The phrase "Fifth Avenue" may bring to mind legendary stores like Tiffany's and Cartier, but in Brooklyn, the Fifth Avenue shopping experience is marked by independent fashions and one-of-a-kind finds. This popular shopping area, situated in the heart of brownstone-filled Park Slope, is dotted with fun boutiques, restaurants, and shopping gems galore.
Fifth Avenue Shopping in Brooklyn: Getting There
There are several subway lines (B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, D, M, and N) that stop at the Atlantic Center Terminal, and Fifth Avenue is just a short walk from there. Alternatively, you can take the 2 or 3 train to Bergen Street, or hop on the B63 bus, which begins in Cobble Hill and then hits Fifth Avenue, where it runs all the way down to Bay Ridge.
Fifth Avenue Shopping in Brooklyn: Shops Not to Miss
If you start at the north end of Fifth Avenue and walk south, you'll find shops catering to all different kinds of shoppers. It's fun to explore them as you go, and there's a list of all the shops and restaurants on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue here, but these are our top picks:
- LuLu's Cuts & Toys (48 Fifth): Even if your little one doesn't need a haircut, there's bound to be some irresistible toy at Lulu's that he'll want to take home. The creative toys here are educational and fun, a parent's dream come true.
- Beacon's Closet (92 Fifth): Beacon's Closet is the mother ship of Brooklyn thrift stores. While the Park Slope offshoot isn't as big as its sister shop in Williamsburg, it still holds an amazing amount of bargains. Here you'll find used designer clothes, coats, and shoes, all for a fraction of their original prices.
- Diana Kane: (229b Fifth) Diana Kane is a local favorite. The boutique has a collection of clothing by "small exclusive designers," as well as, a great selection of jewelry, handbags and accessories.
- Annie's General Store: (232 Fifth) This quirky shop, which relocated from Boerum Hill to Park Slope's Fifth Avenue a decade ago is "a modern general store for a well lived life." The shop is filled with great gifts for birthdays and other events. It's a must-visit during the holiday season, where you'll find tons of stocking stuffers.
- Bird (316 Fifth): The prices at Bird aren't cheap, but the fashions are totally of the moment. Here you'll find coveted brands like Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lam, A.P.C., and Alexander Wang, to name a few. This high-fashion store also sells children's clothing and accessories.
Fifth Avenue Shopping in Brooklyn: Where to Eat
Park Slope is a neighborhood known for its great restaurants, and plenty of them are located on Fifth Avenue. If you're in the mood for a hearty Italian meal, head to Al di La (248 Fifth), a popular spot that critics have been raving about for years. Blue Ribbon (280 Fifth) offers great American fare, and at the V-Spot (156 Fifth), you'll find delicious vegan food. Miriam (79 Fifth), an always-busy brunch favorite, offers reasonably priced American and Israeli dishes.
If it's just a quick break that you need, stop at Gorilla Coffee right off of Fifth Avenue at 472 Bergen Street, where the Brooklyn-roasted beans are some of the best in the borough. Not quite decadent enough for you? Head to The Chocolate Room (86 Fifth), where you can feast on all things chocolate (cakes, cookies, shakes, and more) while sipping a steaming cup of hot cocoa.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein