Bucket List: One Day in Brooklyn

April 25, 2016,

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a bucket list (and itinerary) for a day in New York, with a focus on Manhattan. I promised a similar post, but with a focus on Brooklyn – so here we are! I’m excited to share this post, because Brooklyn is a ton of fun and while in New York City, it is definitely worth the visit. Let’s go to Brooklyn!

Breakfast in Bed Stuy
Clementine Bakery (vegan) or Dough (nonvegan)

Clementine Bakery
299 Green Ave
Vegan & Organic Bakery
From vegan cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins and ice cream to coffee, milkshakes and pies and cakes to order, at Clementine Bakery, it’s always vegan, and always organic! 

Dough Donuts [photo by Dough] // A Day in Brooklyn: Itinerary on happiestwhenexploring .comPhoto by Dough

448 Lafayette Ave
Dough is not your everyday donut shop – yes, they serve American brewed coffee, but their donuts are like no other. With flavours like lemon meringue, hibiscus and horchata, and good ol’ plain glazed, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Dough has opened up a location in Manhattan now (Flatiron) but the business is Brooklyn-born and -bred.

The Sights

Prospect Park
Manhattan has Central Park – and Brooklyn has Prospect Park. The botanical garden houses a grove of cherry trees and a traditional Japanese Garden. Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect who designed Central Park in Manhattan, also designed Prospect Park. The park is home to the only forest in Brooklyn (the Ravine) complete with a waterfall, a huge lake (Prospect Lake) and an art museum built in the Beaux Arts style (the Brooklyn Museum). You could definitely have a lovely afternoon in Prospect Park. 

New York Transit Museum
Boerum PL & Schermerhorn Street
The NYC transit system is probably one of the best designed public transport systems globally, so no wonder the city is home to the largest museum in the US dedicated to urban public transport. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits of old trains and trams, as well as interactive exhibits and workshops. What makes this museum especially cool: it’s located in a vintage 1936 subway station.

Farmacy & Soda Shop [photo by Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Shop] // A Day in Brooklyn: Itinerary on happiestwhenexploring .comPhoto by Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Shop

Afternoon Snack

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
513 Henry St.
A stone’s throw away from the museum is the also vintage and oh-so-nostalgic, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain. The shop gave new life to a 1920’s apothecary store by introducing the old classic: the soda shop – with all the goods, like specialty sundaes, ice cream floats and sparkling soda. The shop is worth visiting if just to admire the design of the shop – marble countertops, penny tile flooring and twirling stools.

Bookshop in Brooklyn [photo by Paul Warhol via Spoonbill books] // Itinerary: A Day in Brooklyn on happiestwhenexploring .comPhoto by Paul Warhol via Spoonbill Books

People have been talking about Williamsburg as the new and trendy neighbourhood of NYC for years now – as it’s a few stops (or a walk) from Manhattan, it’s only natural that it was one of the first neighbourhoods of Brooklyn to gentrify. Nonetheless, Williamsburg in Brooklyn still has a unique charm, tons of shops and good food that makes it worth visiting – it was even dubbed “Little Berlin” for its art and music scene.

Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg is lined with fun shops – Fanaberie for your everyday casual-chic wardrobe, Catbird for your (costume) jewellery, Spoonbill & Sugartown for new and used books, and a ton more to explore.

Little Choc Apothecary [photo by LCA] // A Day in Brooklyn: Itinerary on happiestwhenexploring .comPhoto by LCA

Little Choc Apothecary
141 Havemeyer St.
If you weren’t able to indulge at the Farmacy and Soda Fountain (due to the lack of vegan ice cream), check out Little Choc Apothecary for NYC’s 1st fully vegan creperie! In addition to tons of sweet and savoury crepes, Little Choc also has artisanal ice creams, juice and smoothies.

Dinner at Wild Ginger
182 N 10th St
Wild Ginger is a fully vegan, fully mouth-watering Pan-Asian restaurant. With more than 25 main meals to choose from (pad thai, general tso’s soy protein, red curry seitan…) you’ll have a hard time picking which delicious meal to feast on. And save some room for dessert (vegan cheese cake, green tea vegan ice cream…)

What are your favourite spots in Brooklyn? Bucket List: One Day in Brooklyn // Itinerary and Bucket List on happiestwhenexploring .com CLICK TO READ IT!


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  • Reply Ilena Ciricillo April 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I can see myself doing these things in Brooklyn. I like these itineraries where I can get my head around what I can do and do well. Running around and wanting to do everything often leaves us frustrate and tired.

    Thanks and I will let you know how I did when I will visit Brooklyn!

    Ilena C.

  • Reply Ilena Ciricillo April 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    P.S. Those doughnuts look amazing! And just ‘being’ in a bookstore like Spoonbil l& Sugartown is my kind of ‘being’!

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