When you’re traveling, time isn’t always a luxury you can afford. But two minutes might be all you need to take in that historic landmark. In 20 minutes, you can have lunch at that famous café. In 120 minutes, you can tour that iconic gallery. By shifting your sense of time, you can manage it, maximize it, and have a journey that’s as full as it is fulfilling.

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Jannel Therese
The #LojelCollective’s NYC-based Jannel Therese in Brooklyn with the Cubo.
photo by Jannel Therese / @streetstyleteller
Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Yonghyun Lee
photo by Yonghyun Lee

Real estate agents across North America love to dub their city’s hippest neighborhood as “the next Brooklyn”, but nothing compares to the real thing. The borough has everything you need and more; it’s a place where new artforms, cuisines, and communities can be discovered around every corner. Manhattan may have the skyscrapers, the world-famous landmarks, and the Broadway musicals—but Brooklyn has a spirit that can’t be replicated.

The best way to experience Brooklyn in 48 hours or less? Follow this minute-by-minute itinerary through NYC’s most diverse district.

 

 

DAY 1

Southside Brooklyn
10:00 AM
Rise and shine (and share!)
(90 minutes)

Colonia Verde serves one of the borough’s finest Latin American brunches—and when the weather cooperates, there’s no better place to sip a Michelada than their sunny back room in Fort Greene. Branch out from the typical brunch offerings and order Cauliflower Flatbread or Duck Confit Chilaquiles for the table.

“Manhattan may have the skyscrapers, the world-famous landmarks, and the Broadway musicals—but Brooklyn has a spirit that can’t be replicated.”

12:00 PM
Ride around Prospect Park
(45 minutes)

Cycle through Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park—it was even designed by the same team. In the summer months, the Prospect Park lawn plays host to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, which sees world-renowned acts from Grizzly Bear to Kronos Quartet take the stage.

 

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Sarah Desantis
photo by Sarah DeSantis
1:00 PM
Wander through the local museum
(120 minutes)

See some of the top art exhibitions in New York without battling the crowds found in Manhattan’s galleries. Brooklyn Museum not only has an incredible permanent collection—which features classical and contemporary works, and an African arts section—but also rotating exhibits like the world-touring David Bowie is, and retrospectives on artists including Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.

“Buy yourself a latte at the in-store S,T coffee bar and spend some time browsing for a little piece of Brooklyn to take home.”

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Driely Carter
photo by Driely Carter
Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Travis Timothy
photo by Travis Timothy
3:15 PM
Have your coffee—and your souvenir too
(60 minutes)

Womenswear, accessories, art pieces—the curated collection at Sincerely, Tommy includes pieces from New York locals KEANE, Victoria Mingot, and Kahle, among others. Buy yourself a latte at the in-store S,T coffee bar and spend some time browsing for a little piece of Brooklyn to take home.

 

4:45 PM
Spice things up at an early bird dinner
(75 minutes)

Head over to Pilar for delicious Cuban eats. This neighborhood spot has everything you need to refuel for the evening: fresh juices, rum cocktails, and Vaca Frita. Remember to get their housemade hot sauce on the side—and then request an extra bottle to take home.

 

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Benjamin Voros
photo by Benjamin Voros
Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Stllr Photo
photo by Stllr Photo
7:30 PM
Take it to the top
(120 minutes)

Starting at Brighton Beach, walk towards Deno’s Wonder Wheel: the best place in the city to watch the sunset. You’ll meet an array of characters from the local Russian community along the way, but of course, the Coney Island experience wouldn’t be complete without a hot dog from the original Nathan’s Famous—they’re well worth the wait.

“If you’re lucky, you’ll hit one of their in-store pop-ups, where you can pick up ceramics—some hand-painted with playful, feminist imagery—by Maggie Boyd.”

 


 

 

DAY 2

Northside Brooklyn
10:00 AM
Go vegan or go home
(60 minutes)

Grub Street called Modern Love one of “the absolute best” vegan restaurants in the city—and for good reason. The Seitan and Waffles (with macerated strawberries and rhubarb butter) is exactly what you need to kickstart your second day in Brooklyn.

 

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Annie Forrest
photo by Annie Forrest / @annieforrest.world
11:30 AM
Choose your own adventure at Molasses Books
(60 minutes)

A true local spot, Molasses is a light-filled used book store with a lounge-like atmosphere for reading, chatting, and listening to a vinyl-only soundtrack curated by owner Matt Winn. If you’re lucky, you’ll hit one of their in-store pop-ups, where you can pick up ceramics—some hand-painted with playful, feminist imagery—by Maggie Boyd.

 

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Jessica Antola
photo by Jessica Antola
Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Jannel Therese
The #LojelCollective’s Jannel Therese in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg ’hood with the Urbo 2 Tote.
photo by Jannel Therese / @streetstyleteller
1:15 PM
Stroll through the shopping district
(120 minutes)

You can find everything from clothing and accessories (Bird on Grand Street, The Kinfolk Store on Wythe Avenue) to craft beer (Brooklyn Brewery on North 11th Street) to offbeat antiques (Mother of Junk on Driggs) in the Williamsburg neighborhood. Plus, as you make your way towards Kent Avenue and the waterfront, you’ll get a beautiful view of Manhattan.

“…you can sip a glass of beer or wine while [the radio hosts] serve up tracks from all genres and reaches on the world”

3:45 PM
Wine and chill at The Lot Radio
(120 minutes)

The Lot Radio is a locally run online radio station that operates out of a shipping container. Its hosts share a deep passion for music, and there’s a bar on site—so you can sip a glass of beer or wine while they serve up tracks from all genres and reaches of the world.

The music doesn’t need to stop here—Lojel Playlists are available on Spotify and YouTube.

Lojel - Local Time: Brooklyn - Raison Smith
photo by Raison Smith

 

7:00 PM
Listen to an up-and-coming artist
(90 minutes)

National Sawdust has been supporting and pushing Brooklyn’s music boundaries since 2015. With artist residencies and highly curated programs, it’s worth your time whether you recognize the performer’s name or not. Book tickets early as this unique venue has limited room..

10:00 PM
Enjoy a late, low-lit dinner
(90 minutes)

Every place in Brooklyn has a history, and Glasserie is no exception: it was once a glass factory. Reserve a table on the patio to indulge in Mediterranean share plates (Green Almond Tabouli, Mushroom Kataif, Chicken Avgolemono) and watch the city lights sparkle—nice, from a distance.

 


 

Two days—48 hours—doesn’t seem like a lot. But what if you change your mindset: what if you think about it as 2,880 minutes? You can’t alter the passage of time, but you can change how you calculate it, perceive it, and use it. Make the most of every minute in Brooklyn with these local favorites, and then check out our local guides for Austin, Portland, and Toronto.

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