Just in time for its tenth anniversary, Brooklyn’s favorite seasonal open-air market returns: Smorgasburg!
Now you can join your neighbors and visitors from all over the country at the world’s largest open-air market filled with dozens of local vendors offering everything from vegan specialties to new spins on comfort food classics to seafood sensations to exotic and uncommon cuisine. If you enjoy food festivals, this is for you!
Declared the “Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times, Smorgasburg began in 2011 as an offshoot of the wildly popular Brooklyn Flea Market. It quickly became a hit with locals and visitors and soon expanded to locations in Manhattan, Jersey City, Los Angeles and even pop-up events in Japan and Brazil! Lucky for you, Smorgasburg operates two locations that are conveniently close to 363 Bond Street apartments: Smogasburg Williamsburg and Smorgusburg Prospect Park.
Open every Saturday in the summer from 11AM until 6PM, Smorgasburg Williamsburg is held at an empty lot at 90 Kent Ave in Brooklyn along the scenic East River waterfront. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summery Saturday, strolling along the many vendors, enjoying the array of delightful dishes and taking in the beautiful weather and gorgeous views of the borough and the Manhattan skyline.
Smorgasburg’s Prospect Park location operates every Sunday from 11AM to 6PM at Breeze Hill near the Lincoln Road entrance. Open from now until October 31, this slightly smaller seasonal open-air market features 35 various local vendors selling everything from unique cuisine to kitchen accessories and pantry favorites.
Before you visit either Smorgasburg location, here are a few tips to maximize your experience. Seating is limited at both locations, so packing a blanket is a good idea. There’s plenty of available space to relax and enjoy a Brooklyn-style picnic. To stay hydrated as you stroll the scene, bring a water bottle with you and fill it up for free at the available water stations. Most vendors are cash-only so be sure to visit the ATM before you arrive. And, since parking is limited, it’s always a good idea to walk, bike or take public transportation.
No matter which location you choose, Smorgasburg Williamsburg and Prospect Park offers you a chance to not only sample some of the best food from local vendors, it also immerses you in the diverse cultures that make Brooklyn such a wonderful place to live. The only downside to visiting Smorgasburg is that you may not be able to decide which food to sample first! The only solution is to visit Smorgasburg as much as possible this summer to enjoy every dish on your list!