Edit 5+ Downtown Brooklyn
We live in Carroll Gardens just four short subway stops from Manhattan in a gorgeous building overlooking some of New York’s best brownstones. With local cafes and some of the best restaurants a short walk away, some weekends we don’t even leave our little pocket. More often then not, some weekends all I want to do is just stay local and with no car ( like most of New York ) exploring on foot is the best way to stumble upon undiscovered parks, a great coffee spot or even a garden store that has just opened it's doors for the day.
These are my favorite places to spend my weekend in downtown Brooklyn. Steph x
Homestories in Brooklyn I think perfectly represents my signature style. It’s textural and neutral with a strong focus on natural fibers. There are a few items they carry that we had in our Sydney home and their edit is perfectly on point, only showcasing items in monochromatic hues. It would be pretty easy to spend a few hours in here and your life savings!
GRDN is just a short walk away on Hoyt Street, they carry a beautiful selection of small indoor plants, seasonal outdoor plants and the best selection of freshly cut flowers. Whether it’s a friend's birthday or just something to brighten up our home for the week. I love to visit GRDN and would stop by everyday if I could. Many afternoons as I pass by on the way home you can find my face pressed up against their window in awe of their latest display.
East One is just three blocks from home and is a coffee roaster / café turned wine bar after 6. This eatery is one of those places that everything is good on the menu. They have the best coffee, pumpkin bread, English pea risotto and do a Danish breakfast that is my go-to. A soft-boiled egg, yogurt with honey and granola, charcuterie, cheese, breads and compote. East One is also laptop friendly so you can find me here most weekends with either my laptop or our golden-doodle puppy Paddington.
Regular Visitors is fairly new on Smith Street and holds an abundance of small goods for the home. If you're looking for a candle, some cute stationary or just something small and unexpected - shop here. They do have coffee here too but its drip or cold brew and personally that is to much coffee for me. They also stock the beautiful soap range by Whitechapel Soap Co so I stop by frequently to stock up on the Charcoal soap.
Freaks Mill is a restaurant in the heart of Gowanus, on a derelict stretch of an industrial area. This was a place we would walk past and utter the phrase “we should try this one day” and for months never actually did. Then we dined here with our friends one evening and now make any and every excuse to go back again and again. Dinner is a must and we have lost count how many times we have entertained friends here that have looked so uncertain as they uber through this industrial area that is a little unloved and forgotten, right off the Gowanus canal.
Freeks has an industrial vibe inside with exposed brick walls lining the whole restaurant. They serve seasonal-American food that is mind blowing and a wine list that is equally as good.