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Italian Brunch and the Best Indie Boutiques in Park Slope

Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!

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Park Slope is one of Brooklyn's best-loved hoods, and for good reason: there's an exciting food and shopping scene, but with a quiet, slower pace than other parts of the borough. Plus, the brownstone backdrop can't be beat.

After the jump, see a complete itinerary for an entire afternoon in Park Slope, starting off with a delicious Italian brunch and continuing on with a tour of six local boutiques.

You can’t go wrong with traditional Italian fare—well, at least not when it’s done right, and it’s done right at Marco's (295 Flatbush Avenue). The two magic words: backyard patio. Dig in to a frittata with prosciutto, fried eggs with fennel sausage, soft polenta taragna, or one of the crispy paninis, and follow Eater’s advice to order a selection of the irresistible pastries for the table.

A Cheng (466 Bergen Street) embodies Park Slope style: it’s understated, classic and pared-back, with a touch of cool—and it’s all beautifully made. This is the store for enhancing your wardrobe with chic staples you’ll wear forever, from the house label and lines like Sessun, Marais, Swedish Hasbeens, Clare Vivier and Jennie Kwon.

As the name suggests, Flirt (93 Fifth Avenue) is a nook of feminine style. With an emphasis on local designers and a vintage-inspired aesthetic, you’ll find intrinsically pretty wares here that are eye-catching but easy to wear. Find flattering printed dresses, tailored jackets, playful jewelry and colorful bags, all at an affordable price point.

Facet (97A Seventh Avenue) is great for unique jewelry, offering a selection of enchanting, vintage-looking—and actual vintage—pieces that you’d want in your collection forever. There’s something for every style, occasion and budget, like stacking bangles, stand-out necklaces, and special rings.

A buy-sell-trade shop that has the feel of a high-end boutique, Pony (69 Fifth Avenue) offers a selection of pieces that range from classic to statement, from sought-after designers and at refreshingly easy-on-the-wallet prices. You’ll find true vintage next to too-good-to-be-true merch from recent seasons, from brands like Diane von Furtenberg, Elizabeth and James and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Lion in the Sun (232 Seventh Avenue) is your go-to for all things that are pretty and paper. Stop in to browse and pick up cards and stationery that you won’t find anywhere else, or set up a meeting to have them handle your wedding invitations. A unique aspect of this shop is its selection of Brooklyn designers, so you can send a thank you note or a save-the-date that’s a little piece of local art.

In the market for a filigree skull, ceramic grenade mug, or a scissor-print throw pillow? Homebody Boutique (449 Seventh Avenue) has you covered with an eclectic inventory of interior-transforming housewares that range from clever and playful to edgy. You’ll also find jewelry, apothecary items, and stationery.