Friendly and vibrant, Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a neighborhood where artists, young families and life-long residents mingle effortlessly. Famous creatives including Walt Whitman, Erykah Badu and Chris Rock have all called Fort Greene home at one point, so it’s no wonder this section of the borough oozes cool from the cracks in its sidewalks. Easily accessible by subway (N, R, Q to DeKalb; A, C to Lafayette; or G to Fulton St.), and the LIRR (to Atlantic Ave.), Fort Greene is the perfect place for the entire family to eat, play and shop.


If you need a jolt, head to Smooch for a cup of their delicious organic coffee. Yummy breakfast options include savory sandwiches, muffins and omelets. This cozy café has a laid-back neighborhood vibe. The friendly staff will chat you up while they make your food and drinks to order. If you visit enough, they may even memorize your favorites. On warm days, you’ll find plenty of strollers parked outside as locals hang out on the wooden benches.

264 Carlton Ave.

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–Angela Johnson-Archer