A mostly residential area, Clinton Hill might not stick out as a neighborhood you’d spend your free time visiting. But sometimes a little serenity does good for the body, and there’s more than meets the eye. Though not as hip as the neighboring Park Slope, the district hosts up-and-coming musicians at Hillstock in the summer.
Dough (305 Franklin Ave.)
You haven’t had a doughnut until you’ve been to Dough. Puffy, perfect, and flavorful, Dough makes Doughnut Plant taste amateur. Beyond the normal offerings, it offers blood orange, Nutella-filled, and salted chocolate caramel.
Pratt Institute (200 Willoughby Ave.)
Stop by Pratt’s campus to wander around: massive sculptures, alternately strangely and well-dressed art students, and domesticated campus cats, some of whom will sit on your lap. Columbia, get on that cat therapy.
FREECANDY (905 Atlantic Ave.)
One of the more under-hyped DIY venues in Brooklyn, FREECANDY is an eclectic space for dance, art, and music and has hosted everything from Afropunk shows to photography exhibits to the storytelling event The Moth.
Choice Market (318 Lafayette Ave.)
A casual place to grab a bite to eat, Choice Market nevertheless manages to pack a wallop into its reasonably priced food. Focused on organic fare, the eatery serves up the basics with sophisticated flourishes. Even gourmands may leave impressed.
Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton St.)
Independent bookstores don’t always mean pricey, like when your professors urge you to choose Book Culture “if possible.” Greenlight Bookstore’s sale racks are impressively solid, and its events calendar is nothing to scoff at: The store recently hosted a book launch for Maus creator Art Spiegelman.