McCarren Hotel and Pool. Situated right next to a Brooklyn favorite, McCarren Park, you’ll find this amazing hotel, which just so happens to house one of Brooklyn’s largest outdoor pools. Head to the 8th floor for one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline, and hang out at the Morrocan-inspired bar before hitting the hay in one of the quaint rooms. Just a side note… the beds are super comfortable.
+What Brooklyn gems did I leave out? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!