Wonderful Willamsburgh

Brooklyn Bridge from the Circle Line Ferry
Brooklyn Bridge from the Circle Line Ferry

Like Brooklyn, Williamsburgh is another place emerging as a trendy hotspot. Both are getting a real face-lift and the go-to places for everything hip and trendy. While Brooklyn is probably a little further ahead in terms of being ‘gentrified’ Williamsburg is well on the move.

Browse along main drags of Bedford Avenue, Grand Street and North Sixth – wandering these streets you will find up and coming fashion designers, art galleries, funky cafes, bars and restaurants. There are also a number of warehouse conversions occurring that are being turned into a mixture of shops, galleries and housing.

Some of my fav pics include Meg a ladies fashion boutique at 54 N 6th Street, Willamsburgh.  Meg focuses on tailoring clothes to a woman’s shape and if something doesn’t quite fit she’s happy to make adjustments.

Love the packaging but love the chocolate more!
Love the packaging but love Mast Brothers chocolate more!

Another fav was Mast Brothers chocolate shop at 111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn. You’re likely to smell the shop before you get to it! At this wonderfully wicked shop you’ll find the chocolate being made in front of you. The chocolate is as original and unique as you can get it with an emphasis on staying as true and close to the origin of the cacao beans themselves.  The flavours are divided into two categories: The Single estates, origins and blends – as close to pure as you can get; and The Pairings – but don’t expect the usual flavourings here you’ll find exotic additions such as dried cranberries, pecan and maple, pepper, black truffle, vanilla & smoke to name but a few. If the taste itself doesn’t win you over the packaging is bound to – funky without being cutesy – the wrappings look like gorgeous wallpapers! Unfortunately they only ship within the USA at the moment but here’s hoping that may change sometime soon…

I can’t wait for my next visit to find some more hidden and not-so-hidden gems!

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