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created by | Calvin
transit | walkable
distance | 2.8 miles
est. transit time | around 50 min walk or 20 minute drive end to end

When I’m in Williamsburg, I usually spend the day there because there’s always great people, food and shopping to enjoy. There aren’t many neighborhoods where you’ll find a convergence of everything authentic in one place. From the time I park (after searching for a few LOL), I’m excited about what I’ll discover. I share some of my favorite spots below but one thing about Williamsburg is you’ll always find something to get into. No plan necessary, but it’s always good to have an idea of what you want to do. I’m pumped about this weekend because the weather is finally starting to break and I’m ready to spend some quality time with friends & family outside of the house. Off I go . . .

Calvin is the Founder & CEO of Scotch Porter. Growing up in Brooklyn, Calvin knows a thing or two about the excitement the borough offers and the quality and diversity of the music, food and fashion scenes.



Le Barricou

$$ | Hip, laid-back French bistro in East Williamsburg that's popular for weekend brunch.
533 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-7372


This laid-back French bistro on Grand is the perfect lazy Saturday or Sunday spot. A delicious brunch serving french classics like a Croque Madame alongside American favorites like Pancakes and their caramelized country French Toast. Grab a Bloody Mary and enjoy!


Brooklyn Tailors

$$$$ | Stylish, small clothing shop offering men's suits, shirts & more plus custom-made apparel.
327 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 799-1646


Just a short fifteen minute walk or a five minute ride from the Scotch Porter Pop Shop you’ll find Brooklyn Tailors - one of the best independent men’s boutiques and custom suiting shops in Brooklyn. The husband and wife team of Daniel and Brenna Lewis, have grown their following from humble beginnings in their Clinton Hill apartment into a global label. In 2014, GQ Magazine named Brooklyn Tailors “Best New Menswear Designers of the Year”, and they launched a capsule collection with the GAP that October, which quickly sold out. The pair now offer their collection in a number of retailers in the United States and abroad, including Barneys.

Checkout their shop for youthful cuts of classic sport coats and dress shirts.


Grade Coffee

$ | Tiny, down-to-earth coffee shop serving a rotating selection of choice brews, plus baked goods.
101 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 987-4740


At about this time your caffeine or cocktail (s) from brunch will likely be starting to wear off. If you are in need of a little pick-me-up head to Grade Coffee. It’s the perfect pit stop to refuel. Swing by the green door and grab a shot + something sweet and keep moving.

Rough Trade NYC

$$ | Venerable independent record store for obscure & mainstream CDs & vinyl, plus live music & a bar.
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-4111


From Grade Coffee you’ll be just a 3 minute walk to Rough Trade. The store has its roots in 1970s West London. The store remains a unique place partly due to the fact that it has survived through the ups and downs of physical record sales and partly because of just how large of a store it is. The Williamsburg location is the brand’s largest store. Checkout their vinyl collection, take in some live music or have a drink. Whatever you prefer, it’s the perfect way for a music lover to spend an afternoon.


Cafe Mogador - Williamsburg

$$ | Buzzy outfit serving traditional Moroccan tagines, couscous & more in comfy yet charming quarters.
133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 486-9222


If you are looking for a unique spot to grab some dinner and drinks checkout Cafe Mogador. It’s really no surprise there is typically a wait at this eatery. They turn out some of the most delicious vegetable centric dishes around. Mezze, grilled chicken or lamb skewers, and tagines, you can’t go wrong with anything you order.

Westlight @ The William Vale

$$$ | Rooftop bar with panoramic skyline views from a terrace & glassed-in lounge plus craft cocktails.
111 N. 12th St / 22nd Floor
(718) 307-7100


After dinner you will be just a 5 minute walk down Wythe Ave. Between the William Vale and the Wythe Hotel the block is certainly getting a reputation for trendy hipster hotels overlooking the Manhattan skyline. There are worse things to get a reputation for.

Take advantage of the evening and head to the 22nd floor rooftop bar for drinks overlooking the city. With a view and a terrace like this it really doesn’t matter what you are drinking but the cocktails are pretty solid as well.

TIP: If you visit again on a Monday night you can also enjoy the live jazz that they have weekly.

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