Brooklyn Travel Guide

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.

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

In Prospect Heights, this cash-only neighborhood bar attracts guests with its cushioned deep couches, a long wooden communal table, and a small outdoor patio in the rear decorated in white Christmas lights.

The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides.

This Coney Island fruit shop carries the gamut of fruit-based creations, from platters and baskets to chocolate-dipped fruits. Daniel Spitz started the shop in 1957, and his son Mitchell now runs the place (although Daniel continues to keep a close eye on operations).

An airy showcase for top fashion names such as Dries van Noten and Rick Owens. The shoe selection alone (Henry Beguelin, Ann Demeulemeester) inspires many a pilgrimage from Manhattan.

A sumptuous bed in the store's window is strewn with high-end lingerie (Cosabella, Eberjey, Leigh Bantivoglio) - perhaps the place should be called Stay Up All Night?

"Your home should be like a good dose of Zoloft" is a witticism that graces the walls of one of the irreverent potter-slash-designer's newest shops. Inside, you'll find groovy textiles (a pillow handwoven with a bright-orange British flag), modern dog bowls, hashish-scented candles, and more.

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.

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).

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.