Introducing Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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For the millennial crowd, Williamsburg is the centre of New York life.

Williamsburg is like Shoreditch’s younger, cooler, less crowded cousin. The main street, Bedford Avenue, is lined with boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. Excluding the obligatory Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts (which really are on every corner), chains are kept to a minimum and the street is always lined with people as a result.

We were only there for four days and, with a mountain of quirky shops, live music, flea markets and countless places to eat and drink, it was impossible to do more than scrape the surface of what Williamsburg has to offer. Nonetheless, here are a few of our favourite places from the trip.

Bars

The Whiskey Brooklyn
44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY

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We stumbled upon this place while looking for a place to shelter from the rain. We chose well. The atmosphere is buzzing, the (primarily whiskey-based) cocktails are delicious AND there’s a shuffleboard table.

Extra Fancy
302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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Extra Fancy is famous for its seafood but don’t rule it out as a drinking joint. They have a delicious cocktail menu and are open until 4am. Before you ask, a lobster roll is definitely an acceptable late-night snack.

The Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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A stunning view of Manhattan makes this rooftop bar the ultimate sunset stop-off.

Food
WILD
340 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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Like The Whiskey, our discovery of WILD was a happy accident at the end of a desperate search for brunch. A gluten-free Italian restaurant set in a vine-covered greenhouse, the brunch menu combines staples like eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes with more inventive creations like poached egg and truffle pizza.

The West
379 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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This rustic coffeehouse is the perfect place to grab a speedy breakfast on the way into town. Choose from a simple but tasty selection of pastries, delicious bagels and breakfast burritos and wash it down with iced coffee.

Kellogg’s Diner
514 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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If you’re anything like me, you can’t leave New York without eating at a diner at least once. And Kellogg’s is the real deal – simple menu, packed with locals and open 24/7. Try the chocolate shake – it’s just the right level of unhealthy.

Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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The ultimate destination for chicken and waffle fans. The food is All-American – and definitely not for those who prefer their pancakes to be made from quinoa. Personally, I loved it.

Shopping
Beacon’s Closet
23 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Beacon’s Closet is a renowned mecca for vintage fans. Dedicate an hour at the very least to treasure hunting, Unusually, the clothes and accessories are organised by colour, making it difficult to find anything on purpose.

Brooklyn Flea
Various locations around Brooklyn 

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UK vintage lovers will be pleasantly surprised by Brooklyn flea. Taking place in locations around Brooklyn every weekend, there’s an impressive array of stalls and some amazing bargains (I picked up a record in perfect condition for $1).

Artists and Fleas
70 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY

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Another flea market, Artists and Fleas has a location in Chelsea Market, as well as in Williamsburg. The range of vendors sell everything from clothes and jewellery to artwork and books – all vintage, of course.

Ruby and Scarlett
265 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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This gorgeous boutique sells classy clothes with a fun, youthful edge. The staff are very friendly too.

Catbird
219 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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Principally a jewellery store, the lovely ladies at Catbird also sell a range of beautiful things you never knew you needed. Think scented candles, delicate stationery and organic make up, all presented in lovely, handmade packaging.

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