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.
Boerum Hill Shopping GRDN for the Urban Gardener at 103 Hoyt St.
Area restaurants include:
Blue Bottle Coffee: CA based Blue Bottle has a small store with great coffee at 85 Dean St.
The Little Sweet Café, 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. In early 2020, Zachary Golper was named a Semifinalist for the 2020 James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker!
French Louie: This is a small, charming French Bistro at 320 Atlantic Avenue. They serve lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.
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.