Brooklyn Travel Guide
It’s never hard to find things to do in Brooklyn, it’s just difficult to figure out exactly what you want to do! Foodies will fall head-over-heels for Brooklyn’s culinary scene and should pay a visit to the Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg, held in Williamsburg every Saturday and in Fort Greene every Sunday during the late spring and summer, as well as its extension, Berg’n. The massive Crown Heights beer hall features a great draft list and food booths run by the Brooklyn Flea’s biggest stars like Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue and Ramen Burger.
As for sights and sounds, be sure to visit the massive Brooklyn Bridge Park, which not only offers wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline, but features great amenities of its own including a roller rink, a small beach and plenty of courts for the sportsmen and women among us. Meanwhile, artsy types will want to visit the neighborhood of Bushwick, which is home to dozens of local galleries like BogART, which hosts multiple galleries in a former factory, as well as the neighborhood around the Jefferson Street stop on the L subway line where gorgeous graffiti murals cover almost every wall.
And finally, those looking for things to do in Brooklyn won’t want to miss out on the great Prospect Park-adjacent neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, South Slope, Prospect Heights and Windsor Terrace. These kid-friendly neighborhoods feature all sorts of quirky shops and shopping experiences set on streets picturesque and charming enough to make any visitor want to pack up and move to NYC. Spend an afternoon strolling around before settling down at legendary local eateries like Franny’s and al di la. And if you have the energy at the end of what will surely be an exciting trip, spend a day in Vinegar Hill, a quiet waterfront neighborhood with cobblestone streets, and one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets. All at once the neighborhood is a taste of what Brooklyn used to be and what it is now and remains the perfect end to what will hopefully be a perfect visit.
Located discreetly behind red metal gates in what at first glance appears to be a furniture shop, this beer bar has one of the neighborhood’s most extensive lists of craft beer on tap, in bottles and in a few casks that rotate out regularly.
This tiny bakery is locals’ go-to spot to for sweet and savory baked goods on the weekends. A buzzing group of bakers in blue work jumpsuits hum along to the likes of Fleetwood Mac while churning out flaky almond croissants and crusty baguettes, that can sell out by 10:30 a.m.
The association is an excellent resource for planning gallery tours.
The atmosphere recalls an outsized Finnish sauna, with acres of glowing pine and a glass-enclosed deck. The crowd, most nights, is just as attractive.
The Chinese and American antiques are unexpectedly high-quality for such a low-fi setting: the gritty margins of Williamsburg. Owner Natalie Vichnevsky has an eye for color and form and an obvious sense of humor. You're sure to find a gift among her collection of furniture and accessories.
Built in 2001 as part of the revitalization effort of Coney Island, this 7,500-seat stadium next to the ocean serves many purposes beyond hosting the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team, including concerts, parades, festivals, boxing and wrestling matches, even weddings.
Oak floors, lacquered brick walls, and a sound track of gypsy music set the scene for Santa Maria Novella toiletries (originally made by Italian monks) and Borsalino fedoras mixed with Rogan knits, Filson bags, and Rachel Comey sandals.
A Brooklyn fixture since 1948, this Middle Eastern and Mediterranean market has a wide selection of picnic-ready prepared foods, including luscious taramosalata and flaky spanakopita.
Graduating at the top of his class from French Culinary Institute, chef Tim Oltmans brings his skills to this upscale Brooklyn Heights restaurant serving Euro-influenced, new American cuisine like pan-roasted diver scallops, roasted pork chop with celery-root purée, and mac and cheese with smoked
Established in 2000 in Brooklyn, Jacques Torres Chocolate makes bonbons, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate. This real-life chocolate factory, located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, has marble café tables, an eat-at bar, and brightly colored walls lined with treats.
This bowling alley on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint opened less than a decade ago, but it manages to transport bowlers to the Midwest in the 1970’s, with its nostalgic décor and old-school scoring machines.
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 local graphic artist.
Once you get past the staffâ¤™s haughty (decidedly non-Brooklyn) attitude, you'll find racks upon racks of flirty Vanessa Bruno, Ulla Johnson, and See by Chloe designs.