One of the most frequent questions I get is where I like to eat and explore in the city, so I figured why not start in my own little neighborhood? If you didn’t know, I live in this little sanctuary in Brooklyn called Williamsburg — over the years, the neighborhood has gotten a lot more “hip” and although new places have been popping up left and right, I’m still loving the same spots I did when I was a Brooklyn newbie.
I found Cafe Colette and its indoor garden on a whim when I first moved to Brooklyn. Two years later, it’s still my go-to spot for a Sunday brunch, a weekday lunch, or even for a round of cocktails with my girls. Jay and I went out for a nice lunch earlier this week because it’s so rare to be able to spend a morning together with our busy schedules as of late and snapped some photos of all the goodies and of this beautiful garden! 🌿
Cafe Colette specializes in gin cocktails, and what’s a mid-week brunch without a cocktail or two? 😉 The colette cocktail is my go-to, made with gin, herbs de provence and sparkling rosé. It comes out in a cute little coupe glass in the cutest tinge of pink, and it’s crazy delicious. I also love the neon negroni, which is Cafe Colette’s little twist on a classic negroni. It’s made with gin, aloe vera, melon, suze, bianco vermouth and topped off with a dash of chlorophyll (which satisfies the bio nerd in me) and it glooows!
As for food, their cheeseburger is a MUST-GET. It’s Jay’s favorite and I always make him split it with me because it’s so darn good! 🍔🍟 If we’re coming for brunch, I love their cast-iron French toast with housemade vanilla butter, and we’ll usually get their mushroom toast to split as an appetizer because ya gurl can’t resist that runny egg yolk. #yolkporn 🍳
The decor in this place is just too perfect, also. I love the rustic chairs and the wooden benches in the garden.🌱 There’s always sun shining through the skylight, creating this perfect illusion of spring even if it’s freezing out. It’s our favorite little green haven away from the bustlin’ streets of Brooklyn.
Since we came out to a nice little weekday-date (a treat because we’ve been cooking so much lately) I decided to wear my new favorite little tropical number from thredUP. I actually wanted this style from Topshop two years ago, but they were sold out in my size, so I felt so lucky when I found this dress on thredUP in my size, almost brand new, for a quarter of the price! If you guys haven’t heard of thredUP, they curate second-hand pieces and promote sustainable fashion (which is basically reusing and donating clothes) and make vintage shopping so much easier on the consumer. I am obsessed — and I’m also thinking about doing a little closet clear out later in the month! From now until May 1st, you can use my code WAI40 for 40% off first-time orders, what a steal! 🤗
Fashion things aside, I can’t wait to share more of my favorite spots around town with you! xo
❕Thank you to thredUP for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.