Things to do in Williamsburg
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.
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.
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.
The association is an excellent resource for planning gallery tours.
Opened in 2003, this furniture/home goods/design store/gallery serves mostly loft-dwelling New Yorkers and curious visitors.
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.
A bright blue exterior with large windows displays what this gourmet market is most recognized for: a traditional butchery specializing in locally raised, grass-fed beef.
Last season’s clothes are about half-price.
A great vintage store for blazers
Peruse this gigantic warehouse space and turn Williamsburg’s fashionable locals’ cast-offs into your vintage treasures for wallet-friendly prices.
...hop on the L subway line to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery and its vats of microbrews.
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?
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.
In a borough littered with beautiful old buildings, these architectural-salvage specialists sell an impressive range of hard-to-find fixtures and hardware.