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Brooklyn Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Shop, Stay in Williamsburg

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Farm to table dining, stylish eclectic boutiques, indie music, and a young and fashionable vibe encompasses Williamsburg's identity.  The well loved neighborhood has evolved over the years from hipster hangout to aspirational and undeniably cool.  Here's a list of our favourite stops on our last trip over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Where to Eat:

  • Sunday In Brooklyn

Rustic wooden interiors, an open wood burning oven, classic tables adorning their buzzing sidewalk, Sunday in Brooklyn is an Instagram dream.  Grab a glass of wine and conversation at the bar or meet friends for brunch or dinner at this stylish joint. Luckily the food completely lives up to the Pinterst interiors. Creamy crab and artichoke dip, fragrant roasted vegetables, and vibrant fresh fish were all delicious during our visit.  Their menu is vegetarian friendly and full of homegrown flavours.

  • Peter Luger Steak House

There's nothing more classic than a NY Strip and Iceberg Wedge Salad while visiting New York and Peter Luger Steakhouse has been offering this menu since 1984. You'll be instantly welcomed by the buttery smell of juicy beef upon entry and the old school uniforms and decor bring all the nostalgic vibes. They only serve USDA Prime beef and have onsite dry ageing for the best flavour.  The steaks are served searing hot, and placed upon a plate, sizzling and dripping with fatty marbling.  Meat lovers will rejoice at the excellent display and every bite will tantalise and please.  Make sure to pair with a vintage prawn cocktail and a side of indulgently creamy spinach.

  • St. Anselm

Exposed brick walls, moody lighting, chalk board menus, and an open kitchen make St Anselm the ideal date night spot.  The narrow space has limited seating but that is part of the intimate charm.  You can't go wrong with their signature grass fed steak and mashed potatoes and the best part is the prices won't spoil your budget.  It feels like one of the those typical Williamsburg restaurants you see in the movies, but completely lives up to it's hipster vibe and well reviewed menu. 

  • Williamsburg Pizza

You'll be instantly attracted to the red and white striped entrance and the tempting smell of cheesy freshly prepared pizzas churned out of the open oven. It's a great spot to grab an iconic slice of NY pizza, served on a white paper plate, and one of those stops you'll make on your way back to the hotel.  Choose from circle pies or grandma squares, all adorned with homemade mozzarella, fragrant basil, perfect tomato sauce, and crisp cured meats.  You can't miss eating pizza while in NY and this little eatery won't disappoint. 

  • A-Pou's Taste 台灣阿婆的味道

It was a surprise to find Taiwanese fare at the heart of Williamsburg but A-Pou's is both authentic and mouthwatering.  Literally translated it means "Grandma's Taste" and the flavours are as comforting as dining at my grandmother's table.  The Taiwanese pork dumplings are delicately wrapped and full of juicy filling and you can't miss the satisfying wonton soup.  A must when you are craving Asian comfort food during your visit.

Where to Shop:

  • Le Grand Strip

Enter the boudoir inspired facade and you'll discover a vintage haven.  The eclectic selection is flamboyant, artistic, and romantic with many pieces being sourced from Italy and France.  You'll easily find a few designer treasures amongst the racks and it's impossible to leave without picking up a bauble from the candy like spread of costume jewellery.  The clothing is mainly from the 1980's so perfect for those who love bright colours, sequins, and a reason to stand out.

  • Brooklyn Charm

Bring out your inner jewellery designer and custom make pieces as a memento from your trip to Williamsburg.  The interactive jewellery store encourages the customer to choose from hundreds of chains and charms, designing something one of a kind and individual.  They also have vintage deadstock, rare gemstones, and classes that teach you the fine of art jewellery design.  Not only do you get something unique, but it's a great way to learn more about vintage pieces and the details that go into high quality jewellery.

  • Spoonbill & Sugartown Books

A bookworm's treasure trove, this famous bookshop sells new and used books.  They have a unique collection of rare titles concentrating on contemporary art, philosophy, and design, but also handpick thousands of books from all genres for their collection each day.  It's easy to get lost in the cozy and welcoming shop where staff are eager to help find what you need or make recommendations based on your tastes.  Don't be surprised if you lose hours browsing the stacks of well loved books and go home with more than you anticipated.

  • Catbird

Established in 2004, Catbird specializes in delicate, high quality, minimal jewellery. You'll find everything from pin prick diamond studs, to engagement rings, and boutique home fragrances.  They curate a collection of designers from all over the world but also create their own fine jewellery, all hand made in their Brooklyn studio.  The gold and stones used are conflict free and ethical and they even give tours of their large studio so you can see the process of their creative jewellers.  You can rest assured you're getting the very best when choosing to shop at Catbird.

Things to Do:

  • Nitehawk Cinema

Indie movies, comfort food, and craft cocktails, what better way to spend date night in Williamsburg?  The quirky theatre has three screens, and each seat features it's own personal sized table for dinner and drinks.  Your waiter takes your order on a small notepad and you can enjoy service throughout the artsy films.  The cute vintage vibes are a part of the novelty and it's a fun party idea to rent out one of the screens to show your favourite off beat movie.

  • Brooklyn Brewery

Take a tour of where the iconic beer is created and join one of their tasting sessions at the site. The industrial space is great for a interesting Williamsburg experience and there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the guided tour.  Brooklyn is rich in brewing history so you'll learn plenty of fun facts to recount the next time you grab a can of Brooklyn Beer. 

  • McCarren Park

There's nothing like green spaces in a busy city and McCarren Park boasts 35 acres of grass and trees.   Find plenty of sports to join, and check out the playground if you're visiting with kids.  The picturesque area is also popular for picnics so stop at Whole Foods to get a organic spread for your day lounging under the sun.  There's no better way to spend a summer's day in Williamsburg.

  • Walk or Bike Brooklyn Bridge

I think this is on many must do lists when visiting NYC or Brooklyn.  Walk or cycle the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and take that Instagram shot you've seen many times before.  You can't beat the spectacular views and it only takes 30 minutes which can be easily conquered by most fitness levels.  

Where to Stay:

  • The Williamsburg Hotel

Set at the heart of Williamsburg, The Williamsburg Hotel is a stylish urban retreat, and a perfect jumping off point for exploring the area. Located in a beautiful heritage building, the hotel boasts loft inspired design, rustic decor, and stunning modern rooms. Make sure to book a corner room where you’ll enjoy wraparound floor to ceiling windows, boasting river and city views, and a cute spacious balcony for spectacular sunsets each evening. 

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