Williamsburg is one of the coolest areas of Brooklyn and it’s a can’t miss on any NYC trip. There’s something for everyone here—from music and great food to beautiful city skyline views. If you’re hitting up the big apple, read on to discover the top five things to do for the ultimate experience in one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
1. Walk Along the Waterfront
Williamsburg offers the most iconic views of Manhattan. You’ll be able to admire the striking city skyline, bridges, and seaplanes landing in the East River. Starting at Domino Park, you can walk or bike your way along the waterfront, stopping at Grand Ferry Park, East River State Park, and Bushwick Inlet Park. You may even want to go a bit further north into Greenpoint to take in views from WYNC Transmitter Park and Greenpoint Waterfront.
2. Wander Around an Interesting Junk Store
Located on Driggs Ave, Mother of Junk/Brooklyn Junk is one of the coolest stores in the neighborhood. At this unique shop, you’ll find all kinds of items including antiques, paintings, books, old photos, furniture pieces, and an abundance of fun knick-knacks. My personal favorite is the plethora of postcards they have!
3. Go Bowling
We’ve all heard of Brooklyn Bowl, but guess what—you should skip it! Instead, head to its neighbor, The Gutter. This venue is part dive bar, part bowling alley. Vintage bowling bags hang from the wall, beer is flowing, and locals are sharing in good times. It’s one of the most authentic Brooklyn experiences and of course it’s a blast if you love knocking down some pins while sipping on drinks. The best time to go is in the early evening on weeknights. If you stop by later at night or on weekends, the wait to bowl may be a couple hours. Luckily, they have pool and arcade games too!
4. Catch a Show at the Knitting Factory
The most amazing performances I’ve ever seen, both music and comedy, were at the Knitting Factory. This iconic music venue is a must-do while in Williamsburg. Whether they have a band or comedian performing, you should stop by and watch the show. Because the venue is small and intimate, your connection to the artist and atmosphere is so much more palpable than if you saw them at a bigger venue.
5. Eat Some Fried Chicken and Doughnuts (Together!)
One of the yummiest places to eat in Williamsburg is of course a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The eatery I speak of is Bagock’s Fried Chicken and Doughnuts. This little place has big taste! You can get everything from a chicken stuffed doughnut to their classic meal of fried chicken and buttermilk doughnuts. It’s delicious, unforgettable, and the perfect way to round out your experience in Williamsburg.
Get out of those hectic Manhattan streets and hit up the hippest, most laid-back area in Brooklyn! It’s easy to get into and around the area. Depending on where you’re coming from, you can uber, bike ride, or simply take the subway (L, G, J, M, and Z). You can even hop on the East River Ferry!