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The Williamsburg Guide

As my brief time in Williamsburg comes to a close due to the L train closing, I wanted to share with you my favorite places to visit in this charming Brooklyn neighborhood.

Shop

Whisk

231 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

For your kitchen supply needs, they have a great selection of cookware, coffee makers, flatware and more.

Concrete + Water

485 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Minimalist clothing store carrying brands like Janessa Leone, Paloma Wool, Shaina Mote and Solid & Striped. In true Williamsburg style, the back of the store houses a plant shop curated by Rooted.

Bird

203 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A high end clothing store carrying brands like Acne, APC, Rachel Comey and Mansur Gavriel.

Dobbin Street Co-op

37 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Vintage furniture store selling midcentury modern inspired pieces.

PS9 Pet Supplies

169 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A pet supply shop selling toys, clothing, leashes and organic dog food.

Mini Jake

178 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

My favorite kids boutique for clothing and toys. They carry a lot of non toxic brands.

Credo Beauty

99 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Eco friendly beauty supply store selling skincare by Tata Harper, natural deodorants and cruelty free make up by the industry’s leading brands.

Sprout Home

59 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Amazing plant store selling many varieties of flowers, cacti, seeds and house plants. Their sister home goods store across the street is also worth a visit.

Catbird

219 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Trendy jewelry boutique most notable for their stackable gold rings. The perfect gifts for ever woman in your life.

Leif

99 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A home good store with a bohemian beauty vibe. I love to shop their cashmere blankets, marble coasters and embroidered linens.

Mociun

224 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Handcrafted ceramics, jewelry and home objects by local designers.

Beam

240 Kent Ave #18, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A design shop selling housewares, furniture, mirrors and more. Stop by for the perfect gift.

Supreme

152 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The infamous skateboard brand’s Brooklyn outpost.

Brunch

Cafe Mogador

133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Trendy mediterranean spot near the Wythe Hotel. Expect to wait in line at all times of day, but their brunch scene is my favorite.

The Butcher’s Daughter

271 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Williamsburg outpost of the people vegetarian chain. Expect cute decor, instagram-worthy dishes and delicious kale Cesar salads.

Five Leaves

18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

A very popular brunch spot which is technically on the border with Greenpoint but had to be added to this list for its delicious avocado toast and ridiculously long brunch lines.

Egg Shop

138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Ridiculously delicious and healthy bowls, sandwiches and toasts all prepared with perfectly cooked eggs - any way you prefer.

The Bedford

110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The quintessential Sunday in Brooklyn brunch spot where you can find delicious eggs benedict, burgers and other comfort foods in a cozy environment with great coffee.

Sunday in Brooklyn

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

When high profile chefs come together to create an open kitchen, with a seasonal menu featuring buttery pancakes, chia bowls and egg and cheese sandwiches, there is bound to be a line outside come the weekend. Must try because this probably the best brunch I had in Williamsburg.

Lunch

Mekelburg’s Domino

319 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A Jewish inspired deli that stands out for its hipster culture in a neighborhood dominated by Hasidim. Their chocolate babka is to die for and the onsite cafe serves sandwiches, bagels and more.

12 Chairs

342 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

An authentic Israeli restaurant serving delicious hummus, falafel and local Israeli wines.

Sauvage

905 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

If you don’t feel like waiting out the lines at Five Leaves across the street, this French brasserie is a great alternative for breakfast or lunch.

Dig Inn

166 N 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Williamsburg outpost of the Manhattan based farm to table chain is the perfect spot to get a lunch bowl with seasonal, organic and local ingredients.

Cafe Colette

79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Delicious lunch options and a super Instagram worthy setting will remind you are in Brooklyn in no time. Their outdoor seating is perfect for a spring weekend lunch.

Dinner

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A trendy and always busy late night spot most known for their extensive oyster and drinks menu. The dinner food is equally delicious.

Llama Inn

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A Peruvian inspired restaurant an open fire kitchen serving classics like ceviche and pisco sours as well as more curated dishes with unexpected ingredients. They do a Sunday roast which is not be missed.

Lilia

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

The most difficult reservation in Williamsburg from chef Missy Robbins. Hand crafted pastas, Sicilian wines, homemade chocolate gelato and so much more. I would recommend to do a walk in and you might just get lucky enough to score a table.

