The eclectic influences of Bellerose originate partly from the epicenter of Brooklyn, Williamsburg; the district with a diverse mixture of creativity and passion found in the quaint streets. Filled with inventive restaurants, bars, vintage shops, street art, art galleries and more, it is the utopia for hipsters. Just one bridge away from Manhattan, the municipality can be found. Today, we guide you through our favorite places in Williamsburg. Before proceeding reading, reserve some time in your agenda because you will need to heed this hipster spot!
How to start your day better than with a good cup of coffee? Coffee is brought to an almost rocket science level at Blue Bottle Coffee, where the coffee is brewed with high precision to let you enjoy the peak flavor of the beans. Choose American style for a coffee to go or relax and have a sit. After this caffeine shot, head to the main avenue where the utopia continues.
The main avenue, Bedford Avenue, takes you from Williamsburg Bridge all the way to McCarren Park. A bustling street lined with boutiques, restaurants and bars. Do you want to escape from the hustle and bustle? Steer off the main avenue in the quieter surrounding streets and catch the details of design and character the district has. Don’t miss the works of one of the most influential (Belgian) street artists around the world, ROA. His distinctive black and white street art contains a lot of symbolism so take some time to explore his story behind the animals. One of his famous works, a large squirrel, can be found on the side of Blue Bottle Coffee.
Additionally, close to here Artists and Fleas is located, a vintage marketplace with a contemporary twist. It is the place to find unique designs from local artists and vintage clothing.
On Saturday’s in Williamsburg? Make sure that you don’t miss out of Smorgasburg, dubbed “The Woodstock of Eating”. This open-air market is a hotspot in the neighborhood bringing about 30,000 food lovers together at the waterfront. At Smorgasburg you can find 100 local vendors to suit all tastes. As if that is not enough, you can rejoice in the view of New York’s skyline. Savor it all!
Not the lucky one to spend a Saturday in Williamsburg? No worries, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy typical American food. One of our favorite places is Dumont Burger, and we are not alone. From all parts of the city, people sink their teeth into this restaurant and their terrific burgers. We highly recommend!
We simply love details and we found a chocolate maker that feels the same about that; Mast. The bearded and quintessentially hipster brothers have a flagship location in Williamsburg where their inspirational simplicity can be found back. Contrasting tastes are melted together in original ways, ever heard of chocolate flavored beer? Worth a visit!
Mast Brooklyn, 111 N. 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11249, www.mastbrothers.com
It is no secret that vintage can be found anywhere in the district. Besides a number of vintage shops, there is a vintage dive bar named the Guttur. Do you have some energy left after all your strolling? This bar has besides drinks a bowling alley where you could play some games in a no-nonsense, vintage setting.