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.
Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s especially near and dear to us – it’s where we first started Classic Specs at the Brooklyn Flea. Although we’ve grown since then, it’s a neighborhood that we’ll always call home (and in fact, still do). That’s why for this week’s edition of Insider’s Guide to Brooklyn, we tapped our good friends (and fashionable Williamsburg-dwellers) Landon McGregor of Fashion Goggled, Lauren Gould of The Marcy Stop, and Erica Lavelanet of The Fashion Philosophy, to show us around their favorite spots off the Bedford stop on the L train. From quaint coffee shops to Brazilian eateries, read on to see the trio’s Williamsburg picks:
WHERE: 236 North 12th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
WHY: “If you’re looking for a quiet, chill lunch in Williamsburg, check out Urban Rustic. It’s a somewhat hidden gem right across from McCarren Park. I’m obsessed with their smoothies and granola bowls.” – Landon.
WHERE: 378 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211
WHY: “Don’t let the curiously-named sandwiches and their ingredients deter you – these are some of the best and most original sandwiches in Brooklyn. They’re packed with veggies and stacked up on delicious homemade focaccia that you’ll be dreaming about long after the last bite.” – Lauren.
The Bakeshop by woops
WHERE: 548 Driggs Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
WHY: “This is the perfect place for a morning meeting or to grab a quick coffee before I hop on the L train. The light is always amazing inside (perfect for insta snaps of your latte) and their sweet treats are pretty drool-worthy too. Their macarons also make for fab, colorful last-minute gifts.” – Lauren.
WHERE: 57 South Fifth Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
WHY: “First off, the building and pastel signage itself is enough to make you think you’re in Rio. Once you step in, you’re transported to a favela of Brazil complete with Bossa Nova nights and Acai on deck.” – Landon.
WHERE: 242 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211
WHY: “Dépanneur is the perfect pit stop on a lovely day in the neighborhood. I live right around the corner and find myself popping by after a day full of errands. The sandwich and coffee bar also boasts a fancy mini-market with delicious additions and a baked goods for your sweet tooth. Pop in for coffee or grab one of Williamsburg’s best sandies.” – Landon.