Man making coffee

Our ongoing series, TOAST Guides, highlights the unique neighbourhoods home to our shops. For the latest instalment, we explore the best dining, shopping and cultural destinations in and around Boerum Hill in Brooklyn.

Our first shop in the United States is located on the tree-lined Atlantic Avenue in the heart of historic Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Surrounded by brownstones, neighbourhood restaurants, and small businesses,the area fosters an independent spirit and is led by its vibrant community. Offering a restful escape from the bustle of the city and welcoming you to take a slower approach to your day, discover our favourite dining, shopping and cultural destinations in Boerum Hill.

GRDN

Working with a global community of designers, growers, and farmers, GRDN curates an ever-changing selection of unique houseplants, flowers and artisanal gardening ware. They also offer a weekly subscription of flower arrangements, with the aim to create a fresh and natural environment for a modern home.

103 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY, 11217

PORTA

PORTA is a homeware shop that brings together European tableware and home furnishings, with a focus on traditional craft and independent artisans. From hand-embroidered tablecloths from northern Portugal to plates produced by a family-run Tuscan company founded in 1450, objects reflect the founders travels and emphasis on reconnecting around the dinner table.

360 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Homeware shop and pottery

Roulette Intermedium

Located in a 1920s era beaux-arts theatre, Roulette Intermedium is a creative community space that supports artists of all disciplines by providing them with the resources to realise their visions and build an audience. The initiative presents music, dance, and intermedia performances by prolific artists and emerging counterparts, as well as podcasts, radio shows and TV segments.

509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Man playing sax

June Wine Bar

The first natural wine bar in Brooklyn, June has been running for almost a decade and boasts an extensive 16-page drinks menu and varying selection of small plates. Its wine list spans from the New York Finger Lakes, to French and Czech selections. The interiors are a nod to French minimalism and Art Nouveau, creating a cosy atmosphere, while an outdoor patio is inviting on warmer days.

231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Public Records

Public Records is a music-driven restaurant, performance, and community space built within the historic former ASPCA Headquarters. The historic brick building houses three different venues: an all-day vegan eatery, an Audiofile record and cocktail bar, and a performance space called The Sound Room.

233 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Coffee bar and zinesEmma's Torch

Emma's Torch in Carroll Gardens is a restaurant that employs and trains refugees to aid them in finding careers in the culinary industry. The menu focuses on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, creating breakfast and lunch dishes that are both regionally and internationally inspired.

345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Columbus Park

Built on top of what was once America’s first slum in 1897, today Columbus Park is an oasis in the city. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there is a farmer's market selling local produce, honey and baked goods. Neighbours can also drop off food scraps for composting on Saturdays to make residential composting more accessible and divert food waste from landfills.

Johnson St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Words by Sophie Walsh.

Image 1: Courtesy of Public Records.

Image 2 & 3: Courtesy of Public Records.

Image 4: Roulette Intermedium, photography by Matt Mehlan.

Image 5 & 6: PORTA, photography by Adriana Glaviano.

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As a business owner since 1999 on this BLOCK of ATLANTIC Ave — we want to see more highlights of the BLOCK and Downtown Brooklyn! things that are close to us :) We welcome TOAST To our Block of women owned businesses! Thank you.

Eva Today