You can send a letter to someone in Cobble Hill, but it's better if you use the zip code to set your GPS and visit this scenic section of Brooklyn. Park your car, because the best way to see Cobble is by foot. The residential area, home to many Brooklyn families, is a short walk from the Brooklyn Bridge and the cobblestone lined streets of Brooklyn Heights. From a walking tour to an evening indulging in Cobble Hill's sophisticated nightlife scene, there is a lot to do in this part of Brooklyn. Here are four ways to enjoy a day in Cobble Hill.
Shopping on Smith and Court Streets
If you take the subway to Cobble Hill, get off the F train stop at Bergen Street. The subway lets you out on Smith Street, one of the two main shopping drags. Walk down Smith Street, stopping in the many boutiques that line the street. Once you've completed your Smith Street shopping, head right on any side street and walk toward Court Street. Located one avenue over from Smith Street. Court Street is home to many shops and restaurants. Highlights Lily, a boutique that carries clothing and accessories for women.
Take a Walking Tour
Of course, you can spend the day window shopping and strolling Smith Street and Court Street, but you'll miss the charm of Cobble Hill. Start your walk on Atlantic and Clinton Street. Stop in the Swallow Cafe on Atlantic and Clinton and pick up a coffee. As you sip your brew, make your way down the brownstone lined Clinton Street, until you reach Congress Street, where you'll see Cobble Hill Park, reminiscent of an English square. If you have kids in tow, this park has a simple yet popular playground, or you can stay away from the playground scene and sit at a picnic bench and absorb the atmosphere of this quaint park.
After your break, head to Henry Street, marveling at the architecture. Circle back to Clinton Street, once you've reached DeGraw Street.
Eat Your Way Through Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill is packed with good eats. On Henry Street, you will find local favorite, La Vara, a tapas restaurant nestled on a quiet, charming residential street. Further up Henry Street toward Atlantic Avenue is Hibino, serving up some of the best Japanese food in the borough. For more options, head to Smith Street, where you will have your pick of fine dining establishments. Consider dining at Battersby , a popular restaurant with seasonal cuisine. If you want a tasty sandwich, stop in at Red Star Sandwich Shop, or check out our list of the best sandwiches, many of which are in Cobble Hill and neighboring Carroll Gardens.
Also, don't forget about dessert. You can easily spend an afternoon indulging in cake and coffee on the patio at Mia's Bakery, which also made our list of Brooklyn's best bakeries, along with other Cobble Hill favorites. Fans of Thai must grab a seat in the backyard at Joya, a longtime Cobble Hill favorite.
Craft Cocktails, Beer and Dive Bars
After dinner, have a drink. Although this area is home to many places to grab a craft cocktail, my personal favorite is Local 61, which has numerous craft beers. For those who love craft cocktails, visit the swank, Clover Club for a Manhattan and other classic drinks or walk to Henry Street for a drink at the quaint Henry Public. Wine lovers can spend an evening at either June or Congress on Court Street. However, if you're a fan of dive bars, you're in luck because Smith Street is packed with them.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein