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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Author: Elle Canada

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: McCarren Hotel & Pool

STAY Since Brooklyn has been christened "the new Paris" and so many world-class cities are clamouring to be just like it, why not just head directly to Williamsburg — arguably Brooklyn's coolest 'hood and the defacto homeland of plaid-wearing, craft-brew-sipping creative types. Drop off your bags at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (its 64 sleek ’60s-inspired rooms come complete with mirrored headboards) and head straight to the salt-water pool for the retro party that will be under way on any given hot summer night. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Long Island City

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: Stinky Bklyn

TASTE Let David Naczycz, of Urban Oyster Tours, be your guide around the local foodie scene, which spans nearly every culture and dietary restriction. (As a gluten-free pescetarian, I was delighted when he directed me to an assortment of specialty mom-and-pop shops.) At Stinky Bklyn, try cheese (the Mohawk mist, made from goat milk from New York’s Mohawk Valley, is a standout) paired with honey that’s harvested on the rooftops of local brownstones. READ MORE: Explore Long Island City, the next Brooklyn

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

TASTE Over at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., the fish tacos (with corn tortilla wraps) are delish, and Vinny, the owner, will talk you into trying an oyster shot. READ MORE: A food tour of Quebec City

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: Brooklyn Winery

DRINK At Brooklyn Winery, sip a house-made Zinfandel at the rustic bar, which was constructed from recycled church pews and is in a room accented with ’40s-style wallpaper. The winery opened in 2010 in a space that was previously an abandoned nightclub. “Everything in this city was once something else,” says owner Brian Leventhal. READ MORE: Take a stylish tour of Denmark's cool capital

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: 61 Local

HANG OUT Grab a pint of locally brewed craft beer at 61 Local in Cobble Hill and get your creative juices flowing like the local writers who frequent hipster cafés and bars. You might even spot Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss and Paul Auster, who call this borough home. They continue the literary tradition of former Brooklynites Henry Miller and Walt Whitman, whom you can learn more about via NYCgo.com’s self-guided literary walking tour of the area. READ MORE: Travel Insider DJ Alex Merrell

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Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

Explore Brooklyn: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

SNACK For a treat, stop in at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, which is located in an old pharmacy and serves classic 1950s egg creams: a delicious (and gluten-free!) concoction of club soda, egg whites and flavoured syrup. READ MORE: Stay at one of Ireland's most luxurious manor houses

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