Brooklyn

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.

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.

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.

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 staff⤙s haughty (decidedly non-Brooklyn) attitude, you'll find racks upon racks of flirty Vanessa Bruno, Ulla Johnson, and See by Chloe designs.

"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.

However playful its tangerine walls and funky signs, this specialty cheese and meat shop in Carroll Gardens is serious about its search for unique culinary expression, whether it be its ham bar, temperature- and humidity-controlled aging “cave,” or monthly cheese seminars.

Considered one of America’s 25 best cocktail bars by GQ magazine, this south Brooklyn watering hole blends multiple centuries with its exposed brick walls, 19th-century mahogany bar, tin-paneled ceiling, and artisan sour, daisy, punch, flip, and royale recipes going back to the 15th century.

Named after the sycamore trees in Ditmas Park, this hybrid storefront houses several operations. Guests must first enter through the snug daytime flower shop with tiled floors and chalkboards displaying prices. The dimly lit wooden-interior bar is next.

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

The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides.

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

Young parents from the playground across the street come to ogle Czech glassware and mod ceramic vases like kids at a candy store.