Sunday, August 13, 2017

Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York

Williamsburg is my favorite area in Brooklyn. There's a totally different vibe than in Manhattan, I would describe it as more European, maybe a little East London. I spent many Saturdays and Sundays in Williamsburg to escape the busy streets across the bridge. If you're visiting New York, I would highly recommend taking the city bike (or walk) over the Williamsburg Bridge and explore this area for a day. Although I already made a complete New York guide, I've put together this little guide for all of you who want to visit Williamsburg when you're in NYC. 
Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York

All of the places I mention below are also pinned on my New York city map and guide. Check out the guide for hundreds (yes hundreds) of other recommendations. 


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


FOOD 

Williamsburg has some great restaurants, some of which you'll also find in Manhattan but also others which are one-of-a-kind and definitely-worth-a-visit (Lilia!!). On Saturdays, you'll also find one of the best food markets here in Williamsburg, namely Smorgasburg. 

Five Leaves - Technically Greenpoint not Williamsburg, but it's a 5 minute walk away. Probably the best pancakes in New York. Actually, everything is delicious here, of course, it's Australian. 

Sauvage - Plan B if the wait at Five Leaves is too long. Very pretty Cuban-inspired interior and tasty brunch food.
Cafe Collette - A French-sounding but not-so-French brunch spot in Williamsburg. They’re famous for their burger & fries.
Lilia - Williamsburg’s hottest new Italian in a super cool location and the best pink peppercorn mafaldini you’ll ever have. Only open for dinner, reservations absolutely mandatory (unless you're very lucky).
Smorgasburg - Giant food market with every type of food you can imagine. Get the Home Frites. 
Gotan - Always an excellent brunch/lunch/snack/coffee option. I love their chocolate cookies and their avo toast and beet salad are the best!
Diviera Dive - Only on sunny and warm days. The ultimate chill holiday vibes in the middle of Williamsburg. The pizzas and salads are great along with some pitchers of beer! 


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York

Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


COFFEE

I didn't get the chance to explore many coffee places in Williamsburg, but there's a couple which are always good. 

Blue Bottle - I love the iced lattes here! 

Toby's Estate - For the best cortado, come here. It's pretty spacious so good to chill for a while.
Freehold - This is a great work-space for freelancers, and they have a well-stocked coffee/snack bar.

Grade Coffee - the cutest coffee window you'll find! 
Le Labo Williamsburg by La Colombe - take a break from smelling perfumes with a strong coffee (it's genius no?)


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


ROOFTOPS/BARS
The best thing about rooftops in Williamsburg is that you have this incredible view over Manhattan. There are a couple or great rooftops and bars in the area. Make sure to check out parties like Tiki Disco, Mr Sunday and Bäbel during the summer months, they're the best rooftop parties!

William Vale - Boutique luxury hotel in Williamsburg. Fun location and amazing amenities, pool and rooftop. 
Northern Territory Large and very relaxed rooftop in Williamsburg/Greenpoint. 
Whythe - One of the best rooftops in Williamsburg with an incredible view. Pricey drinks but no tip needed. 
Freehold - Kind of all-in-one place with a bar, café, work spaces and outdoor courtyard perfect to enjoy a couple of beers and truffle fries. At night there are usually parties!
Spritzenhaus - Beergarden type of place in Williamsburg. Nice vibe on sunny days. 
Output - Big dance club in Williamsburg where big parties are hosted. Check the website to see which parties are on.

Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


SHOPPING
Bedford Avenue and all the streets that run accross are the best places to shop in Williamsburg. You get everything from vintage stores to Sandro, Maje, Urban Outfitters and even an Apple Store. 

Catbird - Popular but tiny fine jewellery and gift shop on Bedford Ave. Love everything about this place!
Crossroads - For thrift shoppers this is a must-go. Almost-new clothing with a really good price tag. They also sell designer clothing, mostly under $50. 
City Acres - Food shop similar to Whole Foods but with different brands. I love that they have Juice Brothers juices from Amsterdam here!

Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York


Make sure you end the day by the water, or on the Williamsburg Bridge. It's quite the scene...


Williamsburg Mini Guide | New York

I hope you'll like this little part of Brooklyn as much as I do! 

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