How to spend the perfect day in Park Slope, Brooklyn

7th Avenue and 1st Street in Park Slope. (Credit: WikiMedia; Jared Kofsky/PlaceNJ.com)

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Charming tree-lined streets, brownstones that are the very definition of #housegoals, plus delicious eats and chic boutiques wrapped up in an idyllic atmosphere Park Slope is arguably Brooklyn’s dreamiest enclave. Whether you’re looking for something to do with your besties, your family or a date itinerary with your sweetie, Park Slope has plenty to offer. Hop in the car or take the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal and follow our guide to have the perfect day in Park Slope.

10 a.m.: Indulge your sweet tooth

Start your day at the adorable, although tiny Colson Patisserie. You could get yourself a breakfast sandwich of spinach and egg or a Greek Yogurt parfait but take one look at the pastries and it’ll be hard to resist. Go for the cinnamon bun made out of croissant and pair it with a latte or cold brew. 

11 a.m.: Hit the park

One of Park Slope’s charms is its proximity to Prospect Park. Meander through the nearly 600-acre park. Come April, Smorgasburg will return on Sundays giving you a great way to eat your through the city without having to leave the park. If you don’t make it on a Sunday, April through October the park is still a prime way to enjoy nature in the middle of the city. If you brought your four-legged bestie along with you be sure to check out the park’s dog pond (just be prepared for some muddy paws).  

1 p.m. Have a mediterranean lunch 

Didn’t fill up in the park? Head to Miriam Restaurant on 5th Avenue for a light lunch of couscous and vegetables, burekas and other Mediterranean favorites. After lunch it’s time for one of Park Slope residents’  favorite desserts: ice cream. Thanks in part to the number of families living in the neighborhood, Park Slope is home to some of NYC’s best ice cream spots. You could actually spend an entire afternoon on a self-guided ice cream tour. A couple of must-trys are Meltkraft by Valley Shepherd and L’Albero dei Gelati.

3:00 p.m. Window-Shop (or Actually Shop)

Time to hit the shops. Pop into Un Posto Italiano and purchase some handmade pasta to take home with you. Head to Community Bookstore and browse the aisles of adult and children’s books before wandering in and out of the vintage shops the line Fifth Avenue (be sure to visit Beacon’s Closet). If you brought the kids with you, take them to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (it’s fun for adults too) or sans kids up your wine knowledge at Zula Wines & Spirits recently opened by Amy Poehler.  

5 p.m. Go ahead and ‘Gram those houses

Spend some time just taking in the neighborhood’s famous brownstones along Sterling Place and Prospect Park West. You can download a guide from Free Tours by Foot to learn some of the history of the buildings. Or stop into the Old Stone House, a museum that once served as the clubhouse for what would later become the Brooklyn Dodgers.

7 p.m. Cocktails + Eats

By now you’re ready to get off your feet. Head to Mission Dolores for beers and a board game. The bar is dog friendly when the patio is open. Or go straight to dinner at Fausto, known for their homemade pastas and wine list featuring biodynamic wines. 

9 p.m.: Extend your stay

Not ready to head back to the Island? Tuck in for the night at the cozy At Home in Brooklyn, a bed and breakfast with gorgeously appointed rooms right on Prospect Park.