Free writing: Brooklyn Travel Tips


Written for a travel magazine, unpublished:


"A visit to the Big Apple isn’t complete without some adventure time in Brooklyn. Brooklyn brings a slower, grungier vibe to the table than Manhattan and its fast-paced slickness. Here beautiful tattooed boys with perfectly landscaped facial hair and glorious girls in eclectic vintage outfits bejewel the streets, flitting effortlessly between the myriad of choices for where to hangout, what to eat and who to party with.


In summer, Park Slope is a great place for lazing in the sunshine and Dumbo an excellent spot for soaking up the views of Manhattan's architecture on the other side of the river.


For shopping, Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue and its side streets are littered with boutiques (try Oak for upmarket fashion), craft shops (Brooklyn Charm for DIY jewellery making) and vintage treasure (we were particularly taken with Beacon’s Closet and the Buffalo Exchange’s wares).


There’s no need to worry about shopping ’til you drop, since there’s no shortage of great places to eat here. For a quick sugar fix, head to Mamafuka’s Milk Bar for their delectable crack pie or, if you’re in need of more substantial reinforcements, try The Bagel Store for a beautiful injection of e-numbers. We’re talking rainbow bagels, baby.


At the weekend, Brooklyn boasts two large flea markets (Fort Green on Saturday and Williamsburg on Sunday) and the famous Smorgasburg food market, where you’ll get to enjoy your scrumptious street food whilst peering out at Manhattan’s skyline across the water. That’s once you’ve managed to choose what on earth to have, from the incredible array of healthy and not-so-healthy options this foodie market offers.


For an even better view, head round the corner to the Wythe Hotel and get in the queue for a cocktail or two on the hotel's rooftop bar. Another great rooftop spot is French bistro Juliette Restaurant, and if your cocktail-thirst hasn’t been quenched you can check out Extra Fancy, where dining on delicious New England style seafood whilst sipping on your Hubba Hubba (yes, really) is the name of the game. If you’re feeling carnivorous, the people at Fette Sau are barbecue and bourbon experts and St Anselm will provide meat as far the eye can see.


There are a number of places in Brooklyn where food and fun are combined, like the Union Pool Bar (eat tacos, play pool) and Miss Favela (eat steak, dance samba). For more boozing, head to Spritzenhaus for beer, the Brooklyn Brewery for more beer and Turkey’s Nest for even more beer, before ending up in The Gutter…for bowling and beer.


If you can still see straight after all that food and booze and you fancy a good stomp on a dance floor amongst the local creative crowd, head to Bushwick’s House of Yes (you may want to check the line-up and purchase tickets in advance for their events) or Dumbo’s The Lab Electric Warehouse for some electronic music that will transport you through to sunrise again.


We can’t let the ultimate hungover brunch spot go unmentioned: Sweet Chick is the place to wash down some chicken and waffles and all your sins with a bourbon bloody mary the next day. Only to start sinning all over again, because there’s just so much BK naughtiness to enjoy."


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