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How To Spend: 47 Hours 58 Minutes in Williamsburg

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The Hoxton has launched Flexy Time. You can now check in and check out whenever you like. For free. Don’t know what to do with all that extra time? Let a few of our fave locals show you around with our nifty city guide.

Once referred to as “the new Manhattan”, Williamsburg has established itself as a neighborhood that needs no introduction. An enclave for artists, musicians and creatives, its streets are primed for street art adventures, boundless vintage shopping and boisterous watering holes. You may have come to see The Big Apple, but with Williamsburg’s growing waterfront, skyline views, and world-class restaurants, who needs to cross the East River?


Breakfast in Brooklyn feels like a natural place to start! Seeking out a simple, delicious, quality breakfast? Perhaps one you can get all day long? Look no further than neighbourhood (and personal!) favourite, Egg. Using only the best ingredients from their own farm in Hudson Valley, this crew has been a beloved darling on the Brooklyn breakfast scene since 2005. Almost too many hits to list, but be sure not to sleep on the Eggs and Grits!

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After all that noshing, there’s no better place to walk it off than East River State Park. With seven acres of waterfront and sweeping views of Manhattan, this peaceful park offers some much needed greenspace in the heart of bustling Brooklyn. Bring a blanket and plop down for some R&R, or take a ride on the nearby NYC Ferry for a guaranteed sunset stunner. Still hungry? Make sure you scope out the endless treats at Williamsburg’s infamous Smorgasburg market, held in the park on Saturdays during warmer months.


It’s true, Williamsburg is now home to quite a bit of mainstream shopping (we’re looking at you, Apple!), but take a closer look and you’ll see that local businesses are still alive and well. Those quirky, unconventional, one-of-a-kind shops are why you came, right? And there’s no spot that fits the bill more than Wonders of Walter. A true gem of an institution, this vintage pop-up shop is run by Walter himself, right out of his garage. Get digging and you’re bound to come up with some phenomenal designer threads.

… its streets are primed for street art adventures, boundless vintage shopping and boisterous watering holes.”

Pockets a bit lighter after a night of shopping? Luckily, you don’t need much to front the bill for a hot, satisfying, authentic meal at  Vanessa’s Dumpling House. $2.75 will get you 4 delicious dumplings, leaving you with some extra cash for that bar crawl you’re planning later. Who said New York restaurant prices were soaring?


As there’s no possible way you’re leaving Williamsburg empty-handed, we’d say a trip to the iconic Brooklyn Flea is in order.  Open since 2008, this monstrous market houses hundreds of top furniture, vintage, antiques, art and jewelry vendors. Whatever you’re seeking, you’ll no doubt find it here. So go on! Nab that “You can only find it in Brooklyn” collectible you’ll be bragging to your sister about. 

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