Brooklyn Travel Guide

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.

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.

DJs at the Rub play only the best old-school hip-hop and pop jams, and the mostly-local crowd comes expecting to boogie ‘til the wee hours of the morning (wallflowers, skip this stop).

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-record-setting suspension bridge it was when finished in 1883, but it has retained an iconic status.

Last season’s clothes are about half-price.

In the northern Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO, this boutique letterpress printing studio is operated by husband and wife team Matt Heindl and Breck Hostetter.

Claiming the longest happy hour in Brooklyn (12–7 p.m.), this former 1930’s ice cream parlor just north of Prospect Park fills its cherry-red bar and leather stools with beer lovers, who come for the wide draught selection of craft beers like Sixpoint, Pinnacle, and Coney Island Lager.

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.

Looking for the ultimate ice cream sandwich? Look no further. This modest-size Polish bakery, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, will slice a donut of your choice in half and stuff it with a generous scoop of ice cream.

Opened by Patrick Watson and Michele Pravda as a companion to their renowned Skinky Bklyn cheese shop down the road, this wine shop in Carroll Gardens maintains the same youthful ambiance with tangerine tin wall panels, taped-up flyers, and a stock of relatively cheap bottles (including a $12-or-

When you enter the Banquet you're likely to find the owners--dressmaker Miranda Bennett and accessories designer Pamela Johnston--hard at work. The duo, who met at Parsons, make almost everything you see, from the flirty silk dresses to the Frida Kahlo-style hairpieces.

Like a closet out of The Arabian Nights, this boutique is stocked with hand-loomed, Indian-inspired textiles and antique jewelry.

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