Brooklyn is the New place to be…

Located on the other side of the East River from New York. “What? But we’ve already been to New York last year, mum!”… That was my kids’ first reaction when I told them we were flying to New York 3 days later. (you can see the post dedicated to Manhattan and good addresses here) There is no way I can get tired of New York, and I’m always thrilled when planning to go there. Anyway, this time I wanted a change and decided to explore Brooklyn.

In a previous life, I used to travel often to New York for work. At that time, Williamsburg only was famous for its second-hand shops and a handful of trendy restaurants… Since a few years, Brooklyn has been rediscovered as it is so beautiful, peaceful and pleasant to live. Even if I already knew that it is now the place to be (and to be seen) and one of the most instagramable spots… still, I was surprised by the extend of the entire Brooklyn and so many different and charming neighborhoods.

I am sharing here the places we loved the most, a photographer delight, and my “bonnes adresses” tested and approved. Coney Island, south Brooklyn, which is also a pure enchantment, see the dedicated post here!

I want to say a huge thanks to Aurélie, creator of The Lazy Frenchie blog, fine connoisseur of Brooklyn. I took most of the addresses we tried from her.

Park Slope:

 a charming residential neighborhood, where people leave boxes full of books for free on the street or participate to the public green spaces maintenance

I met Aurélie in one of her spots, Gorilla Coffee, 97 5th Ave, Brooklyn, in Park Slope

We stopped by at the Greenplace park, a gorgeous place where you can seat, chill, or read one of the books left here by neighbors for sharing.

In Park Slope, we also had a Matcha tea and a delicious homemade cookie at L’Albero dei Gelati, 341 5th Ave, Brooklyn.

Park Slope charming streets

The most beautiful Trader Joe’s is in Brooklyn! 130 Court St, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Height:

also a charming district that we discovered on our way to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

There are several Pain Quotidien in Brooklyn, having a breakfast here is a must, as we are still longing for one in Miami… We’ve been to a very cosy and pleasant one, 121 Ave Montague, Brooklyn, enjoying excellent Pains au Chocolat.

The amazing view on Wall Street skyline from Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Dumbo:

definitively my favorite hood… Filled with industrial buildings made in red bricks, home design shops and trendy restaurants…

Shake shack, 1 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn

Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo with an amazing view on Manhattan Bridge


Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo

We had an excellent brunch at Atrium, 15 Main St, Brooklyn (you better book a table in advance…) just opposite Westelm’s flagship

Williamsburg: 

a blossoming district, filled with shops, restaurants and trendy bars

Kobra streetart spotted in Williamsburg… we have its cousin drawing in Wynwood Miami

Sea… a restaurant that was once featured in Sex and the City… I went there 10 years ago and came back this year, and I can say that it hasn’t changed at all… except it is older and greasier… I wouldn’t recommend this place for lunch, but it was nice to see its exotic decor anyway!

Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg: best place to have a wide range of beers, definitively worth a visit (or 2…), 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn

Love the industrial and creative atmosphere everywhere in Williamsburg

We also had a soothing walk through Williamsburg up to the newly opened Patisserie Tomoko, 568 Union Ave, Brooklyn, and tested their yummy matcha sweet treats.

Prospect Park:

we enjoyed a sunny refreshing afternoon here. If you have some time and some remaining energy, you can’t miss it (I recommend you to check my friend Little Normandy blog for more gorgeous pictures of this park)

Brooklyn Bridge:

I couldn’t post about Brooklyn without speaking of this iconic bridge, that I love, love, love!!! This time, we took the opportunity to walk across by night, under an amazing full moon, this was a unique moment that anyone visiting NewYork should experience…

I hope that I spread through pictures the very special atmosphere of Brooklyn and the great moment I had here. Tell me about you, are you a Manhattaner or a Brooklyner?