Things to Do What to do in Bed-Stuy: Hit a thrift store, eat Haitian cuisine and more By Dana Reszutek email@example.com Updated May 10, 2017 11:31 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Nestled between Clinton Hill, Crown Heights and Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant -- aka Bed-Stuy -- is one of the larger sections of Brooklyn, which means there are plenty of eateries, shops and bars to check out. Local restaurants serve up eats from a variety of cuisines, from Haitian to Trinidadian, while high-end retailers and bars are popping up as the neighborhood grows. A walk through Bed-Stuy -- alone or with friends -- will surely lead to new discoveries. Hop on the A, C, J or G trains to start your adventure, and be sure to hit up these top picks for the neighborhood. Warm up at Crocus Juice Bar & Café Photo Credit: Dana Reszutek First things first: coffee. Bed-Stuy's bustling streets, from Nostrand Avenue to Broadway, seem to be filled to the brim with plenty of options to get some java. For a cozy choice, visit Crocus Juice Bar & Café, at 328 Tompkins Ave. Featuring local artwork on the walls and a community table for seating, Crocus is a great place to grab a warm drink or juice, as well as breakfast and small plates, which you can take out back to the small patio. Not enough seats? George-Andre Vintage Café, 558 Halsey St., or Daily Press Coffee, 505 Franklin Ave., offer plenty of seating and solid options for your morning caffeine fix. Admire Bed-Stuy's brownstones Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Bed-Stuy is among the Brooklyn neighborhoods known for its rows of brownstone buildings -- some dating back to the late 19th century. Streets in Bed-Stuy, especially Nostrand Avenue and Halsey Street, are lined with the stunning, traditional residences, making the perfect backdrop for a walk in any weather. Grab that coffee to go, and spend the morning admiring the local buildings -- all of which you'll most likely never be able to afford. Enjoy local art at the Living Gallery Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang Brooklyn is filled with a diverse art scene, from DIY spaces and music venues to a variety of private galleries displaying local works, and Bed-Stuy's contribution surely doesn't disappoint. Head to Living Gallery, located on the border between Bushwick and Bed-Stuy at 1094 Broadway, for a little bit of everything, depending on the day's schedule. From hands-on classes to live music performances, and, of course, a rotating display of art, you never know what you'll get at this unique space. Wednesdays, Living Gallery hosts its "Drink and Draw" event, where you can BYOB and show off your creative side; for $10, the gallery provides materials and wine. Grab authentic Haitian cuisine at Grandchamps Photo Credit: Jasmyn Crawford Bed-Stuy has significant Caribbean, Trinidadian and Haitian communities, which means many local eateries and shops offer authentic eats. Enter Grandchamps, at 197 Patchen Ave., serving up Haitian bites. Enjoy sandwiches and plates, including bone-in stewed chicken, fried fish and griot (pictured), a fried and roasted pork dish served with traditional condiment pikliz. And don't forget about dessert; Grandchamps offers pain patate -- sweet potato pudding -- and plantains foster. Peruse vintage wares at The Meat Market Photo Credit: Dana Reszutek At first glance, The Meat Market, 380 Tompkins Ave., looks like your typical butcher shop -- the marquee still lists offerings of beef, pork, poultry and more. But step inside to see what the space now holds, and you'll get a nice surprise. The buy-sell-trade vintage shop, open since 2011, pays homage to its former butcher shop iteration while offering Bed-Stuy residents a place to shop affordable, unique finds. Besides the variety of clothes, accessories and shoes that a typical thrift shop offers, The Meat Market also displays eco-friendly and locally made items -- vegan beauty products or handmade, copper jewelry and more -- from the community. Or transport to SoHo at Sincerely, Tommy Photo Credit: Dana Reszutek Walking into Sincerely, Tommy, located at 343 Tompkins Ave., it may feel like you've been transported to Manhattan's SoHo. The sparsely arranged garments and jewelry are definitely not for those on a budget -- items are in the triple digits -- though the store does offer sales, with clothing and other items up to 50 percent off. If you're looking for a unique gift at a high-end boutique, this Bed-Stuy spot is a definite must-visit. To make sure you're fully energized for your shopping spree, the boutique has its own coffee shop in the front of the store, selling a variety of espresso beverages. Get your comfort food fix at Peaches HotHouse Photo Credit: Peaches HotHouse If you only know one Bed-Stuy restaurant, it's most likely country-style eatery Peaches HotHouse. Located at 415 Tompkins Ave., this brunch, lunch and dinner spot offers reasonably priced dishes, from fried chicken (pictured) to burgers (including the Jim Cade, with a fried green tomato). About that chicken: Choose between crispy fried, hot or extra hot -- for any daring diner wanting to go full-on Nashville style. Though a wait is to be expected at Peaches on weekends, try to take a seat at the bar and sip on one of its unique cocktail creations, with bourbon options definitely in the mix. Insider tip: Peaches' appetizers let you dine large for less Photo Credit: Craig Samuel In true Southern style, bigger is better. If spending close to $20 is pushing your meal budget for the week, don't feel like you can't head to Peaches for a reasonable bite. Many of the starters and small plates, like the fried green tomatoes served with arugula and applewood-smoked bacon and a barbecue aoili (pictured), cost around $10 and serve up a lot more than your typical appetizer. Try splitting a few appetizers, like the catfish sliders ($11) and iceberg wedge salad ($8), between friends for a filling meal. Admire a neo-Gothic church from the 1890s Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Walk off your meal at Peaches with a stroll to nearby 583 Throop Ave, the site of Our Lady of Victory. The neo-Gothic Catholic church, designed by Brooklyn architect Thomas Houghton and completed circa 1895, is especially stunning thanks to it contrast of light and dark materials. Treat yourself to sweets at Brooklyn Baby Cakes Photo Credit: Dana Reszutek Looking for something sweet? Try Brooklyn Baby Cakes, 506 Nostrand Ave., which makes everything from scratch and offers both mini- and regular-sized cupcakes. Choose from flavors including salted caramel chocolate, dulce de leche and double chocolate, in addition to rotating seasonal flavors. Raise a glass at Therapy Wine Bar Photo Credit: Therapy Wine Bar Nothing cures, well, anything quite like a nice glass of wine, and Bed-Stuy's Therapy Wine Bar, at 362 Lewis Ave., definitely understands this. Reasonable prices -- glasses of wine range from $7 to $12 -- on top of its regular happy hour specials, make this an easy choice for grabbing a drink without spending all of your paycheck. If wine isn't your thing, Therapy also offers a selection of specialty cocktails (from $10), including chocolate espresso and malbec martinis, the cognac-based "Stuycar," and the "The Buttah," with whiskey, simple syrup, sweet and sour and a wine float. Find a cheap brew at Do or Dive Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang This no-frills haunt, at 1108 Bedford Ave., opened shop in the summer of 2016 in place of the former eatery Do or Dine. From the minds behind Lucky Dog, the bar is also a dog-friendly spot, so be on the lookout for a friendly Fido or two during an evening out. If you're looking for drinks -- including cocktails -- under $10, a great selection of beers on tap and a neighborhood atmosphere, this should be on your must-visit list in Bed-Stuy. By Dana Reszutek firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Explore 34 new-to-you neighborhoodsCheck out Bushwick, Morningside Heights, LIC & more neighborhoods. A day in Ditmas Park, the ideal urban cleanseBalancing suburban and city vibes, the small neighborhood makes for an easy day trip. Explore Bushwick, from brunch to barsBushwick, off the L train, is brimming with restaurants and bars. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.