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A Great Day in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Where to eat, shop and play in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

If you want to get a true taste of “brownstone Brooklyn,” take the quick ride from downtown Manhattan to the tree-lined neighborhood of Cobble Hill, where you’ll find historic 19th-century town houses, excellent boutique shopping and some of the best food the city has to offer. Cobble Hill is a walkable square mile, a mix of quaint, low-rise residential buildings and small businesses, although chains like Lululemon Athletica and J. Crew—and the Wall Street types they cater to—have recently been snapping up real estate. 

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Cobble Hill in Brooklyn (©Malcolm Brown)

Where to Eat

Once hailed as Brooklyn’s Restaurant Row, Smith Street, which runs through Cobble Hill in addition to Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, is still a veritable buffet of cuisines from around the world.

At Leyenda, grab Latin American nibbles and drinks that, according to a recent article, “goes beyond tequila and mezcal to focus on the entire universe of Latin spirits.”

In keeping with that south-of-the-border state of mind, Bar San Miguel has Mexican plates and more than 200 tequilas and mescals, all in a colorful setting.

Where to Shop

Cobble Hill has a number of small, well-curated boutiques, gift shops and stores from recognizable brands, so it’s possible to blow your budget on this strip alone. 

Article& is a chic women’s clothing boutique. Their promise to you: Launched in response to the fashion needs of creative professionals, Article& is devoted to bringing you a tightly edited selection of unique, wearable, and affordable clothing and accessories by contemporary designers and independent labels from the U.S. and abroad.”

Finally, At Exit9, you will find everything from a Unicorn horn headband for your little girl to a Heloise wallet to hilarious oven mitts. Great giftable items! 

Where to Drink

Time for a cocktail after all that shopping? You may want to stop in at Brooklyn’s popular Clover Club. With its ornate chandelier, lots of wood detailing and comfy leather sofas, this place will remind you of an intimate gentleman—or gentlelady—club. 

What to Do

Elsewhere, if your idea of a good time is a picnic, an entertaining reading or a night mingling with strangers, you won’t need to travel far to find your fun in Cobble Hill.

Carroll Park is a lovely small park with a playground and picnic tables; on a warm day, pick up food at Mia’s Bakery or Bien Cuit and chill out among the greenery.

Brick walls and sleek, atmospheric lighting add to the appeal of Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore with frequent events featuring both well-known and up-and-coming authors—the place gets a little brighter for children’s events.