Visiting Brooklyn

Brooklyn, one of New York City’s five boroughs, is our favorite — and not just because it's the home of The Brooklyn Marathon. No matter how long you're in town for, or what you came here to do (ahem, run 26.2 miles), you won't have any trouble finding things to do, see, and eat. The only problem you're likely to run into will be finding time to squeeze in everything on your list.

With neighborhoods ranging from Williamsburg, a nightlife hotbed that also has great restaurants, cool art, and a progressive music scene to Coney Island with its sprawling boardwalk, amusement park, and hole-in-the-wall bars to picturesque Brooklyn Heights and fast-growing Dumbo (that's Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) with views of Manhattan that'll take your breath away, Brooklyn has a tight grip on both old and new — and it's not a cliché to say there is something for everybody.

Whether you want to enjoy authentic Russian food in Brighton Beach or you wish to stock up on cool items for your home (or person) at one of Fort Greene's unique boutiques, you won't struggle to pass the time.

Crave a cup of coffee with beans roasted in Brooklyn or a cold pint of beer brewed in the beloved borough? Brooklyn has you covered. Instead of visiting NYC's crowded Chinatown, head to Sunset Park in Brooklyn and discover some of the most authentic Chinese cuisine around. If you haven't heard, there's a big donut moment happening in the country right now, and Brooklyn has plenty to offer on that front. Old- school favorite: Peter Pan in Greenpoint. New(ish) kid on the block: Dough in Clinton Hill.

Read on for even more specific recommendations of what to do, see, and eat in Brooklyn. And if in doubt, turn to a Brooklynite and be sure to glean some solid information — just be ready to pack a week's worth of stuff into a couple of days.

Where To Stay

How To Get Around

Where To Eat

What Else To Do

Brooklyn Resources

Where To Stay


We live here, so we rarely stay in hotels. However, there are a few we’d recommend…

The hotel le bleu is not far from JackRabbit or Prospect Park and is stylish. There is also a Holiday Inn Express, a Super 8, and a Sheraton. A bit further off in Downtown Brooklyn, there is a Marriott.

If you wish to be located near good nightlife and myriad restaurants, The Wythe Hotel is a great option.

How To Get Around


This is New York, so public transit, particularly the subway is your friend. Getting a taxi (sometimes these are green instead of yellow in Brooklyn) is also a time-honored choice, and you won’t typically have trouble flagging one in the street.

We’ve also got CAR2GO for short term rentals, UBER, Lyft, ZipCar, and I’m sure one or two other things the internet invented this morning.

Citibike is a popular bike-sharing service. We highly recommend taking advantage of this and going for a ride on the Brooklyn Greenway.

Where To Eat


What Else To Do


There is no shortage of things to do in Brooklyn, and here are some of our favorites:

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Flea

New York Transit Museum

There is also a ton of shopping, most notably in Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Fort Greene neighborhoods.

Brooklyn Resources


TripAdvisor provides even more information on where to eat and accommodation options in Brooklyn. To find out about other events and happenings in the area, check out Explore Brooklyn.