New Yorkers love their coffee. Whether from a cart, a Starbucks or a boutique café, we can't get enough in a day.
Before moving to New York City I never understood why people spent so much time in coffee shops. When I finally moved to New York City, I understood. Small apartments, terrible Wi-Fi, not-so-friendly roommates can be the tip of the iceberg. That being said, coffee shops tend to become a part of our daily lives. As we make friends with our daily baristas and sit at our favorite table by the window watching passerby, I listed the 5 best coffee shops in Brooklyn. Of course, there are many more, but these reign as my top 5 favorite shops to which I frequently visit.
The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Brooklyn
I work in Manhattan but live in Brooklyn and like many of my fellow Brooklynites, I love getting to know my neighborhood (and avoiding rerouted trains to NYC at all costs). I usually spend my Sunday’s in coffee shops getting work done for Sitting Pretty Style and have a few I cannot stop going to.
- Probably my most frequented, L’Imprimerie is a French bakery and café in Bushwick, Brooklyn. You’ll often find me sipping on a soy latte while eating their Orange Almond Cake. During the summers there is a little backyard patio perfect for meeting with friends.
- Variety Coffee Roaster
- Variety has a few locations throughout Brooklyn but the Bushwick location is my favorite. I love spending time in or around my neighborhood and getting a window seat here is great for people watching as it’s on a main street. Plus, amazing latte’s.
- Toby’s Estate
- Probably the most well-known coffee shop on the list, Toby’s estate is a beautifully-designed space and perfect for the Williamsburg area. It’s very industrial and almost always packed, but a great space for working or socializing.
- Blue Bottle Coffee
- A great grab-and-go place I love coming in here for its open space and relaxed atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite stops in Williamsburg and is near all of the shops.
- Milk & Pull
- Found this place via my roommate and we’re both so excited. Aside from great coffee, sometimes you need a place with a great aesthetic as well.
The reasons to go to a coffee shop can be infinite, but one of my favorite reasons for going (aside from the coffee) is to get to know my neighborhood. They say New Yorkers are incredibly mean and I couldn’t find the opposite to be more true. Sure, we don’t really take a bunch of crap from people, but heading to a coffee shop is a great way to get to know your neighbors.
Have a favorite neighborhood spot I should check out? Leave a comment below and let me know! I love finding new places and exploring new neighborhoods. Brooklyn is a huge borough and I can’t say I’ve explored every part of New York City. That doesn’t mean I can’t try! Until next time.