As a resident of Brooklyn Heights for nearly a decade, I have spent a lot of time exploring adjacent neighborhood Cobble Hill. Cobble Hill is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in New York City and is home to many families. It boasts Italian and French populations and has some of the most picturesque blocks lined with brownstones and trees.
In Cobble Hill you’ll find charming bookshops, well curated independent shops, quaint cafes and wonderful restaurants. You’ll also be situated near some of the other best neighborhoods in Brooklyn worth exploring on the same day.
Cobble Hill is the neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It’s small – just 40 blocks and it sits adjacent to Brooklyn Heights to the north, Boerum Hill to the east, Carroll Gardens to the south, and the Columbia Street Waterfront District to the west. The blocks feature some of the best nineteenth century houses and it is fun to see all the architecture on display in this historic district.
If you’re looking to explore the charming neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn this guide will be a great starting point.
What To Do In Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Explore Court Street
Court Street is the main thoroughfare through Cobble Hill. Along it you’ll find loads of coffee shops and eateries as well as charming shops to explore.
Stroll on Smith Street
Just next to Court Street you’ll find Smith Street which features wonderful bakeries like Bien Cuit. Also nearby Smith Street and worth visiting are One Girl Cookies and Bar Tabac.
Have breakfast at Poppy’s
Poppy’s is my weekend go-to. It offers amazing breakfast sandwiches and delicious pastries. This is one of the best spots in Cobble Hill!
Visit the Jewish Deli Shelsky’s
Shelsky’s is a famed deli serving up smoked fish and great breakfast sandwiches on freshly baked bagels and bialis.
Enjoy Cobble Hill Park
Cobble Hill Park is a charming and quaint little park that’s perfect for catching up with a friend, enjoying an outdoor lunch or having your kids run around in.
See a Movie at Cobble Hill Cinema
This old cinema boasts five theaters and is a great place to catch a mix of new or independent or foreign films.
Get a burger at Long Island Bar
This corner spot is an institution in Cobble Hill and the famous burger doesn’t disappoint. Settle into one of the booths or grab a seasonal table outside and enjoy the retro atmosphere.
Have weekend bagels at Court Street Bagels
You’ll likely encounter a line down the block at this bagel spot if you go on a weekend morning – but it is worth it if you love a good New York bagel! Just be sure to have cash as they don’t accept cards.
Shop at Trader Joe’s
If you live somewhere without a Trader Joe’s, the one in Cobble Hill happens to be in a beautiful old bank and is worth popping into so you can pick up snacks or all the fixings for a picnic.
Go on a date at Henry Public
This is one of the coziest, cute spots in Cobble Hill and their surroundings and dinner menu are perfect for a date night in the neighborhood.
Visit nearby Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill sit next to one another – separated by Atlantic Avenue. Brooklyn Heights is another historic and utterly beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood that’s worth visiting.
Don’t miss my What to Do in Brooklyn Heights Guide.
Get coffee at Stumptown
Stumptown on Pacific Street is one of the best spots to get coffee in Cobble Hill. You could also check out Swallow Cafe which is loved by locals.
Have drinks at Elsa
Elsa is the best cocktail bar in the area and you wont’ be disappointed by this chic yet laidback spot serving up great drinks.
Walk towards the Brooklyn Bridge
Given how small Cobble Hill is you can see quite a bit of the surrounding neighborhoods before or after you explore it. Consider visiting nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park or walk towards or on the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Have you visited Cobble Hill? If so I would love to hear your favorite spots in the Comments!
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