Of all the things that draw newcomers to Brooklyn on weekends in the summer, there aren’t a lot that are more recognizable or well-known than the Brooklyn Flea. And with good reason. If you’re willing to brave crowds, dig a bit, and pay a slightly higher premium than you would if you were scouting for antique furniture at, say, an undiscovered upstate Salvation Army, there’s gold to be found here.
And even on days when you don’t find gold, there is, at the very least, an unmatched opportunity for window shopping (we use the term “window” loosely), people-watching, and the consuming of very good food. It can all be a little overwhelming to dive into for the first time, and as such, we’ve compiled a starter’s guide on which branch’ll serve you best, what booths and snacks to look out for, and of course, where to go for a well-deserved drink once you’re done.