Insider’s Guide to Brooklyn: DUMBO

Welcome to the Insider’s Guide to Brooklyn, our personal guide to every single neighborhood of our favorite borough. Each week, we’ll be hanging out with some of our favorite local residents to visit their essential shops, cafes, eateries, and more to inspire your next day trip in Brooklyn, New York.

Wondering why these pictures are looking a little snowier than usual? That’s because we explored the neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn with blogger partners-in-crime Rachel and Nicole Effendy – the sisters behind Rachel et Nicole – during nothing other than Storm Jonas. (As in, remember that time it snowed so much that the public transportation in New York City shut down? Our adventurous intern Apneet Kaur boldly ventured outside with her camera and the blogger duo anyways.)

Rachel and Nicole have been living in the neighborhood for more than six years, so they’ve watched as DUMBO has grown into the art gallery/tech startup mecca that it’s become today. Read on for their take on the best places to visit the next time you’re in the neighborhood:

Rachel et Nicole for Classic Specs.
Rachel et Nicole for Classic Specs.

Brunch: AlMaR

AlMar restaurant in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
AlMar restaurant in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel wears the Classic Specs Rosalind Glasses.
Rachel wears the Classic Specs Rosalind Glasses.

WHERE: 111 Front Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: “We have been going to AlMar since we moved here six years ago. It’s just the perfect neighborhood spot. Rachel claims that they have the best cafe mocha in the city, and our favorite brunch order is the Egg in the Cloud. It’s divine!” – Nicole.


SHOP: Shibui

Japanese Vintage shop Shibui offers unique finds for the antique and vintage lover.
Japanese Vintage shop Shibui offers unique finds for the antique and vintage lover.
Rachel tries on a Kimono at Shibui.
Rachel tries on a Kimono at Shibui.

WHERE: 38 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: “We have frequented Shibui since they were selling their authentic Japanese items in Vinegar Hill. They have only recently moved to Dumbo and we couldn’t be more thrilled. If we ever decide to redecorate our kitchen, we can only imagine the amount of Japanese cutlery and furniture that we would end up getting from there. Their kimonos are also have a special place in our heart- they have only the most beautiful and intricate pieces. Such a gem of a find!” – Rachel et Nicole.


CREATE: Creatively Wild Art Studio

Rachel at Creatively Wild Art Studio.
Nicole at Creatively Wild Art Studio.
Creatively Wild Art Studio.
Creatively Wild Art Studio.

WHERE: 33 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: “This is a little neighborhood secret. A room full of color and glitter – our heaven. We met the founder, Donna-Maree, through a dear friend of mine. Donna-Maree has art classes for kids and adults, and her studio is really a space for true, uninhibited expression where we can explore our creative freedom.” – Rachel et Nicole.


Read: Powerhouse Arena

Powerhouse Arena Bookstore in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Powerhouse Arena Bookstore in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel et Nicole at Powerhouse Arena.
Rachel et Nicole at Powerhouse Arena.

WHERE: 37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: “Powerhouse Arena is exactly what it name says it is: it’s a bookstore powerhouse with an ‘arena’ within it. Not only do they have a myriad of selections of book, but we often frequent it for its talks and author reading sessions. Their inbuilt mini amphitheater makes it friendly for such events, and also a great meeting for minds alike!” – Rachel et Nicole.


Treat: One Girl Cookies

Rachel et Nicole at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel et Nicole at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel et Nicole in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel et Nicole in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

WHERE: 33 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: “This place will soon be two girl cookies, considering the amount of times we come here to sit in our little corner to work on our little laptops. On weekdays, One Girl Cookies is our go-to when we meet friends or do work. Their cupcakes are TO DIE FOR. The spiked-shape icing on their cupcakes add that extra dash of individuality which is something we both strive in our expressions as well.” – Rachel et Nicole.


Rachel wears the Classic Specs Rosalind Glasses.
Rachel wears the Classic Specs Rosalind Glasses.
Nicole wears the Classic Specs Knickerbocker Sunglasses.
Nicole wears the Classic Specs Knickerbocker Sunglasses in Dark & Stormy.

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Have a favorite spot in DUMBO that wasn’t on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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