Bed Stuy has become increasingly trendy in the past decade. Similar to neighboring Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Clinton Hill, the area has transformed into a haven for artists and young families. Bed Stuy's change to a neighborhood with rising prices and notable restaurants is a bit controversial in the discussion on New York City's gentrification.
Nevertheless, the transition means that this area of Brooklyn is filled with historic architecture but also newer galleries, shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Spend a weekend or even just a day exploring this hip part of Brooklyn—however long your stay is, you're sure your enjoy time spent in Bed Stuy.
Have a Drink
There are numerous places to indulge in a cocktail in Bed Stuy. Locals flock to Bed-Vyne Cocktail on Halsey Street and Bed-Vyne Brew on Tompkins Avenue for the atmosphere and the incredible selection of drinks. If you want to bring some drinks home, the folks from Bed-Vyne have a spirits shop in Bed Stuy.
On a summer night, sip a drink on the patio at Doris, or have classics like a Tom Collins or a Dark & Stormy at Moloko with a menu of traditional cocktails, beers, and wines. Moloko also has a stellar food menu. If you want to drink some frozen, New Orleans-inspired drinks, stop in The Holler, a NOLA-themed bar in Brooklyn.
Take in Some History
Bed Stuy is teeming with Brooklyn history. Learn about Brooklyn's past on a walking tour. New York Like a Native offers a Bed Stuy Walking Tour. Or take a DIY tour, checking out the historic buildings, with many noted churches and apartment buildings. Don't forget to see the former location of the Boys High School on 832 Marcy Avenue.
Dine on Inventive Cuisine
Bed Stuy is a diner's delight. You can easily fill an entire weekend dining on all of the foodie favorites. Dine on Japanese tapas at the newly opened Trad Room, have a slice of some of the best artisanal pizza you'll find in Brooklyn at Saraghina, and enjoy brunch and Mediterranean cuisine at the local favorite Hart's. For a deeper look into the best spots to dine in Bed Stuy, check out our list of Bed Stuy's superb dining options.
Relax at a Bed and Breakfast
Wake up to the smell of freshly baked goods in one of the gorgeous bed and breakfasts in Bed Stuy. Stay at the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast, a renovated 1860s landmark mansion. This Italianate villa has ornate fireplaces and is a romantic place to spend the night in Brooklyn. Another popular B and B is Arlington Place housed in a landmark brownstone, which was in Spike Lee's film "Crooklyn." Book a night at one of these hotels, and you'll have a luxurious weekend in Bed Stuy.
In Bed Stuy you can hear indie bands, R & B, jazz, and music from both established and emerging musical artists. If you like jazz music, you must head to Bar Lunatico owned by three local musicians. With a well-curated drinks menu and a schedule of eclectic music, this thoughtful venue is a definite spot to visit while in Bed Stuy. You can also hear jazz and other music at the local favorite Cmon Everybody. Tilly's Bklyn, a local family owned bar, also has live music every Saturday night.
Art abounds in Bed Stuy—from the Biggie mural on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street to galleries, there is much to see in this arty hood. Biggie isn't the only rapper who has a mural in Bed Stuy. Walk to 448 Franklin Avenue to see a mural painted on the brick wall next to the Organics Deli, which pays tribute to OBD, one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan. For a look at emerging and established artists visit the Richard Beavers Gallery and The Bishop Gallery to see the latest exhibitions.
Go for a Run
You can walk around the streets of Bed Stuy soaking in the architectural gems, but if you want to do some serious exercise, the folks at Restoration Plaza host an annual 5K and 10K race for runners, as well as organized bike rides. If you want to go for a swim, head to the Bed Stuy YMCA which offers swim classes in their pool.
Hang Out in a Cafe
Yes, a Starbucks has opened, but Bed Stuy is also filled with homey cafes where you can sip a latte while writing the great American novel or spend a leisurely morning with a friend at these cafes. Start your day with a cold brew at Daily Press Coffee, a cafe with locally sourced products. Or have a meal and a coffee at Bed Stuy Provisions, a charming cafe and general store. For an Eastern European feel, have a coffee at Zabka Eastern European Cafe.
There are many new shops popping up around Bed Stuy. Have a unique shopping experience at TNT Concept Store, where they sell clothing and art. Or shop for hip women's clothes at the local favorite Sincerely, Tommy. Men can shop for clothes at BedStuyFly. For those who enjoy vintage clothes, stop in Harold and Maude Vintage. If you're looking for home goods and housewarming gifts, peruse Peace and Riot.
Spend the Night
Book a weekend getaway in Bed Stuy, and stay at the hip boutique Hotel RL. Located on Broadway, the hotel is filled with locally inspired art and is also pet-friendly. This hotel chain is known for hosting art series including readings, performances, and art shows. Red Lion Hotel and Suites offers multiple packages with local business including a beer-themed weekend and many others.