August 5, 2013 · 6:58 am
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This place. On a Saturday morning, there is nowhere better to witness the amazing energy of this borough firsthand. Smorgasburg, the Williamsburg food outpost of the Brooklyn flea market, takes place on a giant lot on the East River with killer views of Manhattan. Seriously: You name it, and there’s a booth for it. Pigs in a blanket. Beet burgers. Freshly brewed kombucha. Coconuts with straws sticking out, at the ready for easy hydration. Williamsburg is the Mecca of the artisanal food movement, and it’s awesome to go out and support the many, many local vendors.

When I went last weekend, I tried a few things: sticky rice coconut snacks from Bamboo Bites, the best vegan ice cream I have ever tasted- chocolate chai- from Alchemy creamery, and I finished off with a watermelon lemongrass shaved ice from People’s Pops, the perfect refreshment for a horribly hot July day.

After Smorgasburg, going to Artists and Fleas is an absolute necessity. Clothes and accessories, both thrifted and artfully crafted, records for perusal, and gorgeous jewelry, all housed in a beautifully rustic warehouse. There’s another location at Chelsea Market in Manhattan, but I think this one offers more space and bang for your buck. Ambience-wise, at both Smorgasburg and Artists, the people-watching is insane.

You seriously don’t have to be a market junkie to love this place. And for those who are, it’s the best one I’ve been to in the city yet- and I’ve been to many! And it’s just one of the many things I love about this awesome neighborhood.

 

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