The very best things to do in Brooklyn
Most visitors to New York still choose to stay near the neon lights of Times Square and sightsee their way through the attractions of Midtown. While Manhattan has clear draws, it’s also worthwhile venturing out to New York’s other neighborhoods. The second most popular of the five boroughs, and most multicultural, is Brooklyn, which covers everywhere from hipster Williamsburg to the leafy streets of Park Slope. Here are the top things to do in Brooklyn on your trip…
Lively music and nightlife
With amazing nightlife options, we’d definitely recommend crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to explore Brooklyn. Regularly cited as one of the best music venues in the US, Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl is a restaurant, bowling alley and gig venue rolled into one and is definitely one of the top top things to do in Brooklyn. Try your hand on the sixteen-lane bowling alley before taking a seat at the Blue Ribbon restaurant and sampling beer brewed right in the borough.
Speaking of beer, the borough’s microbrewery, located in Brooklyn’s Northside, is increasingly a hit with visitors and New Yorkers alike. Inside this warehouse-style building, you can sample five different brews for only $20. Take a free tour of the brewery to find out exactly how your favorite drinks are created. The tour guides and servers are enthusiastic and can guide you in the right direction about what to choose. Plus, there’s a pizza truck and picnic tables – what more could you ask for?
A food market extravaganza not to be missed, Smorgasburg first appeared as part of the Williamsburg Flea but it’s now expanded to Prospect Park. With 100 vendors, including Red Hook Lobster Pound, Milk Truck Grilled Cheese and Best Buds Burritos (carne asada burritos with French fries inside) selling their grub, our advice is to visit on an empty stomach!
Heaven for carnivores, the 120 year old Peter Luger Steakhouse is a classic American establishment that’s been voted the best New York Steakhouse for the past 30 years. Brooklyn has a strong Italian influence and a great place to get your pizza and pasta fix is Roberta’s, a shabby-chic restaurant known for its flavorsome wood-fired pizzas.
Tucked away in the often overlooked area of Vinegar Hill, a short walk from Dumbo, the quaint Vinegar Hill House offers new American cooking with a focus on seasonal ingredients, such as chicken liver mousse and inventive desserts. It’s decorated in salvaged furniture and the patio area boasts fairy lights and flowers, making it the cutest restaurant in Brooklyn.
Wonderful Botanic Garden
With around 12,000 types of plants on display, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Prospect Park is one of the prettiest places in the city. You’ll never get to cover all 52 acres but taking in the gorgeous cherry blossoms and the peaceful Japanese garden are definitely worth the trip. If you’re looking for things to do in Brooklyn with kids, the Children’s Garden (the oldest dedicated children’s garden in the world) will keep all ages entertained. Best of all – it’s free!
An art gallery to rival Manhattan’s finest? You got it! If culture is on your list of things to do in Brooklyn then a visit to the Brooklyn Museum is a must. At 560,000 square feet, it’s the second largest art gallery in the city and has hosted some interesting exhibitions in recent years, such as the acclaimed showcase of fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. There are also works by acclaimed artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper on display.
Williamsburg Flea Market
A visit to The Williamsburg Flea Market is one of the interesting things to in Brooklyn at the weekend. Every weekend, thrifty fashionistas, vintage lovers and bargain hunters descend on the Flea Market in Williamsburg to browse antiques and second-hand clothes, books and everything in between. Goods on offer have become increasingly hipster (think retro car plates and old band t-shirts) but it’s still well worth poking through the 100 stalls and experiencing the vibrant atmosphere.
They are just some of our favorite things to do in Brooklyn. What are yours?!
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