Brooklyn might be best known for its bearded or bespectacled gentry, who pair canvas tote bags with tattoos, but in the leafy neighbourhood of Boerum Hill, things are a little different. Situated in the western part of the borough, Boerum Hill is a picturesque residential area that's dominated by historic brownstones. Named after early Dutch settlers, the neighbourhood centres itself along a stretch of Atlantic Avenue, a rowdy two-way road that is also the lifeblood that connects waterfront Brooklyn all the way eastwards to Queens.

Despite the hustle and bustle, Boerum Hill's chunk of Atlantic Avenue has been peppered with antique shops and artist-run galleries for decades. In recent years, the inviting glass storefronts have welcomed fashion boutiques, perfumeries, home goods stores, gourmet coffee roasters and chocolate shops. Smith Street, the area's eastern boundary, is filled with restaurants that combine quality cuisine with a relaxed, neighbourhood feel.

Boerum Hill displays all the charm of its neighbours, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, but with considerably less baby carriages. It's an enclave for APC-wearing screenwriters and low-key celebrities, though the spacious, peaceful homes have attracted a growing number of Financial District types too. Ultimately, if it's sincere, understated luxury that you're after, Boerum Hill is the place. Here, we've highlighted some of its most notable landmarks that shouldn't be missed.

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