While coffee shops in London, Sydney, and San Francisco all stake claim to being the coolest in the world, you can’t crown these cities to be the go-to place for hipsters without first making a pilgrimage to Williamsburg.
A neighbourhood within the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, this corner of the Big Apple has made a name for itself due to its innovative restaurants and cafes.
If you are seeking out establishments of the latter kind, be sure to drop by the spots mentioned below.
1) Blue Bottle Coffee
While coffee served on business class flights to New York is known for being rich and flavorful, this indulgence is just a preview to the amazing java that awaits you in hip Williamsburg cafes like Blue Bottle Coffee.
Located on a side street away from the busyness of main thoroughfares, this venue boasts an industrial vibe that gives it the edgy feel that is so en vogue these days.
Prior visitors to this cafe include customers from Italy, some of whom have praised the espresso for being the best they have tasted outside their home country.
2) Swallow Café
A popular neighbourhood hangout on Atlantic Avenue, the Swallow Café combines a stripped-down interior design and friendly staff to create an atmosphere which must be experienced to be properly understood.
On top of this, coffee-crazed visitors from Australia have mentioned that this place gets it right when it comes to crafting the perfect cup of coffee.
The wi-fi is also on point, so if you have work e-mails you need to blaze through to begin your day, this spot is an excellent place to do just that.
If you are looking to mix a little alcohol with your coffee, plan to meet up with friends at Freehold. Aiming to capture the feel of a hotel lobby, you might initially think that you’ve come to the wrong place.
However, one cup of the house coffee with a croissant will sweep away this suspicion, as this combo has made Freehold a popular morning spot for those who live in the area.
There is more to this place than just java, as you will find out once ‘Happy Hour’ begins at 12 noon. Paired with plenty of foosball and ping-pong tables, pinball machines, and other amusements, you will find it hard to leave this eclectic spot.
4) City of Saints Coffee Roasters
Have special considerations when it comes to your diet? If you do, there are few places better in the world than Williamsburg, as you find tons of coffee shops that not only accommodate vegans and gluten avoiders, but openly embrace them.
As you sip a latte at the bar at City of Saints Coffee Roasters, you’ll have a selection of cookies and desserts that lack gluten, as well as any semblance of animal products.
Combined with hospitable staff and relaxing music, you’ll have a sanctuary away from the noise of the Big Apple where you can curl up with a book and spend an afternoon getting lost within your own head.