We’ve been to New York City many times with and without our kids. We mostly stay in Manhattan and spend a day hanging out in Brooklyn. On one trip however, a friend and I spent 2 Days in Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood. I first came to Williamsburg for a Food Photography workshop with Bea Peltre at Sunday Suppers many years ago. I fell in love. Williamsburg had begun to boom a few years prior and hasn’t stopped over the past decade. Even though I wouldn’t hesitate to take my family with me to any one of these spots, I was really looking forward to spending a few days without kids or hubby, to sit in cafes, wander though the coolest shops and take lots of pics of this trendsetting side of Brooklyn.
First off, the Wythe Hotel is pretty much the center of Williamsburg. It’s a gorgeous hotel with an edgy hip side, fantastic restaurant, Reynard and enough attention to detail for even the most discerning guest. My kids would have loved to stay in one of their bunk rooms. Each room with it’s own little patio with views of old brick walls and replica advertising or views of the river and city beyond. I highly recommend a stop in at the Wythe, even if just for a drink at their rooftop bar.
The shopping in Williamsburg cannot be more fantastic. There is everything from big name designer clothing to small local designers. Cute shops selling the newest in housewares to antique and vintage shops with some of the best hunting around. I loved shopping at Bird for myself and picking out a little something for my girls at Pink Olive.
The dining options in Williamsburg are endless. Everything from Peter Luger a high-end steak house to new American food in a train car at Diner. There were endless tiny shops and cafes to pop into for Matcha Tea or work all day under the enormous living wall at Devoción.
One of my favorite things to do in New York in general, but especially in Brooklyn is to walk along the waterfront. In Williamsburg a good place to start is with a delicious picnic. You can find perfect components to a picnic at The Brooklyn Kitchen, The Bedford Cheese Shop, or Marlow & Daughters. Take a quick stroll down to the Williamsburg Pier and Park or further south to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. A beautiful day to be enjoyed on the edge of the city.
Williamsburg Pier and Park
Walk Brooklyn Bridge
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Image Credit for 2 | 3 | 4 | 6 | Suzanne O’Brien Photography