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Things to do in Brooklyn

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Brooklyn. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Brooklyn attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Brooklyn to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Brooklyn.

  • A.P.C. Surplus store

    Last season’s clothes are about half-price. More
  • Acorn, a Brooklyn Toy Shop

    At this fairy tale of a store, you'll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Wal... More
  • Bar Sepia

    In Prospect Heights, this cash-only neighborhood bar attracts guests with its cushioned deep couches, a long wooden communal table, and a small out... More
  • Barbès

    This unerringly hip, Gallic-owned live-music club runs the gamut from washboard swing and Reinhardt-style guitar jazz to quwwali and klezmer. More
  • Bark

    Owner Linda Downey’s interior-design and clothing boutique is tactile heaven: Mongolian-lamb rugs, silk coverlets, hand-loomed striped blankets, an... More
  • Beacon’s Closet

    Peruse this gigantic warehouse space and turn Williamsburg’s fashionable locals’ cast-offs into your vintage treasures for wallet-friendly prices. More
  • Betty Bakery

    The sweet aroma in the air outside this Boerum Hill bakeshop comes from its impressive display of pastries, cakes, pies, tarts, and marzipan, as we... More
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, followed by a walk through adjacent Prospect Park, the, well, second-greatest gre... More
  • Brooklyn Brewery

    ...hop on the L subway line to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery and its vats of microbrews. More
  • Brooklyn Bridge

    A stroll along this span is an only-in-New York experience that provides an up-close sense of the city's true grandeur. It's hardly the world-recor... More
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

    The nation's first museum just for kids sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly-designed upper level incorporating solar panels, and has display ... More
  • Brooklyn Flat

    An outpost for whimsical, funky design. Ceramic salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of chicken feet share space with silk-screened pillows by a lo... More
  • Brooklyn Historical Society

    The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides. More
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art

    With a mission to bridge the artistic heritage of world cultures, this 560,000-square-foot museum built in grand Beaux-Arts style houses a large, d... More
  • Butter, Brooklyn

    An airy showcase for top fashion names such as Dries van Noten and Rick Owens. The shoe selection alone (Henry Beguelin, Ann Demeulemeester) inspir... More

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