Cobble Hill, the Co of Brooklyn's BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens), is home to one of the largest French expat communities in the city. The brownstone-lined streets are home to historic businesses, trendy cafes and plenty of shopping opportunities you won't find elsewhere in Brooklyn.
See & Do
One of the best ways to put your finger on the pulse of Cobble Hill is to spend an afternoon at the Cobble Hill Park, the neighborhood's green heart. Once the sun goes down, head to the historic Cobble Hill cinema to catch a blockbuster or indie flick on the big screen.
With such a sizable French community, it should come as no surprise that this Brooklyn neighborhood specializes in French cuisine at places like Bar Tabac or Hanco's (they serve the best Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in the city). Many New York foodies come here to visit one of the city's oldest butcher shops, Staubitz Market.
The drinking establishments in Cobble Hill are reminiscent of Cheers – the types of places filled with neighborhood regulars and familiar faces. The Last Exit fills up as residents get off work, while Henry Public pours draft beers and specialty cocktails to complement their gastropub menu.
The streets of Cobble Hill are filled with interesting little shops, like Homage who specializes in skateboards or Little Luna, a vintage and antique shop tucked inside a brownstone. You'll find the clothing and accessories stores to be fashionable but unpretentious in this artistic-centered neighborhood.