On our recent trip to New York we spent almost a whole day pottering around Williamsburg, Brooklyn and I’m so glad we did!
When we told friends and colleagues (all of whom are well-travelled) we were going to New York not a single person mentioned Williamsburg which just goes to show how underrated this neighbourhood is.
Even though I only spent about 10 minutes researching the trip online, it was one of the first areas that came up that looked interesting. There are lots of people who feel that the area used to be artsy and has now been overrun with yuppies who have more money than style but I beg to differ. We might have only been there for a day but it definitely wasn’t showy or pretentious. If anything, it looks a bit rough around the edges but once you start to explore it has a great laid back atmosphere and some gorgeous boutiques to discover.
We were lucky that although it was a cold day it stayed dry so it was perfect for pottering around the second hand bookshops, independent jewellery boutiques and shops bursting with vintage fashion.
When you’re reading for a pit stop I can’t recommend Fabiane’s highly enough. This unassuming resturaunt on the corner of the main high street is much more than just a tea shop – which is what it looks like from the outside.
Although you’re greeted by a huge display of yummy cakes, tarts and cookies it’s worth ordering off the menu for a proper meal as the food is delicious! We had chicken quesadillas and chicken ceasar salad and it was one of the best meals of the whole trip.
A couple of my other favourite Williamsburg spots (all located on or around Bedford Avenue):
– PEMA is owned by Pema Kongpo and all the clothes and jewellery are inspired by her native Tibet – of all the shops it’s here that you’l pick up a gorgeous piece of unusual jewellery without breaking the bank. It’s like a sweet shop for adults!
– catbird is a tiny little boutique where everything just looks so pretty you’ll want it all! It mostly sells gorgeous hand made jewellery but also decorations for the home and jewellery stands and boxes.
– Norbu Bijoux sells jewellery and gifts in the most tranquil of shops I have ever been to – East meets West as everything is Himalayan-themed.