As many of you already know, this past week was a big one for Girls— HBO’s Girls that is! On top of seeing the highly-anticipated premiere of the show’s second season— our office still can’t stop talking about it! — writer, producer and all-around cool girl Lena Dunham also took home two Golden Globe Awards for Best TV Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy, rounding out a pretty stellar week if we do say so ourselves. Now thanks to Ms. Dunham, we’ve all become a bit obsessed with the whole Brooklyn scene, reminding us of a few other Brooklyn gals who know a thing or two about living it up in the BK.
Models have long frequented and called Brooklyn home, making them the perfect guides to the hip and trendy borough. From the area’s best shopping boutiques and vintage stores, to where to find the best cup of joe or specialty cocktail, Brooklyn regulars Crystal Renn, Erin Wasson and Raquel Zimmermann among others have you covered! Just in time for the weekend, these lovely ladies are giving us a rundown of their favorite places to stay, eat and shop in Manhattan’s sister borough, giving you the chance to finally live out that Girls inspired weekend you’ve been imagining since first cracking up at Hannah and friends in season one. Check out our roundup of the best model-approved Brooklyn hotspots below and get ready to have your best Girls weekend yet!
Catbird: 219 Bedford Avenue
Located smack dab in the middle of Brooklyn’s young and trendy Williamsburg area, Catbird is the go-to shop for the most unique jewelry and accessories finds including everything from glassware, candles and art to old fashioned toys and playing cards. Specializing in local designers, as well as well-known international brands, this quaint shop is the perfect place to unearth an ever changing array of artisan goodies. And don’t take just our word for it. Top models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen and Izabel Goulart have all paid a visit to the boutique.
Amarcord Vintage Fashion: 223 Bedford Avenue
Following the success of its first retail store in Manhattan’s East Village, Amarcord brought its upscale vintage wares to Brooklyn, opening its treasure-filled doors in the heart of Williamsburg. Everyone from Erin Wasson and Mariacarla Boscono to Carolyn Murphy and Iman have popped by the expertly curated shop to sift through the showroom’s trendy archive consisting of more than 50,000 swoon-worthy pieces picked up from around the world.
Bird: 203 Grand Street
Chances are you’re probably already familiar with Bird and its standout collection of top designer pieces including A.P.C, Girl by Band of Outsiders, Isabel Marant, Suno and Vena Cava to name but a few. And while Alexa Chung isn’t exactly a model— although her gorgeous campaign for Maje is not to be missed— her exquisite sartorial flair pretty much speaks for itself, so we just had to include her in our hotspot roundup! Alexa is fan of the quirky Willamsburg fashion destination, so naturally many have followed in her footsteps, stopping by the LEED-certified store to pick up the very best in contemporary fashion and design.
Shen Beauty: 315 Court Street
Located in Cobble Hill, Shen beauty offers an ever-expanding range of hard to find, niche brands including Kate Logan, LAFACE and Mitchell & Peach. On top of discovering your new favorite organic moisturizer and picking up a coveted Mason Pearson brush, you can feel rest assured that each product is a true beauty winner tried and tested by store owners Jessica Richards and Jules Stringer. And if that’s not enough, Modelinia favorite Jessica Stam and red carpet stars Solange Knowles and Michelle Williams can all vouch for the cult beauty shop.
Marlow & Sons: 81 Broadway
After all of that shopping, you’re going to want to treat yourself to a good meal, and there’s no better place than Marlow & Sons! This neighborhood institution is the go-to spot for simple, yet expertly crafted New American fare. Top models Eniko Mihalik and Raquel Zimmermann have both been spotted taking in the establishment’s scrumptious offerings, making this the perfect after-hours hangout for you and the girls. And feel free to keep the party going by making a stop next door at Diner for seasonal entrees and desserts that are sure to have you coming back for seconds!
Roberta’s: 261 Moore Street
This famous pizzeria is another time-tested favorite among Brooklynites, most notably of the bunch being Crystal Renn. Located further into Bushwick, this industrial-hip locale serves up some of the best wood-fired pizzas around, not to mention a standout selection of rustic Italian dishes that could rival your grandmother’s!
Mesa Coyoacan: 372 Graham Avenue
In the mood for authentic Mexican? Look no further than Mesa Coyoacan— Williamsburg’s premiere cocina mexicana. With it’s rustic, long communal tables and penchant for authentic, organic Mexican cusine, Mesa Coyoacan offers a beautiful culinary experience for those— Crystal Renn among them— looking for some of the city’s best Chiles en Nogada and Mixiote de Carnero.
Wythe Hotel: 80 Wythe Avenue
Brought to you by the creators of Marlow & Sons and Diner, the Wythe Hotel has quickly become the hottest spot to stay and party all night— you might remember hearing about the mega-bash Azealia Banks hosted last Fashion Week— thanks to its ever-changing cast of model and celebrity party-goers. Featuring a rooftop bar that offers breathtaking views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines and an intimate outdoor garden, the Wythe is sure to provide the sweet ending to your perfect Girls weekend!