Marlow & Sons

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A new American restaurant with delicious bread from Wolf Bakery and a cozy atmosphere with dim lighting and a cabin in the woods vibe. The attention to detail in the decor adds to the vibe.

Ume

237 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg’s most authentic omakase experience with a truly Japanese vibe. Sit on the floor - shoes off - and drink endless amounts of Japanese green tea as you devour sushi, sashimi, and Japanese hand rolls made with the freshest fish.

Beauty

Amika Salon

204 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn,NY 11249

For on the go hair care from blowouts, to updos, highlights and more, this salon is a better version of the neighborhood’s local Drybar.

pH7 Nails and Sugaring

227 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The best eco manicure in the city- hands down. Their eco friendly cal gel lasts better than any other gel manicure and is toxic free. The salon also offers sugar waxing which is a better for you alternative for hair removal.

Skin by Molly

102 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

My favorite find in the neighborhood is this specialty skincare spa that offers all sorts of treatments from micro current and LED therapy to peels, Vitamin C masks and more. They carry California based skincare brand DMK which is hard to find anywhere else.

Treatment by Lanshin

129 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

For a more holistic approach to beauty, this specialized spa offers body work, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, nutritional guidance and much more.

Coffee

Swallow Cafe

205 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

My local coffee shop perfect for a morning cold brew or a winter drip. They also do speciality drinks like Jacques Torres hot chocolate, CBD lattes and kombucha on tap.

Sweatshop

232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A coffee shop and cafe with Australian vibes. They serve full on breakfast like eggs, avocado toast and more to compliment your coffee.

Toby’s Estate

125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Williamsburg outpost of this popular coffee shop is spacious and perfect for lounging, meetings and a casual weekend breakfast.

Devocion

69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Carefully sourced Colombian coffee served in a light-filled, brick-lined space with leather sofas. They also brew their beans on site so the shop looks like a mini coffee factory.

Bakeri

150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Old-world bakery and cafe featuring a variety of Scandinavian breads, pastries and sandwiches. Their chocolate chips cookies are better than Levain Bakery, in my humble opinion.

The End

522 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you are in the mood for a superfood latte, this is the place to go. Very under the radar but serving up everything from adaptogenic matcha lattes to golden milks and unicorn drinks, get your CBD, blue majik and ashwaghanda fix in this cafe.

Workout

East River Pilates

180 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

My favorite of the 3 Williamsburg locations is across the street from McCarren Park. Their cardio based class will get you sweating in no time and the stretch class offers a unique alternative to a standard yoga flow.

Skyting Yoga

43 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

My favorite yoga studio in Brooklyn is perfect for a low key weekend workout when you want to do something but are feeling lazy. Flows are laid back and many classes are more restorative than active.

Y7 Studio

170 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Williamsburg outpost of the popular hot yoga chain. Classes are always full and fill up fast so be sure to book in advance and arrive on time because their door policy is strict.

Modo Yoga

109 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A hot yoga studio with classes ranging from 60 to 75 minutes. The studio has two rooms and both are large and spacious, making it a better alternative to the West Village hq.

Soulcycle

196 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg outpost of the popular spin studio.

Things to do

MNDFL

208 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A modern meditation studio that offers classes and workshop to calm your NYC-induced anxiety.

The William Vale

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

I think of this hotel as an activity in itself- the 9th floor pool is perfect for lounging in the summer. Westlight, the rooftop bar, offers the best sunset views of Manhattan and can be pretty fun on a night out. The hotel is also constantly hosting events in wellness, fashion and food. Visit Du’s Donuts on the first floor for donuts and coffee.

Nitehawk

136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

An indie movie theater that serves coconut oil covered popcorn, Brooklyn Brewery beers, kale salads and craft cocktails.

Williamsburg Cinemas

217 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The local movie theater playing blockbusters and the occasional indie film.

McCarren Park

776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

My local dog park, farmer’s market and chill out spot screens free outdoor movies in the summer, has its own pool, running track, tennis courts and more. In my humble opinion, McCarren park may be smaller than Central Park or Prospect Park, but you get way more out of it and its never overly crowded.

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A fun Williamsburg hang out for live music, bowling and drinks. Perfect for date night.

Domino Park

Entrances are along Kent Avenue at South 5th Street, South 3rd Street, and Grand Street.

The newly opened Domino Park is a fun place to hang out in the summer and has lounge chairs for tanning, first come first serve.