As I mentioned last week, we're saying goodbye to Dumbo, the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood that has been our home for nearly three years. With that in mind, it seems like a particularly poignant time to share all of our favorite spots in our now-former neighborhood. I've put together some of our favorites across a range of categories.
Brooklyn Roasting Company ~ With three locations around the relatively compact neighborhood, BRC, as its affectionately known, is the OG DUMBO coffee choice. They are located on Washington Street, just up the way from the iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge arch in the photo below, plus inside West Elm looking out onto the water. I wrote up the original location on Jay Street here, and my love for BRC's maple shay latte has not dimmed.
Bluestone Lane ~ What is about Australian coffee shops that they are all SO GOOD. This spot has become my favorite place to meet up with a friend over coffee and breakfast or lunch. There's a range of beloved Aussie coffee drinks (did you know that putting a scoop of ice cream into iced coffee and thus making an iced latte is a thing? Pure genius) plus a sunny, cheerful interior. I bet you can't visit without Instagramming the flamingo wallpaper.
Feed ~ Tucked right into Empire Stores along Water Street, the Feed store has a darling selection of carefully chosen goods plus a delightful coffee counter. My favorite drink at Feed is actually their hot chocolate, which I get with almond milk because it tastes pleasantly like a chocolate-covered almond. You can take your coffees to wander around the neighborhood or settle into one of the cozy couches in the indoor common area at Empire Stores.
Front Street General Store ~ It's really hard to sum up Front Street General store and do it justice. There is a well curated selection of Japanese ceramics, vintage Levis, and small gifts and unique finds. It's all cohesive in a way that is tough to convey here. It really is one of those spots that is best appreciated in person. If you don't believe me, GQ named it one of the 25 best news stores in the world last year.
Natchie Art ~ I love, love, love Natchie's whimsical prints, especially her New York City series. I've given them as gifts to rave reviews, and we plan to put a few up in our new home (stayed tuned for that reveal). You can find Natchie inside Empire Stores from Thursdays through Sundays.
Shibui Japanese Antiques ~ This spot is subterranean on the busy corner of Water and Washington (where everyone takes photos like the one seen below) but I think it often gets overlooked. If you've ever traveled to Japan, it's like stepping back into that trip. And if you haven't travelled to Japan, I think this shop just may inspire you to put the trip on your travel bucket list ASAP.
La Catrina Flower Studio ~ This colorful shop, tucked under the Manhattan Bridge on Plymouth street, was opened last year by a longtime neighborhood resident. The staff are unfailingly friendly and approachable, and will work with you to come up with whatever arrangement you're hoping for, however large or small.
Jacques Torres ~ This shop gets mobbed with families visiting NYC, but its a longstanding fixture in DUMBO (this is the original retail location of the Jacques Torres chocolate empire) and worth a visit. Don't miss the chocolate chip cookies or the chocolate covered graham crackers. The truffles are delightful too. Really, everything is delicious when covered in chocolate.
This list highlighted just a few of our favorites. Next week, I'll cover where to eat and drink plus tips for making the most of your visit to the neighborhood.
p.s. How's that for an iconic view? Pro tip for getting those photo ops at DUMBO landmarks and along the waterfront is to go as early as you possibly can stand it. It gets very crowded as the day goes on!
photos by Red Gallery Photography