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New York Travel Guide: Brooklyn, Williamsburg & Dumbo

Travel Guides Sep 3, 2018

How to Plan Your New York Trip

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the first of a series of New York guides… Brooklyn!

For the last few years my brother and his wife have lived in New York, first in the East Village and then for a few years in the leafy Brooklyn neighbourhood of Park Slope. For that reason I feel like I’ve had a really amazing insider’s guide to Brooklyn, one of my favourite parts of the city. And in case you think Brooklyn is just the hip area of Williamsburg, think again. There is so much more to explore!  If you’re at the start of planning your trip, check out this post!

New York Travel Guide: Brooklyn, Williamsburg & Dumbo


The Wythe Hotel, originally a textile factory in Williamsburg, has a stunning view over Manhattan. Make sure to also check out their rooftop cocktail bar, The Ides!

Or check out Brooklyn One, with another great rooftop located in Dumbo.

Eat & Drink

We had one of our favourite meals at St Anselm, a cosy, unassuming spot with an all women chef team. Grab a drink in the garden next door while you wait.

My brother and his wife swear by the Peruvian at Llama Inn, and I LOVED it.

Lilia is sooo hard to get into, with good reason. We had another delicious meal here!

Have the best pizza of your life in Bushwick at Roberta’s.

You’ll probably want to stop into the Toby’s Estate which is pretty much the epicentre of Williamsburg.

Designed by Home Studios, Sisters is great for either lunch, dinner or even cocktails.

In the mood for a good ol’ flat white or avo toast? Head to Sweatshop. An Australian inspired coffee shop in Williamsburg.

Grab some delicious Mexican at Park Life.

Drop into the courtyard of La Esquina (outpost of the famous ‘restaurant hidden behind a diner door’ in Soho).

Looking for a breakfast spot? Try out the Egg Shop!

Fancy a chocolate-y treat? Check out Mast Brothers.

Have another gastro pub style meal at Marlow & Sons.

On a nice day, a trip down to the waterfront at Smorgasburg is a must. Go with an empty belly, and expect crazy crowds and the newest of the new food fads.

See & Do

Walk the the neighbourhood of Williamsburg, checking out Berry, Bedford and Wythe Aves. I love just wandering around here because there’s always something new!

Check out Catbird for gorgeous jewellery.

Go for a picnic or walk in Prospect Park.

Check out Baggu for their practical, on trend bags.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (get up early to beat the crowds).

Explore Homecoming‘s lovely shop in Greenpoint for an eclectic selection of plants, home deco and coffee.

Drop by the Brooklyn Flea Market (check the website for locations and days) for some unique vintage finds.

Early on the Brooklyn Bridge

Wandering Dumbo

Shopping on Wythe Avenue

Scouting at the Brooklyn Flea Market

Alllll the mud cloth

Breakfast, anyone?

Pretty interiors in Williamsburg

Down under manhattan Bridge

Brooklyn Flea

Master Brothers

Stay tuned for the other guides in this series!

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