How to Plan the Perfect Day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Updated: Mar 24


Exterior view of a brick building with a colorful mural with various shapes and patterns for National Sawdust Co in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.


Bordering the nearby neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bushwick, Williamsburg is a Brooklyn neighborhood filled with a dynamic atmosphere, inviting travelers to shop at unique small businesses, grab a drink at a number of local dive bars, and search for fading facades that offer a glimpse into Williamsburg’s ever-evolving identity.


Here’s our curated itinerary of both iconic and under-the-radar neighborhood locations to guide your walk through Williamsburg.


Bonus: If you’re in the mood for an audio tour around the neighborhood, check out our Williamsburg audio tour, which features the suggested loca​​tions below and more neighborhood favorites. You can experience the on-demand walking tour at your own pace, whenever fits your travel plans best.



Shopping: Beacon’s Closet, Artist & Fleas


If you’re looking to add a few vintage pieces to your closet, you’re in luck.



Exterior view of Beacon's Closet storefront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Outside the store is a sign for Beacon's Closet with a symbol of a baby's face wearing glasses depicted in a yellow neon sign.


At 74 Guernsey St, you’ll see a sign with a neon baby in thick rimmed glasses, which means you’ve arrived at Beacon’s Closet, a sanctuary for all things preloved and vintage. Carrie Peterson founded the store after moving to Brooklyn from Arizona and has since created a space internationally recognized for its vintage clothing. Stop by and see what gems you can find for sale!


Artist & Fleas (70 N 7th St) is another classic Williamsburg shop you’ll want to check out. Artists & Fleas is a space where makers bring their goods to market, and you can search for some incredible items from over 40 sellers to commemorate your trip to New York.



Indoor Entertainment: The Gutter, Brooklyn Bowl, National Sawdust


Welcome to the neighborhood of dive bars and bowling alleys galore.



A brick building next to a taller building with a mural on it of a variety of images including a cat, street signs, a camera, and a bicycle. A sign that says Bowling Bar is attached to the brick building, indicating the location of the Gutter bowling bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.


The Gutter (200 N 14th St) is a dive bar and bowling alley combo. The alley’s old-school, retro dive bar atmosphere neatly conforms to the neighborhood’s aesthetic -- scruffy but intentional, like a well-kempt beard. If you’re in need of a drink or a turn on the lanes, The Gutter makes for a fun, casual evening.


Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) is quite the elaborate bowling alley with its lit up stage and disco balls welcoming all who walk through its doors. You can check their upcoming events page to see what shows will be on during the time of your trip. One thing you’ll notice about Brooklyn Bowl is the ubiquity of Brooklyn Brewery beer on tap - more on that below!


At 80 N 6th St, you’ll find National Sawdust​​, a non-profit performing arts and music venue that hosts a number of events year-round. See what they have scheduled here if you want to catch a performance during your trip.



Food and Drinks: Brooklyn Brewery, Smorgasburg, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream


Yes, you can get a drink and grab a bite to eat at the entertainment venues mentioned above, but here are some more options if you’re looking for something quicker as you’re exploring outdoors.



Exterior view of a beige building with a bright red door. Above the red door is a circle sign with a cursive B, which is the logo for the Brooklyn Brewery, indicating that this is the Williamsburg location of the Brooklyn Brewery.


Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th St) is hard to miss - you’ll find one of many colorful Williamsburg murals right next to the building. When Brooklyn Brewery first set up shop in 1990, this area was a post-industrial no-man’s land of abandoned warehouses and factories. Today, over 3,000 people visit the Brooklyn Brewery taproom on a normal weekend. Most will crack open a bottle or can and pause a moment to glance at the trademark cursive “B” printed on the label of their lager. This logo was designed by one of the most celebrated designers, Milton Glaser, who also made the I Love New York logo.


You’ll also definitely want to stop by Smorgasburg depending on the season in which you’re visiting New York (check here to see if they’re open during your trip). Smorgasburg is a perfect place to sample a variety of food from local vendors, and you’ve probably seen tons of “food in the air” style Instagram photos from this particular location. Located in Marsha P. Johnson State Park, the area itself is worth checking out for some great views of the city skyline. The park was actually renamed in February 2020 to honor Marsha P. Johnson, a gay rights activist and self-identified drag queen. She was an important figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front.


If you’re visiting New York during the summer months (although they’re open year-round and there’s never a bad time for ice cream), stop by Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (204 Wythe Ave) for a seriously cool selection of flavors. What started as a single ice cream truck has evolved into a multi-million dollar business in 44 states, and founder, Ben Van Leeuwen, is always creating inventive flavors. From limited edition flavors like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese to Sicilian Pistachio, you’re sure to have a difficult time deciding what to order.



History: Hecla Iron Works, Dr. Brown’s, Domino Park


Williamsburg isn’t all dive bars and bowling alleys. For the history buffs, Williamsburg has plenty of hidden details that you need to see.