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Walking in Williamsburg


Guide for a full day out in Williamsburg from brunch at a laid back french bistro to the Museum of Food and sweeping views of Manhattan at the William Vale.

Perry S.Perry S.

Perry  is a husband and Dad with a love for planning beautiful outings for family and  friends from New York to Nafplion. He loves shooting photos of the streets of the city and thinks Battery Park City remains one of the most underrated corners of Manhattan.

Le BarricouRestaurants & Cafes
Hip, laid-back French bistro in East Williamsburg that's popular for weekend brunch.
(718) 782-7372website
533 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This laid-back French bistro on Grand is the perfect lazy Saturday or Sunday spot. A delicious brunch serving french classics like a Croque Madame alongside American favorites like Pancakes and their caramelized country French Toast. Grab a Bloody Mary and enjoy!

Grade CoffeeCoffee
Tiny, down-to-earth coffee shop serving a rotating selection of choice brews, plus baked goods.
(347) 987-4740website
101 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

At about this time your caffeine or cocktail (s) from brunch will likely be starting to wear off. If you are in need of a little pick-me-up head to Grade Coffee. It’s the perfect pit stop to refuel. Swing by the green door and grab a shot + something sweet and keep moving.

Rough Trade NYCMusic & Records
Venerable independent record store for obscure & mainstream CDs & vinyl, plus live music & a bar.
(718) 388-4111website
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

From Grade Coffee you’ll be just a 3 minute walk to Rough Trade. The store has its roots in 1970s West London. The store remains a unique place partly due to the fact that it has survived through the ups and downs of physical record sales and partly because of just how large of a store it is. The Williamsburg location is the brand’s largest store. Checkout their vinyl collection, take in some live music or have a drink. Whatever you prefer, it’s the perfect way for a music lover to spend an afternoon.

Concrete + WaterClothing boutiques
Cool boutique showcasing casual-chic designer men & women's apparel, plus housewares.
(917) 909-1828website
485 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Concrete + Water is an online and brick and mortar lifestyle boutique born in Brooklyn. Concrete + Water is from the city, but not necessarily of it. As inspired by the vibrant colors of the tropics as the muted tones of the street, Concrete + Water’s apparel, accessories, and homewares lend a carefree note to classic style. Both the store itself and the goods selected embody the belief that quality design is universal and can take you anywhere.

Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) LabMuseums
$14 for adults free for kids under 5 | Featuring edible & aromatic exhibits, this creative museum provides education on food & drink.
(718) 387-2845website
62 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

MOFAD is a unique place. It’s really a living, smelling, craving, tasty museum. The goal is to inspire public curiosity about food, what it means, and how it connects with the world around us. It’s part educational resource, part pop culture commentary. The museum currently operates MOFAD Lab, a 5,000-square-foot experimental space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant is currently on show. Chow is a show about the evolution of Chinese American restaurants. The cuisine and restaurant in America has a nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation around immigration, cultural identity, and what it means to be American. Chow features chef-designed tastings and a stunning collection of historical menus. Be sure to visit the museum BEFORE dinner. That way you’ll prime your appetite for what’s in store.

Westlight @ The William ValeBars & Lounges
22nd floor rooftop bar with panoramic skyline views from a terrace & glassed-in lounge plus craft cocktails.
(718) 307-7100website
111 N. 12th St Brooklyn, NY

After dinner you will be just a 5 minute walk down Wythe Ave. Between the William Vale and the Wythe Hotel the block is certainly getting a reputation for trendy hipster hotels overlooking the Manhattan skyline. There are worse things to get a reputation for. Take advantage of the evening and head to the 22nd floor rooftop bar for drinks overlooking the city. With a view and a terrace like this it really doesn’t matter what you are drinking but the cocktails are pretty solid as well. TIP: If you visit again on a Monday night you can also enjoy the live jazz that they have weekly.

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