Although Brooklyn is known for its eclectic main streets filled with unique shops, it's also home to a few bigtime shopping malls. You can spend a whole day shopping at these full-service shopping centers in Brooklyn.
From an old-school shopping mall on Flatbush Avenue to the flashy shops at the City Point mall, which opened in 2016, this borough is a shopper's delight. Take a glance at what Brooklyn has in store for you.
City Point in Downtown Brooklyn
In the fall of 2016, City Point started to open some its many shops. City Point is located in Downtown Brooklyn and houses Century 21, Alamo Drafthouse, Target, Trader Joe's, and many other retailers. Trader Joe's opened in 2017. Also, it houses an impressive array of food vendors in the DeKalb Market Hall, located in the basement. It is easily accessible by the subway (Q, R, and B trains).
There are two malls in Fort Greene, the Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center malls that are joined by an overhead walkway. Both are centrally located to the Atlantic Avenue subway station and LIRR station and are across the street from Barclay Center basketball arena. Target, Best Buy, and Burlington Coat Factory are some of the anchor stores.
Probably Brooklyn's best mall, this large duplex complex has hundreds of shops, a parking lot, and a movie theater. It has been around since the 1970s. If you're a cookie lover or need to refuel before you spend your marathon day of shopping, stop by the Cookie House on the first floor, an old-school favorite. The mall has most of the standard chain stores like a Macy's, a large H & M, JCPenneys, and many more. For food, you'll find Chipotle, McDonald's, Nathans, and a number of other fast food restaurants.
The area around Fulton Mall has been turned into a pedestrian zone and has undergone an extensive revitalization. Fulton Mall's anchor store is Macy's. Every day new shops are popping up on Fulton Street. From the Banana Republic Factory Store to the Gap Outlet to an oversized H & M, Fulton Mall is quickly being reborn as Brooklyn's ultimate shopping destination.
With the completion of City Point nearby, this stretch of Brooklyn has become even more ideal. Restaurants are opening around this centrally located part of Brooklyn, which is close to several subway stations in Downtown Brooklyn. If you're done shopping, there's significant nightlife here, too.
Gateway Mall in East New York
This is Brooklyn's best-kept secret, a suburban-style shopping mall that has a more relaxed atmosphere than some of Brooklyn's more established malls. It's off exit 15 on the Belt Parkway near Spring Creek Park. Although it's best for those who have access to a car, it's worth the trek via bus. Gateway Mall includes a second mall, which houses a Gap outlet, Five Below, and many other shops. This is a great place if you're just moved to the borough and need home products from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, or Target.
Although there is no reason to ever leave Brooklyn. If you find yourself with an invite to the posh Hamptons or the lovely North Fork of Long Island, hit up one of the big box stores or malls in Long Island on your way back. Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, New York, is eight miles from the Brooklyn borderline. Further, but much larger, is Roosevelt Field Mall, one of Long Island's finest malls in Garden City, New York (about 21 miles away). If you don't want to leave New York City, you can take a train to Queens Center mall in Elmhurst, Queens, about 4 miles from the Brooklyn borderline.