Atlantic Avenue, and the surrounding side streets, has some wonderful boutiques and restaurants. There are a number of antique stores, clothing boutiques, stores selling mid-century furniture, fragrances and gift items.
Great stores include:
Sterling Place, at 363 Atlantic Ave., between Hoyt and Bond. They feature beautiful home decor, gifts, accessories, art and furniture.
Hunting with Jake: This store carries home accessories, furniture, jewelry, table top and other gift items. 380 Atlantic Avenue.
GRDN for the Urban Gardener at 103 Hoyt St.
Newly opened is the contemporary Steven Alan Home Stop at 373 Atlantic Ave. They carry some extremely attractive bath and personal care items, kitchen and tabletop, accessories, books and stationery, planters, bedding and throws.
Area restaurants include:
Blue Bottle Coffee: CA based Blue Bottle has a small store with great coffee at 85 Dean St.
The Little Sweet Cafe, at 77 Hoyt St, is also a fun spot for coffee, crepes, cakes and pastries.
Bien Cuit: A small French bakery with lovely pastries and cookies. I went to Blue Bottle and then headed to Bien Cuit to find a snack to go with my latte. 120 Smith Street.
French Louie: This is a small, charming French Bistro at 320 Atlantic Avenue. They serve lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.
Oaxaca Taqueria at 75 Hoyt St.: Offering a large selection of tacos, enchiladas, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, salads and platos or plates with meat, sides and tortillas.
To stay and explore Boerum Hill and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, one good option is the Aloft Hotel. It is located downtown at 216 Duffield St.