The Brooklyn Getaway // A Gals Trip to NYC

The Brooklyn Getaway // A Gals Trip to NYC

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The last time I was in Brooklyn I pretended to be someone else. I donned a fedora (which I had just purchased at H&M in Times Square) and channeled the most laid-back Margo I could find. It didn’t work, I remember it vividly. Ten minutes after arriving to German-style beer hall, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm for the space. Beaming, I asked a group of patrons if they were done with their table. “You’re not from here, are you?” was their reply. Fail.

A few weeks ago I had to opportunity to return to beloved Brooklyn with an old girlfriend, Tara (you might recognize her from here & here). My mission was a bit different – instead of impersonating a hipster, I’d become foodie. With the weather fairly iffy all weekend, that’s just what we did – ate our way through Brooklyn.

Tara is a DC gal so meeting at Union Station couldn’t have been more convenient for both of us. I had just wrapped up my solo escape to DC so I was full of stories and facts that I urgently needed to share: “Did you know that there was no mortar used in the construction of the Washington Monument? It’s the world’s tallest freestanding structure!”, I rambled as our train chugged out of the station. Poor Tara had just finished a full day’s work.

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The next morning we rose to notably New York-spring weather: cold rain and overcast skies. Fortunately our plans didn’t involve anything outdoors but rather a caloric feast for the eyes and tastebuds. As is always the case, our morning stroll included coffee and a brief photo walk through the borough.

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After the coffee acquisition, we joined Ray’s Food & Walking tours for an educational stroll through the borough including pit stops at some of the tastiest establishments in town. Rain pattering on our umbrellas, our trusty guide Mike led us to an acclaimed pizza parlor for gooey brick oven ‘za, a traditional Mexican street-food style cafe,  and even the flagship Mast Brother chocolate shop. Not only did consume what amounted to a feast, but we all learned a ton about Brooklyn’s complex past as well as the positive and negative impact of gentrification on the community.

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My favorite stop? An absolutely gorgeous coffee shop aptly named Devocion (69 Grand St. @ Wythe Brooklyn, NY 11249). Not only I am a huge fan of their thoughtful, instagram-worthy interior design, the quality of the coffee was truly applaudable. Their business plan is a simple one: offer the finest, freshest coffee possible. Unlike any other roaster I’ve visited, their 100% Columbian beans travel from farm to cup in 10-30 days. The next time you’re in town, be sure to stop by!

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Bellies full, the rest of the day we caught up with local friends in a state of lethargy that only indoor-driven weather allows. The next morning we rose late but still with plenty of time to explore before our 12:55PM train home. Outside the sun decided to bid us farewell and we celebrated by taking cheesy pictures along the street (not sure what I mean, scroll to the header image of this post!).

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While the subway could’ve whisked us to Penn Station fairly easily, we opted for an Uber which was quick and efficient. Tara’s ride back to DC was a mere 3 hours, whereas rolling back to Charlottesville tagged on additional 2. With lots of food options in Penn Station, we each picked up lunch for the rails and appreciated being able to tot food right on board! (Looking at you, 3oz airline policy!)

Back in Charlottesville, I was notably a bit heavier but couldn’t help but smile thinking back on my Brooklyn weekend. Long are the days of my hipster impersonations, now I’m a full-fledged foodie! Thanks for having me, Brooklyn! 😉

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  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Eating your way through a city is the best way to travel 😉 Great post, thanks for sharing! I’ll be in NYC in July.

    • Margo

      absolutely, couldn’t agree more! Looking back I can’t believe how memorable food tours have been during my travels, glad you feel the same! 😀

  • A great train ride, lovely food and an amazing travel destination. What more do you need? 🙂

    • Margo

      not a whole lot! have a lovely weekend, Mersad!

  • Looks like you had a great time – all of that food sounds incredible!

    • Margo

      and it was sooo yummy too! not sure if you’re a coffee fan but it’s incredible the difference that super-fresh coffee can taste!

  • I love Brooklyn, it has such a great vibe. Looks like a great trip.

    • Margo

      me too, girl! If I ever had the opportunity to call NYC home I’d definitely setup shop in Brooklyn… and then pretend to be a hipster.

  • What fun girls trip! I wish we had more time to explore Brooklyn, I think another trip back is needed.

    • Margo

      yes! i still think it’s the coolest thing ever that you ran the NYC marathon. #idol

      happy weekend sweetie!

  • Kari Guastella

    Looks like such a fun trip! I’ve never been to Brooklyn.

    • Margo

      ohh, it’s suuuper cool and actually has a bit of a neighborhood vibe unlike anywhere else I’ve experienced in NYC. check it out next time you’re in town! 😀

  • This sounds like fun! My sister and I want to go back to NYC soon and I will definitely look up the walking tour if we do! We’ve never ventured over to Brooklyn but we definitely want to!

    • Margo

      yes! definitely check out Ray’s Food tours if/when you make it to Brooklyn – great for learning a bit of history and eating lots of great food!

  • I always love your photos 🙂 I’ve only been to Manhattan, but would LOVE to get over to Brooklyn sometime soon! It looks wonderful and the food looks delicious!!

    • Margo

      thanks so much dear! I use Lightroom for all my editing but promise I’m not doing anything extra special beyond that! feel free to shoot me any questions you might have relating to LR, I’m happy to share what I know! 😀

  • what a lot of fun! and food:))

    • Margo

      yes! looking back on the day, it amounted an absolute feast!

  • Looks like a fun girls trip!! My sister actually lives in Williamsburg, but I haven’t spent too much time in Brooklyn. Although I know it’s the new happening spot in NYC 😉 Looks like you got to experience some great food! Those drinks look mighty tasty, haha!

    • Margo

      ha! thanks sweetie! I hope all is well on your end too! happy weekend! xo

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    That trip looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit New York!

    • Margo

      it’s a very special place, I definitely agree. I feel like most everyone in the world wants to visit NYC one day and from what I’ve found, the hype is totally warranted.

  • I’ve wanted to visit NYC for so long! It looks absolutely amazing. I think if I ever visited, I’d definitely be down for a foodie trip! The places sound so good!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Margo

      oh yes, girlfriend! definitely take a look the next time you head to the city! I’ll be writing a little more relating to the tour in a few weeks (I actually did a collab with them) with a bunch more glutinous pics, prepare yourself! ;D

      have a great weekend!

  • What a fun trip! I would *love* to dedicate some time to exploring Brooklyn- I haven’t been there since I was a teen. And that food sounds amazing!

  • I grew up in NYC so this makes me so nostalgic! I rarely visit these days, but this makes me want to go back stat!

  • I love anything foodie so literally want to eat every photo! Also, your hair looks pretty…I love the length right now xo

  • I’d love to spend more time in Brooklyn. I really love your photos!

  • This is so cute! What a fun girl’s getaway!


  • Omg really want to see New York properly!
    Jabeen x

  • It’s so fun following along on exotic adventures and photo tours, but it might be equally cool to see my own ‘hood through someone else’s eyes! Devocion is around the corner from my office and I spend many a relaxing morning there with my laptop and latte. You really made the best of Bk on a rainy weekend – sorry we didn’t have better weather to offer you!


    To celebrate our vacation Brooklyn is the most attractive place for me. Last year i went there with of my family. I and my family pass a good time in there and this is the best memory in my life.