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A Day Route in Brooklyn

With many distractions in New York City, it’s a waste not to spend a day in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has evolved from a town of thriving immigrant communities to a booming borough that harbors many up-and-coming cafes, bars, restaurants, storefronts and entertainment venues. It remains a dwelling spot for locals as well as travelers seeking to explore the many fascinating hotspots. So take some of our advice: get the New York City Like a Local Guide and don’t skip out on Brooklyn.


Route info

  • Route name: A Day Route in Brooklyn
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Best by walking or biking
  • Highlights: Unicorn Latte, Food and vintage markets, typical American Bowling pitch, and great city views on Manhattan.


Find a more extensive version of this route (with over 25 spots) + 4 extra Walking Routes in the travel guide New York City Like a Local Guide written by local New Yorker Brit Healey. Download the guide for €4,99 via our website or the app, for interactive maps, offline usage, and photos.



A Day Route in Brooklyn

Whether you decide to take a walking route or rent a bike in Brooklyn, both options are great for discovering this edgy neighhborhood. Start your route with crossing the world famous Brooklyn Bridge. The 1,825m long bridge is quite a hike, so after your bridge hike it's time for come coffee and breakfast! Brooklynites sure love their coffee. To start off your day right, have your first cup of coffee at Devotion. What’s special about this coffee shop is their effort to maintain the farm-to-table concept, which sources and roasts high-quality coffee beans directly from Colombian coffee farms. The relationship built between the owners and the Colombian coffee farmers gives farmers fair-trade prices and also fosters social and environmental programs in small communities.


If you are visiting on the weekend, save your appetite for the food mecca of Brooklyn! Smorgasburg is an annual food market in Brooklyn with over 75 vendors. Known as the sanctuary for many street food creations, which would go on to claim internet stardom, such as the spaghetti donut, churro ice cream sandwiches, and Cafe au Lait donut, etc. Whether you’re looking for hand-cut Belgian fries, rainbow Hawaiian shaved ice, maple bacon sticks, old-fashion ribs, or traditional octopus takoyaki; they’ve got it all to please your palate. Smorgasburg is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–6pm, April through November. For some vintage finds, head over to Williamsburg Flea. The market is an indoor market with hip, handmade arts & crafts items, antiques & vintage clothing, and food - open on Saturdays from 10am-6pm.


Unicorn Latte at The End


Continu your route towards The End for something truly special: Unicorn Latte! There have been a ton of buzz lately around these elusive ‘unicorn beverage’ circulating the internet and Instagram. One of the first unicorn drinks can be traced back to a corner of Williamsburg at the End- a Brooklyn joint which serves plant-based beverages and juices doused with superfood nutrients. At first glance, the Latte is overwhelmingly colorful and fun for a sip, as if it had a My Little Pony makeover, but it’s a unique twist on your regular latte. It's also a great place to have lunch and fuel up before heading onwards.


In the afternoon, it's time for some local beers! The Brooklyn Brewery, in the warehouse district, remains an important institution for beer. It is a typical story of two friends deciding to pursue their microbrewery dreams. The fruition of their dreams ended up expanding across 25 states in the United States as well as 20 additional countries across the globe. Serving more than 14 staple and seasonal beers in house, you can take a tour and taste test some of their many alcoholic beverages from Friday-Sunday, and in small-batch tours on the other days of the week.


Manhattan views


The day may be coming to an end, but the night has only begun. Wrangle your spirits and head to the Brooklyn Bowl, where you can combine your dining experience with live music and bowling games all in the same venue. Bowling alleys on one side and concert area on the other, this venue is an entertainment galore! Whether you choose to perfect your strike or fist pump to the latest indie band, this Brooklyn institution is a blast for your nightly entertainment. Are you ready to knock down some pins?


If a night full of music and bowling hasn’t tired you out, then make your way to Barcade where you can have a drink in hand and play your favorite childhood games. This dive bar is popular with the Williamsburg crowd for their large selection of beer and an even greater collection of old school games. Bust out your skills playing Asteroids, Tetris, TMNT, Pac-Man, and the Legend of Zelda.


Find a more extensive version of this route (with over 25 spots) + 4 extra Walking Routes in the travel guide New York City Like a Local Guide written by local New Yorker Brit Healey. Download the guide for €4,99 via our website or the app, for interactive maps, offline usage, and photos.



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