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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Caffe Vita, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Caffe Vita calls itself a roasteria café. That's to say that they roast their coffee beans in-house and you can even see the roasting facility. I discovered this café during a photography workshop on a cold day in the winter. I've been going there every time I have a photo tour or workshop in Bushwick. They are originally from Seattle. 

The coffee is really good, the staff is friendly, they have free wi-fi and a restroom! If you're going to Bushwick to see the amazing street art, this is a place to go to take a break.

Caffe Vita, 576 Johnson Avenue

Caffe Vita