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What to Do and See in Dumbo, Brooklyn

While most neighborhoods situated under bridges are better-suited for vagrants and and back-alley dealings, DUMBO is a shining exception. Cobbled streets give way to picturesque waterfront views and there’s no shortage of first-rate places to dine and shop. To help you get your bearings, here’s a few of our favorite spots:


One Girl Cookies

Even though “cookie” is prominently featured in the name, do yourself a favor and start your morning with a delicious whoopie pie from this beloved bakery in the heart of DUMBO. The large windows are great for people-watching and there’s plenty of outlets for charging up.  


Washington Street

Arguably the most photographed street in the borough, it’d be foolish not to see what the hype is all about. Flanked by two former red brick warehouses, this cobbled street is iconic DUMBO. It’s not everyday you see the Empire State perfectly framed within the the arches of the Manhattan bridge. 🙌


Front General Store


If you’ve been looking for that perfect faded jean jacket or shearling-lined leather bomber, look no further. This top-drawer vintage shop has all things Americana. Whether you want to pick up a 50s postcard of the NYC harbor or pair of wethered 501s, there’s something for every budget.


AL Mar

This laid-back Italian eatery checks all the boxes. Neighborhood charm, reasonable prices, and of course, delicious food. It’s hard to resist the Egg in a Cloud, a picture-perfect presentation of baked egg yolks tucked under a fluffy plume of whipped egg whites, all served on top of a Brioche Bun with Smoked Ham and Fontina Cheese. Note- cash only.


Brooklyn Bridge Park  

One of the true gems of Brooklyn, this park has it all. Spectacular skyline views, gorgeous gardens, and that perfect riverfront breeze. Stroll the meandering paths, enjoy a midday picnic, or go for a leisurely bike ride. If you’re feeling fancy, take in the views with a cocktail in hand form the chic 1 Hotel Brooklyn rooftop.  


St. Ann’s Warehouse

Occupying a grand relic of the area’s industrial past, St, Ann’s has an eclectic rotation of performances year-round. The public garden alone is worth checking out. Structural remains mix with lush greenery, acting as a perfect metaphor for the revitalization of one of Brooklyn’s most unique neighborhoods.


Check out our neighborhood guides for more things to do in beautiful Brooklyn!