It's no secret that we're big fans of Williamsburg; it's where we held 29rooms this year! Busting at the seams with local boutiques, galleries, and to-die-for restaurants, it's a true mecca for foodies and art lovers alike, and one of our favorite places in all of New York.
Whether you're heading to the neighborhood for the first time, or looking for new spots to check out, ahead we've complied a comprehensive list of our favorite quirky, fun, and under-the-radar spots to help you do Williamsburg R29 style. Happy exploring!
If ever we need to find a unique gift (or, you know, treat ourselves), this is where you'll find us. The shop features amazing feminist artwork, prints, pins, and more, from independent designers and artists. We want to buy literally everything at Bulletin.
145 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Walk into this female- and family-owned beauty bar and instantly transport yourself back to the '70s. With tropical decor, killer nail art, and a vintage shop to boot, Wild Oleander may be Brooklyn's grooviest place to relax, unwind, and get a mani with friends.
222 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY
Hosting a variety of musical acts from classical to rock, this cutting-edge nonprofit venue is one of the sickest spots to catch a show in Brooklyn (if not all of NYC). Celebrating emerging artists, it's your ticket to someday saying "I saw them before they were famous."
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
Part performance and event space, part cocktail lounge (Thursday through Saturday), this dome-like multidisciplinary space is so aesthetically pleasing it almost hurts. Come for the architecture, but stay for the drinks and late-night DJs.
94 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday In Brooklyn
Whether you snag a table at the rooftop garden, the sidewalk cafe, the lively bar room, or the open-air kitchen, you'll be hard pressed to find a more Insta-friendly restaurant in Williamsburg. Super lovely and insanely tasty, you just might want to spend your entire day here (and with so much going on, you probably could).
348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Want to get your creative juices flowing? Head to Choplet. This ceramic studio offers tons of classes and workshops including (our favorite) a BYOB "Sip & Spin" class. Grab a bottle of rosé, your bae or besties, and prepare to get crafty and creative with clay!
238 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
When we're in the mood to grab a few brews or throw a couple strikes, Gutter tops our list. Part dive bar, part retro bowling alley, this place makes all our hipster dreams come true.
200 North 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Twenty Sided Store
Hosting tons of events from weekly MTG tournaments to board-game nights, there's a reason this female-run spot was voted "best game shop in New York City." It's truly a haven for gamers looking to pick up a new fave or to test the competition in store.
362 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Bushwick Inlet Park
Whether you're taking a stroll along the river's edge or chillin' on a blanket with friends, there's really no wrong way to soak up this park's unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Make sure your phone is fully charged 'cause this is one stop you'll definitely want to gram.
86 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
With inventive cocktails, crazy-good Aussie fare, and skyline views for days, Northern Territory is one of the most underrated rooftop bars in Brooklyn. Stop by for $10 frozen drinks and rosé all weekend long.
12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
At Brooklyn Charm, you are the designer. This adorable jewelry shop offers tons of DIY classes with instructors that are knowledgeable, patient, and beyond helpful. Whether you're assembling a piece of jewelry in store or snagging supplies to make your own accessories at home, you're guaranteed to wind up with a creation that's as special as you are.
145 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Whether you're enjoying on-tap cocktails in the Parisian-style bar, partaking in a little piano karaoke in the New Orleans-style basement, or ordering Louisiana-style plates on the colorful patio, this place doesn't disappoint.
91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Night Of Joy
Chock-full of good vibes, we can easily see how this bar got its name. With killer happy-hour specials available from 5 to 8 p.m. daily (think: $4 beers and $6 cocktails) plus a chill rooftop space, your only worry will be choosing between savory or sweet when you see the to-die-for crepe menu.
667 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY
A treasure trove of established and indie zines, Desert Island is one of the raddest places in Williamsburg to shop, discover, and support local artists. The shop also sells a variety of paper goods from art books and graphic novels to prints and posters.
