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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

1. Bagelsmith

This bagel emporium can be found at Lorimer/Metropolitan Avenue junction, as well on hipster haven Bedford avenue.

They stock the biggest selection of bagel flavours I’ve ever seen; as well as any type of filling imaginable. Add to this an array of organic muffins, cookies and healthy smoothies, making Bagelsmith a must for breakfast in Williamsburg.

2. Blind Barber

Blind Barber is the funkiest bar/cafe I found in the Williamsburg area. It’s a little off the main thoroughfare, located about 3/4 minutes walk down Lorimer Avenue at Lorimer/Ainslie Street. During the day you can have a relax with a coffee and some breakfast/lunch; at night sample an array of craft beer served by the can, bottle and on draft. The quirkiest thing about Blind Barber though – out the back there is a barber shop area. Have a beer, then nip out for a short back and sides! Beautiful branding too.

3. Budin 

Technically not in Williamsburg, but at only two stops north on the G train, I thought it still warranted to be included. Why? Because Budin is one of the coolest coffee shops in this area.

Budin is a Nordic inspired coffee establishment on Greenpoint Avenue, catch the G train at Metropolitan Avenue to make your way to this delightfully modern coffee house. The space is pretty huge for a coffee shop; clean lines, modern coffee bar and minimal Scandinavian inspired design features throughout. They also have a light and airy ‘beer-garden’ style outdoor area at the back, making this place a cool place to unwind even on the sunniest of days.

They pride themselves on stocking a variety of imported and local coffee blends including roasts from Berlin, Japan and Brooklyn. As well as the gorgeous beverages they also curate an inspiring array of beautiful design items for sale around the store. Cool typographic books, household gadgets and coffee accessories to name a few. A really trendy and welcoming place to spend a few hours in Brooklyn.

4. Greenpoint Tavern

Greenpoint Tavern is a very happening American style bar – leather bar stools, booths and a huge beer selection. – located on hipster capital of the world (probably!) Bedford Avenue.

The interior resembles many bars seen in movies set in New York; and although it can get crowded, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. A great selection of draft local and international beers and spirits, as well as some really trendy craft beers. The space isn’t huge but this adds to the appeal of the place.

Check out the ever-changing hanging decorations throughout the bar; which change depending on season and holiday period. Really cool little bar.

5. Manhattan View

This may seem a little obvious or ‘touristy’, but the view from the end of Metropolitan Avenue, looking back across the water to Manhattan is simply spectacular. And free, you don’t get much for free in New York!

The view is available from many parts of Brooklyn, including the beautiful Brooklyn Park and Dumbo; however, if you stroll past Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, continuing right to the end of Metropolitan Avenue; you get the must wonderful view of the legendary Manhattan skyline. Breath-taking stuff.