Our perfect Saturday in Bed Stuy is one part workout (aided by some intense dance classes), two parts shopping (the area has recently welcomed some exciting concept shops and home goods stores) and three (okay, maybe four) parts snacking (hello imported sodas, nostalgia-inducing candy shops, and hibiscus-frosted donuts). Get ready to criss-cross this north Brooklyn neighborhood on our all-day stroll.
Start your Bed-Stuy day on a high-energy note with a dance class at Aspire2Dance (1195 Bedford Avenue). The studio offers ballet, hip hop, tap, African dance, yoga, and zumba—just the thing to work up an appetite before hitting our next stop.
Fill up on comfort food at Black Swan (1048 Bedford Avenue). The gastropub features dishes like rum French toast, a traditional English breakfast, and a lobster "PLT" with pork belly and fried egg. Wash it all down with a Scottish soda or a British black currant drink.
Shop vintage fashions at Miss Masters Closet (1077 Bedford Avenue)— a neatly merchandised shop that carries ladylike dresses, slouchy ‘80s sweaters, flowy blouses, and trendy-again low heels. The vibe is more upscale boutique than thrift store, even though the prices remain refreshingly low.
Bed-Stuy dwellers have recently welcomed eclectic home goods store Peace & Riot (492 Nostrand Avenue) to the neighborhood. If you're lucky, married owners Lionel Sanchez and Achuziam Maha-Sanchez (who also runs an interior design business) will be on-hand to help you pick out your new favorite throw pillow or light fixture.
Be among the first to check out Sincerely, Tommy (343 Tompkins Avenue). The buzzy concept store focuses on up-and-coming fashion and lifestyle brands like Collina Strada, Deer Dana, and Fort Makers. There's also an in-store café with gluten-free vegan snacks and local fair-trade coffee to help keep your style hunting game strong.
You'd never forgive yourself if you left Bed-Stuy without picking up a donut from Dough (305 Franklin Avenue). The enormous, decadent sweets are the perfect blend of chewy and fluffy, and come in genius flavors like tropical chili, chocolate with earl grey, hibiscus and lemon ginger.
Give into your sweet tooth one more time at Sugarfly Alley (320 Franklin Avenue). The shop specializes in nostalgic treats like glass candy and saltwater taffy. You can also browse a selection of gifts like throw pillows, soaps, jewelry and tees.
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