Brooklyn

Coffee Shops

 

AP Cafe

Bushwick

A bright, well-lit coffee shop that also serves an excellent brunch.

Budin

Greenpoint

This Nordic-style coffee shop and craft beer/ wine bar serves beans and brews from the Nordic region as well as local wineries and breweries.

City of Saints

East Williamsburg

Delicious coffee served in a warehouse, this place is a quintessential Bushwick establishment.

Kinfolk 90

Williamsburg

From the notorious Kinfolk lifestyle brand comes Kinfolk 90, a quaint little coffee shop serving espresso drinks and light food.

Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters

Greenpoint
Williamsburg

Serves excellent espresso drinks in an open, converted warehouse.

Toby’s Estate

Williamsburg

An Aussie-style coffee shop with healthy food options like avocado toast and acai bowls.

Restaurants & Bars

Champs Diner

East Williamsburg

Vegan comfort food at its best, in a vintage diner- inspired setting. ‘Healthy’ is a stretch, but you can head here for meat and dairy free versions of classic diner food, like milkshakes, burgers, loaded fries, and more.

Diviera Drive

Williamsburg

An Italian restaurant in a beautiful, open-concept building with lots of greenery and natural lighting. Their outdoor terrace is a great gathering spot for drinks during the summer.

Donna

Williamsburg

An elegant take on Mexican fare with creative tacos and craft cocktails.

Dun Well Donuts

East Williamsburg

A vegan donut shop with a large variety of interesting flavors, as well as excellent coffee.

Juliette

Williamsburg

A French bistro with an interior that is filled with greenery and antique furniture, as well as a beautiful rooftop.

 

Little Choc Apothecary

Williamsburg

A 100% vegan creperie with both sweet and savory options, plus coffee, tea, and pastries.

 

Paulie Gee’s

Greenpoint

A dimly-lit, rustic pizza restaurant with amazing vegan options. With ingredients like cashew ricotta, vegan fennel sausage, and jackfruit “meatball,” both meat-eaters and herbivores will leave this place feeling satisfied.

Roberta’s

Bushwick

One of the most admired pizza joints in Brooklyn and even the New York City area, Roberta’s is rustic-chic with a large outdoor terrace that’s perfect for summer dining.

Shelter

Williamsburg

This pizza restaurant and bar feels like a cabin in the woods, even though it’s right in the heart of Williamsburg. They have couches and fireplaces to make you feel like you’re at home, plus live jazz music on Thursday nights.

Sun in Bloom

Boerum Hill

Healthy, organic vegan eatery with many raw vegan options.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Boerum Hill
Greenpoint
Williamsburg

Brooklyn is the birthplace of this natural, artisinal ice creamery which now has three brick & mortars in Brooklyn, two in Manhattan, and three in Los Angeles, with more to come. Their vegan ice cream is made with a mix of house-made cashew cream, organic coconut milk, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean.

Sustainable Shopping

 

Artists & Fleas

Williamsburg

A weekend flea market hosting vendors selling vintage and locally made goods. You’ll find all sorts of quirky, unique gifts to bring back home.

Beacon’s Closet

Bushwick
Greenpoint
Park Slope

A second-hand shop that is notoriously picky about what they buy. I’ve gotten some beautiful modern and vintage pieces from high-end brands from here for great prices.

BERLYN 65

Williamsburg

A small boutique selling handcrafted goods including beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry, Turkish towels, and other home decor products.

Brooklyn Denim Co.

Williamsburg

A curation of some of the most high-quality denim companies, including sustainable brands like Raleigh Denim and Nudie Jeans. Brooklyn Denim Co. uses a lot of sustainable fabrics like tencel, organic cotton, and recycled plastic in their own designs.

Homecoming

Greenpoint

A beautiful little shop selling plants and greenery and a selection of handmade home goods. They also have an in-house coffee shop serving espresso drinks and pastries.

Kaight

Boerum Hill

A retail shop selling sustainable and ethical fashion apparel and accessories from brands like Amour Vert and The Podolls.

Package Free Shop

Williamsburg

The Package Free Shop is the retail child of two well-known zero-waste influences Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers and fashion designer Daniel Silverstein of Zero Waste Daniel. The minimally-clad space offers products that will assist you with a waste-free lifestyle. You can bring in your own containers to fill with deodorant, soap, and other home and beauty products. They also sell practical goods like reusable containers, bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, and organic textiles and apparel.

Species by the Thousands

Williamsburg

Probably most well-known for their new-age inspired jewelry pieces, this brand’s brick & mortar in Williamsburg also offers organic beauty products, candles, and chakra-balancing crystal sets.

Swords Smith

An independent fashion retailer stocking small and emerging fashion labels, many of them sustainably-minded.

Whiteroom

Williamsburg

This non-toxic hair salon also sells a large selection of organic cosmetic and beauty products from brands like RMS and Vintner’s Daughter.

Things to Do

 

Brooklyn Brewery

Williamsburg

One of the world’s most loved craft breweries can be visited right in the heart of Williamsburg. The brewery, which has been in operation since the 1980’s, has implemented a lot of strategies to stay as sustainable as possible. You can read about their green initiatives here.

Brooklyn Grange Farm

Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange Farm started in 2010 as an experiment to make better use of rooftop space- by building a farm on top of one. The company now grows over 50,000 pounds of organic produce per year, operates over 30 rooftop honeybee hives dispersed throughout the city, and even keeps egg-laying hens.

Brooklyn Grange has an events calendar full of workshops, Monday night yoga sessions (throughout the summer), and a Sunday dinner series called Butcher Paper Dinners. You can also tour the farm for $10 during the months of May and October.

Check their website for more information about the history of this company and for their updated events calendar.

Prospect Park

This sprawling 526-acre park is where Brooklynites go for a breath of fresh air, a jog, or a summer picnic.

Smorgasburg

All of the best local food trucks and vendors gather in one spot every weekend for what is called Smorgasburg. Find them at the East River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturdays and in Prospect Park on Sundays.

Nightlife

 

Barcade

Williamsburg

A bar + arcade built mainly from salvaged material that serves a great selection of local craft beers. They use compostable straws and eco-friendly paper products, are powered by wind energy, and even their retail merchandise is printed on apparel from the eco-friendly, fair-trade company Alternative Apparel.

Bembe

Williamsburg

A bar and lounge playing a variety of global music, Bembe is one of Brooklyn’s best spots to go dancing.

Brooklyn Bowl

Williamsburg

An adult bowling alley that also hosts live music and other events.

House of Yes

Bushwick

A unique performance and events venue that hosts live music, DJ’s, acrobatic performances, art shows, and more. Check out their events schedule to see what kind of wonderful weirdness is going on.

Kinfolk 94

Williamsburg

A chic, modern multidisciplinary space for both private and public events.

The Ides at Wythe Hotel

Williamsburg

For the best Manhattan skyline views and the classiest rooftop bar in the borough, head to The Ides at the Wythe Hotel.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *