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15 Places That Will Make You Fall Hard and Fast for Bed-Stuy

Key to the City BY leah bhabha 10/02/2018

 

Between crafting sets of stunning earrings for her line SVNR and running a successful PR company, Christina Tung doesn’t have much downtime. But when she does, you’ll find her bopping around her South Brooklyn neighborhood, Bed-Stuy, and she’s got enough old ‘n new recs for you to plan a jam-packed weekend in her neck of the woods (including places to overnight).

 

Stay

 

SANKOFA ABAN

“When friends and family come to visit, these are the two places I always recommend if they want the Bed-Stuy brownstone experience: This one hosts live jazz parties and barbecues in the summertime.”

 

AKWAABA MANSION

“A gorgeous landmark mansion from the 1860s—the inn is part of a small group of B&Bs located across the country.”

 

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Eat

 

STONEFRUIT + ESPRESSO

“I love the Stonefruit fresh juices, especially their aloe and grapefruit concoction. There's also an incredible communal co-working space in their botanical space in the back. It's pretty magical.”

 

GEORGES-ANDRE VINTAGE CAFE

“I don't drink coffee, but I love the smell of it. Georges-Andre has yummy pastries, friendly staff, and a true neighborhood vibe.”

 

PEACHES

“I usually order the fried chicken to-go on a Friday night. I can eat pretty hot foods, but their spicy rub is made with ghost chilis, so I recommend getting it on the side.”

 

GRANDCHAMPS

“Grandchamps is a super laidback spot with communal tables and homemade Haitian dishes. I always get the griot hash.”

 

A&A BAKE AND DOUBLES

“I love Trinidadian doubles for breakfast on the weekend. Sometimes during the week, I'll stop in when I'm riding my bike to work.”

 

LUNATICO

“This is a cozy wine bar that has live music almost every night.”

 

LOVER'S ROCK

“Not only does it have chic Caribbean decor, Lover Rock’s also got a backyard space with dancehall and reggae DJs on the weekend.”

 

DO OR DIVE

“I used to go here when it was still Do or Dine and always got a kick out of their punny menu items. It’s a kitschy dive bar now, and there will usually be pups hanging out also.”

 

CASABLANCA

“This is a go-to spot that gets packed on the weekends due to their solid rotation of DJs playing throwback R&B, Motown, and current hip-hop.”

 

Do Things

 

SINCERELY, TOMMY

“This is hands-down the chicest shop in Bed-Stuy. Kai, the owner, hosts community events and workshops there, with a focus on educating, exploring, and empowering individuals.”

 

MIRTH

“This Greenpoint-based vintage shop just opened an outpost in Bed-Stuy, and I couldn't be happier!”

 

SEASONS

“I've been trying to work on my green thumb while getting my backyard in order with my housemates. We have some herbs and other plants on the deck that are really flourishing this summer. Seasons is our neighborhood nursery where we pick up all our horticultural odds and ends.”

 

BED STUY ACUPUNCTURE

“When I want to treat myself, I love going to acupuncture. I find it really helps to reset me when I'm feeling stressed or sluggish. This spot opened a while back in the old Scratchbread location, and while I was sad to see them go, I'm really thankful to have accessible holistic services in the neighborhood!”

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