Gowanus, long known as the crack between two hipster suburbs, is coming into its own. The canal might not be as scenic as the Hudson (yet!), but don’t let that stop you from taking a day trip around this ‘hood with your family. Here’s where to eat, play and shop in this up and coming Brooklyn locale.

Runner & Stone

Stop by this bakery, restaurant and bar for superb pastries. Spacious and modern, Runner & Stone has a downstairs room with comfy couches to curl up on. All the bread is made in-house, so take a sandwich to go if you don’t have time to dine in, plus one of the chocolate almond croissants that locals rave about.

Runner & Stone, 285 3rd Ave.

Do you have a favorite spot in Gowanus? 

–Christine Knight