The Perfect Brooklyn Saturday Daycation

If you've made it through this week, congrats! You deserve a friggin' medal. The heat was enough to take that Icelandic Expedia offer seriously. But because we're not doling out gold stars (or plane tickets), we're giving you a treat that's much more rewarding than catching up on bad reality TV and staying in your P.J.s until noon praying to the the A/C gods. Nope, you're getting your butt out of bed and saying hello to Brooklyn! And Brooklynites, even if you consider yourself Kings and Queens of Kings County, we've got some of the freshest weekend attractions and hangouts (and a couple tried-and-true mainstays) that will prove once again why we have crazy love for the borough. Filled with stops at the newest hotel hotspot, delicious local eats, and, of course, R29-approved boutiquing, we've mapped out the perfect Brooklyn Saturday that every New Yorker (out-of-towners, too!) will love.
Grab a friend or a special summer fling and give our perfect Saturday schedule a spin!
9 a.m.: Caffeine Fix!
We're kicking off our Brooklyn Saturday in Bed-Stuy to try out the latest French press on the scene at Daily Press. Order up a java sourced from Intelligentsia, and perhaps a Brooklyn-made bagel with a schmear. (Because what else will you be doing at 9 a.m. on Saturday?)
505 Franklin Avenue (between Hancock and Fulton streets); 347-240-1101.
10 a.m.; Shop Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Avenue is one of Brooklyn's premier spots to shop, with everything from boutiques to vintage stores. First stop? Something for the boys at Goose Barnacle, one of the newest arrivals to Atlantic Avenue that's part menswear boutique, part gallery. And six blocks up, there's all this goodness, too.
91 Atlantic Avenue (between Hicks and Henry streets); 718-855-2694.
How to get there: Be sure to carry a Metrocard today! After coffee, take the C-Train on the corner of Franklin and Fulton. Head uptown and exit at Schermerhorn Street. Continue down Schermerhorn until you reach Clinton. Make a left and then a right onto Atlantic.
12 p.m. : Flea And Foodies At The Dekalb Market
The newest addition to the slew of Brooklyn flea markets comes to us via shipping container. Winning major points in our book for promoting sustainability and local entrepreneurs, the Dekalb Market will finally open for business this Saturday, July 23 and feature 40 local designers, artists, and more that we can't wait to scour. Head there for a midday snack at one of their many food stands, including Mazie's Bites' menu of international soul-food served in small portions, or Robicelli's (pictured here painting their new shipping-container home) for a cupcake treat.
332 Flatbush Avenue Ext. (near Fleet Place).
How to get there: Grab the R-Train at the intersection of Clinton and Monatgue streets and head downtown. Get off at Dekalb and head to Flatbush Avenue Extension.
2 p.m.: Take In A Foreign Flick
By this point, the sun has probably fried you like an egg on the sidewalk, and we're speaking from experience. Take a break from the heat and catch an afternoon movie at BAM. In the spirit of exploring new lands, we suggest a playful French cinema experience at the 2 p.m. screening of Eric Rohmer's Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle .
30 Lafayette Avenue (between Saint Felix Street and Ashland Place); 718-636-4100.
How to get there: Take a walk toward Flatbush Avenue Extension. Make a left on Ashland Place and another left on Lafayette Avenue. You can't miss the huge, beautiful building!
4 p.m.: Stop And Smell The Roses
Stretch your post-movie legs with a lovely stroll through the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sometimes it's fun to pretend to be a tourist in your own town, especially with a view like that!
1 Main Street.
How to get there: Exit BAM and walk toward Saint Felix Street. Grab the C-Train at South Portland Avenue and Fulton Street, heading uptown. Get off at High Street-Brooklyn Bridge.
7 p.m. Supper Time
You've had a busy day—we can already hear your stomachs growling. Head back to Atlantic Avenue for one of the newest dining experiences to arrive in Brooklyn. The rustic motif warmly welcomes diners to Colonie, but the superb menu selection keeps you wanting more. We suggest you order from their small main-dish menu (or split a large dish with your dining buddy), and leave plenty of space for an order of their fresh, raw oysters and assortment of cheese platters.
127 Atlantic Avenue (near Henry Street); 718-855-7500.
How to get there: It's been a long day, so avoid the 25-minute walk and take a cab.
9 p.m.: Top It Off
Make your day trip complete with a stay at the just-opened Aloft hotel. With an all-over modern design and sprawling ceilings in each guest room, we encourage you to kick back and forget you're so close to home. Head to the W XYZ bar and cheers to an amazing-but-tiring, day. And if you happen to have one too many cocktails (hey, it's vacation!), plush platform bedding is just seconds away.
216 Duffield Street (between Willoughby and Fulton streets); 718-256-3833.
How to get there: A quick 15-minute walk (gotta burn off that grub, right?) takes you directly here from Colonie. Head toward Clinton Street, make a left on Smith, left on Jay, right on Willoughby, right on Duffield.

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