Brooklyn is known to have some of the best indie shopping in the city. It's home to the Brooklyn Flea, the famous artisanal and vintage flea market, and a plethora of funky shopping districts. But sometimes you want to find your favorite national food chain or big box store so downtown Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue is where you'll find some great shopping at the Atlantic Terminal Mall and the co-located Atlantic Center Mall. The department and specialty stores, government services, restaurants, and food vendors located within the two-mall complex make for convenient one-stop shopping.
You'll find the malls on Atlantic Avenue in the Fort Green district, considered part of downtown Brooklyn. The five-floor Atlantic Terminal is located across the street from the three-floor Atlantic Center Mall—the two are connected by a pedestrian bridge.
For access via public transit, most Brooklyn subway trains and the Long Island Railroad stop at Atlantic Terminal. For those driving, there are two floors of underground parking at the Atlantic Center Mall.
Clothing, Shoes, Cosmetics, and Accessories
One of its largest stores in Brooklyn, Target at Atlantic Terminal is your one-stop shop for all the things your household might need—from vacuums to apparel to a full grocery store—but that's just the beginning of the mall offerings.
Walk into the main area of the mall from Target and you'll discover Avenue, Burlington Coat Factory, Children's Place, Mandee, Marshalls, Men's Wearhouse, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, and even a Japanese fashion store, Uniqlo.
For all your footwear needs, DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) is available in Atlantic Center, and if you're on the hunt for skin care products or jewelry, you can shop at Bath & Body Works or the local Carol's Daughter boutique.
Electronics and Cellular Phone Stores
For those shopping for a new cell phone or electronic device, there are a number of great retailers specializing in electronics including a large Circuit City.
For video game aficionados, there's a fairly large Gamestop in the Atlantic Terminal mall that usually has surplus stock of all of the latest and greatest entertainment on the market. However, if you don't find what you're looking for while there, you can also order online to have it shipped to this location for pick-up.
Home, Office, and Hobby Stores
For home goods, hobbies, or office supplies, Atlantic Terminal has a number of great options including Mattress Firm and one of the largest Office Max locations in Brooklyn.
For musicians, Guitar Center has a location in the mall with daily deals and a huge selection of instruments, sheet music, and CDs. For party planners, the mega-warehouse of party supplies, Party City, has everything from Halloween costumes to dinnerware for casual events.
Restaurants, Fast Food, and Grocery Shops
Atlantic Terminal has a great food court and a number of restaurants and fast food joints throughout the complex as well as a Stop & Shop Supermarket and Pharmacy, and the food section of Target for all your grocery needs.
For those with a sweet tooth, there's Auntie Anne's and a Cold Stone Creamery.
In terms of fast food chains, Atlantic Terminal has a McDonald's and a Starbucks, and also offers two casual dining restaurants: Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill and Chuck E. Cheese.
Other Services Including the DMV
Atlantic Terminal Mall and Atlantic Center also feature a lot of other goods and service providers, making it a truly one-stop shopping location for downtown Brooklyn.
Atlantic Terminal Dental offers excellent rates on all things mouth health while National Vision Center offers eye exams and prescription eyewear. For financial matters, you can visit Public Insurance Brokers or Carver Savings Bank.
Though it might not be what you wanted to do with your trip to the mall, Atlantic Center has a Department of Motor Vehicles office right in the basement. Although you'll have to stay in the DMV until your number is called, your family can take the opportunity to shop while you wait for this service.
You'll also want to check out the Gateway Center Mall.