Williamsburg is probably the coolest and most laid back neighborhood in NYC. Once an industrial neighborhood full of factories and later populated predominantly by Jewish, Italians, and Puerto Rican immigrants. It gained the popularity of artists in the early 1990s due to cheap housing and easy access to Manhattan. It is connected with a single stop on the L train to Bedford Avenue, where most of the restaurants and hotels are located.
Lets get into the list of what makes Williamsburg so special:
1. Trendy Hotels
If you like stylish hotels, then Williamsburg is the neighborhood for you in NYC. There are many amazing options of where to stay that will look very cool on your grid. My favorite has to be where we stayed, the Williamsburg Hotel. This boutique hotel design is what sparked my interest, exposed brick with pops of color, like the rainbow yarn installation above the bar. Make sure to request a room on the building’s east side for the best view from your balcony.
Other hotels you might want to check out are The Wythe, William Vale and Hoxton.
2. Coffee Fix
The coffee scene in Williamsburg is perfect for coffee lovers like ourselves. Some of our favorite coffee shops are Blue Bottle Coffee, Devoción, Toby’s Estate and Bakeri.
Williamsburg has become a culinary destination in NYC, with a vast selection of restaurants to choose from. We had the opportunity to try a few like Summerly, Shelter, Seven Seeds and Butcher’s Daughter. I wish we had more time to try two famous Italian restaurants, Roberta’s and Lilia. I also heard from a few people that brunch at Sunday in Brooklyn and at House of Small Wonder are not to be missed. Some other amazing options for dinner are Monarch Theatre, Maison Premiere and Llama Inn.
For a sweet treat, make sure to try Du’s Donuts, Woops and Gelateria Gentile.
The street art in Williamsburg is without a doubt the best we have ever seen, even the billboards are painted there. Besides that, you can find so many art galleries to explore and make sure to visit the WAH Center too.
Some of the best rooftop bars of NYC are in Williamsburg and have the best view of Manhattan. Don’t miss cocktails with a view at Westlight and Lemon’s, some other cool bars include The Water Tower and Freehold.
Williambursg is known for its vintage and sustainable shops. You must visit Berlin65, The Better Shop, Le Labo, Bedford Cheese Shop and Antoinette. The best streets for shopping are Bedford Avenue and Grand Street.
7. Flea Market
You can expect yo find just about everything from vintage Chanel to house decor and local designer items at the Brooklyn Flea Market. It takes place at 51 N. 6th St every Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM from April to October.
I hope you have found this quick Williamsburg Guide helpful and enticing enough to make it want to visit it! Please follow me on instagram if you don’t already here. Also have you seen my list of 15 instagram spots in Dubai?