540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Baby's All Right
If you're grabbing dinner at any nearby restaurant in Williamsburg, Baby's All Right is an uber-cool haunt to hit up after. With live bands playing almost every night, this place is a dream come true for music-lovers.
146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
William Vale Hotel
Foodies and art-lovers alike will fall for this shiny, new boutique hotel. Along with an upscale Southern Italian restaurant and a trendy rooftop bar, William Vale has a ton of artwork from local artists displayed throughout the space — including a giant piece from Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarías in the lobby.
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Joe's Pizza Though New York-style slice joints are a dime a dozen in Brooklyn, many consider Joe's to be the city's best. An oldie but a goodie, this no-frills pizza joint is always worth a visit. 216 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
If you're in the mood for delicious drinks and even better farm-to-table food, head to Allswell. One of the best spots in Williamsburg to grab a burger, this rustic spot is a hit with meat- and veggie-lovers alike; you can sub out any of the patties for a grilled koji portabello — our executive creative director, Piera, swears by it!
124 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Part art gallery, part clothing shop, this hip hybrid store carries an assortment of new and vintage clothing from Tokyo, London, L.A., and New York, while also featuring artwork from local and international artists.
310 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Unassuming on the outside, you'd probably walk right past this spot without proper introduction: It's nestled under the subway tracks in South Williamsburg. This tiny gem serves up fresh, inexpensive Korean fare in a hip but homey space. Don't leave without trying the dumplings — dubbed "the best I've ever had" by an R29 staffer — for yourself.
353 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211
Advocates for emerging designers, the owners of Swords-Smith go to great lengths to find original, beautiful apparel and objects. If you want to shop in a stunningly curated space while supporting brands from down the street and around the world, this is your place.
98 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY
One of the tastiest (and cheapest) Middle Eastern spots in town, Oasis is our go-to when we've craving an affordable yet incredibly satisfying meal. At only $4 a pop for a falafel sandwich, your wallet and taste buds will thank you.
161 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The Four Horseman
Small, intimate, and insanely cozy, The Four Horsemen should be at the top of your list if you consider yourself a wine-lover. Started by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, this Williamsburg restaurant and wine bar is well worth the hype.
295 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Baking small-batch, European-style bread and homemade pastries fresh every day, this woman-owned-and-operated bakery is a great place to stop by for a morning pick-me-up. Be a little adventurous with your ordering 'cause you really can't go wrong here.
150 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Moe's Doughs Instagram
Moe's Doughs Family owned and operated, Moe's Doughs is our favorite spot for traditional and creative doughnuts in Williamsburg. If you're one of those people who love to take pictures of food, you're going to need a pit stop here. Two words: rainbow doughnuts. 126 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
One of the most beautiful boutiques in Brooklyn, Quiet Storms has a gorgeous selection of fine and fashion jewelry by emerging designers from around the world. Head here if you're looking for out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind pieces.
142 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Bird's Of A Feather
If you're craving classic Sichuan dishes with a lot of heat, you won't leave here disappointed. The brainchild of Yiming and Xian, the Michelin-starred duo behind Cafe China, Birds Of A Feather's menu is sure to take your taste buds on a thrill ride.
191 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Effortlessly mixing kitsch with couture, we're head over heels in love with this indie jewelry shop. Model-turned-designer Vera Balyura handcrafts everything at Verameat, calling her pieces "artfully refined, contemporary heirlooms."
132 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY
10 Ft. Single
Catering to both men and women, this curated vintage shop has an impressive selection of '70s prints, breezy dresses, broken-in boots, and authentic concert tees (everything from AC/DC to Madonna).
285 North 6th, Brooklyn, NY
Spice-lovers, this one's for you. Selling all the brand-name faves in various heat levels, Heatonist is devoted to all things hot sauce. Think you can handle the heat? Sample your heart out in the tasting room and find out what you ~and your taste buds~ are really made of.
121 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY