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BrooklynUnited States of America

This bustling borough has everything — from pizza slices and pretzel vendors, to trendy galleries, and vintage stores -- all with killer views of the Manhattan skyline.

A lively arts and music scene, trendy shopping and hip pubs and restaurants gives Brooklyn a decidedly unique identity. This borough attracts creative talent from all over the world.

Brooklyn was an independent city until the end of the 19th century, and was known for its tough reputation throughout much of the 20th century. Today, it’s the most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs, populated mainly by families, students, and young professionals in all walks of life.

This area is studded with a great range of dining options, especially Italian fare like pizza, pasta, and gelato. You’ll find everything from street vendors, to charming sidewalk cafes, to high-end restaurants. Brooklyn is also brimming with eclectic flea markets and vintage stores throughout the Williamsburg neighborhood.

If you’re looking for some exercise, stroll from Manhattan over the 1.3-mile-long (1.82 kilometers) Brooklyn Bridge. Stop and enjoy the views of the city skyline from picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park. Grab a scoop (or two) from the award-winning Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and explore the Dumbo neighborhood, where former warehouses have been converted into multi-million dollar condos. From Dumbo, it’s a subway ride to Bedford Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg. Take your time and explore the many cute cafes, galleries and boutiques. Wander over to trendy Greenpoint to grab a bite from Five Leaves Café, Bar and Oysters, which actor Heath Ledger designed.

Brooklyn also has plenty of green spaces where you can kick back and relax. Prospect Park is the borough’s answer to Central Park, created by the same design team. Nearby Sunset Park, in a neighborhood bearing the same name, is where you’ll find Brooklyn’s Chinatown. If you’re in town in summer, catch an outdoor film or take a dip in the public pool at McCarren Park.

Art buffs can get their fill from countless galleries and independent art spaces throughout Brooklyn. You’ll find exhibits by internationally-recognized photographers and artists, as well as up-and-coming creative minds. The architecturally beautiful Brooklyn Museum often has travelling exhibits worth checking, with a focus on women’s art.

The Brooklyn bar scene is just as lively as it is across the bridge in Manhattan. You’ll find informal bars and cafes, as well as elegant rooftop spots to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the amazing skyline after a day of sightseeing.

Brooklyn is just south of Manhattan, on the western tip of Long Island. It’s easily accessible by subway or bus.

Brooklyn Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Williamsburg

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Noted for its cafes and live music, there's plenty to explore in Williamsburg. Top attractions like McCarren Park Pool and Brooklyn Brewery are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Metropolitan Av. Station or Hewes St. Station to see more of the city.

Williamsburg
Downtown Brooklyn showing heritage elements and a bridge

Downtown Brooklyn

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Kings County Supreme Court while getting to know Downtown Brooklyn, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Jay St. - Tech Station or York St. Station to see more of the area.

Downtown Brooklyn
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Park Slope

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Old American Can Factory while getting to know Park Slope, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at 7 Av. Station (9th St.) or 9 St. Station to see more of the area.

Park Slope
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Bushwick

2/5(2 area reviews)

Bushwick is a destination travellers like for its coffee shops, and you might hop aboard the metro at Knickerbocker Av. Station or Central Av. Station to explore sights like Maria Hernandez Park.

Bushwick
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Greenpoint

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Greenpoint. Spend some time visiting top spots like WNYC Transmitter Park, and catch the metro at Greenpoint Av. Station or Nassau Av. Station to see more of the area.

Greenpoint
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Bedford-Stuyvesant

3/5(11 area reviews)

Bedford-Stuyvesant is known for its abundant dining options, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Kingston - Throop Avs. Station.

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Top hotels in Brooklyn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
3 out of 5
125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is £109 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brooklyn Academy of Music and Pratt Institute. One World Trade Center and New York University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,036 reviews)

"Convenient location. Easy to get to everywhere I wanted to go. Near subway, shopping and some restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
3.5 out of 5
300 Schermerhorn Road, Brooklyn, NY
The price is £92 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Located in Boerum Hill, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Barclays Center Brooklyn, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn ...

4/5Very Good! (1,030 reviews)

"Neighborhood is full of construction and walls are fairly thin but the room, staff and experience over all was lovely. I will definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is £246 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Roosevelt Island and 3 mi (4.8 km) from United Nations Headquarters. Brooklyn Bridge Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"awesome awesome experience I had an amazing time everything was perfect"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

The William Vale

Top Holiday Rentals in Brooklyn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Ultimate Guest House
The Ultimate Guest House
2.5 out of 5
267 E 32nd St, Brooklyn, NY

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Museum. Barclays Center ...

3.8/5Good! (19 reviews)

"This was truly a guest house with shared common areas and a tiny room of your own. Everything provided was clean and comfortable, however sharing a bathroom has its drawbacks. It was also very quiet. The subway was only 2 blocks away. Jay was very responsive to our requests."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

The Ultimate Guest House
Newly Renovated Carriage House
Newly Renovated Carriage House
3.5 out of 5
698 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Barclays Center Brooklyn, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Botanic ...

1/5 (1 review)

"I never checked in cuz the owner never wrote me back"…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Newly Renovated Carriage House
Cobble Hill Apartments Stays
Cobble Hill Apartments Stays
3.5 out of 5
86 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Located in Cobble Hill, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge. Wall Street and ...

Cobble Hill Apartments Stays

Popular places to visit in Brooklyn

Barclays Center Brooklyn
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Barclays Center Brooklyn

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Catch an event at Barclays Center Brooklyn during your trip to Brooklyn.Experience the acclaimed art galleries and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Prospect Park
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Prospect Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

With many acres of rolling hills, wooded alcoves and lush gardens, this park is a great place in Brooklyn for a lazy afternoon or an outing with the family.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

5/5(1 review)

Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

5/5(3 reviews)

Walk along the East River in Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Top things to do in Brooklyn

Stand-Up Comedy - VIP Discount Tickets (NO DRINK MINIMUM)
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Stand-Up Comedy - VIP Discount Tickets (NO DRINK MINIMUM)

£4
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Brookyln Food Tour
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Brookyln Food Tour

£62
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop
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Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop

£32
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Guided Tour of the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
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Guided Tour of the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn

£47
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo Neighborhood Walking Tour
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Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo Neighborhood Walking Tour

£27
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Hasidic Williamsburg Walking Tour in New York City
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Hasidic Williamsburg Walking Tour in New York City

£38
Per adult

Reviews of Brooklyn

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 46%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41%
3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Brooklyn on the whole is excellent and a brilliant place to stay. Great links to Manhattan and airports.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

Brooklyn is cool. Nice bridge. Nice DUMBO. Nice pizza.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Dec 2019

A true gem all the cool fox live there if you are a londoner its a bit like shoreditch but quiet with secret places to shop and eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Highly recommend Sweet Chick on Bedford for brunch!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

The hotel is a couple of blocks from a pier with a ferry link to Manhattan.

5/5 - Excellent

Nadine

18 Nov 2019

Lots of great bars, cafes and restaurants. More chilled than Manhattan

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