Welcome to Brooklyn. A bit artier, a bit more hip and, some might argue, a bit more unique than Manhattan. This borough is home to sustainable fashion boutiques, organic cafes and restaurants, and art galleries galore.
The spirit of Brooklyn is epitomised by the NU Hotel, a boutique hotel that partners with local businesses and community artists. Each loft-inspired room features bright pop-art murals from a local artist that showcases the rich heritage of the area. Whether you prefer pop art, stencils, murals or graffiti, there is a room available to suit your personal taste.
For an upscale start to your weekend getaway, visit Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. This is the only three Michelin-starred restaurant in Brooklyn, with the tasting menu changing based on the seasonal produce available. Lasting two and a half hours, this Japanese-inspired menu is focused on seafood and shellfish, served at the kitchen table for a communal dining experience.
Beat the crowds and wake up early for a morning stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. On your way back, stop in at Foragers Market in historic DUMBO for some breakfast (or brunch). Unlike your regular greengrocers, Foragers Market serves high-quality organic and sustainable products from farms and local businesses. Here, you can choose from a breakfast menu as well as a variety of pastries, organic juices or sustainable tea or coffee. With so much to choose from, you might want to buy some snacks to take with you!
Take a stroll by the water through DUMBO — there are lots of parks to choose from and even a carousel if you feel like taking a horse for a spin!
Flatbush Farm is a local restaurant that purchases some of the produce grown by Brooklyn Grange, and this produce features in their farm-to-table menus. While the menus change based on the seasonal produce that is available, you can always be assured that your food is fresh, sustainable and locally grown. Don’t leave before trying one of their organic wines or beers!
Williamsburg is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Brooklyn and it is here that you will find the Williamsburg Beauty Spa. Choose from one of their personalised spa packages with the comfort of knowing that all of the products used are natural and organic. They have a range of services available, so whether you are feeling tense and in need of a massage, or a relaxing facial, there is something to suit everyone.
Once you are well and truly in the holiday mood, take a short walk to Aurora, an Italian restaurant in the heart of Williamsburg. Here, you will find fresh pastas handmade on the premises, organic locally grown produce and meats, and biodynamic Italian wines.
While you’re not staying in Manhattan, that doesn’t mean you can’t admire it! After dinner, take the East River Ferry back towards the Brooklyn Bridge. From the water, you can admire the city lights of the Manhattan skyline as well as the stunning Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
If you aren’t satisfied with that glimpse of the skyline, head upstairs to the rooftop of Atrium DUMBO. Here you can enjoy a local craft beer or seasonal cocktail as you watch the twinkling city lights.
Enjoy a relaxing sleep-in followed by brunch at The Farm on Adderley. This restaurant is a community favourite and you can choose from their brunch menu that includes everything from homemade sausages to a locally sourced farmers breakfast.
Finish your weekend in true Brooklyn style, with a private guided tour from Art Smart of some of the local art galleries. The tour can be personalised based on your artistic preferences, and includes visits to both commercial galleries and artist-run spaces. Brooklyn is home to one of the largest concentration of artists in the world, and this personalised tour will ensure that you find the perfect souvenir from your vacation.
Plan Your Weekend:
Transport into Brooklyn from the major airports can be a bit tricky, so it may be easiest for you to catch a cab or an Uber to your hotel. If you are driving, the hotel has a parking garage that you can use during your stay. Once in Brooklyn, it is easy to walk around to the various places included in this article. NU Hotel also has bicycles available free of charge for hotel guests.