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by Gena Spezio April 24, 2018

We have all had that time where we turned to Google or Yelp to find out where to go for brunch, household essentials, or the perfect summer dress. We almost always end up going to the same spots we’ve been a million times before. We know we can’t go wrong with our old haunts: our every Sunday brunch spot or that place we’ve bought the same jeans for 5 times.

But even the most traditional of us want to branch out and explore other avenues.

At Kala, we decided to round up a few of our favorite haunts in Brooklyn for the next time you feel like strolling off the beaten path.

The Blue Stove
415 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you are looking for classic homemade baked goods, you’ve come to the right place! The Blue Stove opened its doors in 2009 as an homage to mom’s home cooking. To maintain that authentic homemade quality, all of their treats are made in small batches with simple quality ingredients. They use as many local ingredients as possible, keeping everything in season and fresh. Although everything on the menu is delicious, we recommend trying one of their quiches on a weekend morning. That flakey crust gets us every time!

Upstate Stock
2 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Upstate Stock is cafe and market all-in-one. They’re all about promoting goods made in the United States. From clothing to home decor, Upstate Stock pride themselves on the simple fact that nothing compares to locally made products. Tremendous thought and care goes into each item they stock and produce, a fact that you just can’t beat. Go check out their main spot near McCarren Park and support local business and locally made goods.

95 S 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Looking for a sophisticated sweet treat? Head to our daily office-wide cold brew spot, Butler.. Led by Michelin star pastry chef, Ryan Butler, Butler’s specialty is pairing delicious flavors with the finest espresso coffee. If you’re looking for a modern take on a classic sandwich, try their roast beef today. Made on a fresh homemade roll, this sandwich is something that you don’t want to miss. If you’re interested in learning how to make their dishes for yourself, they offer baking classes every Thursday evening.

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

In the market for quality, fresh seafood? Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co is the place you need to be. Their mission is to bring great quality, responsibly sourced seafood to New York City. With local and seasonal seafood in mind, they focus on working with fisherman who care as much about the oceans’ health as they do. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch one of the oyster shucking class they occasionally offer. If not, grab a meal centered around their always fresh (and delicious) lobster roll!

55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

After lunch at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., take a stroll over to Oak and check out their selection of men’s and women’s clothing. If you are looking for one of the trendiest spots in Brooklyn, this is where you need to be. Their focus is on minimalist style, but everyone will be asking where you got that outfit. There is always something for even the pickiest of shoppers. We love looking through their outerwear section and finding the perfect piece for the upcoming season.

Bunna Cafe 
1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Bunna Cafe is one of those places that you might not know about if you don’t live in Bushwick, but you just can’t miss it. Serving up authentic vegan Ethiopian cuisine since 2011, they truly bring the love of culture and food to all of New York. One of the most exciting aspects of Bunna is their regular coffee ceremonies. The coffee ceremony is “an integral part of social and cultural life in Ethiopia and Eritrea” brought to Brooklyn. Bunna truly makes guests feel part of the experience. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, so we recommend getting a feast for your group and trying it all.

Pilgrim Surf + Supply
68 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11248

Last but not least: Pilgrim Surf + Supply. This place is perfect when you’re looking for relaxed, put together outfits ready for surfing at the beach, hiking in the rain, or just strolling in your neighborhood. Not only can you find your next perfect summer outfit, but you can also pick up a new surfboard and all the gear you need while you’re at it. Get ready, because stepping into this Williamsburg spot is sure to give you major summer vibes!

Gena Spezio
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