Out of all the places I was lucky enough to visit on my trip to New York recently, Brooklyn had to be my favourite. Williamsburg, Brooklyn to be exact. It had that effortless, hipster vibe about it and was a breath of fresh air away from the madness of Manhattan. This was the sort of place I could imagine myself living, with cool little bars and vintage shops lining the streets.
We actually got the subway down to Bedford Avenue to begin discovering the neighbourhood, as we knew we wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge on the way back. If, like me, you’re always on the look out for amazing Instagram potential when you travel, well welcome to what is basically the perfect bloggers guide to Williamsburg. Without further ado…
If you want to see an amazing sunset against the Manhattan skyline, then head to The Idea at the Wythe Hotel. The place opens from 2pm so even if you fancied an afternoon mojito, it’s the perfect place to take snaps (North 11th).
If contemporary art is your thang, then head to The Journal Gallery on North 1st, between Berry and Wythe.
Although Central Park is amazing, sometimes it’s nice to escape to a quieter side of town, so why not head to Transmitter Park for some peace alongside the East River (Greenpoint at East River).
For those with a sweet tooth, Mast Brothers is the ideal spot. Chocolate makers, founded by brothers Rick and Michael Mast, you can not only buy the delicious produce, but take a factory tour to see exactly how the chocolate is made (111 North 3rd Street).
However, if cheese if your thing, then head to Bedford Cheese Shop for some ripe Camembert (265 Bedford Avenue).
For those all-American chicken and waffles, then you have to head to Sweet Chick. They do the most delicious homemade lemonade and the vibe there is really laid back (164 Bedford Avenue).
Steeped in NYC history, the 115 year old Bamonte’s restaurant is definitely one to check out if you’re in town. This place is old school Italian with plenty of spirit, and I hear the cheese ravioli is the die for (32 Withers Street).
If you’re a fan of snug little bars with vintage decor, then Richlane is the perfect spot. There’s even a jukebox to pick out your favourite songs (595 Union Avenue).
If you’re looking for a smoothie or juice, be sure to check out Shanti Shack, which is a relaxed cafe and work space with fresh produce daily and amazing vegetarian menu choices (85 North 3rd Street).
Spelling bees, trivia nights and open-mic events make Pete’s Candy Store more than your usual watering hole. I’d order Pete’s Cup which is a Pimms cocktail, while you listen/partake in whatever the evening’s entertainment might be.
Take a windswept selfie on East River Ferry that connects your from Brooklyn to Manhattan. A single fair is only $4. (North 6th East River)
If you’re all about the hashtag #IHaveThisThingWithFloors then you really need to get yourself and your fine looking shoes to the Reynard restaurant, within the Wythe Hotel, which has the most amazing floor tiles. (North 11th)
For an Insta-worthy donut, head to the Smorgasburg flea food market, which takes place every Saturday. (East River State Park)
So there you have it. I really hope this has given you some inspiration of where to visit if you plan on getting lost in Brooklyn, and if you’re heading to Manhattan then I’d definitely recommend not only visiting Williamsburg but walking back across the Brooklyn Bridge into the financial district when you’re done.