The Best of Cobble Hill & Brooklyn Heights. Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights are located next to each other in the Borough of Brooklyn. There is quite a rich history behind these two neighborhoods dating back to the late 1800s. Upon completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, these two neighborhoods began to expand rapidly. They soon became popular with wealthy New Yorkers, building many grand mansions.
But the two neighborhoods gained popularity in the mid to late 1980s and became a vibrant artistic community that included writers, musicians, and artists. The area was also a center of political activism, with many residents involved in civil rights and anti-war movements.
Fast-forward to today and Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights are two of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City, with historic brownstones, beautiful tree-lined streets, and some of the most stunning views of the New York City skyline – especially at sunset.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, with its 1.3-mile-long stretch along the East River, might be the anchor to these neighborhoods. And you could spend the entire day exploring and enjoying the park and its surroundings and not have enough time to see and do everything.
But today, we decided to skip the park and explore some of the great places to eat, grab a coffee and a treat, and shop. And who wouldn’t enjoy that on a semi-warm, sunny spring day in March?
115 Montague Street, Brooklyn
We started our morning at L’Appartment 4f for coffee and chocolate croissants. I had been once before when they first opened, and have wanted to bring Brent here forever. We are always too late. This time we were on a mission to make it to L’appartment 4f for chocolate croissants before they sold out. They are so delicious, and remind us of our trips to France!
Gautier and Ashley Coiffard began baking and selling croissants from their small Brooklyn apartment part-time. Then in May of 2022, they opened their retail shop on Montegue Street. “Through lots of trial, error, and butter, we curated a menu that brings France to NYC.”
We highly suggest that any trip to Brooklyn includes your first stop here!
Chocolate Croissants and Coffee at L’Appartment 4f
122 Montague Street
We’ve been fans of Books Are Magic, but this was our first time visiting their new location on Montague Street.
Henry Street & Remsen Street
Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral dates back to 1846. It’s so beautiful inside. You can read more about the history here.
119 Atlantic Avenue
Salter House is a family-owned shop that carries sustainably made clothing, housewares, and they offer coffee and sweets too!
179 Atlantic Avenue
Collyer’s Mansion is a colorful little shop full of lovely finds, both from local and faraway places. You’ll find vibrant textiles and loads of original art displayed beautifully; I loved a few small pieces by local artist Steph Becker.
187 Atlantic Avenue
A gourmet market with over 200 bulk bins of olives, candy, nuts, and shelves of spices, olive oils, salts, and just about anything you could think of! Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue opened in 1948 and continues to be a family affair, with the fourth generation entering the business.
“Sahadi’s is an old-world place where you can discover new tastes.“
197 Atlantic Avenue
There are very few kitchen shops around like Whisk. It’s a one-stop shop for all things kitchen and dining. You can find small appliances to cookie cutters at Whisk. It has a very neighborhood community feel to it. Toward the back of the shop, hanging from a kitchen magnet, they have a recipe of the month printed and free to take. We can’t wait to try this recipe for Chocolate Panna Cotta with sugared pine nuts shared by local Brooklyn food photographer, @with_spice.
221 Court Street
“The Six Bells is a country store of homewares that come from a little world far away. Physically we’re in Brooklyn; emotionally, we’re in the countryside.”
Thank you for reading the best of Cobble Hill & Brooklyn Heights!
We hope you enjoyed our walk through these Brooklyn neighborhoods. As we find more shops and cafes, we will add them to the post. If you have one that you would like us to include, please let us know in the comments! We are always looking for reasons to walk the streets of our favorite city!
In the meantime, check out this post from last year when we discovered Octavia Coffee Shop.